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Trip Summary

There are 2 daily trains from Vancouver to Portland. Traveling by train from Vancouver to Portland usually takes around 9 hours and 15 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak train can make the trip in 8 hours and 20 minutes.

Distance261 mi (419 km)
Fastest train8h 20m
Lowest price$72.00
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
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Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Vancouver to Portland

(Based on 4 ratings and reviews)

4.3

5.0

Gloria

September 11, 2019- Visiting friends

Amtrak Cascades

Pros: ability to walk around on the train. Cons: the wifi was there but a bit spotty in most places.

Pros: ability to walk around on the train. Cons: the wifi was there but a bit spotty in most places.

4.0

Yuka

August 24, 2019- Solo travel

Amtrak

That could have been great if Wi-Fi was provided in bus and train.

That could have been great if Wi-Fi was provided in bus and train.

4.0

Henry

August 12, 2019- Vacation

Amtrak Cascades

Pros: Great scenery. Didn’t have to contend with traffic. Cons: Backup for security system which caused a 45 minute delay. Did cut stops along the way shorter to make up for time. Tips: Bring some of your own food along as at times the food bistro on the train can have...

Pros: Great scenery. Didn’t have to contend with traffic. Cons: Backup for security system which caused a 45 minute delay. Did cut stops along the way shorter to make up for time. Tips: Bring some of your own food along as at times the food bistro on the train can have a long line-up.

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4.0

Hariharan

May 20, 2019- Visiting family

Amtrak Cascades

Pros: It is a nice train journey covering some of the best scenic areas in this part of the world. It is efficiently run. Cons: This time, felt that our carriage was loaded with more people than other carriages. A walk up to the canteen gave me a feel that other carria...

Pros: It is a nice train journey covering some of the best scenic areas in this part of the world. It is efficiently run. Cons: This time, felt that our carriage was loaded with more people than other carriages. A walk up to the canteen gave me a feel that other carriages were relatively free. Spacing out people across carriages would make it more enjoyable. Wifi could be better. For some reason, it started working only after crossing US border! Also, the speed could be improved.

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What is the price of a train ticket from Vancouver to Portland?

In the last month, $72.00 was the average price of a train ticket from Vancouver, BC to Portland, OR. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 16 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $9.00 more than that for a same-day booking.

Monthly average prices

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If you are trying to decide when to travel from Vancouver to Portland by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for August. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just $70 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Vancouver to Portland in December, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to $84 at that time of year. However, if you book your trip ahead of time, you have a high chance of scoring a ticket at a lower price.

Prices as travel date approaches

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If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 16 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Portland from Vancouver will be about $9.00 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Vancouver to Portland?

Amtrak is the one and only train line which connects Vancouver to Portland. The schedule is relatively limited as the train only runs twice a day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak29h 16m$73.77
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    Amtrak

    Amtrak is the largest passenger railroad service in America, offering daily intercity trains to hundreds of destinations across the contiguous United States, as well as several cities in Canada. Every Amtrak train comes equipped with comfortable seats with extra legroom, as well as several four-seat areas with tables in the middle. In addition, each car has a freshly cleaned restroom, free WiFi and power outlets at every seat. There are also snack bars where you can purchase drinks or food during your journey. On average, there are 2 Amtrak trains from Vancouver to Portland every day, as well as 2 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $72.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Vancouver to Portland during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Our train partners have implemented several different policies to keep you safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. From limiting vehicle capacity to enhancing cleaning protocols and upgrading air filters, train carriers are committed to maintaining a safe environment. For details on what each company is doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

Although masks are no longer required on public transportation, we stand behind CDC guidelines that encourage passengers to wear a mask over their nose and mouth while on the train or in stations.

Please visit our COVID-19 Travel Guide for more information on all carrier policies and the latest travel advisories issued by every U.S. state, Canadian province, and European country.

Can you take a train all the way from Vancouver to Portland?

While the train is the main method of transportation from Vancouver to Portland, it will only take you part of the way there. Please note that part of your trip will be on a different vehicle, most commonly a bus or express shuttle.

How long is the train journey from Vancouver to Portland?

The distance between Vancouver and Portland is approximately 261 miles, or 419 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 9 hours and 15 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 8 hours and 20 minutes.

Looking for ways to pass the time? Most trains are equipped with Wi-Fi, which means you can stream music, browse social media or get some work done during your ride. That said, in case your train has a spotty signal, or is among the few without Wi-Fi, we also recommend downloading TV shows and movies to your mobile device in advance of your trip. That way the ride will fly by whatever the Wi-Fi situation.

When are trains the most crowded?

Tuesday tends to be the busiest day of the week with travelers taking trains from Vancouver to Portland. Ticket price also tend to be more expensive on Tuesday than other days. If you are hoping to have more room on the train and even save some change check out travel options on Friday instead, as less people travel then and deals are more likely to be found.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Vancouver at 5:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 11:00am. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

Is there a direct train from Vancouver to Portland?

Trains leave the station in Vancouver twice a day, so there are a couple of options depending on your preferred travel time. However, there are no direct trains. This means that you will need to disembark from your original train and board a connecting train at some point during your journey. You will need to remember to bring your carry-on luggage with you when you change trains. Depending on the carrier's policy, you may also be responsible for transferring your own checked baggage.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Portland to Vancouver.

City Information

Vancouver

Vancouver is a trendy diverse city in British Columbia, known for its eclectic shopping, fresh seafood, and unique scenic setting between snow-capped mountains and urban beaches. Vancouver is sometimes called "Hollywood North" due to the amount of movies and TV shows filmed in the area. If you're lucky, you may even stumble upon a movie set as you're walking around town!

If you're looking for the best restaurants, shops and nightlife, cobblestoned Gastown is the perfect neighborhood to explore. Biking around the gorgeous Stanley Park in downtown Vancouver is rivaled only by hiking and skiing on nearby Grouse Mountain, which offers stunning views of the city on clear days.

Vancouver International Airport is conveniently close to downtown, and also one of the biggest gateways for international travel on the West Coast of North America. From Vancouver, it's easy to travel into the U.S. to Seattle by bus or train, or to other B.C. destinations like Kamloops and Kelowna to experience more of the province's natural beauty.

Portland

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Portland, OR - PDX-1

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Portland is the largest city in Oregon and accordingly one of the state's best vacation destinations. Also known as the City of Roses, this city along the Willamette River wows visitors with its diverse street food, quirky counterculture, and sprawling bookstores such as the world-famous Powell's Books.

Portland is the 5th best city in the United States for outdoor activities, thanks in part to open-air grounds like the expansive Forest Park. Gardens are also excellent outdoor date locales for couples on a romantic getaway: stop and smell the roses at either the International Rose Test Garden or the Portland Japanese Garden.

Once you've gotten hungry from a long day wandering outside, nearly every block downtown has a plethora of food trucks waiting to tickle your taste buds. Or, kick back at one of the many breweries in the #3 best city for craft beer in the United States. Unique locations like McMenamin's brewpubs in renovated cinemas or historic hotels do their part to "keep Portland weird."

As the biggest city in Oregon, Portland is a hub for travel throughout the Pacific Northwest. Amtrak train service and various bus services operate primarily out of Union Station, conveniently-located downtown, and nearby Portland International Airport makes it easy to travel to Portland from near and far.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Vancouver?

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Main departure station: Pacific Central Station

The historic Pacific Central Station is Vancouver’s primary train station for Amtrak and VIA Rail service, as well as a bus station for numerous carriers. The impressive Beaux-Arts style station opened in 1919, and is within walking distance of Science World, Strathcona Park, and the lively Gastown neighborhood. Plus, walking just across the street from Pacific Central Station gives you access to Vancouver's SkyTrain public transit system at the Main Street–Science World station. With free WiFi, restrooms, and several restaurants and shops on the premises, Pacific Central Station is a convenient place to start or end your trip.

All train stations in Vancouver:

  • Pacific Central Station

Where is the train station in Portland?

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Main arrival station: Union Station

Located in Portland’s Old Town Chinatown area at 800 Northwest Sixth Avenue, Union Station features a glowing neon sign encouraging you to “Go By Train.” Union Station serves several iconic Amtrak routes including the Cascades through the Pacific Northwest, the scenic Coast Starlight from Los Angeles to Seattle, and the long-distance Empire Builder which travels all the way to Chicago. Along with train service, Union Station serves intercity bus service via Greyhound, and connects to the Portland Streetcar, MAX Light Rail, and several local TriMet buses. There is a restaurant and bar onsite, as well as a Metropolitan Lounge reserved for Amtrak’s first- and business-class passengers.

All train stations in Portland:

  • Union Station

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