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Shelby-Spokane Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

There are 2 daily trains from Shelby to Spokane. Traveling by train from Shelby to Spokane usually takes around 9 hours and 18 minutes, but some trains might arrive slightly earlier or later than scheduled.

Distance264 mi (424 km)
Fastest train9h 18m
Lowest price$56.00
Trains per day2
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Empire Builder
Train lines1

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Shelby, MT to Spokane, WA

(Based on 1 ratings and reviews)




September 30, 2019 - Visiting friends

Amtrak Empire Builder

Pros: Scenic views through Glacier NP, lots of wildife. Cons: Timing -- getting into Spokane at 1:40am! Tips: Bring an eyemask so the overhead lights don't bother you as you sleep. Mine came in very handy!

Pros: Scenic views through Glacier NP, lots of wildife. Cons: Timing -- getting into Spokane at 1:40am! Tips: Bring an eyemask so the overhead lights don't bother you as you sleep. Mine came in very handy!

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

In the last month, $56.00 was the average price of a train ticket from Shelby, MT to Spokane, WA. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 2 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $14.00 more than that for a same-day booking.

Monthly average prices


If you are trying to decide when to travel from Shelby to Spokane by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for December. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just $58 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Shelby to Spokane in March, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to $72 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.

Which train should you take from Shelby to Spokane?

Amtrak Empire Builder is the one and only train line which connects Shelby, Montana to Spokane, Washington. The schedule is relatively limited as the train only runs twice a day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak Empire Builder29h 18m$63.00

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Shelby to Spokane 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 Spokane?

The distance between Shelby and Spokane is approximately 264 miles, or 424 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 9 hours and 18 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 Spokane are the most crowded on Monday. 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 Friday 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 Spokane?

Trains leave the station in Shelby twice a day, so there are a couple of options depending on your preferred travel time. Luckily, both trains will get you to Spokane with direct service. While there might still be stops along the way, you will not need to get off or switch trains.

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

Station Information

Where is the train station in Shelby?

Departure stations

There is one train station in Shelby.

Where is the train station in Spokane?

Arrival stations

Spokane has one train station.

Need a return trip from Spokane to Shelby?

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