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Trip Summary

How much are train tickets from Portland to Seattle?

Lowest Price$27.00
Fastest Train3h 30m
Trains Per Day2
Train Lines3

Portland to Seattle Route Map

Portland Seattle

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 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.

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

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from Portland to Seattle. However, there are also some trips on this route that require you to board another vehicle, such as a bus or a shuttle, during your journey. This is worth paying attention to as you book your trip, since a direct train may be preferable for its speed and convenience.

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

In the last month, $28.04 was the average price of a train ticket from Portland, OR to Seattle, WA. 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 19 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $15.15 more than that for a same-day booking.

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 58 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 3 hours and 30 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 Portland to Seattle are the most crowded on Wednesday. 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 8:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 8:00am. 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?

Trains leave the station in Portland twice a day, so there are a couple of options depending on your preferred travel time. One of these is a direct train, which will typically get you to Seattle faster. While it might still have stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains during your trip.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Seattle to Portland. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Portland to Seattle for $1.00.

Which train should you take from Portland to Seattle?

There are 3 train lines with service from Portland, Oregon to Seattle, Washington. There is only one daily train on each service.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak15h 22m$33.08
Amtrak Cascades13h 30m$30.78
Amtrak Coast Starlight14h 0m$30.38

Where is the train station in Portland?

There are two stations in Portland where you can board the train to Seattle:

  • Union Station - 800 NW 6th Ave
  • 10470 SW Barnes Rd

Where is the train station in Seattle?

Seattle has one train station:

  • King St Station - 303 S Jackson St

Price trends for trains from Portland to Seattle

Average prices by travel date

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train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Portland, OR to Seattle, WA
4.2
Based on 20 ratings and reviews

Based on 20 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled with Amtrak Cascades report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 71 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
4.1
Staff
4.2
Value
3.8
Condition
4.2
Dennis
5.0
July 3, 2020Business
Pros
Everything
Cons
A ok
Tips
Be safe
Peter
4.0
February 10, 2020Couples trip
Pros
The price makes traveling by train a better option than driving. Love the ease of relaxing and getting some work done while traveling, instead of being behind the wheel. Also appreciated the Wifi service.
Cons
This trip was pretty seamless; went smoothly.
Tips
The train is a great option, depending on your destination. From Portland to Seattle, it was cheaper than driving and much more relaxing.
Nurul Nadiatul Hidayah
5.0
January 1, 2020Vacation
Pros
The train ride was smooth and went by quickly. Would definitely recommend.
Cons
I guess the pre-seating arrangement could be improved; when we got on the train, we had to search for empty seats until the staff came to help everyone get seats.
Leo
5.0
December 15, 2019Visiting family
Pros
Relaxing , enjoyable
Cons
Problem with ticket I got on line. Did not receive bar code. Was hour early in PDX. Person at counter said I did not need to check in. Show print out at gate. At gate said print out was not good, Needed bar code. Did not get one on print out so had to go back to ti...More
Tips
Check in at ticket counter and show what you have to board and make sure you have bar code. Verify with waiting passanger for same.
Harry
5.0
October 19, 2019Couples trip
Pros
Loved seeing the Seahawks and staying within a few blocks at the Marriott Courtyard, walking to dinners at the Metropolitan Grille and the next night at the Capital Grille and having the best pasta in the world for lunch at Il Corvo Pasta.
Cons
Can’t think of one thing that could have been improved except we would have loved winning the game. Oh, it would be good if your staff noticed when passengers didn’t have their shoes on and the smell was affecting others.
Tips
Please don’t talk on your phone, especially with the speaker on. It is rude and I’m not interested in others conversations.

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