Posted February 15th, 2017, 03:49 AM
The plane trip to Vancouver has 2 stops with changes and long layovers, and the plane trip to Seattle is non-stop. I think I'd prefer that. The trip back from Vancouver is one stop, and not hours and hours of layover, so I think that option is more reasonable.
That's actually a good point to clarify from my note above - it's not just whether the train/bus time & cost still saves you enough to be worthwhile, it's the end-to-end flight AND land transport (if any) times. A non-stop to SEA then a train may actually be just as fast as a 2 stop flight!
Customs/Immigration at the train station is more pleasant, and much more consistent in timing, than at YVR. If you're in business class you get priority disembarkation so you'll be off the train and through CBSA within 2-5 minutes; even the last coach carriage (which we inevitably get, since we roll into the station minutes before departure on the US end since we've seen the view so many times) is consistently around the 20min mark from train stopping to getting through CBSA. Airport is always dependent on how many other flights get in about the same time as you - you may breeze through, you may take an hour - while that single Amtrak train is literally the ONLY job the CBSA folks have to do, as buses all stop at the border.
A single-stop from YVR, unless the layover is ridiculous, should be the fastest way home compared to any method of going to SEA for even another non-stop flight. And as was said above, seeing US CBP here rather than on touchdown is more efficient - and the kiosks make it even smoother for US/CAD citizens these days.
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