Amtrak Cascades Expands Seattle-Portland Eugene Service to Help Travelers on Thanksgiving Weekend

November 16, 2015

Vernae Graham

Amtrak Contact

510 238.4360


Laura Kingman

WSDOT Communications

360 705.7904


Shelley Snow

ODOT Communications

503 986.3438

SEATTLE – On the two busiest travel days of the year, Amtrak Cascades will once again provide holiday travelers with more options for getting to destinations in Washington and Oregon.

During the Thanksgiving weekend, the Washington State Department of Transportation will offer two additional Amtrak Cascades train trips between Seattle and Portland. The Oregon Department of Transportation will operate on its holiday/weekend schedule on Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 25 – 26, and Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 28 – 29 and also offer extra bus service on Wednesday and Sunday.

Amtrak Cascades will add two trips each day between Seattle and Portland to its regular schedule Wednesday, Nov. 25, and Sunday, Nov. 29; Thruway/POINT buses will provide extra services continuing south to Eugene.Changes to Oregon’s Willamette Valley service on Wednesday, November 25 include the following:

Northbound, from Eugene:

•The 5:30 a.m. northbound train from Eugene will be replaced by a bus

•The train will then depart at 9 a.m.

•An extra bus will depart University of Oregon at 6:40 p.m., picking up passengers at the Amtrak station at 7 p.m. and making stops at Albany and Salem before arriving in Portland at 9:45 p.m.

•The 6 a.m. southbound train from Portland will depart at 8:30 a.m.

•For those traveling south from Portland early Wednesday, there will be Thruway/POINT buses departing Portland at 6 a.m. and 7 a.m. for Salem, Albany and Eugene

Regular one-way adult fares between Seattle and Portland start as low as $26. All Amtrak Cascades trains require reservations

Amtrak Cascades is working hard to provide a great travel experience while connecting passengers with friends and family. These additional tips will help to ensure a smooth trip:

•Book Early, Avoid the Rush: The busiest travel days are the Tuesday and Wednesday before Thanksgiving and the Sunday after the holiday. Other than Thanksgiving Day, morning trains typically have more available seats than those in the afternoon or evening.

•Arrive Early: Allow plenty of time at stations prior to departure – at least 45 minutes beforehand if picking up tickets. Arrange for pre-boarding if you need extra time or assistance and use Amtrak Red Cap agents to help you with your baggage.

•Purchasing Tickets: eTicketing is enabled on every train route throughout the nation. Travelers may purchase tickets early using, Quik-Trak or ticket windows at staffed stations (where available), on Amtrak mobile app, or by calling 800-USA-RAIL.

•Check Train Schedules: Make sure to check holiday train schedules prior to arriving at the station with a helpful, online-only timetable provided by Amtrak.

•Carry Photo ID: Passengers are required to show valid photo identification when purchasing tickets. Make sure to carry valid photo ID at all times, as it may be requested aboard trains.

•Be Safe: Be aware of your surroundings, stand back from the edge of the platform, do not leave your bags unattended, and watch your step when boarding or leaving the train or when walking between cars when the train is in motion.

•2+2 = Free: Amtrak has the friendliest baggage policy in the travel industry. Passengers can bring two bags and two carry-ons, collectively weighing up to 150 pounds, for free. Excess baggage will cost $20.

Amtrak Cascades service is operated by Amtrak and funded by the Washington and Oregon departments of transportation. Visit or call 800–USA–RAIL for reservations and information.

Amtrak Cascades operates four daily round trips between Portland and Seattle; two daily round trips between Seattle and Vancouver, British Columbia; and two daily round trips between Portland and Eugene, Oregon.


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