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Seattle - Bellingham Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

You can pick from 4 daily train trips between Seattle and Bellingham. The average train journey from Seattle to Bellingham takes 6 hours and 53 minutes, but some Amtrak Cascades train trips are as short as 2 hours and 4 minutes.

Distance79 mi (128 km)
Fastest train2h 4m
Lowest price$18.00
Trains per day3
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Average score for trains from Seattle to Bellingham

(Based on 7 ratings and reviews)

4.9

5.0

Kelly

May 3, 2024- Solo travel

Amtrak Cascades

Stress free travel

5.0

Luke

November 6, 2023- Visiting family

Amtrak Cascades

Pros: cabin cars are comfy, the scenery is pretty, very chill time overall. Cons: there was a broken door in our car, but i honestly did not mind at all. Tips: wifi works, some spotty areas, but it's better than mobile service. food car picks up quick in the mornings for coffee.

5.0

John

May 2, 2023- Visiting family

Amtrak

Pros: Comfortable ride. Very nice and attentive driver. Cons: Clearly post signs at Seattle’s King Street Station where the bus stops to pick up passengers. Tips: The King St Station is closed for renovation and there are no signs directing where to wait for the bus. It is on the lower level, not the street level where the front of the building is.

5.0

Natasha

September 28, 2022- Business

Amtrak

Pros: I was able to take a nap and didn’t have to fight with traffic. Cons: The bus was very cold. Tips: Bring a sweater in case the cabin ac is on.

5.0

Keith

August 17, 2019- Visiting family

Amtrak Cascades

Pros: Excellent communication from the staff on the train. Great dining car, food was adequate. Cons: The seats needed to be cleaned.

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

The average price for a train ticket from Seattle to Bellingham is $53.66, By booking your trip at least 15 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 $1.34 more.

Average prices by travel date

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For the next 30 days, the cost of a one-way train trip from Seattle to Bellingham will range from $47 to $81. If you're planning to travel by train to Bellingham in the upcoming week, the cheapest train ticket from Seattle you can find in the next 7 days is $57. Be sure to book your trip in advance as train ticket prices typically increase as your travel date approaches.

Monthly avg. prices

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Mark your calendar for January if you want to score the cheapest train tickets from Seattle to Bellingham. You’ll find the best deals during this time of year, when tickets cost an average of $32. If you're planning a trip from Seattle to Bellingham during July, bear in mind that ticket prices are usually higher during this month. Expect to pay about $52 for your train ticket, unless you book well in advance and find an even better deal.

Prices as travel date approaches

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Planning ahead pays off when it comes to booking your train trip from Seattle to Bellingham. By reserving your ticket on Wanderu at least 15 days before departure, you can save around $1.34. Don't miss out on these savings — book in advance!

Which train should you take from Seattle to Bellingham?

2 train services operate from Seattle to Bellingham. Amtrak 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
Amtrak28h 35m$76.76
Amtrak Cascades22h 5m$41.49
  • 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 2 Amtrak trains from Seattle to Bellingham every day, as well as 2 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $19.

  • 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 Seattle to Bellingham, and the average train ticket costs .

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from Seattle to Bellingham. 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 Bellingham is approximately 79 miles, or 128 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 6 hours and 53 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 2 hours and 4 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.

Saturday tends to be the busiest day of the week with travelers taking trains from Seattle to Bellingham. Ticket price also tend to be more expensive on Saturday than other days. If you are hoping to have more room on the train and even save some change check out travel options on Tuesday 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 6:00pm. 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 4 scheduled trains on most days. 3 of these are direct connections to Bellingham. 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 Bellingham 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.

Bellingham

Bellingham, WA, US - BLH-0

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Bellingham is a scenic coastal city nestled between Mount Baker and the Puget Sound in Washington State. Its waterfront port is the launch point for fishing trips, leisure boating, and cruises to Alaska — a convenient starting point, since the city is only 25 miles south of the Canadian border. Sprawling Whatcom Falls Park showcases the best of the Northwest's natural forested beauty, one of the features that make Bellingham a top Washington destination. Plus, it's only a short drive to the #1 most instagrammable National Park, North Cascades National Park.

Kiddos will light up when they visit the SPARK Museum of Electrical Inventions, home to hands-on science exhibits and live demonstrations. If you're traveling without kids, prepare to hit up Bellingham's brewery scene. Bars, wineries, cideries, and more fine establishments offer quality drinks at prices that still lure students from local Western Washington University. Find some of the best restaurants and shops in the Fairhaven Historic District, distinctive for its Victorian architecture and views over Bellingham Bay.

FlixBus, Quick Shuttle, and Amtrak Thruway buses connect Bellingham to major cities in the Northwest like Seattle. Ambitious travelers can even travel to Bellingham by bus from Minneapolis! Bellingham's proximity to Canada makes it easy to travel to Vancouver, BC via bus or train on the Amtrak Cascades. Several airlines fly into Bellingham International Airport, but Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is only about 2 hours away if you need to catch a flight to farther destinations.

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

Where is the train station in Bellingham?

Main arrival station: 401 Harris Ave

Bellingham has one train station.

All train stations in Bellingham:

  • 401 Harris Ave

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