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A Retro and Efficient Alternative to the Bus between Seattle and Portland

Why Choose Amtrak Trains Over the Bus?

Enjoy the Bus Alternative between Seattle and Vancouver - Amtrak Train Travel

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.

Popular Attractions near Each Train Station

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.

Seattle Pike Place Market  
Walk from the Seattle King Street Station to a Seahawk football or Mariner baseball game. If sports aren't your thing, scope out other nearby sites like the Seattle Aquarium, Pike Place Market or iconic Space Needle.


Portland International Test Rose Garden  
Similarly, the Portland Union Station permits immediate walking access to the Pearl District's dense assortment of restaurants, shops and art galleries. Less than three miles away, travelers can smell the roses at the famous Rose Garden or hit the water for a Portland Spirit cruise.

Onboard Benefits

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:

  • Relax in a reclining seat
  • Stay cool with air conditioned cars
  • Power mobile devices via electric outlets
  • Access the web with free Wi-Fi®
  • Store gear away with plenty of storage
  • Grab a bite to eat and a drink at the Bistro car
  • Unwind in the Quiet car
  • Enjoy the Pacific Northwest's beautiful scenery

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)