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Trip Summary

There are usually 11 daily train trips available from Seattle to Vancouver. Traveling by train from Seattle to Vancouver usually takes 7 hours and 2 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak train can make the trip in 2 hours and 59 minutes.

Distance137 mi (220 km)
Fastest train2h 59m
Lowest price$29.00
Trains per day7
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines3

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Average score for trains from Seattle to Vancouver

(Based on 18 ratings and reviews)

4.9

5.0

Tushar

January 1, 2024- Solo travel

Amtrak

Wifi service was poor.

4.0

Sokunthea

July 8, 2023- Solo travel

Amtrak Cascades

Pros: Fun. Cons: N/A. Tips: N/A.

5.0

Tetyana

May 2, 2023- Visiting family

Amtrak

I was takin the train last time in Ukraine 25 years ago I very liked

5.0

RONALD N

November 28, 2022- Visiting family

Amtrak Cascades

Pros: This was my first ride on a train. The trip was more than I expected. The ride was very smooth and comfortable. Rest assured that I will recommend a train ride whenever we're in Seattle. Cons: I did not see or know of anything that needed improvement. Tips: I would strongly suggest that traveling by train is a safe and comfortable way to travel.

5.0

Menki

October 17, 2022- Vacation

Amtrak

Very helpful Amtrak CS support when we screwed up the booking details. Fast and efficient rescheduling of seats

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

In the last month, the average price of a train ticket from Seattle, WA to Vancouver, WA was $80.57. Good news! You can find the cheapest tickets if you book your trip at least 1 days prior to the travel date. You’ll likely pay around $10.93 more if you wait to book until the last minute.

Average prices by travel date

$105$70$35JulJul

Over the next 30 days, a one-way train trip from Seattle to Vancouver will cost between $72 and $101. Book in advance to secure the best price in the next few weeks.

Monthly average prices

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Ticket prices for the train from Seattle to Vancouver often fluctuate based on the time of year. For the best prices on this route, book in September when the average ticket price is only $53. If you're thinking of traveling from Seattle to Vancouver during December, keep in mind that train ticket prices may be higher than usual, with an average price of $74 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 Vancouver on Wanderu at least 1 days ahead of time, you can save about $10.93 on your ticket. Waiting until the last minute means missing out on these savings!

Which train should you take from Seattle to Vancouver?

There are 3 train lines with service from Seattle to Vancouver. Amtrak is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 6 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak67h 59m$96.23
Amtrak Cascades42h 59m$42.81
Amtrak Coast Starlight13h 18m$60.75
  • 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 6 Amtrak trains from Seattle to Vancouver every day, as well as 10 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $29.

  • 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 4 trips on the Amtrak Cascades from Seattle to Vancouver, 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

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from Seattle to Vancouver. 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 Vancouver is approximately 137 miles, or 220 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 7 hours and 2 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 2 hours and 59 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.

Trains from Seattle to Vancouver 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 Thursday instead, as it tends to be the least crowded day of the week.

The earliest train departs Seattle at 5:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 7:00pm. 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 11 scheduled trains on most days. 7 of these are direct connections to Vancouver. 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 Vancouver 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.

Vancouver

Vancouver, WA, US - VAN-0

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Vancouver sits on the northern banks of the Columbia River in Washington and is the state's fourth most populated city. The surrounding Cascade Mountains offer incredible Pacific Northwest adventures. Mount Saint Helens and Mount Hood, two snow-topped volcanoes, are within short drives of Vancouver for easy access to hikes and ski runs. Beacon Rock State Park includes a trail to the summit of a monolithic rock formation. Plus, the Columbia River Gorge is easily one of the best destinations in Washington for breathtaking scenery.

Vancouver is located just across the Columbia from Portland, and Interstates 5 and 205 have north to south bridges connecting Portland to Vancouver. Within the city, you will find Vancouver's mass transit system, C-Tran, to get around with ease.

Several Amtrak services operate from Vancouver, including the Coast Starlight, Empire Builder, and Cascades routes. If you're arriving by air, the nearest airport is Portland International Airport, just a few minutes' drive from downtown Vancouver.

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 Vancouver?

Main arrival station: 1301 W 11th St

Vancouver has one train station.

All train stations in Vancouver:

  • 1301 W 11th St

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