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Trip Summary

There are 4 daily trains from Portland to Tacoma. Traveling by train from Portland to Tacoma usually takes around 2 hours and 35 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Cascades train can make the trip in 2 hours and 31 minutes.

Distance120 mi (193 km)
Fastest train2h 31m
Lowest price$22.00
Trains per day6
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Cascades
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

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

(Based on 8 ratings and reviews)

4.8

5.0

Esther

October 18, 2021- Vacation

Amtrak Cascades

Pros: The 🚻 are very clean A concern for every mother when travelling with a daughter is the condition of the bathrooms In this case , train to Tacoma had very clean ones. Cons: Just the seats.

Pros: The 🚻 are very clean A concern for every mother when travelling with a daughter is the condition of the bathrooms In this case , train to Tacoma had very clean ones. Cons: Just the seats.

5.0

Elisabeth

September 30, 2021- Business

Amtrak Coast Starlight

Pros: The convenient of not having to drive. Cons: The announcement for the stops and any delays where very hard to hear. Tips: Definitely would recommend it.

Pros: The convenient of not having to drive. Cons: The announcement for the stops and any delays where very hard to hear. Tips: Definitely would recommend it.

4.0

Edgar

June 12, 2021- Solo travel

Amtrak Coast Starlight

Pros: The trip was delayed but other than that it was a very nice ride. Cons: Keep up the good work ,nice and clean.

Pros: The trip was delayed but other than that it was a very nice ride. Cons: Keep up the good work ,nice and clean.

4.0

Alisha

June 13, 2019- Business

Amtrak Cascades

Always accommodating my service animal and I. Pleasant and courteous staff. Quiet and relaxing commute.

Always accommodating my service animal and I. Pleasant and courteous staff. Quiet and relaxing commute.

5.0

Tate

May 21, 2019- Visiting family

Amtrak Cascades

Pros: 2.5 hours from PDX to Tacoma. Smooth ride, beautiful views, What's not to like? Cons: Shorter line in the snack bar. Tips: Much nicer than flying!

Pros: 2.5 hours from PDX to Tacoma. Smooth ride, beautiful views, What's not to like? Cons: Shorter line in the snack bar. Tips: Much nicer than flying!

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

In the last month, $26.19 was the average price of a train ticket from Portland, OR to Tacoma, 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 25 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $11.30 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

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Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Portland to Tacoma will vary between $22 and $41. Planning a train trip to Tacoma within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Portland over the next 7 days is $23. 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 Tacoma by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for February. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just $23 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Portland to Tacoma in May, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to $30 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 25 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Tacoma from Portland will be about $11.30 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Portland to Tacoma?

2 train services operate from Portland, Oregon to Tacoma, Washington. 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 Cascades32h 32m$31.99
Amtrak Coast Starlight12h 45m$32.50
  • 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 Tacoma, and the average train ticket costs .

  • Amtrak Coast Starlight

    Amtrak Coast Starlight

    Amtrak Coast Starlight train tickets from Portland to Tacoma start from $22, and on average cost . Daily there are 1 Amtrak Coast Starlight schedules to Tacoma. Amtrak Coast Starlight in Portland leaves from Union Station . And in Tacoma trains arrive at 422 E. 25th St. .

    From Portland to Tacoma train travel on Amtrak Coast Starlight takes 2 hours and 45 minutes. If you are looking to get to Tacoma faster, Amtrak Coast Starlight offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 2 hours and 31 minutes.

    If you are looking to travel to Tacoma on a weekend there is typically one Amtrak Coast Starlight 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 Tacoma 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 Tacoma?

The distance between Portland and Tacoma is approximately 120 miles, or 193 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 2 hours and 35 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 2 hours and 31 minutes. Although it takes a couple of hours each way, it's still possible to make a round trip in a single day. Since most trains are equipped with Wi-Fi, you should be able to browse the Internet or get some work done during your journey.

When are trains the most crowded?

Sunday tends to be the busiest day of the week with travelers taking trains from Portland to Tacoma. Ticket price also tend to be more expensive on Sunday than other days. If you are hoping to have more room on the train and even save some change check out travel options on Saturday instead, as less people travel then and deals are more likely to be found.

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 Tacoma?

There are 4 scheduled trains on most days. 6 of these are direct connections to Tacoma. While direct trains may still make stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains at any point. If you're looking to get to your destination faster, a direct train is the convenient and time-efficient choice.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Tacoma to Portland. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Portland to Tacoma for $11.99.

City Information

Portland

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Portland, OR - PDX-1

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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.

Tacoma

Tacoma has seen some hard times in recent years, but the city is receiving many new revival attempts, turning it into a charming town with its own unique attractions. For those interested in the history of the city, as well as the creativity of its residents, head towards the Museum District, which houses numerous interesting museums such as the Tacoma Art Museum and the Washington State History Museum. While in the area, don’t miss out on the chance to marvel at the architectural ingenuity of the Bridge of Glass. If you wish to enjoy a bit of outdoor air, diving into the cold water of American Lake in Lakewood in the morning is bound to make you happy.

Seafood has always been among Tacoma’s finest offerings, and the best place to enjoy these dishes is Duke’s Chowder House, which features a bay view. For a more exquisite taste, head over to Indochine, a pan-Asian restaurant featuring mouth watering dishes.

The main bus station and the Amtrak train station in Tacoma are both located on Puyallup Ave near downtown, just a few blocks from each other. Tacoma is served by Amtrak’s Cascades and Coast Starlight lines. The city’s main airport is Seattle–Tacoma International and it sits 22 miles north of the city.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Portland?

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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 Tacoma?

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Arrival stations

The Amtrak station in Tacoma is located at 1001 Puyallup Ave, just north of I-5 and very close to the Tacoma Dome. Local Sound Transit commuter rail uses the station, as well as Amtrak’s Coast Starlight from Seattle to Los Angeles and Cascades from Vancouver, BC to Eugene. The bus terminal at 510 Puyallup Ave is connected to the train station complex for easy transfers to local or intercity buses. The station complex includes two parking garages and a customer service center with restrooms and vending machines. Nearby attractions in Tacoma include Freighthouse Square, a shopping mall inside an old depot, and several museums like the Washington State History Museum and Museum of Glass.

All train stations in Tacoma:

  • 422 E. 25th St.

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