The Amtrak Cascades route travels between Vancouver, British Columbia and Eugene, Oregon in the Pacific Northwest. It is one of the most scenic Amtrak routes with beautiful mountain and water views.

Things to Know

  • Only two carry-on bags are allowed per person (but only smaller bags that are 14x11x7 or smaller)
  • Four checked bags (two are free) are allowed. Checked bags must weigh 50 lbs or less and not be larger than 75 linear inches (length + width + height). Note that you can only check bags at the Albany, Bellingham, Centralia, Edmonds, Eugene, Everett, Portland, Salem, Seattle, Tacoma, Vancouver, B.C. and Vancouver, WA stations.
  • If you are crossing the border between US and Canada, you have to have proper documents like a passport. Get more details.


View the Cascades schedule to plan your trip. You can also see current schedules via Google Maps or when booking your tickets.


  • Multiple trains each day with WiFi, a cafe and business class seating
  • One morning and one evening train departs from Vancouver, BC with a four-hour trip time to Seattle
  • The entire route is just over 10.5 hours
  • The Seattle-Portland segment has the most trains


Top tips and takeaways from rider reviews include:

  • The Seattle to Vancouver segment is particularly beautiful
  • Some of the service options and amenities have declined in recent years
  • Request a forward facing seat when you check in if you don’t like riding facing the rear of the train
  • Driving or taking the bus is faster, but the train is comfortable and scenic if you want the rail experience (but not recommended if you’re in a hurry or on a tight schedule)



  • Downtown Vancouver
  • Science World
  • Bellingham Cruise Terminal
  • San Juan Cruises
  • Premier Harvest Seafood Market
  • Downtown Seattle
  • CenturyLink Field
  • The Great Hall at Union Station
  • Tacoma Dome
  • Downtown Portland
  • Moda Center
  • Veterans Memorial Coliseum
  • Williamette Hertitage Center
  • Martha Springer Botanical Garden
  • Deepwood Museum & Gardens
  • Skinner Butte Park
  • Alton Baker Park
  • Shelton-McMurphey-Johnson House

More Information

Amtrak to Seattle
How to use Google Maps for Amtrak Directions
Most scenic Amtrak routes on the West Coast