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seattle to whistler

I was wondering if there was a bus or train service from seattle to whistler, as it is so much cheaper to fly into seattle, as opposed to vancouver. I know the perimeter bus goes from vancouver to seattle but i would need to get from seattle to vancouver any info would be great, hoping to do trip second week-end in feb 2008

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1. Re: seattle to whistler

There are two separate train services--Amtrak from Seattle to Vancouver (but it only goes once a day at 7 AM and leaves Vancouver for the return trip at 6 PM).

Then there's the Whistler Mountaineer from Vancouver--but I'm not sure if it even runs in the winter--actually I just confirmed that it does not, so never mind on that. There is bus or shuttle service from Vancouver though (I think that's Perimeter--the bus service between Seattle and Vancouver is Quickshuttle).

You might consider renting a car and driving--it's about a 4.5 hour drive each way from Seattle to Whistler if you bypass downtown Vancouver--if you decide to do that, post again and I can give you the route.

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2. Re: seattle to whistler

Hi pooh8,

If you choose to take a train, you will need to find transport from the airport to downtown Seattle.

The Amtrak is available from downtown Seattle to downtown Vancouver (the ride is several hours long). Once in Vancouver we have a couple of bus services from the station to Whistler( the bus trip is about 2 hrs long with construction stops)

The option of renting a car from the airport and driving north into Canada ( about 3 hrs) is another choice and the most direct route. **Warning, yesterday we had a 4 hour wait at the US/CA border. Try not to cross the border on Fri-Sat-Sun.

Flights to Seattle are much cheaper BUT you still have to come north (Vancouver) and north again (Whistler).

My question is......how much is your time worth?

It will basically take a day from Seatac airport to the Whistler Village with all the little stops, customs, contructions, rush hour inbetween.

It may be more to your advantage to fly direct to Vancouver vs 2 days of traveling back and forth Sea- Vanc.

I just took a look at Clipper Vacations based in Seattle and here is what they offer;

package that will include transportation aboard the Amtrak Cascades to Vancouver, where you will then catch a motorcoach bound for Whistler.


Good luck,


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3. Re: seattle to whistler

Amtrak offers a bus/train package, since the line between Seattle and Vancouver is currently closed. Bus transport to Vancouver BC, then catch the train to Whistler.

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I am in the middle of researching for a Mtn Bike trip in August '08. If you fly into Seattle, you can take an Amtrak Train ( 7:30 am departure, only one trip daily) or Amtrack bus to Vancouver. From Vancouver you can take the Greyhound bus to Whistler Village. This works out the best since the Greyhound Station and the Amtrak station is in the same location.

You will save about a day if you fly into Vancouver. However, I am travelling with 2 youg boys and one of them loves trains, so we will be taking the 7:30 train into Vancouver the next day.

The cost of the Amtrak from Seattle to Vancouver is $84 each way.

The cost of the bus from Vancouver to Whistler Village is $40adults,$20 kids R/T.

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Does anyone know what the current status of the train from Vancouver to Whistler is? Does it run in January?


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6. Re: seattle to whistler

Suggest you post a new thread for this. There is no train in the winter. here is the link to Whistler web site and ways to get there


Note Perimeter bus line is out of business.

Train , Amtrak, from Seattle to Vancouver only at about 8am each day.. bus or car from there.

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