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Tacoma-Portland Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

How much are train tickets from Tacoma to Portland?

Lowest Price$22.00
Fastest Train2h 47m
Trains Per Day2
Train Lines3

Frequently Asked Questions

How large is Portland?

Portland is the largest and most populous city in the state of Oregon, located near the Oregon/Washington State border. The Rose City has a metro population of 2,478,810 and a city square mileage of 145 square miles (or 376 square kilometers).

What’s the train schedule for Tacoma to Portland?

The earliest train from Tacoma to Portland is on the Amtrak Cascades line, and departs at 8:00 a.m. Pacific Time. The latest train departs at 6:00 p.m. Pacific Time.

How long does it take to travel from Tacoma to Portland by train?

On average it takes between 2 hours and 45 minutes and 3.5 hours — over a distance of 144 miles (231.7 kilometers) — to travel from Tacoma to Portland by train.

Is it safe to travel by train from Tacoma to Portland right now?

We stand behind CDC guidelines that caution passengers against non-essential travel during the coronavirus outbreak. That said, we recognize not everyone is in a position to completely abstain. Whether it’s for work, to take care of family or to get back home, some circumstances inevitably require travel. If you’re one of those individuals who still needs to book a trip, you can continue to do so on Wanderu.

Know that most train companies are still running at this time, though some have limited service. Visit our COVID-19 travel guide for resources and daily updates on the coronavirus and COVID travel restrictions.

In order to keep vehicles as clean and sanitized as possible, train companies are taking extra precautions for coronavirus. For details on what various companies are doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

Can you take a train all the way from Tacoma to Portland?

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from Tacoma to Portland. 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.

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

In the last month, $22.00 was the average price of a train ticket from Tacoma, WA to Portland, OR. 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 18 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $16.04 more than that for a same-day booking.

How long is the train journey from Tacoma to Portland?

The distance between Tacoma and Portland is approximately 120 miles, or 193 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 2 hours and 59 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 2 hours and 47 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.

When are trains the most crowded?

Trains from Tacoma to Portland are the most crowded on Tuesday. 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 Wednesday 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 Tacoma at 10:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 3:00pm. 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 Tacoma to Portland?

Trains leave the station in Tacoma 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 Portland 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 Portland to Tacoma. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Tacoma to Portland for $1.00.

Which train should you take from Tacoma to Portland?

There are 3 train lines with service from Tacoma, Washington to Portland, Oregon. There is only one daily train on each service.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak15h 29m$26.17
Amtrak Cascades12h 47m$24.69
Amtrak Coast Starlight13h 23m$24.19

Where is the train station in Tacoma?

There is one train station in Tacoma:

  • 1001 Puyallup Ave

Where is the train station in Portland?

Portland receives travelers from Tacoma at its two active train stations:

  • Union Station - 800 NW 6th Ave
  • 10470 SW Barnes Rd

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Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Tacoma, WA to Portland, OR
Based on 3 ratings and reviews

Based on 3 reviews
Users that traveled with Amtrak Cascades report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 67 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
December 1, 2019Visiting friends
How quickly we arrived at the destination How quickly we arrived at the destination
even though it was a short trip, it’s still important to have comfortable seating. An individual with a back problem would not survive even though it was a short trip, it’s still important to have comfortable seating. An individual with a back problem would not survive
November 5, 2019Business
Able both to plug in and work, and relax with a beer.Able both to plug in and work, and relax with a beer.
June 10, 2019Couples trip
Nice way to see views that are not normally able to be seenNice way to see views that are not normally able to be seen
better timing on Amtrak trainsbetter timing on Amtrak trains
get Amtrak's app to view actual train arrival and departure timesget Amtrak's app to view actual train arrival and departure times

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