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Trip Summary

How much are train tickets from Portland to Salem?

Lowest Price$13.00
Fastest Train1h 4m
Trains Per Day2
Train Lines2

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Portland to Salem right now?

We stand behind CDC guidelines that caution passengers against non-essential travel during the coronavirus outbreak. That said, we recognize not everyone is in a position to completely abstain. Whether it’s for work, to take care of family or to get back home, some circumstances inevitably require travel. If you’re one of those individuals who still needs to book a trip, you can continue to do so on Wanderu.

Know that most train companies are still running at this time, though some have limited service. Visit our COVID-19 travel guide for resources and daily updates on the coronavirus and COVID travel restrictions.

In order to keep vehicles as clean and sanitized as possible, train companies are taking extra precautions for coronavirus. For details on what various companies are doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

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

In the last month, $13.00 was the average price of a train ticket from Portland, OR to Salem, OR. This is about as inexpensive as train tickets ever get. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 10 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $4.19 more than that for a same-day booking.

How long is the train journey from Portland to Salem?

The distance between Portland and Salem is approximately 44 miles, or 70 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 1 hour 6 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 1 hour 4 minutes. As a relatively short ride, taking the train is an easy way to travel between these two cities.

When are trains the most crowded?

Trains from Portland to Salem are the most crowded on Tuesday. 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 Saturday 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 Portland at 2:00pm while the last train of the day leaves at 6:00pm. 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 Salem?

Trains leave the station in Portland twice a day, so there are a couple of options depending on your preferred travel time. Luckily, both trains will get you to Salem 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 Salem to Portland. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Portland to Salem for $10.00.

Which train should you take from Portland to Salem?

2 train services operate from Portland, Oregon to Salem, Oregon. However, each train line only offers one daily trip.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak Cascades11h 4m$13.28
Amtrak Coast Starlight11h 9m$13.31

Where is the train station in Portland?

There is one train station in Portland:

  • Union Station - 800 NW 6th Ave

Where is the train station in Salem?

Salem has one train station:

  • 500 13th St SE

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train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Portland, OR to Salem, OR
Based on 3 ratings and reviews

Based on 2 reviews
Users that traveled with Amtrak Cascades report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 100 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
November 2, 2019Visiting family
It was comfortable & on schedule.
Just sit back & relax.
June 3, 2019Business
The trip was expected to be on public transportation by bus and turned it to be on Amtrak train I was surprised and very happy to see you that and check would make the switch.
Stuff could be challenging to find at times. When searching for stacks and traveler had to ask other Travelers because of lack of staffing.
Be sure to have a ticket ready when a boarding Amtrak.

Based on 1 reviews
Ratings (Out of 5)
February 11, 2020Business
First time train traveler. It was Fun!!

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