New direct express train from Seattle to Portland added for Thanksgiving Eve
OLYMPIA — Additional Amtrak Cascades trains this Thanksgiving will make it easier for holiday travelers to sit back, relax and avoid holiday traffic and long lines at the airport.
Amtrak will add 11 trains – for 19 trains in all – along the Amtrak Cascades route between Portland and Seattle to accommodate the travel demand during the holiday week. The extra Amtrak Cascades trains will operate Wednesday, Nov. 25 through Sunday, Nov. 28.
New this year, rail passengers can take a Thanksgiving Eve redeye train with express service to Portland from Seattle. The train will depart at midnight and arrive nonstop in Portland at 4:14 am.
The week of Thanksgiving is typically Amtrak’s busiest travel period of the year. In 2009, Amtrak Cascades carried more than 17,000 riders over the Thanksgiving weekend, a nearly seven percent increase over 2008.
Regular one-way adult fares between Seattle and Portland start as low as $37, but are going fast. All Amtrak Cascades trains require reservations, and passengers are encouraged to purchase tickets early to obtain lowest fares. Visit www.AmtrakCascades.com, or call 800-USA-RAIL for reservations and information.
Amtrak Cascades operates three daily round trips between Portland and Seattle; one daily round trip between Seattle and Vancouver, B.C., and one between Portland and Vancouver, B.C.; and daily service between Eugene and Seattle, via Portland. Amtrak Cascades is operated by Amtrak in partnership with the Washington and Oregon Departments of Transportation. For Amtrak Cascades fares and schedules, visit AmtrakCascades.com.