Seattle to Vancouver BC – route

I took the 510 Amtrak Cascades train from Seattle’s downtown King St Station to Vancouver BC’s Pacific Central Station (there is a Vancouver in Washington state, slightly confusing!).  The train took 4 hours, the 510 departing at 7:45 am, arriving at 11:45 am.

You can check in a bag 45 minutes prior to departure and then queue for your seat allocation.  The train was three double-decker carriages with cars A and C having upstairs and downstairs allocated seating and car B being the refreshments car and also with unallocated sideways viewing chairs.


It was a slow leisurely journey which enabled me to see and appreciate the scenery of the waterways, mountains, bays and country side.

I saw seals swimming in Puget Sound and sea birds along the shore.  The water looked very clear and was a cold 9 degrees Celsius.

Seattle to Vancouver BC – Plane on a train

We passed a plane on a train, minus its wings, just outside Seattle downtown.  Boeing is up the road/tracks at Everett.

I am looking forward to doing the Boeing tour when I return to Seattle before flying back to Brisbane.

Once we arrived into Vancouver our bags were waiting for us on the platform and going through Canadian customs was orderly and quick.


Seattle to Vancouver BC – bay and town
Seattle to Vancouver BC – waterways
Seattle to Vancouver BC – farm
Seattle to Vancouver BC – waterway
Seattle to Vancouver BC – train track
Seattle to Vancouver BC – old pier








Seattle to Vancouver BC – Vancouver



Seattle to Vancouver BC – bay

Having travelled extensively since a young child, I am now looking to share my experiences while indulging in my travel passions of castles, dinosaurs, trains, and UNESCO sites. I also want to show that you can travel safely and easily on your own. When I am not travelling, I am an IT Project Manager.


  1. That looks a very interesting train trip -lots of interesting scenery. How long was the journey ( distance and time)?

    • Jenny Reply

      Scheduled for 4 hours but we were delayed near Vancouver as they had just laid new track and we had to go extra slow. I don’t know the distance but driving is about 140 miles / 225 kms. I will update the blog with the travel time.

  2. The Driving takes about 4 hours, as the highway is a good Interstate, but if you want to stop on the way and enjoy the views and eat some fresh halibut for lunch, it takes a bit longer. The scenery is gorgeous, whichever way you look. So going by train is a good idea.
    I hope you have time in Vancouver to visit Stanley Park and look at the large totem poles.
    The other Vancouver in WA across the Columbia River from Portland area was a Hudson Bay Company outpost (still there, a museum) which thought it should have been incorporated into Canada. The HBC was dead against having the northern/southern border where it is today and wanted it to run along the Columbia.

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