Second Amtrak Cascades train to Vancouver, B.C. started service August 19

WSDOT – 2009 News – Second Amtrak Cascades train to Vancouver, B.C. begins service August 19.

CBC – 2nd Seattle-Vancouver train ready to roll

These articles are a week or two old, but the additional train service finally started a week ago.  I went onto the Amtrak Cascades site and calculated the cost of a round trip on the train from Vancouver, BC to Seattle.

The new morning train out of Vancouver leaves at 6:40am and costs US$35 for that leg.  It arrives in Seattle at 11:00am.  Four hours may seem long for those who are used to speeding down I-5 to the outlet mall or elsewhere, but it’s a nice stress free way to enjoy the trip.  However, I have heard that Amtrak has tons of delays everyday.

The evening train leaves Seattle at 6:50pm and arrives back in Vancouver at 10:45pm for a cost of US$35.  So if you wanted to do a very short day trip in Downtown Seattle, you could now.  I think it would feel a little too rushed, though.  I would love to go overnight and catch a Mariner’s game in the evening and return the next day in the evening instead.  For US$70, I think it would be worth it.  I wouldn’t have to think about driving or parking.

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One comment

  1. I’d say it’s worth it if only because the border crossing is so easy. At least it has been for me the 2 or 3 times I’ve done it.

    The Vancouver Portland trip may be a tougher sell because the scheduled trip appears to be about 8 hours. Not necessarily longer than driving I guess depending on the border and traffic through Seattle.

    As far as delays are concerned, I’m sure there are delays. But for a few years I lived across from the station looking down on it. I watched the Amtrak train pull into the station day in and day out at 11:30 a.m. like clockwork. I took the train in the Spring and it was on time or a bit early both ways.

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