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Pacific Central Station (XEA)

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Strathcona, Vancouver
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  • Danielle S.
    "Amtrak bus from Seattle arrives at the front of the station."(3 Tips)
    Eric T.
    "Greyhound Canada from Pacific Central Station"(5 Tips)
    Books for Cooks
    "Vancouver to seattle for the views"(3 Tips)
    Susan W.
    "big gluten free selection"(2 Tips)
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  • Eric T.
    Eric TigreOctober 20
    Forget something for the trip like headphones? Ask the counter clerk inside the station gift store. They may not be Beats or Bose, but for $16 they do the trick. Bottled water and magazines available.
    Upvoted Oct 20
  • Irina
    IrinaSeptember 2, 2014
    Bring pen for customs forms and be prepared to fill them out in line. If wanting to sit on specific side of the train, tell the agent at the end of that line as you're handing over your passport/forms
  • Kym W.
    Kym WilsonMarch 29, 2012
    When taking the Greyhound ALWAYS arrive 30mins early to buy your ticket and clear security check. No sharp or dangerous items in your carry-on and have your ticket and ID ready to show security.
  • Timothy John G.
    Timothy John GarciaFebruary 18, 2015
    Been here 50+ times
    Here for a trip to the U.S.? Bolt Bus / Amtrak (Bus/Train) / Greyhound are your best bets. Book online for better prices (Ahead of schedule).
    Upvoted Oct 20
  • Jason R.
    Jason RedmondFebruary 29
    Time to kill? Walk across the park to the colorful Ivanhoe Pub and enjoy a $4.25 draft beer. Live music, televised sports, no cover.
  • Eric T.
    Eric TigreDecember 5, 2011
    Ditch the car and take Greyhound Canada from Pacific Central Station to Whistler on the Sea-to-Sky Highway. Eight daily coach bus trips serve transit to Whistler Village on a 2.5 hour scenic drive. Read more
  • Nathan K.
    Nathan KamSeptember 28, 2011
    If you're on the AM train heading south and sitting on the left side, expect sun the entire way down. Gorgeous views though!
  • ÜberBrunch R.
    ÜberBrunch RoseSeptember 13, 2012
    If you are taking the train to the US it's better to have some American money to use at the on board cafe, because they don't give you a fair exchange for Canadian money.
  • Eric T.
    Eric TigreOctober 17, 2010
    Pacific Central's grand Neoclassical building serves as a major stop for Amtrak Cascades service to and from Seattle and transportation hub for Vancouver. Skytrain access to downtown runs all day.
  • Charles K.
    Charles KohJuly 21, 2013
    The Boltbus is a great form of transportation to go to and from Seattle/Portland. Plus, there's wifi on the bus.
  • Kate R.
    Kate RayAugust 30, 2013
    If you're taking the southbound train: Try to get a seat on the eastern side. (seats A/B)
  • Dave D.
    Dave DeVisserMay 22, 2013
    Dining car options are slim and without Gluten Free options (aside from coffee and bananas.)
  • Books for Cooks
    Books for CooksJanuary 19, 2014
    Vancouver to seattle for the views - double check the schedule to make sure you get the train not the bus - schedule info is very confusing :(
  • @FusionRockRadio V.
    Really nice attendant working for via rail who knew just about everything you needed to know!
  • Regina B.
    Central station doesn't have any lockers! If you need to leave your staff for a few hours, you can do it at a hostel near the station, but I would not recommend it. It is unsafe.
  • Kei T.
    Kei TanApril 15, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    The 516 never arrives here on time, so make sure you're prepared to wait
  • Jenna M.
    Jenna McNaughtMarch 20, 2012
    Reminds me of Hugo. Best thing about this place is most definitely the McDonalds ;)
  • Alex D.
    Alex DawsonAugust 17, 2012
    Automatically fining parking meters - what an intense level of asshattery
  • Susan W.
    Susan WeissJune 26, 2013
    Maybe no big gluten free selection but at least there is cold beers Canadian too!
  • Kelly M.
    Kelly MarionNovember 12, 2013
    Don't buy the muffins from the little coffee shop. So stale.
  • Gurjeet S.
    Gurjeet SinghJanuary 2, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Definitely a traffic hub. Trains, buses, etc. You'll always find tourists here
  • Erin L.
    Erin LOctober 2, 2010
    The color photobooth is great! A wonderful way to remember last moments with a friend before a journey.
  • Patchara K.
    Patchara KerdsiriApril 16, 2013
    For train 6:40am, Foreigner to USA must be here atound 5:30am
  • Angela W.
    Angela W.September 10, 2015
    Taxi stand is to the left after exiting the station - no good signage to tell you that!
  • Ben H.
    Ben HughesAugust 11, 2013
    No more luggage lockers here - they just removed them! Chalk up another practicality lost to "security".
  • Danielle S.
    Danielle SMay 20, 2011
    Amtrak bus from Seattle arrives at the front of the station.
  • Tyrell W.
    Tyrell WitherspoonFebruary 4, 2011
    Catch the Greyhound bus here to get non-stop service to Whistler!
  • hussein s.
    hussein sMay 19
    Greyhound, Via Rail, Amtrak, Pacific coach lines, Bolbus
  • Timika H.
    Timika HoganAugust 20, 2011
    Stay away from the bathrooms. Last resort only!
  • cherie
    cherieNovember 23, 2014
    McDonald's is gone, replaced by A&W.
  • Scott R.
    Scott RoseJune 10, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Ah, McDonald's- we hardly knew ye. Here's hoping something better replaces it.
  • Jas S.
    Jas SohiDecember 31, 2013
    McDonalds is gone :(
  • Pat B.
    Pat BranchAugust 10, 2010
    The bus to whistler is actually a gray hound, not an Amtrak bus behind the station. When you make an online reservation, it doesn't mention that...
  • Shawna J.
    Shawna JacquesJune 29, 2010
    A solid place to people watch!
  • Michael W.
    Michael WilsonMay 15, 2011
    Do not eat mcdonald's before any long travel. It's never worth it.
  • Pat B.
    Pat BranchAugust 10, 2010
    They don't have a ticket machine... so you have to wait in line...
  • Simon C.
    Simon CowburnJanuary 3, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Yay, finally made it home
  • MikaelDorian
    MikaelDorianSeptember 8, 2014
    Des trains pour Toronto, Calgary, Kamloops et Seattle. Pour l'entrée aux USA (Amtrak Cascades), venez au moins 1h30 avant le départ du train.
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