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“Amtrak Cascades: beautiful trip from Seattle to Vancouver BC”

Pacific Central Station
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Reviewed 15 June 2013

Words cannot describe the beauty of the scenery along the Amtrak Cascades route from Seattle to Vancouver. We were on our way to Vancouver from Los Angeles for an Alaskan Cruise and the train was our choice of transportation.

The 4 hour trip from Seattle to Vancouver was gorgeous, the trains are sleek and modern, the conductors and attendants are informative, smart and very helpful.

I learned a lot of scenery and historic facts just by sitting near a family explaining things out the window, as well as from the conductor. The staff looked genuinely happy to be there.

The Bistro car (see my pictures) looked brand-spanking new. The decor and upholstery were modern, the doors between the cars opened automatically. The bathrooms were spotless!

I can't say enough good things about the Amtrak Cascades! Cost for 2 business class seats $170. ($127 plus $42 business class upgrade) for 2. :-)

Oh, and I just love the color scheme of cream, brown and dark green. Perfect for a scenic trip!

100  Thank astrojane
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Reviewed 8 June 2013

This beautiful train station is your gateway to Seattle, WA during your stay in Vancouver. Amtrak Cascades have a morning and an evening service between two cities on the most scenic train route.

The train ride takes approximately 4 hours. From Vancouver to Seattle, you check-in and go through US customs/immigration in Canada. They are very efficient, friendly and courteous. Then you will get the best views along the north west pacific coast during this train journey. Some train drivers are very friendly and they alert you before the train passes notable views. Our driver was excellent and spotted several bald eagles along the route.

The train arrives in Seattle in the newly refurbished King Street Train Station. The station was modeled on the St Marks in Venice in 1906 and after the recent renovation, it regained its original glory.

35  Thank travelbugLDN
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Reviewed 28 May 2013

Interesting to see and read the history. Nice to walk through and spend a little time, like 45min tops.

3  Thank misskelli
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Reviewed 28 April 2013

Amtrak was still using the super liner as of April 12, 2013. We had round trip tickets from Seattle to Vancouver. Going to Vancouver from Seattle on the 510, we had to take a bus to Everett as there were landslides affecting the tracks. We left Seattle right on time and the train was arriving as we came into Everett so we literally walked right off the bus and onto the train. Having used only planes to travel in 15 years we were impressed with how comfortable and relaxing the train was. The scenery on this route is beautiful, even through rain. Our trip coming back was slower. The passenger train has to yield to freight trains at switches. We left at train "rush hour" so it took about an hour to get out of Vancouver. We stopped again before Everett while another freight train changed crew. We arrived an hour late in seattle. However, because the train is so comfortable it didn't bother us. Sure beats circling an airport. The crew was great and customs was very short. We good see the lines of cars through the window so this was another added benefit of taking the train.. There was no wi-fi. Great reading time, playing cards in the dining car or just sight seeing. Loved it and the price could not be beat.

13  Thank Mary v
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Reviewed 30 January 2013

Amtrak trains 510 and 517, providing service between Seattle and
Vancouver, BC are using Superliner equipment "for another couple of months" (through March 2013? Folks traveling will want to check with Amtrak on exactly how long the Superliner equipment will be on these routes) while refurbishment of the regular equipment is underway. Superliners provide two levels of seating and thus an elevated view. The seats were large and comfy and there is indeed beautiful scenery to behold. An added bonus, rather than stopping at border immigration is was performed at the station in Vancouver, unlike my experience crossing the border in eastern Canada coming from Montreal -- train was boarded by officials and the process took about an hour. No wifi on board.

11  Thank Rdi2Go
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