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Trip Summary

There are 4 daily trains from Seattle to Tacoma. Traveling by train from Seattle to Tacoma usually takes around 42 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak train can make the trip in 40 minutes.

Distance25 mi (40 km)
Fastest train0h 40m
Lowest price$12.00
Trains per day4
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Cascades
Train lines3

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Seattle, WA to Tacoma, WA

(Based on 2 ratings and reviews)

5.0

5.0

Miyosha

July 4, 2021- Visiting friends

Amtrak

Pros: First rime Amtrack rider everything was great. Nice and clean enjoy the short ride. And the peice was awesome. Cons: Nothing. Tips: None.

Pros: First rime Amtrack rider everything was great. Nice and clean enjoy the short ride. And the peice was awesome. Cons: Nothing. Tips: None.

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

In the last month, $12.13 was the average price of a train ticket from Seattle, WA 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 29 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $4.07 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 Seattle to Tacoma will vary between $12 and $15. Planning a train trip to Tacoma within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Seattle over the next 7 days is $12. 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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Traveling from Seattle to Tacoma by train will cost you about the same regardless of the time of year for which you plan your trip. In general, train ticket prices for that route don’t fluctuate much throughout the year, so expect to pay around $13 whenever you decide to board the train to Tacoma.

Prices as travel date approaches

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Since the average price of train trips from Seattle to Tacoma remains pretty consistent throughout the year, there’s no need to book your tickets too far in advance. However, we still recommend you purchase your train tickets at least 48 hours ahead of departure time to avoid surprise last-minute surges and the risk of the train selling out.

Which train should you take from Seattle to Tacoma?

There are 3 train lines with service from Seattle, Washington to Tacoma, Washington. Amtrak Cascades is your best bet, with 2 scheduled trains per day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak10h 40m$13.06
Amtrak Cascades20h 41m$13.44
Amtrak Coast Starlight10h 47m$14.14
  • Amtrak

    Amtrak

    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 Tacoma every day, as well as 1 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $12.

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  • 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 2 trips on the Amtrak Cascades from Seattle to Tacoma, and the average train ticket costs .

Frequently Asked Questions

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

The distance between Seattle and Tacoma is approximately 25 miles, or 40 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 42 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 40 minutes. It's a short and pleasant ride; the train is a perfect way to get to Tacoma.

When are trains the most crowded?

Trains from Seattle to Tacoma are the most crowded on Thursday. 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 Sunday 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 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.

Is there a direct train from Seattle to Tacoma?

There are 4 daily scheduled trains, all of which are direct trains that take you the entire way from Seattle to Tacoma.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Tacoma to Seattle. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Seattle to Tacoma for $4.99.

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.

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.

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 Seattle?

Departure stations

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.

Where is the train station in Tacoma?

Arrival stations

Tacoma has one train station.

Need a return trip from Tacoma to Seattle?

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