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Trip Summary

There are 2 daily trains from Portland to Vancouver. Traveling by train from Portland to Vancouver usually takes around 8 hours and 25 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak train can make the trip in 8 hours and 15 minutes.

Distance261 mi (419 km)
Fastest train8h 15m
Lowest price$72.00
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
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Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Portland to Vancouver

(Based on 4 ratings and reviews)

4.5

4.0

Henry

August 16, 2019- Vacation

Amtrak Cascades

Pros: Didn’t have to contend with traffic. Cons: Not too much - would be great if passenger trains were given greater priority than freight trains but we know that’s not going to happen here! Tips: Bringing extra food and drink is a good idea especially when food bar g...

Pros: Didn’t have to contend with traffic. Cons: Not too much - would be great if passenger trains were given greater priority than freight trains but we know that’s not going to happen here! Tips: Bringing extra food and drink is a good idea especially when food bar gets too busy!

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5.0

Nicole

July 30, 2019- Visiting family

Amtrak Cascades

Pros: Love this train with the leather seats. The staff is always nice and helpful. Cons: I don't like the other train, the one with the cloth seats. (The wi-fi didn't work as well on that train last time, either.) They are so much smaller and less comfortable. The bat...

Pros: Love this train with the leather seats. The staff is always nice and helpful. Cons: I don't like the other train, the one with the cloth seats. (The wi-fi didn't work as well on that train last time, either.) They are so much smaller and less comfortable. The bathrooms could be cleaned mid-trip, I suppose but it's not too bad. And those last two hours inching into Vancouver can be excruciating but I imagine that can't be helped. Tips: Wait until everyone is seated then go find a seat by yourself. The staff is usually pretty cool about this as long as you don't stray too far from the rest of the people with your shared destination.

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4.0

Hariharan

May 25, 2019- Visiting family

Amtrak Cascades

Pros: The overall experience is very pleasant. This combined with the scenic views makes it really enjoyable. Cons: Canteen could carry more choices for vegetarians and vegans. The journey from Portland and Vancouver gets delayed. This is the second time it has happene...

Pros: The overall experience is very pleasant. This combined with the scenic views makes it really enjoyable. Cons: Canteen could carry more choices for vegetarians and vegans. The journey from Portland and Vancouver gets delayed. This is the second time it has happened to us of the 3 journeys taken so far. The wifi works on the side of the US and not in Canada for some reason. The speed could be better.

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

In the last month, $72.00 was the average price of a train ticket from Portland, OR to Vancouver, BC. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 14 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $9.00 more than that for a same-day booking.

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Traveling from Portland to Vancouver by train will cost you about the same regardless of the time of year for which you plan your trip. In general, train ticket prices for that route don’t fluctuate much throughout the year, so expect to pay around $72 whenever you decide to board the train to Vancouver.

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Since the average price of train trips from Portland to Vancouver remains pretty consistent throughout the year, there’s no need to book your tickets too far in advance. However, we still recommend you purchase your train tickets at least 48 hours ahead of departure time to avoid surprise last-minute surges and the risk of the train selling out.

Which train should you take from Portland to Vancouver?

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

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak28h 26m$73.40
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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 Portland to Vancouver 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 Portland to Vancouver 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.

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

While the train is the main method of transportation from Portland to Vancouver, 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 Portland to Vancouver?

The distance between Portland and Vancouver is approximately 261 miles, or 419 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 8 hours and 25 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 8 hours and 15 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 departing from Portland to Vancouver tend to have the most passengers on Thursday. With higher demand ticket prices also tend to be higher on Thursday. If you are trying to snag a cheap train tickets or just want an emptier train you'll have better luck by booking travel departing on Saturday as the least number of people tend to travel then.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Portland at 8:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 12:00pm. 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 Portland to Vancouver?

Trains leave the station in Portland 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 Vancouver to Portland.

City Information

Portland

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Portland, OR - PDX-1

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Portland, OR - PDX-2

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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.

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.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Portland?

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Main departure 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

Where is the train station in Vancouver?

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Main arrival 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

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