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Trip Summary

There are 3 daily trains from Shelby to Portland. Traveling by train from Shelby to Portland usually takes around 20 hours and 21 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Empire Builder train can make the trip in 17 hours and 48 minutes.

Distance549 mi (884 km)
Fastest train17h 48m
Lowest price$93.00
Trains per day1
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Empire Builder
Train lines2

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

In the last month, $102.00 was the average price of a train ticket from Shelby, MT to Portland, OR. Tickets are generally somewhat expensive for this particular train route, which is to be expected given the long distance. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 26 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $33.33 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 Shelby to Portland by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for May. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just $106 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Shelby to Portland in February, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to $124 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 26 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Portland from Shelby will be about $33.33 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Shelby to Portland?

2 train services operate from Shelby, Montana to Portland, Oregon. Amtrak Empire Builder usually has more trains scheduled, with 2 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak11d 1h 28m$141.45
Amtrak Empire Builder217h 48m$95.94
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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 1 Amtrak trains from Shelby to Portland every day, as well as 1 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $120.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Shelby 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.

In addition, federal law requires all train passengers to wear a face covering for the entire duration of the trip. Please make sure you are wearing a face mask or you may not be allowed to board the train.

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.

How long is the train journey from Shelby to Portland?

The distance between Shelby and Portland is approximately 549 miles, or 884 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 20 hours and 21 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 17 hours and 48 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?

Trains from Shelby to Portland are the most crowded on Saturday. Tickets also tend to be more expensive then. If you are looking for a great deal on your train tickets or just want extra room to stretch out, consider traveling on Wednesday instead, as it tends to be the least crowded day of the week.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Shelby at 5:00pm while the last train of the day leaves at 5:00pm. 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 Shelby to Portland?

There are 3 scheduled trains on most days. There is one direct train, which you can stay on for the entire journey from Shelby to Portland. In contrast, taking a non-direct train would require you to transfer trains during your trip.

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

City Information

Portland

Portland is the capital of Oregon and one of the biggest cities in the Pacific Northwest. 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 Shelby?

Departure stations

There is one train station in Shelby.

Where is the train station in Portland?

Arrival stations

Portland has one train station.

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