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Vancouver to Seattle

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Vancouver to Seattle

Arriving in Vancouver on cruise ship. Was planning on renting car in Vancouver then driving to Seattle for cheaper air flight to Dallas. However rental car rates are out of sight for one way. Now thinking of Amtrak to Seattle. Is Amtrak stations in Vancouver and Seattle in safe areas and what transportation would you recommend to get to SeaTac. Thanks for help.

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1. Re: Vancouver to Seattle

Quick Shuttle is always a good safe option. www.quickcoach.com

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2. Re: Vancouver to Seattle

Yes, Amtrak is a terrific way to travel from Vancouver to Seattle, I have done it oodles of time, and several times for cruises. Far better than a rental car. Just make sure you have adequate travel time, and remember there are only two trains a day, one first thing in the morning, one in the evening.

Here is a link that provides the info on getting from Seattle's Amtrak Station to Seatac.

tripadvisor.com/…30749120

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train will always be better than driving and dealing with the border. On top right please read 'cruises from Seattle' or getting to Vancouver for a cruise I've booked.

Quickshuttle does go from Canada Place pier to Seatac but it stops a lot and isn't the fastest, however it is the most logistically easiest. I'd take Amtrak and then cab to airport.

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Just some short notes...

First, while the cars can be expensive, they also carry more than one person, so divide the cost by the number of passengers in order to compare it to the train or bus. Around three passengers is about the typical break-even point, two when you add in cab fare from the Seattle Amtrak station to the airport (and a little when you add cab fare from the dock to the train station in Vancouver.)

Second, the car obviously allows for a more scenic, creative, or interesting route than the train, depending on how much time you have.

Third, there are two trains - one in the early morning and one in the evening. The morning train departs too early to connect from an inbound cruise, and the late train departs too late to allow connections to many flights out of Seattle except some very late (early) red-eyes, once transport from the Amtrak station to the airport is factored in. So either way, you're looking at an additional overnight somewhere, either Vancouver or Seattle. A car (or the buses) will allow same-day connections out of SEA.

Just some cost/timing considerations.

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5. Re: Vancouver to Seattle

In addition, you can use Greyhound bus and Bolt bus. Amtrak puts you right on the coast, which is pretty, but depending on group size can be expensive.

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For the almost CA$300 someone like Hertz would charge for an 8 hour rental, you could put that into a good value visit of either Vancouver or Seattle, Vancouver being the more expensive for summer hotels.

If you aren't going to visit Van for a few days pre-cruise, you might store your bags for the day at the cruise pier, enjoy the day, restaurants, walk the seawall,and stay the night. Get up for a taxi ($12) to Pacific Central Station an hour before departure to go through US Customs pre-clearance there and head off to Seattle for an afternoon flight. Don't stay around PCS, not nice.

If you did visit Van before your cruise, then store your luggage have a brief visit, walk, lunch and head for the afternoon train. Sunset mid-June would be about 9:30 and your ride would be a beauty. Consider paying the slight increase for Biz Class. It's a 4 hour journey. See a bit of Seattle the next day before catching your plane.

But either way that rental car money could be put to much more enjoyable use.

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>> For the almost CA$300 someone like Hertz would charge for an 8 hour rental, you could put that into a good value visit of either Vancouver or Seattle, Vancouver being the more expensive for summer hotels. <<

I have never (on numerous occasions) paid more than US$160 for a 24-hour rental between Vancouver and Seattle, or vice versa. Just checking now on Expedia, an August weekend one way rental, picking up at YVR and dropping at SEA a day later, delivers quotes in the CA$118 - $130 range all in from a couple of agencies. If you pick up at a downtown location instead of the airport, it's typically a bit cheaper as you don't pay expensive YVR station taxes and surcharges.

Not saying an extra day in Vancouver (or in Seattle for that matter) isn't a good idea, just that the prices for rental cars can be all over the map, but not necessarily in the $300 range.

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8. Re: Vancouver to Seattle

go to

hotwire.com

and put in one way car rental and put Vancouver bc vs yvr to get a downtown to Seatac rate. It is normally quite competititve.

I don't think any route from Vanc to Seattle on the freeway is especially scenic. Border wait times in winter can be 60 minutes or more so sitting in a rental waitng to get thru the border thakes a lot of thrill away from cross border travel. Using the time to see more of Vancouver is a good idea then go to the train. Agree you will need to spend the nite however getting an airport hotel is way way cheaper if you have an early flight.

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Maybe I am looking at the wrong train, but I searched Amtrak for round trip Seattle to Vancouver (with return) and there are several departure times each way. What am I missing here? This forum talked about only an early morning and evening time. This is out of the King Street Station in Seattle.

Also, we will be flying into Seattle and spending the night near the hotel. What is the best way to get to the Amtrak? We will be doing the reverse 7 days later- returning by Amtrak from Vancouver to Seattle, spending the night at a hotel near the Seattle airport and flying back east the following day.

Thanks.

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10. Re: Vancouver to Seattle

Well, I hope you are spending the night IN your hotel!

Did you mean near the airport? If so, take the light rail to International District station. If you have a lot of bags, take a taxi to the King Street station. There are two departures per day.