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#1
Jacksonville, FL USA
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Hi, for all you West Coast experts....what is the best way to
get from Seattle to Vancover?
Train......Bus.....? Can I get some solid advice?
I would be arriving in Seattle and staying there overnight.
The airfare from here to there is dirt cheap for the time I am considering.
Less than 230.00 roundtrip across the country
Thanks.....this would be for the month of September.

Any and all help would be appreciated!!!
#2
Jacksonville, FL USA
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I should have done a search first I found what I needed.
Amtrak looks like the easiest way to go. Now the question
is do I have the $$$ to book the cruise
#3
Austin, TX
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Joined Aug 2002
Lois,
There is also a shuttle bus from Sea-Tac airport to Vancouver. It's very convenient, stopping at Vancouver airport as well as downtown hotels and Canada Place. I took it one year. Here's a link to the web site:
http://www.quickcoach.com/

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#5
Oklahoma City, OK
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Lois - we are taking Amtrak from Seattle to Vancouver on 9/12 (2 days before embarking Merc). The only issue some might have is that there is only one train and it pulls out of the station at 7:40am. Not really an issue for us because we are early risers. We plan on getting to the station by 6:30 (they stop loading luggage around 7:05 I'm told). We booked business class, and for the three of us, it was $120-ish total (we got the express ticket delivery because we didn't want to have to pick up our tickets at the train station that morning and it was $12 more). I like the idea of traveling by train, having a dining car, and a more comfy seats and being able to move around. It's about a 3 1/2 hr trip.
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#6
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ONe more thing about Amtrak - if you do book or even look at this option, make sure you are looking at Vancouver BC, because there are other trains that go to Vancouver WA. The Vancouver BC train is called Cascades.
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#8
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We took the train last September. In fact, we took the train from Michigan to Vancouver. In my opinion, the only way to travel. Also, the upgrade to business class is worth the few extra $$. Sit back and enjoy the trip.
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#9
Seattle, WA
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We live in Seattle and take cruises from Vancouver all the time. I love the train trip and you can see a lot of bald eagles enroute.

Another thing when book on Amtrak make sure you are on a train, the list on the Amtrak site includes the bus on the same page - sometimes people forget that Amtrak also does bus service.

One other thing when you arrive in Vancouver depending on your luggage situation if you are traveling light the Vancouver light rail system is about a block from the Train station and can be the faster way to the cruise port.

Have a great trip
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#10
Lakeland, Florida
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I will be traveling via Amtrak to Vancouver on the Cascades July 2.
Yesterday I got a call from Amtrak informing me that they have discontinued business class service on the Cascades and I would be entitled to a refund at the ticket counter in Seattle.
Due to the lateness of the departure of the Cascades from Vancouver back to Seattle, we will be flying back to Seattle so we can connect with the Empire Builder and not have to spend an extra night in Seattle.
#11
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Originally posted by Tideone
I will be traveling via Amtrak to Vancouver on the Cascades July 2.
Yesterday I got a call from Amtrak informing me that they have discontinued business class service on the Cascades and I would be entitled to a refund at the ticket counter in Seattle.
Due to the lateness of the departure of the Cascades from Vancouver back to Seattle, we will be flying back to Seattle so we can connect with the Empire Builder and not have to spend an extra night in Seattle.
Business class is only discontinued for a specific time period because they are repairing and working on specific railcars. We will be traveling in September, and that is long before all the cars are schedule to be back on track.
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#12
Redmond, Washington, USA
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When it is running the real reason to spend the extra $$ for business class is that when you get to Vancouver you get to disembark the train and go through Canadian customs first (before the rest of the train). If you are in the back of the train, you can spend an hour or more waiting to clear. We do busineess class and then make it to the taxi stand (taxis are CHEAP in Vancouver) before almost anyone else.

We do love the train from Seattle (we live here) but the only downsie to the train round trip is that it doesn't leave Vancouver for the return trip until 6:00OPM and that is just too late when we get back to Seattle at 10:00.
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#13
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Though I hate buses, I would recommed taking the Cruise lines bus transfer. You can take a commercial shuttle bus, called "Quick Shuttle", but they do a milk run up to Vancouver and you have to take out ALL your luggage at the boarder for inspection, then put it back on the bus. This is a real pain. They do drop you off at the cruise dock though --- as does the cruise ship bus transfer. Remember that on the cruise ship bus transfer you normally do not even need to get off the bus or lug your luggage around since it is a homogenious group going to one specific location, and Canadian Customs generally give them a pass through. We have never taken the train but remember that the train does not drop you off at Canada Place.
#14
WA
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I just love the train! You do Customs when you get to the VAncouver station, so unless there's something odd going on (one person here mentioned a stop with customs agents getting, but that has never happened to us) you don't stop at the border, just keep on going by!

I'll re-mention the two important things to note when booking online...the Vancouver WA vs BC thing, and the train vs the multiple bus listings...be sure to pick the right ones!

Also, if you are a AAA member, click those buttons or tell the agent when booking, as you should get a 10% discount.


yeah, it's early going north and late going south, but the time in between is great!
#15
Jacksonville Beach FL
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I used my frequent flyer miles to get first class xcountry from Florida to Seattle, so transportation to the cruise has been cheap. Anybody done a limo or car service from Seattle to Vancouver? I've done a little checking with one companyand it appears it would be a little more than double the cost to have a chauffer door to door. I'm tempted! Thoughts?
#16
Jacksonville, FL USA
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I would be surprised...gas is so expensive these days. A 3 hour
drive? Gosh, I figured it would be close to 500 bucks or something
for a limo ride.
#17
Redmond, Washington, USA
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Be advised that taking a car from Seattle to Vancouver is problematic. I would not do it on the day of the cruise. For instance, this Sunday, the main border crossing at Blaine is closed for six hours for a Festival that celebrates Canadian/American happiness. Everyone is real happy except those sitting in miles and miles of lines waiting to cross while folks dance around throwing flowers. There is another crossing but it is one lane both ways and the waits can be horrific. If you are going to drive, do it the day before your cruise.
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#18
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Just returned from Vancouver to Seattle. Used the Quick Shuttle. Service was fine. No luggage unloading at the border, US Border agent entered the bus, took up Custom Clearance slips said "Have a good trip" and we went on our way. The bus was fully packed. We were picked up at Ballyntine and went over to Canada Place and finished out the remaining seats. There was a helpful agent in the terminal at the dock. The bus driver handled the luggage. Trip took 4 hrs. We booked our hotel with the bus line and used the Holiday Inn Express. Their shuttle took us to dinner and to the airport. The Quick Shuttle dropped us at the Hotel.
We traveled from Seattle to Vancouver on Amtrak. Wonderful trip, Lovely Views and great legroom. Price was under $30.00 per person for seniors. Very comfortable ride. I would do both again with an edge to the train. The train doesn't leave Vancouver until 6:00 PM hence it is best to go up on the train and return on the bus
#19
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We will be taking Amtrak from Seattle to Vancouver. What's the best way to get to Canada Place from the Amtrak station? We are a family of 4 with two kids (ages 10 & 7) and a weeks worth of luggage. I assume taxi is easiest. Any ideas on cost and travel time?

Also, which side of the train is best on the north bound trip?
#20
Redmond, Washington, USA
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Best way for you folks will be a van taxi. Figure 15 minutes from train station to cruise terminal and about $20 CAN.

You can't go wrong on either side of the train but I would go with the left side (Puget Sound) when you are facing forward on the train. Reserve Business class if you can. The extra $6 per person is well worth it. You will get a $3 snack bar credit and you will get off the train and through Customs first. We have done Customs from non-business and it can take up to an hour.

Have a GREAT time!
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  5. 2/2006 Eastern Caribbean on Infinity (I learn I really don't like the Caribbean but I have a good time anyway)
  6. 6/2006 Pacific Coastal on Infinity (Only 3 days. How sad.)
  7. 10/2006 Exotic Mediterranean & the Black Sea on Galaxy (Not that exotic but great)
  8. 8/2007 North to Alaska with the Martini Mates on Infinity! (Are we on a Carnival cruise?)
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  10. 8/2008 Alaska again...on Infinity...again (We can't help ourselves)
  11. 10/2008 Oosterdam to Mexican Riviera (Close, quick, disappointing)
  12. 03/2009 Eastern Caribbean on Celebrity Solstice with the Mates! (I went for the Mates, still hate the Caribbean)
  13. 10/09 Pacific NW on Mercury (Close to home and fun)
  14. 2/10 Azamara Quest to SE Asia (Amazing trip! Amazing ship!)
  15. 05/11 Zaandam around the Sound from Vancouver (Too much smoke!)
  16. 09/11 Century to Alaska (Back we go again)
  17. 01/12 Century Down Under from Auckland to Sydney (We love it! Incredible people and places)
  18. 11/12 Century to Hawaii with the original Martini Mates (It's not a race. Too much Century)
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