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Seattle - Whitefish Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

You can pick from 2 daily train trips between Seattle and Whitefish. The average train journey from Seattle to Whitefish takes 16 hours and 50 minutes, but some Amtrak Empire Builder train trips are as short as 13 hours and 16 minutes.

Distance374 mi (601 km)
Fastest train13h 16m
Lowest price$64.00
Trains per day1
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Average score for trains from Seattle to Whitefish

(Based on 2 ratings and reviews)

5.0

5.0

Karen

March 3, 2020- Visiting family

Amtrak Empire Builder

Pros: The train was clean, roomy and so relaxing. Driving to the station, parking, boarding all very smooth. Train ride was stress free, calm and I arrived rested! Cons: More snack and food choices and WIFI.

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

In the last month, the average price of a train ticket from Seattle to Whitefish was $95.75. Good news! You can find the cheapest tickets if you book your trip at least 19 days prior to the travel date. You’ll likely pay around $41.60 more if you wait to book until the last minute.

Monthly avg. prices

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Ticket prices for the train from Seattle to Whitefish often fluctuate based on the time of year. For the best prices on this route, book in October when the average ticket price is only $109. If you're thinking of traveling from Seattle to Whitefish during December, keep in mind that train ticket prices may be higher than usual, with an average price of $212 during this time of year. The best way to score a cheap deal, even in December, is to book your trip well in advance.

Prices as travel date approaches

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By booking your train trip from Seattle to Whitefish on Wanderu at least 19 days ahead of time, you can save about $41.60 on your ticket. Waiting until the last minute means missing out on these savings!

Which train should you take from Seattle to Whitefish?

2 train services operate from Seattle to Whitefish. However, each train line only offers one daily trip.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak120h 16m$136.57
Amtrak Empire Builder113h 17m$98.50
  • 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 Seattle to Whitefish every day, as well as 1 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $95.

  • The Amtrak Empire Builder is a long-distance passenger rail service that has been in operation since 1929. The full 2,200-mile route takes 45 hours to connect Chicago with the Pacific Northwest. Don’t let the length of the trip intimidate you; the Empire Builder is one of Amtrak’s most popular services, and often rated as the most scenic train route in the country. The sightseer lounge, home to enormous windows, is the perfect place to drink in the incredible views of the Mississippi River, the North Dakota Plains, Glacier National Park, and the Columbia River Gorge. Overnight trips on the Empire Builder include the option to book sleeper cabins, for a more comfortable journey and included meals. All passengers can purchase meals or snacks in the cafe car.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from Seattle to Whitefish. 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.

The distance between Seattle and Whitefish is approximately 374 miles, or 601 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 16 hours and 50 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 13 hours and 16 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.

Tuesday tends to be the busiest day of the week with travelers taking trains from Seattle to Whitefish. Ticket price also tend to be more expensive on Tuesday 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.

The earliest train departs Seattle at 7:00am 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.

Trains leave the station in Seattle 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 Whitefish 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 Whitefish to Seattle.

City Information

Seattle

Seattle is a must-see destination on the West Coast of the United States, offering many unique activities for any type of traveler. However, we're confident every visitor will enjoy the view of Mount Rainier from the top of Seattle's iconic Space Needle. Outdoor enthusiasts can bike, hike, boat, and ski in one of the top cities for outdoor activities in the U.S., while soaking in the Pacific Northwest's natural beauty (and yes, some rain as well). Urban explorers will love walking through Pike Place Market and experiencing Seattle's museums and public art, like the scenic Olympic Sculpture Park. These offerings and more make Seattle one of the best vacation destination in Washington.

Known for its coffee culture and as the birthplace of Starbucks, Seattle is also one of the top 5 craft beer cities in the U.S., which is ideal for those who prefer to experience the taste of a city served up in a latte mug or a pint glass.

Seattle is home to the largest airport in the Pacific Northwest, Seattle-Tacoma Airport, but there are plenty of other ways to continue your travels from the Emerald City. A short ferry ride to Bainbridge Island includes the chance to see orca whales in the Puget Sound, or you can catch the Amtrak Cascades train or one of several affordable bus options from the historic King Street Station to other exciting Northwest cities in British Columbia, Oregon and beyond.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Seattle?

Seattle, WA - King Street Station - SEAAMT-0

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Main departure station: King St Station - 303 S Jackson St

King Street Station is the main station for Amtrak train service and Greyhound bus service in Seattle, with connections to local public transit like the Link Light Rail and King County Metro at the International District/Chinatown station one block away. Located near downtown Seattle in the trendy Pioneer Square neighborhood, King Street Station opened in 1906 and continues to impress travelers with its restored Italian architecture and Venetian-style clocktower. King Street Station has on-site Amtrak staff, restrooms, and vending machines, and while there are no restaurants in the station, several nearby coffee shops and eateries make it easy to fuel up before your trip.

All train stations in Seattle:

  • King St Station - 303 S Jackson St

  • Pacific Central Station

  • 10251 St Edwards Dr

Where is the train station in Whitefish?

Main arrival station: Whitefish Cmnty Library

Whitefish has one train station.

All train stations in Whitefish:

  • Whitefish Cmnty Library

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