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How to book a Train from Seattle to Vancouver, BC?

I'm planning a trip to Vancouver in Spring. What is the best way to book train travel from Seattle to Vancouver? Is Online booking cheaper, or should I directly call Amtrak to buy a train ticket?

Related Topics:  Train Travel, Rail Travel, Train Tickets, Seattle Train, Vancouver Train, Rail

Anonymous asked February 23th, 2010 • Report
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Anonymous Traveling through the Great Pacific Northwest by rail was one of the most amazing experiences I've ever had. I saw breathtakingly beautiful natural scenery and the majestic snow-capped mountains from the comfort of my window. The train ride from Seattle, WA to Vancouver, BC takes about 3 - 4 hours.

A few travel tips to book your train tickets from Seattle to Vancouver:

Call Amtrak at 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245), or visit Amtrak's website at to book your train reservations. You can purchase tickets in person at any staffed Amtrak station, or at a Quik-Trak kiosk. Quik-Trak kiosks are located at most larger train stations.

If you ordered your tickets online or by phone, pick them up at a ticket agent or at one of the Quik-Trak kiosks located at major Amtrak stations (you'll need your credit card and reservation number to activate the Quik-Trak kiosk). If you've booked your trip well in advance, you can also request that your tickets be mailed to you. Amtrak will mail tickets to US and Canadian addresses only.

The shortest rail trip from Seattle to Vancouver takes about 3 hours, 5 min and costs as low as $37.50. Amtrak charges an additional $5.00 fee, if you wish to take your bike to Vancouver.

Every week Amtrak offers discount train tickets on selected routes. You can find Amtrak Promotion Codes and Discounts at Join Amtrak's Guest Rewards Program, if you plan on traveling by train frequently. You can earn reward points towards future train travel, airline flights, and hotels all around the world. Visit or call the Amtrak Guest Rewards service center at 1-800-307-5000 for more information.

Bring your own food if you want to save money on meals in the dining car. Also keep in mind, all Amtrak trains are non-smoking trains. Hope it helps. Enjoy your train ride from Seattle to Vancouver!

*** Amtrak Baggage Restrictions

Check in your bags at least 30 minutes prior to departure, and allow 1 hour for bikes to be boxed and checked. Bicycle boxes and ski bags are available for purchase at the Amtrak train station. You may check up to 3 pieces of baggage each weighing less than than 50 lbs (23 kg). You may also bring aboard 2 pieces of carry-on baggage. Each carry-on bag should weigh less than 50 lbs.

Call 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245), if you have any questions regarding your baggage.

*** US/Canada Border Crossing Information

Traveling by train is a great way to avoid long delays at the US-Canadian border! When making a train reservation to cross the US/Canada border, you'll have to provide your Date of birth, Gender, Country of citizenship, and a valid form of ID. The information you provide will be attached to your reservation records and supplied to Customs and Immigration officers to facilitate your clearance at the US/Canada border crossing.

*** List of Seattle Amtrak Train Stations

Seattle (SEA), Station Building (with waiting room)
303 South Jackson Street
King Street Station
Seattle, WA 98104

Seattle - Ferry/Pier 69 (SVF), Platform with Shelter
2701 Alaskan Way
Victoria Clipper Ferry, Pier 69
Seattle, WA 98121

Renton - Tukwila (TUK), Platform with Shelter
2100 Longacres Drive SW
Sounder Commuter Rail Station
Renton, WA 98057

Tacoma (TAC), Station Building (with waiting room)
1001 Puyallup Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98421 | Answered th, 2010


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