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Trip Summary

There are 4 daily trains from Portland to Seattle. Traveling by train from Portland to Seattle usually takes around 3 hours and 33 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Cascades train can make the trip in 3 hours and 25 minutes.

Distance145 mi (233 km)
Fastest train3h 25m
Lowest price$27.00
Trains per day4
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Cascades
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Portland to Seattle

(Based on 44 ratings and reviews)

4.5

5.0

Chuck

July 19, 2022- Vacation

Amtrak Cascades

Pros: The train ride was easy and comfortable. At a great price. Saved us $1200 each by taking the train back to Seattle and flying home to Nashville from Sea-Tac. Cons: Can't think of anything. Tips: Sit back and enjoy the ride. Also, unless you have a huge bag no nee...

Pros: The train ride was easy and comfortable. At a great price. Saved us $1200 each by taking the train back to Seattle and flying home to Nashville from Sea-Tac. Cons: Can't think of anything. Tips: Sit back and enjoy the ride. Also, unless you have a huge bag no need to check it. Lots of space to stow it.

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5.0

David

June 28, 2022- Visiting family

Amtrak Cascades

Pros: I didn't have to Stand unfortunately at 1.96m Tall I found it very difficult to get comfortable when my Table was down however the Train was Clean and left on Time and Arrived on Time. Cons: I would have Appreciated a WiFi Service.If their was One I couldn't find...

Pros: I didn't have to Stand unfortunately at 1.96m Tall I found it very difficult to get comfortable when my Table was down however the Train was Clean and left on Time and Arrived on Time. Cons: I would have Appreciated a WiFi Service.If their was One I couldn't find it. Tips: I can't Think of anything.

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5.0

Tanya

May 25, 2022- Visiting friends

Amtrak Coast Starlight

Pros: Easy, good value for money, safe. Tips: Save on gas, enjoy the scenery and chill on the train.

Pros: Easy, good value for money, safe. Tips: Save on gas, enjoy the scenery and chill on the train.

4.0

Carlie

May 20, 2022- Visiting friends

Amtrak Cascades

Pros: The ride was fine. Conductor was communicative about delays in a kind way. Cons: The train was just very full and people were leaving their seats for 30+ minutes at a time to go drink in the cafe. One was gone the entire ride but left his backpack on an open wind...

Pros: The ride was fine. Conductor was communicative about delays in a kind way. Cons: The train was just very full and people were leaving their seats for 30+ minutes at a time to go drink in the cafe. One was gone the entire ride but left his backpack on an open window seat so no one could sit there. The train was full that day.

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5.0

Tyeesha

March 19, 2022- Solo travel

Amtrak Cascades

Pros: Spacious and overall much nicer and more comfortable than flying. Cons: More mask + covid safety enforcement. Better eye could've been kept on bathroom materials / replenishment of things like soap.

Pros: Spacious and overall much nicer and more comfortable than flying. Cons: More mask + covid safety enforcement. Better eye could've been kept on bathroom materials / replenishment of things like soap.

Portland to Seattle Route Map

Portland Seattle

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

In the last month, $29.56 was the average price of a train ticket from Portland to Seattle. 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 26 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $32.46 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

$45$30$15SepOct

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Portland to Seattle will vary between $27 and $45. Planning a train trip to Seattle within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Portland over the next 7 days is $28. Make sure to book your trip as soon as possible as train fares tend to go up as you get closer to your travel date.

Monthly average prices

$225$180$135$90$45ONDJFMAMJJAS

If you are trying to decide when to travel from Portland to Seattle 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 $48 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Portland to Seattle in June, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to $211 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

$275$220$165$110$553020100

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 Seattle from Portland will be about $32.46 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Portland to Seattle?

2 train services operate from Portland to Seattle. Amtrak Cascades usually has more trains scheduled, with 3 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak Cascades33h 26m$37.76
Amtrak Coast Starlight13h 55m$38.59
  • Amtrak Cascades

    Amtrak Cascades

    The Cascades is a passenger train service operated by Amtrak that runs between Vancouver, BC and Eugene, OR. Not only is the Cascades one of Amtrak's most scenic train routes, the trains also offer free WiFi, power outlets, reclining seats, and refreshments available for purchase. There are an average of 3 trips on the Amtrak Cascades from Portland to Seattle, and the average train ticket costs .

  • Amtrak Coast Starlight

    Amtrak Coast Starlight

    The Amtrak Coast Starlight is a service provided by Amtrak that connects Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, and Los Angeles on the US Pacific coast. The full journey winds through the Cascade Mountains, perfectly clipped vineyards, and dense coastal forest, allowing passengers to get a glimpse of the US west coast while enjoying air-conditioned cars, power outlets, complimentary onboard WiFi, and snacks.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a direct train between Portland and Seattle?

Yes, there is a direct Amtrak train that goes between Portland and Seattle. There are four daily schedules for this route, all of them direct. The first train of the day departs at 8 a.m., while the last leaves at 7 p.m.

Is the train from Portland to Seattle scenic?

The two trains that operate this route are the Amtrak Coast Starlight and the Amtrak Cascades. Both trains offer views of Commencement Bay and the Tacoma waterfront, as well as Mt. Rainier on a clear day. Because you’re in the Pacific Northwest, expect stretches of the route to be lined with lush green trees. Otherwise, for large parts of the ride, both trains parallel the I-5 freeway.

Is it safe to travel by train from Portland to Seattle 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.

Although masks are no longer required on public transportation, we stand behind CDC guidelines that encourage passengers to wear a mask over their nose and mouth while on the train or in stations.

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 Portland to Seattle?

The distance between Portland and Seattle is approximately 145 miles, or 233 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 3 hours and 33 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 3 hours and 25 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 Seattle 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 Wednesday 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 7:00pm. 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 Seattle?

There are 4 daily scheduled trains, all of which are direct trains that take you the entire way from Portland to Seattle.

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

City Information

Portland

Portland, OR - PDX-0

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Portland, OR - PDX-1

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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.

Seattle

Seattle is a must-see destination on the West Coast of the United States, offering many unique activities for any type of traveler. However, we're confident every visitor will enjoy the view of Mount Rainier from the top of Seattle's iconic Space Needle. Outdoor enthusiasts can bike, hike, boat, and ski in one of the top cities for outdoor activities in the U.S., while soaking in the Pacific Northwest's natural beauty (and yes, some rain as well). Urban explorers will love walking through Pike Place Market and experiencing Seattle's museums and public art, like the scenic Olympic Sculpture Park. These offerings and more make Seattle one of the best vacation destination in Washington.

Known for its coffee culture and as the birthplace of Starbucks, Seattle is also one of the top 5 craft beer cities in the U.S., which is ideal for those who prefer to experience the taste of a city served up in a latte mug or a pint glass.

Seattle is home to the largest airport in the Pacific Northwest, Seattle-Tacoma Airport, but there are plenty of other ways to continue your travels from the Emerald City. A short ferry ride to Bainbridge Island includes the chance to see orca whales in the Puget Sound, or you can catch the Amtrak Cascades train or one of several affordable bus options from the historic King Street Station to other exciting Northwest cities in British Columbia, Oregon and beyond.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Portland?

Union Station - 800 NW 6th Ave - PDXAMT-0

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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 Seattle?

Seattle, WA - King Street Station - SEAAMT-0

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Main arrival station: King St Station - 303 S Jackson St

King Street Station is the main station for Amtrak train service and Greyhound bus service in Seattle, with connections to local public transit like the Link Light Rail and King County Metro at the International District/Chinatown station one block away. Located near downtown Seattle in the trendy Pioneer Square neighborhood, King Street Station opened in 1906 and continues to impress travelers with its restored Italian architecture and Venetian-style clocktower. King Street Station has on-site Amtrak staff, restrooms, and vending machines, and while there are no restaurants in the station, several nearby coffee shops and eateries make it easy to fuel up before your trip.

All train stations in Seattle:

  • King St Station - 303 S Jackson St

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