Union Station Amtrak (PDX)

Train Station
Old Town Chinatown, Portland
  • DJ P.
    "Portland to seattle for the weekend is always a great trip!"(4 Tips)
    Avery P.
    "train ride from Portland and Seattle"(3 Tips)
    Shane S.
    "Stand in line twice to get actual seat assignment."(4 Tips)
    Marshall K.
    "Polish sausage from the food store"(2 Tips)
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  • Rio Ty T.
    Rio Ty TokyoAugust 8, 2012
    Go online or call ahead 2c if your train has an observatory car when booking your first train! Love this about train rides!
  • Wrigley F.
    Gorgeous 1896 gem. Check out the store for train ephemera like books, pins, hats, bags and shirts. 🚊😌
  • Carmen M.
    Carmen MyersOctober 2, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    They often show train movies like Polar Express. Very sweet. Bring a picnic and a split of champagne and enjoy or head to the dining car and socialize
  • Melissa M.
    Melissa MillerJanuary 24, 2015
    Station is pretty easy to navigate, which is nice. Signage is easy to see and posted frequently, so I knew exactly where to go.
  • Bob C.
    Bob CareyMarch 6, 2015
    Very cool rail station. It is pretty much left in original design. Very quaint rail station that is a throwback to years ago.
  • Avery P.
    Avery PackAugust 28, 2011
    The train ride from Portland and Seattle (or Spokane) is always relaxing. Grab a Polish sausage at the concession stand, well worth the $3.75. Yum!!
  • Brad S.
    Brad StephensJanuary 7, 2012
    I love training to Seattle it's like $60 round trip (same as gas from Portland), and I can nap the whole way :P
  • Justin A.
    Justin AlmFebruary 12, 2014
    Even if you have an eTicket, you should check in at the desk to the left when you walk into the station.
  • Alex P.
    Alex PrecoskyApril 12, 2014
    If you have a business class ticket, make sure to go to the sign "business class check-in" and not the counter by "to trains" where regular check in takes place
  • Jenni J.
    Jenni JelsingDecember 25, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Always take the #14 (Coast Starlight). 2 stories, dining, arcade, observation car, secret passageways...
  • Nic W.
    Nic WallerJune 30
    The lineup forms around ~45 minutes prior to scheduled departure. Aim to arrive at T-50 and be first in line.
  • Asher S.
    The main terminal can be pretty crowded, worth the upgrade to business to get access to the lounge. Nothing special but makes the trip a lot nicer.
  • Aaron J.
    Aaron JohnsonFebruary 28, 2013
    Envisioning a twenty four hour food cart pod and pavilion under the Broadway bridge. Would spiff up the area north of the station.
  • Chris T.
    Chris TorgesonNovember 1, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The buses here are much cleaner than nicer than Greyhound's, and the service is superb!
  • Jason Jae-won L.
    Jason Jae-won LeeSeptember 1, 2011
    the food grocery store in the station is great. great service and good sandwiches. i was impressed!
  • Pechluck L.
    Pechluck LaskeyFebruary 9, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    If going from Portland north towards Seattle the left/west side of train is more scenic
  • Tyler P.
    Tyler PhillipiSeptember 12, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't stand in the long line for seating assignments, if you are last to board you get better seats! Set down, relax and wait :-)
  • Anita
    AnitaDecember 23, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Ask for biz class...sometimes you can catch them at a good deal!
  • Bob C.
    Bob CareyMarch 6, 2015
    Great service by Amtrak staff from baggage checkin, lounge attendant to the station manager
  • Joel B.
    Joel BradshawJanuary 17, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The food station has random meals before 5pm, but don't get the chicken teriyaki. I have my doubts that it's even actual chicken.
  • Ted W.
    Ted WheelockSeptember 28, 2011
    The only place I can find to recharge a phone is beneath the neon restroom sign.
  • M T.
    M ThurmanAugust 7, 2014
    Line up early for seat assignments & be nice to your conductor - it pays!
  • Steven M.
    Steven MJuly 15, 2012
    Go by Train, it's fun and you get to meet great people. I met the Mayor twice!
  • Brandi W.
    Brandi WilliamsFebruary 5, 2012
    Gorgeous original architecture. Trains are so much nicer than driving... unless your train is delayed two hours.
  • Lala L.
    Lala LandNovember 9, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Ready for my short ride, I love the train, and the people here in Portland are so friendly...
  • Vadim P.
    Vadim P.March 9, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The bathroom has older toilets, so it doesn't flush up your butt when you reach for paper
  • Leslie H.
    Leslie HamboneFebruary 7, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Train is relaxing?!? Trip 1: bus subbed for train all the way to Whitefish. Trip 2: and then all way back. Trip 3: Train is running 15 hours late.
  • Brian N.
    Brian NewmanMarch 30, 2013
    Make sure to download the Amtrak app it will save you some time at the station.
  • Anna Sophia O.
    Anna Sophia O'NeilSeptember 1, 2011
    Make sure to take a second and look up at the ceiling, it's beautiful.
  • Dirty B.
    Dirty BirdOctober 21, 2014
    Not in that great of a part of town, but easy, cheap and pretty user-friendly way to get all up and down the coast.
  • Liz A.
    Liz ArgallJuly 29, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Often the food on the train is better than the food at the kiosk (my veggies had mould on them, whereas train diner soup was very acceptable)
  • Robin T.
    Get there early because you have to check in to this train station. It took me 30 to check in.
  • Robert B.
    Robert BilloniAugust 13, 2014
    Be sure to have lunch at Wilfs while you are here.
  • Max B.
    Max Blue 🚴🍔November 21, 2014
    Go by train, they said. It will be fun!
  • Sara D.
    Sara DuranSeptember 1, 2010
    There is free wi-fi on the amtrak bus and power outlets under the seats. Super sweet :)
  • Cristy P.
    Cristy PembertonAugust 16, 2010
    The cracker and cheese tray with one of those small bottles of Cab goes great with a good book that you just picked up at Powells
  • Randall P.
    Randall PalazzoSeptember 5
    Business class is worth the extra expense.
  • Tiki B.
    Tiki Bob's SeattleSeptember 25, 2010
    Show up early for your train so u get a good seat assignment!
  • Mikalina K.
    Mikalina KirkpatrickNovember 5, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Tillamook Wave bus to the coast and Breeze bus to Bend also pick up and drop off here. Pretty awesome.
  • Shane S.
    Shane SnipesFebruary 11, 2012
    Stand in line twice to get actual seat assignment. Start 30 min before train leaves. Doh!
  • Sunny H.
    Sunny HudsonAugust 16, 2011
    The train ride south from here has some beautiful scenery.
  • John C.
    John CFebruary 14, 2010
    The train is fun and relaxing. Also there is a power outlet at all seats for your electronics!
  • mrspacman
    mrspacmanFebruary 28, 2013
    Business class is worth the extra expense.
  • Ann L.
    Ann LinMarch 11, 2013
    There's a post bucket outside the station, you can send a postcard here!
  • Erica Grigg @.
    Erica Grigg @EricaGriggNovember 18, 2010
    Drink from their water fountain before you leave - it's so cold and refreshing!
  • Theofrenz C.
    Theofrenz CayambasSeptember 23, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Paid for a ticket, but forgot to print? You could request for a ticket at the counter. Just show a valid ID.
  • Alexa T.
    Alexa TangNovember 12, 2011
    Check bags for free, leave your bag for the day for $3.
  • Marshall K.
    Marshall KirkpatrickAugust 18, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Polish sausage from the food store is very satisfying, of you're a sausagatarian like me.
  • DJ P.
    DJ PheloneousOctober 28, 2012
    Portland to seattle for the weekend is always a great trip!
  • Samsonite
    SamsoniteMay 3, 2011
    Union Station has Amtrak's only Metropolitan Lounge (reserved for first-class passengers) on the West Coast.
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