Amtrak-ing from Seattle

Water views on Amtrak

Water views on Amtrak

With a new Amtrak Cascades line running – bringing the Portland (and Seattle) to Vancouver route up to twice a day – it’s never been easier or prettier to get between the urban centres of the Pacific Northwest. A usual car-addict, I wanted to try out the trip on a weekend jaunt to Seattle to see what all the fuss is about.

Immediately, the appeal is obvious. Despite an early morning (the train departs at 6:40 am), as soon as you’re settled on-board you’re able to relax. The seats are comfortable, wide and cushy (the only big difference between coach and business class is a wider armrest), the service is friendly, and the views – the views are definitely better than your typical highway fare.

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Amtrak-ing from Seattle

On the Train: Vancouver to Seattle & Beyond on the Amtrak Cascades Train

On board the Amtrak Cascades from Vancouver to Seattle; Photo © KC  Lynch

On board the Amtrak Cascades from Vancouver to Seattle; Photo © KC Lynch

If you’re looking for a weekend mini-break, or a way to combine a trip to Vancouver with a trip to the U.S., why not hop on the scenic Amtrak Cascades train and head to Seattle for a few days? The train takes about four hours to make the journey from Vancouver to Seattle and the whole trip is lovely: Gorgeous views of the Pacific Northwest coast, perfect in any weather. (I actually find it more romantic when it’s grey and moody.)

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On the Train: Vancouver to Seattle & Beyond on the Amtrak Cascades Train