New Amtrak departure increases daily trips across Cascadia region

Mar 6, 2023, 6:34 AM | Updated: 12:53 pm
A new Amtrak departure from Vancouver, B.C., to Portland, began Monday. This will increase the number of Seattle-Portland round trips from four to five. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
(Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

A new Amtrak Cascades departure from Vancouver, B.C., to Portland, began Monday. This will increase the number of Seattle-Portland round trips from three to four.

Amtrak Cascades says it is also dropping a mid-afternoon train from Portland that leaves Seattle at 3:05 p.m. for Vancouver, B.C. The new schedules are listed on the Amtrak Cascades website.

Amtrak resumes service to Vancouver, BC after 2-year hiatus due to border restrictions

The additional round trip restores the Amtrak Cascades service similar to those north of Seattle before the pandemic started in March 2020. The change also adds a midday southbound trip out of Seattle.

Amtrak Cascades trains connect cities along the I-5 corridor and into Canada, including Seattle, Vancouver, B.C., and Portland.

Daily round-trip service includes:

  • Four daily trains between Portland and Seattle
  • Two daily trains between Eugene and Portland
  • One daily train between Seattle and Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • Several connecting buses

Amtrak Cascades is funded primarily by ticket revenues, with the balance of operating costs paid for by the states of Washington and Oregon.

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New Amtrak departure increases daily trips across Cascadia region