Taking Amtrak from Seattle to Vancouver, BC

The Cascades route is open again 🚆

Seattle's King Station showing an empty train platform and an old clock tower at the right.

Seattleites can pick up the Amtrak Cascades train at King Station.

Photo courtesy of Amtrak

We’re rail-y excited about this one. Amtrak’s Cascades train service to Vancouver, BC has resumed after a two-year hiatus — just in time for fall vacay planning. 🍁

Tickets are as low as $34 one way from Seattle’s King Station to our Canadian neighbor, with daily round-trip service that goes through Edmonds, Everett, and Bellingham. The leisurely chug-a-chug up the coast is a scenic journey, and may be a bit more appealing than waiting in security lines at the airport or sitting in I-5 traffic.

Maple leaf it up to us to prep your next cross-border trip.

Bring it on 🧳

Starting Sat., Oct. 1, Canada is lifting all its COVID-related travel restrictions, which means US travelers will no longer be required to bring proof of vaccination when visiting.

Using the ArriveCAN app, a mobile platform that contains your travel documents, will also be optional starting Saturday — as will masking on trains in Canada.

Carry-on baggage for the Cascades service is limited to two pieces — and seating is usually on a first-come, first-serve basis (small dogs + cats are welcome, BTW).

What to do 🗓️

If you’ve never been to Vancouver (or it’s been awhile), be sure to mark these sightseeing suggestions + events on your to-do list.

  • Granville Island | Open year-round | Free | Take a mini ferry out to this charming destination filled with food vendors, breweries, art galleries + theaters — and see if the popular main market measures up to Pike Place.
  • Vancouver International Film Festival | Thurs., Sept. 29-Sun., Oct. 9 | $10+ | One of the PNW’s most prominent cinematic extravaganzas has 100+ features to see — plus performances and panels.
  • Richmond Night Market | Through Sun., Oct. 9 | $6+ | The season is almost ending for this popular Asian foodie paradise — the largest night market in North America.

Where to stay 🏡

Here are some sweet crash pads around town — prices listed are US dollars per night.

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