Planning a train trip to Seattle? Three Amtrak routes travel to the city: Amtrak Cascades, Coast Starlight and the Empire Builder (which travels cross-country from Chicago through the Upper Midwest). It’s an especially easy commute from cities in Washington (including Everett and Spokane) and in Oregon (including Portland, Tacoma and Eugene). You can also travel directly to Seattle from Vancouver, British Columbia and cities in California.
To view your trip options and schedules, use the Find Trains feature on the Amtrak.com homepage. You may need to ride more than one train and transfer in Chicago or Los Angeles to a Seattle-bound train. Most people book tickets to the King Street Station in downtown Seattle or you can travel to the Tukvila Station and request an Uber, Lyft or taxi for the 10-minute ride to the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
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Things to Know
- You can travel directly to Seattle by train from cities in Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, Montana, Idaho, Washington, Oregon and California.
- The Southwest Chief, Sunset Limited and Texas Eagle Amtrak routes travel to Los Angeles where you can transfer to a Coast Starlight train to reach Seattle.
- At the King Street Station, you can connect with Sound Transit commuter trains (typically weekday rush hour service only).
- The First Hill Streetcar is about a 5-minute walk away from the Amtrak station as well as the International District/Chinatown Link light rail station.
- You can also use Uber of Lyft to get from the King Street Station to your final destination.
- Get a discount on Seattle attractions with CityPass.
Top photo credit: Howard Ignatius