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Trip Summary

There are 4 daily trains from Spokane to Vancouver. Traveling by train from Spokane to Vancouver usually takes around 10 hours and 40 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Empire Builder train can make the trip in 6 hours and 33 minutes.

Distance285 mi (458 km)
Fastest train6h 33m
Lowest price$46.00
Trains per day1
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Spokane, WA to Vancouver, WA

(Based on 2 ratings and reviews)

5.0

5.0

Liliya

November 23, 2021- Visiting friends

Amtrak Empire Builder

Pros: Was very nice. Good views. Easy travel. Tips: Stop talking loudly on the train.

Pros: Was very nice. Good views. Easy travel. Tips: Stop talking loudly on the train.

5.0

Becky

June 7, 2019- Solo travel

Amtrak Empire Builder

Quite comfortable ride very smooth

Quite comfortable ride very smooth

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

In the last month, $55.36 was the average price of a train ticket from Spokane, WA to Vancouver, WA. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 25 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $30.11 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

$90$60$30NovDec

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Spokane to Vancouver will vary between $53 and $84. Planning a train trip to Vancouver within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Spokane over the next 7 days is $62. 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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If you are trying to decide when to travel from Spokane to Vancouver by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for October. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just $56 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Spokane to Vancouver in June, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to $65 at that time of year. However, if you book your trip ahead of time, you have a high chance of scoring a ticket at a lower price.

Prices as travel date approaches

$100$80$60$40$203020100

If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 25 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Vancouver from Spokane will be about $30.11 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Spokane to Vancouver?

2 train services operate from Spokane, Washington to Vancouver, Washington. Amtrak usually has more trains scheduled, with 3 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak312h 8m$84.98
Amtrak Empire Builder16h 33m$53.73
  • 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 3 Amtrak trains from Spokane to Vancouver every day, as well as 3 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $53.

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  • Amtrak Empire Builder

    Amtrak Empire Builder

    Amtrak Empire Builder train tickets from Spokane to Vancouver start from $46, and on average cost . Daily there are 1 Amtrak Empire Builder schedules to Vancouver. Amtrak Empire Builder in Spokane leaves from Spokane Intermodal Center - 221 W 1st Ave . And in Vancouver trains arrive at 1301 W 11th St .

    From Spokane to Vancouver train travel on Amtrak Empire Builder takes 6 hours and 33 minutes.

    If you are looking to travel to Vancouver on a weekend there is typically one Amtrak Empire Builder scheduled trip per day, which will cost for a one-way weekend reservation from Spokane.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Spokane to Vancouver 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.

Can you take a train all the way from Spokane to Vancouver?

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from Spokane 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.

How long is the train journey from Spokane to Vancouver?

The distance between Spokane and Vancouver is approximately 285 miles, or 458 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 10 hours and 40 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 6 hours and 33 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.

When are trains the most crowded?

On a weekly basis, the greatest number of passengers tend to travel by trains from Spokane to Vancouver on Monday. Tickets for Monday tend to also be the most expensive. For savy travelers looking for cheaper priced tickets search for travel departing on Saturday. Saturday also tend to have less passangers which may make boarding faster and let you snag your perfect seat.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Spokane at 2:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 8:00am. 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 Spokane to Vancouver?

There are 4 scheduled trains on most days. There is one direct train, which you can stay on for the entire journey from Spokane to Vancouver. In contrast, taking a non-direct train would require you to transfer trains during your trip.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Vancouver to Spokane.

City Information

Spokane

As the second-largest city in the state of Washington, Spokane is a family-friendly destination that offers plenty of fun for everyone. The first thing you should do is explore the numerous lakes that the city is blessed with. Offering idyllic views as well as the chance to enjoy outdoor recreational activities, the local lakes allow you to fill an entire day with plenty of fun. The best choice would be lake Pend Oreille, which features still water and a calm vibe. While you’re in town, check out Riverfront Park. Voted one of the most beautiful urban parks in the U.S. by National Geographic, the park sits on the bank of the Spokane River, offering a great chance for you to unwind and get lost in nature. If you seek a cultural experience, Corbin Art Center might just have what you need.

Spokane greets its hungry visitors with plenty of farm-to-table restaurants, which offer the freshest produce. Some local favorites you should check out include Gander & Ryegrass, Spencer’s for Steaks and Chops, or Churchill’s Steakhouse.

Spokane’s main hub of transportation is the bus & train station at 221 W 1st Ave right in the heart of the city’s downtown area. From there, you can catch buses to various cities like Seattle, Missoula and Portland, as well as trains to San Francisco, Chicago and Salt Lake City, among many other places. Spokane is served by Amtrak’s Empire Builder line. The city’s main airport is Spokane International Airport, situated 5 miles west of downtown.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Spokane?

Spokane Intermodal Center - 221 W 1st Ave  - SPKAMT-0

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Spokane Intermodal Center - 221 W 1st Ave  - SPKAMT-1

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Departure stations

The Spokane Intermodal Center on 1st Ave is Spokane’s primary hub for bus and train service. The city’s original train station was built at this location in 1891, and the red brick building has since been remodeled and expanded to include intercity bus service, too. Today, passengers can catch the iconic Amtrak Empire Builder train along its route from Chicago to Seattle or Portland, or hop on a FlixBus US or Jefferson Lines bus heading to destinations throughout the Northwest. The station is just north of I-90 and centrally located in Spokane, within a mile of the sprawling Riverfront Park, the Spokane Convention Center, and Gonzaga University.

All train stations in Spokane:

  • Spokane Intermodal Center - 221 W 1st Ave

Where is the train station in Vancouver?

Arrival stations

Vancouver has one train station.

All train stations in Vancouver:

  • 1301 W 11th St

Need a return trip from Vancouver to Spokane?

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