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Trip Summary

There are 2 daily trains from Portland to Spokane. Traveling by train from Portland to Spokane usually takes around 11 hours and 33 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Empire Builder train can make the trip in 7 hours and 28 minutes.

Distance290 mi (466 km)
Fastest train7h 28m
Lowest price$46.00
Trains per day1
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Empire Builder
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Portland, OR to Spokane, WA

(Based on 2 ratings and reviews)

5.0

5.0

Luke

November 4, 2021- Solo travel

Amtrak Empire Builder

Pros: Viewing car but it’s time to bring back the Lounge car. Cons: Longer car and games.

Pros: Viewing car but it’s time to bring back the Lounge car. Cons: Longer car and games.

5.0

Tammy

June 24, 2019- Visiting family

Amtrak Empire Builder

Pros: Everything. Cons: Food and drink prices. Tips: Bring your own cooler of snacks and beverages.

Pros: Everything. Cons: Food and drink prices. Tips: Bring your own cooler of snacks and beverages.

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

In the last month, $46.00 was the average price of a train ticket from Portland, OR to Spokane, WA. This is a great price, especially considering the length of the route. 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 $80.38 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

$120$80$40NovDec

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Portland to Spokane will vary between $46 and $106. Planning a train trip to Spokane within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Portland over the next 7 days is $54. 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

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If you are trying to decide when to travel from Portland to Spokane by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for January. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just $54 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Portland to Spokane in August, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to $65 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

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If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 19 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Spokane from Portland will be about $80.38 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Portland to Spokane?

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

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak116h 21m$104.52
Amtrak Empire Builder17h 28m$51.68
  • Amtrak

    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 1 Amtrak trains from Portland to Spokane every day, as well as 1 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $56.

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  • Amtrak Empire Builder

    Amtrak Empire Builder

    Amtrak Empire Builder train tickets from Portland to Spokane start from $46, and on average cost . Daily there are 1 Amtrak Empire Builder schedules to Spokane. Amtrak Empire Builder in Portland leaves from Union Station . And in Spokane trains arrive at Spokane Intermodal Center - 221 W 1st Ave .

    From Portland to Spokane train travel on Amtrak Empire Builder takes 7 hours and 28 minutes.

    If you are looking to travel to Spokane on a weekend there is typically one Amtrak Empire Builder scheduled trip per day, which will cost for a one-way weekend reservation from Portland.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

How long is the train journey from Portland to Spokane?

The distance between Portland and Spokane is approximately 290 miles, or 466 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 11 hours and 33 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 7 hours and 28 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 Spokane are the most crowded on Monday. 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 Friday 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 4:00pm. 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 Spokane?

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 Spokane 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 Spokane to Portland. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Portland to Spokane for $29.99.

City Information

Portland

Portland, OR - PDX-0

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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 one of the key travel hubs in the Pacific Northwest. 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.

Spokane

As the second-largest city in the state of Washington, Spokane is a family-friendly destination that offers plenty of fun for everyone. The first thing you should do is explore the numerous lakes that the city is blessed with. Offering idyllic views as well as the chance to enjoy outdoor recreational activities, the local lakes allow you to fill an entire day with plenty of fun. The best choice would be lake Pend Oreille, which features still water and a calm vibe. While you’re in town, check out Riverfront Park. Voted one of the most beautiful urban parks in the U.S. by National Geographic, the park sits on the bank of the Spokane River, offering a great chance for you to unwind and get lost in nature. If you seek a cultural experience, Corbin Art Center might just have what you need.

Spokane greets its hungry visitors with plenty of farm-to-table restaurants, which offer the freshest produce. Some local favorites you should check out include Gander & Ryegrass, Spencer’s for Steaks and Chops, or Churchill’s Steakhouse.

Spokane’s main hub of transportation is the bus & train station at 221 W 1st Ave right in the heart of the city’s downtown area. From there, you can catch buses to various cities like Seattle, Missoula and Portland, as well as trains to San Francisco, Chicago and Salt Lake City, among many other places. Spokane is served by Amtrak’s Empire Builder line. The city’s main airport is Spokane International Airport, situated 5 miles west of downtown.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Portland?

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

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Departure stations

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 Spokane?

Spokane Intermodal Center - 221 W 1st Ave  - SPKAMT-0

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Spokane Intermodal Center - 221 W 1st Ave  - SPKAMT-1

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Arrival stations

The Spokane Intermodal Center on 1st Ave is Spokane’s primary hub for bus and train service. The city’s original train station was built at this location in 1891, and the red brick building has since been remodeled and expanded to include intercity bus service, too. Today, passengers can catch the iconic Amtrak Empire Builder train along its route from Chicago to Seattle or Portland, or hop on a FlixBus US or Jefferson Lines bus heading to destinations throughout the Northwest. The station is just north of I-90 and centrally located in Spokane, within a mile of the sprawling Riverfront Park, the Spokane Convention Center, and Gonzaga University.

All train stations in Spokane:

  • Spokane Intermodal Center - 221 W 1st Ave

Need a return trip from Spokane to Portland?

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