How to Book Train Travel From Portland to Seattle


How to Book Train Travel From Portland to Seattle. A highly traveled route, the train trip from Portland to Seattle will whisk you between 2 of the greatest cities in the Pacific Northwest. You will enjoy stunning scenery as well as 2 very distinct communities known for their friendly atmospheres.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer with Internet access
  • Maps of Oregon and Washington

Book Your Tickets From Portland to Seattle

Visit the Amtrak Web site (see Resources) to book tickets for train travel from Portland to Seattle. As America's main passenger carrier line, you will have extensive travel options to choose from.

Book your ticket from Amtrak by phone by calling (800) USA-RAIL.

Retrieve your tickets from an automated kiosk or the train station ticket counter if you prefer to pick them up at the station in Portland.

Choose among options for seating in Coach, Business or designated Quiet cars. Generally, you will receive more legroom in Business class and more amenities.

Book as many tickets as you need. If there is enough advanced notice, your tickets can be mailed to you.

Prepare for Travel by Train

Make sure your carry-on bags are the right size, according to the Amtrak site, before you leave Portland. Typically, you shouldn't carry more than you can handle in one trip.

Bring food with you. Amtrak trains offer snack compartments and some even have full dining cars, but you can save a sizable amount of money by planning ahead.

Be sure to bring games and books to entertain you and your family while onboard.

Use your laptop computer. Amtrak trains come equipped with laptop outlets for you to plug into during your trip.

Pack layers of clothing. Not only can weather in the Pacific Northwest be unpredictable at times, but train cars can be a bit chilly to many people.

Find Things to Do in Seattle

Visit the original coffeehouses where the java craze in this country all began. Seattle has the second highest amount of coffee shops per capita, with nearly three shops for every 10,000 people. Only Anchorage, Alaska, has more per capita.

Toss a fish at Pike Place Market. This open-air shopping center features hundreds of local vendors and trades people.

Take the kids to the Seattle Children's Museum for interactive fun or to Green Lake for paddle boating during the summer months.

Tips & Warnings

  • Arrive at least a half an hour early to the Portland train station. If taking along bikes or skis, allow extra time to have them boxed or bagged and stowed on the train.
  • See the Amtrak Web site for baggage restrictions for carry-on and checked luggage per train.

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