WHATCOM COUNTY, Wash. — Train service via Amtrak between Seattle and Vancouver, BC, has been suspended since 2020 due to COVID-19 pandemic mandates. Today, August 31st, Amtrak announced a commitment to restoring that service.
Amtrak, in conjunction with WSDOT, ODOT, VIA Rail Canada (VIA Rail) and other federal agencies, will resume Amtrak Cascades service to Vancouver, BC, on September 26th. Customers can purchase tickets at Amtrak.com, AmtrakCascades.com, the Amtrak app, Amtrak ticket desks and kiosks, and by calling 1-800-USA-RAIL. Travelers departing from Canada can also book their tickets at ViaRail.ca, and through 1-888-VIA-RAIL.
The first Cascades train to Vancouver will depart Seattle at 7:45am northbound on Monday, September 26th, stop at 5 cities along the way and arrive in Vancouver at 11:45am Traveling southbound, Amtrak Cascades will depart Vancouver at 5:45pm and arrive in Seattle at 10:10pm. This single roundtrip will be offered daily, with a second daily trip added in the future as Amtrak staffing and equipment allow. In addition to resuming service to Canada, the route will also offer daily round trips between Portland and Seattle and between Eugene and Portland.
In addition to standard entry documentation requirements, the Canadian and United States Governments have several additional requirements for travel into Canada and the United States. Those who fail to meet these criteria will not be allowed to cross the border.