Trains from Vancouver to Spokane

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Vancouver - Spokane Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

There are 3 daily trains from Vancouver to Spokane. Traveling by train from Vancouver to Spokane usually takes around 10 hours and 20 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Empire Builder train can make the trip in 7 hours and 8 minutes.

Distance285 mi (458 km)
Fastest train7h 8m
Lowest price$46.00
Trains per day1
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Vancouver to Spokane

(Based on 2 ratings and reviews)

4.5

4.0

Lynna

November 26, 2021- Visiting friends

Amtrak Empire Builder

Pros: Relaxed trip was nice. Cons: Maybe if a passenger is hacking up a lung over and over they could be guided to a seat away from densely populated seating. I'm on chemo meds immunocompromised and having someone coughing like crazy sit behind me made me nervous and c...

Pros: Relaxed trip was nice. Cons: Maybe if a passenger is hacking up a lung over and over they could be guided to a seat away from densely populated seating. I'm on chemo meds immunocompromised and having someone coughing like crazy sit behind me made me nervous and changed my experience a bit. I know they had a mask and so did I but I ended up covering my head with my blanket for 3 hours of my trip. Tips: It's very possible to make yourself comfortabe. I suggest bringing a blanket and maybe a small pillow. Don't forget your headphones. Download some movies to watch and time flies.

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

In the last month, $68.74 was the average price of a train ticket from Vancouver to Spokane. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 28 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $84.80 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

$105$70$35AugAug

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Vancouver to Spokane will vary between $55 and $104. Planning a train trip to Spokane within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Vancouver over the next 7 days is $75. 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 Vancouver to Spokane by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for May. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just $54 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Vancouver to Spokane in December, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to $77 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

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If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 28 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Spokane from Vancouver will be about $84.80 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Vancouver to Spokane?

2 train services operate from Vancouver to Spokane. 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
Amtrak213h 9m$113.25
Amtrak Empire Builder17h 8m$49.46
  • 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 2 Amtrak trains from Vancouver to Spokane every day, as well as 2 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $56.

  • Amtrak Empire Builder

    Amtrak Empire Builder

    The Amtrak Empire Builder is a long-distance passenger rail service that has been in operation since 1929. The full 2,200-mile route takes 45 hours to connect Chicago with the Pacific Northwest. Don’t let the length of the trip intimidate you; the Empire Builder is one of Amtrak’s most popular services, and often rated as the most scenic train route in the country. The sightseer lounge, home to enormous windows, is the perfect place to drink in the incredible views of the Mississippi River, the North Dakota Plains, Glacier National Park, and the Columbia River Gorge. Overnight trips on the Empire Builder include the option to book sleeper cabins, for a more comfortable journey and included meals. All passengers can purchase meals or snacks in the cafe car.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

Although masks are no longer required on public transportation, we stand behind CDC guidelines that encourage passengers to wear a mask over their nose and mouth while on the train or in stations.

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 Vancouver to Spokane?

The distance between Vancouver and Spokane is approximately 285 miles, or 458 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 10 hours and 20 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 7 hours and 8 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?

Wednesday tends to be the busiest day of the week with travelers taking trains from Vancouver to Spokane. Ticket price also tend to be more expensive on Wednesday than other days. If you are hoping to have more room on the train and even save some change check out travel options on Sunday instead, as less people travel then and deals are more likely to be found.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Vancouver at 8:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 5:00pm. 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 Vancouver to Spokane?

There are 3 scheduled trains on most days. There is one direct train, which you can stay on for the entire journey from Vancouver to Spokane. 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 Spokane to Vancouver.

City Information

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.

Spokane

As the second-largest city in the state, Spokane is a family-friendly Washington 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 Vancouver?

Main departure station: 1301 W 11th St

There is one train station in Vancouver.

All train stations in Vancouver:

  • 1301 W 11th St

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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Main arrival station: Spokane Intermodal Center - 221 W 1st Ave

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

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