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Trip Summary

How much are train tickets from Portland to Tacoma?

Lowest Price$22.00
Fastest Train2h 32m
Trains Per Day2
Train Lines3

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Portland to Tacoma 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 Tacoma?

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from Portland to Tacoma. 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 Tacoma?

In the last month, $22.00 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 10 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $11.27 more than that for a same-day booking.

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 41 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 2 hours and 32 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?

Trains from Portland to Tacoma are the most crowded on Sunday. 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 Monday 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 3:00pm. 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?

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 Tacoma 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 Tacoma to Portland. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Portland to Tacoma for $1.00.

Which train should you take from Portland to Tacoma?

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

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak14h 10m$29.53
Amtrak Cascades12h 32m$23.34
Amtrak Coast Starlight12h 49m$24.44

Where is the train station in Portland?

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

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

Where is the train station in Tacoma?

Tacoma has one train station:

  • 1001 Puyallup Ave

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train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Portland, OR to Tacoma, WA
Based on 4 ratings and reviews

Based on 4 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)
June 13, 2019Business
Always accommodating my service animal and I. Pleasant and courteous staff. Quiet and relaxing commute.
May 21, 2019Visiting family
2.5 hours from PDX to Tacoma. Smooth ride, beautiful views, What's not to like?
Shorter line in the snack bar.
Much nicer than flying!

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