If you're traveling between Seattle and Portland via public transportation, consider a more traditional and efficient alternative to the bus or car and ride one of the Amtrak trains. Several daily trips give you flexible options while avoiding unnecessary traffic delays that interfere with bus arrival times. Even with clear roads, the bus between Seattle and Portland is slower and less scenic than Amtrak train routes.
Attend the University of Washington, Lewis and Clark College or any other college or university located in the Portland or Seattle areas? Amtrak offers a Student Advantage Card that will save you 15% when you opt for the train instead of the bus. Plus, military personnel, including their families, receive a 10% discount and first priority at the ticket line. Don't fall into either category? Amtrak has you covered where most bus lines fall short. Customers who book their ticket 14 days in advance receive a fantastic discount — 25% off the lowest available fares. Check out the full list of discount-eligible passengers.
Whether your final destination is the Seattle King Street Station or the Portland Union Station, feel at ease knowing you'll be dropped off within walking distance of each city's popular sites, sounds and attractions.
If you're still considering the bus from Seattle to Portland, or the bus from Portland to Seattle, instead book your ticket on Amtrak — online, through our mobile applications, 24 hours by phone or at the station. There are many onboard benefits associated with riding the Amtrak Cascades:
You can complete your trip with our best price guaranteed hotels, car rentals and prearranged things to do in your destination. So, skip the bus from Portland to Seattle, and ride the train.
Photo credits: Ciar (Pike Place Market), Jessica Sheridan (rose garden)