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“Station for intercity buses and Amtrak trains...” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Pacific Central Station

The Pacific Central Station
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Coach Transfer from Vancouver International Airport to Whistler
Mumbai (Bombay), India
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“Station for intercity buses and Amtrak trains...”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2014

To get to the Pacific Central Station you can take sky train to Science world Station and walk across the road to get to Pacific Central. It’s a place where you can get to the trains for Seattle-Amtrak. They have their check in desk working till 5 in evening. The price for the train tickets are quite affordable not expensive!

Here you have souvenir shops (average), coffee shop (not nice) and also the ticket desk for Greyhound buses and public buses.
There are guards in and around the place. The station has free Wi-Fi, Atm machines, phone booth, waiting area and stands with broacher’s for visitors. Staff at the counters are friendly.
If you looking for decent coffee or snack bite, Tim Horton is just across the street to grab the bite!
It has a small garden outside the building to relax. Taxis are also an easy thing to get from the station.

Visited February 2014
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“Friendly immigration staff, but low on amenities”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 March 2014

Took the train from Olympia to Vancouver for a friends weekend. The train was fine (take business class if you can), and the canadian immigration staff were a hoot - friendliest immigration ever. On the way back from Vancouver to the USA, it is recommended that you arrive at the train station at least an hour ahead of time. For the early (6:40am train) this did not appear to be necessary. It took us about 15 minutes to go through immigration and find our seats on the train, and the gate closes at 6:30am. There are very few amenities at the station - cheap food, etc, so get there prepared for your trip.

Visited March 2014
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London, Canada
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“A shadow of its former glory”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2013

Once a grand railway terminus, Pacific Central Station now falls short of what it could be. Nominally a Via Rail station, government cutbacks now mean that the station hosts but three Via Rail departures and arrivals per week. US-based Amtrak, on the other hand, offers two departures and arrivals daily for Seattle and points south.

Canadian and American customs and immigration officers service the Amtrak trains to and from the State of Washington. The officers from both agencies are generally efficient and courteous. Passengers travelling Amtrak may be surprised to see that their luggage will be X-rayed before they board their train.

Half the station is now given over to Greyhound and other intercity bus operators. That does offer the convenience of same-station transfers for those combining bus and rail on their journey.

The station has been beautifully restored and qualifies as an architectural gem. Don’t count however on taking photos of all that beauty. There are prominently displayed signs forbidding any photography, with equally prominent security guards to enforce those restrictions. One wonders just what security risk a tourist photo of the lovely station clock might present.

Dining choices in the station are extremely limited, a small coffee shop and sushi bar. The large space occupied for many years by a McDonald’s outlet now stands vacant.

There are no video screens, signboards, or station announcements to indicate bus departures. Passengers are left to fend for themselves in finding their buses.

The station has become a magnet for the area homeless, who sometimes use the station washrooms as their personal bathing facilities and change rooms.

If you have time to kill between trains, Via Rail personnel will store your luggage for a nominal fee. A quick walk across the park in front of the station (dodging the panhandlers) will take you to the Skytrain platforms. A short ride will deliver you to Waterfront Station and a full range of dining and shopping options.

Visited August 2013
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Long Island, NY
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“Clean station”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2013

We waited here for the Amtrak Cascades back to Seattle. The station has free wifi, and it is clean. We stored our bags at the Via Rail counter for $6 each so that we could go explore the city.

Visited August 2013
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Goodyear, Arizona
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“Amtrak Seattle to Vancouver”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2013

I plan on taking the train to Vancouver every time we travel. What a wonderful experience. Wonderful scenery. Relaxing experience. The train is usually full so you need to plan on being in the station 30-40 minutes early. Customs is well customs. There are coffee shops close by the station so if you want some coffee before boarding you'll need to bring your own. Once on the train there is coffee and food, better than airplane food, I might add. The train is much more family friendly than a plane could ever be and the price is excellent.

Visited August 2013
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