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Whitefish - Vancouver Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

3 trains operate daily from Whitefish to Vancouver. The train trip from Whitefish to Vancouver is usually about 16 hours and 40 minutes long. However, traveling on the fastest Amtrak Empire Builder train can get you there in as little as 13 hours and 14 minutes.

Distance436 mi (702 km)
Fastest train13h 14m
Lowest price$59.00
Trains per day1
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines2

Price trends for trains from Whitefish to Vancouver

Monthly average prices

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Which train should you take from Whitefish to Vancouver?

2 train services operate from Whitefish to Vancouver. Amtrak 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
Amtrak218h 28m$121.60
Amtrak Empire Builder113h 14m$94.69
  • 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 Whitefish to Vancouver every day, as well as 2 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $66.

  • The Amtrak Empire Builder is a long-distance passenger rail service that has been in operation since 1929. The full 2,200-mile route takes 45 hours to connect Chicago with the Pacific Northwest. Don’t let the length of the trip intimidate you; the Empire Builder is one of Amtrak’s most popular services, and often rated as the most scenic train route in the country. The sightseer lounge, home to enormous windows, is the perfect place to drink in the incredible views of the Mississippi River, the North Dakota Plains, Glacier National Park, and the Columbia River Gorge. Overnight trips on the Empire Builder include the option to book sleeper cabins, for a more comfortable journey and included meals. All passengers can purchase meals or snacks in the cafe car.

Frequently Asked Questions

The distance between Whitefish and Vancouver is approximately 436 miles, or 702 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 16 hours and 40 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 13 hours and 14 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.

On a weekly basis, the greatest number of passengers tend to travel by trains from Whitefish to Vancouver on Sunday. Tickets for Sunday tend to also be the most expensive. For savvy travelers looking for cheaper priced tickets search for travel departing on Friday. Friday also tend to have less passengers which may make boarding faster and let you snag your perfect seat.

The earliest train departs Whitefish at 10:00pm while the last train of the day leaves at 10:00pm. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

There are 3 scheduled trains on most days. There is one direct train, which you can stay on for the entire journey from Whitefish to Vancouver. 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 Vancouver to Whitefish.

City Information

Vancouver

Vancouver, WA, US - VAN-0

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Vancouver sits on the northern banks of the Columbia River in Washington and is the state's fourth most populated city. The surrounding Cascade Mountains offer incredible Pacific Northwest adventures. Mount Saint Helens and Mount Hood, two snow-topped volcanoes, are within short drives of Vancouver for easy access to hikes and ski runs. Beacon Rock State Park includes a trail to the summit of a monolithic rock formation. Plus, the Columbia River Gorge is easily one of the best destinations in Washington for breathtaking scenery.

Vancouver is located just across the Columbia from Portland, and Interstates 5 and 205 have north to south bridges connecting Portland to Vancouver. Within the city, you will find Vancouver's mass transit system, C-Tran, to get around with ease.

Several Amtrak services operate from Vancouver, including the Coast Starlight, Empire Builder, and Cascades routes. If you're arriving by air, the nearest airport is Portland International Airport, just a few minutes' drive from downtown Vancouver.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Whitefish?

Main departure station: Whitefish Cmnty Library

There is one train station in Whitefish.

All train stations in Whitefish:

  • Whitefish Cmnty Library

Where is the train station in Vancouver?

Main arrival station: 1301 W 11th St

Vancouver has one train station.

All train stations in Vancouver:

  • 1301 W 11th St

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