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Salem - Portland Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

You can pick from 3 daily train trips between Salem and Portland. The average train journey from Salem to Portland takes one hour and 28 minutes, but some Amtrak Cascades train trips are as short as one hour and 24 minutes.

Distance44 mi (70 km)
Fastest train1h 24m
Lowest price$7.00
Trains per day3
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Cascades
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Average score for trains from Salem to Portland

(Based on 5 ratings and reviews)

4.6

5.0

Steven

July 26, 2023- Business

Amtrak Cascades

Easy to get on and checked ticket. Relaxing wat to beat highway traffic!

5.0

Tina

June 7, 2023- Visiting friends

Amtrak Cascades

Everything

4.0

Bradley D

June 2, 2022- Visiting friends

Amtrak Cascades

Booking through Wanderu worked. Amtrak booking didn't.

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

The average price for a train ticket from Salem to Portland is $7.00, This is one of the best deals we’ve seen for train fares recently. By booking your trip at least 24 days in advance, you increase your chances of scoring even cheaper tickets. But if you wait until the day of your trip to book tickets, expect to pay $13.40 more.

Average prices by travel date

$30$20$10JunJun

The average cost of a one-way train trip from Salem to Portland is expected to fluctuate between $13 and $18 in the next 30 days. If you’re planning a train trip to Portland in the upcoming week, the cheapest price in the next 7 days for a ticket from Salem is $14.

Monthly avg. prices

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Ticket prices for the train from Salem to Portland often fluctuate based on the time of year. For the best prices on this route, book in February when the average ticket price is only $12. If you're thinking of traveling from Salem to Portland during June, keep in mind that train ticket prices may be higher than usual, with an average price of $19 during this time of year. The best way to score a cheap deal, even in June, is to book your trip well in advance.

Prices as travel date approaches

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Planning ahead pays off when it comes to booking your train trip from Salem to Portland. By reserving your ticket on Wanderu at least 24 days before departure, you can save around $13.40. Don't miss out on these savings — book in advance!

Which train should you take from Salem to Portland?

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

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak Cascades21h 24m$10.64
Amtrak Coast Starlight11h 37m$22.84
  • 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 2 trips on the Amtrak Cascades from Salem to Portland, and the average train ticket costs .

  • 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

The distance between Salem and Portland is approximately 44 miles, or 70 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 1 hour 28 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 1 hour 24 minutes. As a relatively short ride, taking the train is an easy way to travel between these two cities.

Trains departing from Salem to Portland tend to have the most passengers on Wednesday. With higher demand ticket prices also tend to be higher on Wednesday. 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 Saturday as the least number of people tend to travel then.

The earliest train departs Salem at 8:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 5:00pm. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

There are 3 daily scheduled trains, all of which are direct trains that take you the entire way from Salem to Portland.

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

City Information

Salem

Salem, OR, US - SAM-0

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Salem is the capital of Oregon and one of the state's best vacation destinations. Nestled in the Willamette Valley, the city is rich with outdoor activities, diverse cuisine, and sites reflecting Oregon's history.

The Deepwood Estate, a mansion built in 1893, runs tours that share early Salem history. Explore the surrounding gardens at Deepwood or walk the many paths in Bush's Pasture Park to discover their lush plant life. The Willamette River that runs through Salem is a gorgeous spot to fish, kayak, or board the historic Willamette Queen steamboat for a dinner cruise.

Salem's charming downtown overflows with local coffee shops, cafés, and restaurants serving fresh fare and the best wines from the Willamette Valley. The Saturday Farmers Market near the state capitol serves up fresh produce alongside live music and food trucks.

Many bus services operate in Salem, including Jefferson Lines, FlixBus, Shuttle Oregon, and the Amtrak Thruway. Amtrak's Coast Starlight line also stops in Salem, heading to LA and Seattle, as well as the Cascades, going to Vancouver and Eugene, Oregon.

Portland

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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 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.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Salem?

Main departure station: 500 13th St SE

There is one train station in Salem.

All train stations in Salem:

  • 500 13th St SE

Where is the train station in Portland?

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

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Main arrival 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

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