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Overview: Train from Bellingham, WA to Seattle, WA

distanceDistance79 miles (128 km)
changesDirect trainYes

Trains from Bellingham, WA to Seattle, WA cover the 79 miles (128 km) long journey with our travel partners like. There are direct train services available.

Trains from Bellingham to Seattle

Seattle is a major sea port in Washington State and the largest city in the Pacific Northwest. It's a stylish city associated with numerous cultural and technological innovations, from jet aircraft to computer software, grunge music to global coffee chains. Tourists drawn by the opportunity of exploring the natural wilderness on Seattle's doorstep can also take the time to soak up the city's highlights, such as the Seattle Center arts complex, the Space Needle and Pike Place Market. City break vacationers, hikers or business travelers from the north of the state can take a direct train from Bellingham to Seattle on Amtrak's Cascades route, the line that covers the northwest coast of North America from British Columbia to Oregon. There are direct trains from Bellingham to Seattle twice a day, seven days a week, with journey times taking a little over 2 hours. Departures from Bellingham arrive in Seattle in late morning or late evening, in time for a lunch meeting or for a nightcap at one of the city's historic bars.

Which train companies travel from Bellingham to Seattle?

The USA's main long distance railroad operator Amtrak provides all of the direct trains from Bellingham to Seattle, with daily morning and evening connections running on the Cascades Line, a scenic route serving destinations in British Columbia, Washington State and Oregon, Passengers on the Amtrak train from Bellingham to Seattle have a choice of Coach Class and Business Class seats, with Cascades Line trains providing an onboard bistro or cafe lounge service serving meals and drinks throughout the journey. Amtrak trains on this service have free WiFi, individual power points to charge a cell phone or tablet, wheelchair ramp access, and storage space for bicycles. Most Amtrak trains on this route south to Seattle King Street Station also offer a free baggage check-in service, with two large items allowed per passenger in addition to the carry-on luggage allowance.

How long is the train ride from Bellingham to Seattle?

This short section of the Amtrak Cascades route south along the scenic coastline of Washington State covers a distance of 90 miles from Bellingham to Seattle King Street Station. The journey time for the Amtrak train from Bellingham to Seattle is 2 hours and 26 minutes for both the morning and evening service. With limited Amtrak rail connections on this line, indirect connections are not a practical option, although Amtrak does operate daily direct Thruway bus services to Seattle from Bellingham every afternoon as an alternative way of making the trip, with a slightly longer journey time.

How many trains are there from Bellingham to Seattle?

The Amtrak Cascades service offers two daily direct trains from Bellingham's Fairhaven terminus to Seattle King Street Station seven days a week. The first train from Bellingham to Seattle is a morning service, arriving around 11:00 a.m. The second service is a mid-evening Cascades departure from Bellingham, arriving in Seattle just after 10:00 p.m. Timings on this route are the same, regardless of the day.

What are the departure and arrival stations for trains from Bellingham to Seattle?

Departure station: Bellingham Fairhaven Station serves as the transit hub for Amtrak trains and long distance bus services. Situated by the ferry terminal in Fairhaven, about three miles (five kilometers) southwest of downtown Bellingham, the station is a short walk from the quayside dock for cruise services from the San Juan Islands, British Columbia and Alaska. The station is served by public transit links to downtown on bus routes 1, 14 and 105 departing from stops nearby on Ferry Terminal Road and Harris Avenue. Passenger facilities at the station include same-day and overnight parking lots, wheelchair accessible platforms and restrooms, baggage storage, ATMs and vending machines. There is a coffee shop, bakery and a bar close to the station entrance.

Arrival station: Seattle King Street Station is a former Northern Pacific railroad depot dating from 1906, with a soaring, spacious lobby that has been compared to Grand Central Terminal in New York City. The station is in the Pioneer Square neighborhood on the south side of central Seattle with city transit links including King County Metro and Sound Transit Express bus routes, as well as Seattle Streetcar services on the First Hill line. Link Light Rail connections are available from China Town station, close to the terminus. Facilities at the station include free city WiFi, baggage storage services, vending machines and ATMs. Nearby downtown streets provide numerous restaurants, fast food franchises, cafes, bars and stores.

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How far is it from Bellingham, WA to Seattle, WA by train?

You should expect to travel around 79 miles (128 km)  from Bellingham, WA to Seattle, WA by train.