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Thanks for visiting our on-line information for Amtrak service to/from Tacoma, Washington. The people of Tacoma, Pierce County and the friendly Amtrak train personnel at the Tacoma train depot are glad that you've visited this website. Tacoma, the Gateway to Mt. Rainier is a friendly city located on I-5 midway between Seattle, Washinton's largest city, and Olympia, our state capitol.

Tacoma Amtrak StationThis is our depot in Tacoma. In the middle 1980s Amtrak train service switched to this location at 1001 Puyallup Avenue, from the old location at 1710 Pacific Avenue.

The old, historic depot is now a our Federal Courthouse. The old depot has been restored and features a beautiful, Dale Chihully chandelier in the restored rotunda.

Ticket/Baggage Agent John EisenhauerOur train service in Tacoma features baggage and express on each of out eight daily trains. We have four trains going North and four going South every day. Reservations are always required.

Ticketing Hours: Daily 7:30 am - 9:30 pm
Wheelchair accessibility
Free short term & overnight parking
Transit Information: Pierce Transit
(800) 562-8109 (within Washington State)
(253) 581-8000

This is our Amtrak Cascade train service.Our Tacoma station is proud to recommend the local Amtrak Cascade service (www.amtrakcascades.com). All of the 700 Series trains are the new high-speed Talgo trains, which offer movies enroute and business class accomodations. These trains are designed with commuters in mind. Laptop computers can be plugged in at most seats for high-tech travel.

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All our Amtrak trains pass along Ruston Way and the city waterfront.All trains require reservations. When you make your reservations you will be given a reservation number and a date by which you must purchase your tickets. Please, write the number down and bring it with you to pick up your train tickets.

Reservations should be made through the toll-free information & reservation phone service at 1-800-872-7245. With their automated reservation system, you may make your reservations via touch-tone phone. And, although this is an automated answering service, one of the options you will be presented with is "zero."

By pressing zero you will be connected to an information/reservation clerk. While making your reservation with the central reservation system you may ask about special discounts (AAA, Senior Citizen, etc.) and you may also pay by credit card. When you pay by credit card over the phone, you do not need to pick up your tickets early, unless it is to have your tickets in hand for a train arriving in Centralia when they are unstaffed. You can't pay by credit card over the phone via the Centralia station -- you must pay through the reservation system. You may also make your reservations on the main AMTRAK WEBSITE.

Don't forget to ask about the Frequent Flyer Mileage Program in conjuction with Alaska Airlines. You can ride Amtrak and get Alaska Airline miles. There is now another feature, Amtrak Rewards, where you can gain rail travel miles for travel on Amtrak. Sign-up on-line and get bonus points. Another great (and some say much better Amtrak information site) link is TrainWeb.

Here is an abbreviated train schedule:
Trains going North depart Tacoma at:
11:17 am - Train 750 to Seattle
03:02 pm - Train 752 to Seattle
07:00 pm - Train 14* to Seattle
08:47 pm - Train 754 to Seattle

CONNECTIONS
Trains 750 and 14 make bus connections in the Seattle depot for Vancouver, B.C. Train 752 makes a train/bus connection to Bellingham/Vancouver, B.C. Train 752 connects in Seattle with Train 8, the Empire Builder, which heads East to Chicago through Washington, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, and Wisconsin.

Notes:
*Train 14 originates in Los Angles and is frequently late. Please, call the toll-free information number (1-800-872-7245), or the local office at (253)627-8141 for up-dated arrival information. Trains #11 & $14 are the popular Coast Starlight trains which provide travel etween Seattle and Los Angeles on a daily basis.

Trains going South depart Tacoma at:
08:18 am - Train 751** to Olympia, Centrealia, Kelso, Vancouver, Portland
10:43 am - Train 11*** to Olympia, Centralia, Kelso, Vancouver, Portland and on to California
02:33 pm - Train 753 to Olympia, Centralia, Kelso, Vancouver, Portland
06:08 pm - Train 755 to Olympia, Centralia, Kelso, Vancouver, Portland, Salem, Albany, Eugene

Notes:
**Train 751 connects with a bus that goes on to Salem, Albany, and Eugene.
***Train 11 continues on past Portland to Salem, Albany, Eugene, Chemult, and Klamath Falls and then into California where it makes a number of stops on the way to Los Angeles.

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Every destination on Amtrak has at least four different fare plans, which makes it difficult to quote train fares, but generally the sooner you make your reservations, the less expensive it's going to be. Most fares are based on one way travel.

Here are some sample fares:
One Way Tacoma to Seattle runs from $8.50 to $14.00
One Way Tacoma to Portland runs from $17.00 to $28.00

One of our most popular day trips remains Centralia. Many Pierce County elementary school students have their first train ride from Tacoma to Centralia. Most shoppers like visiting Centralia as well. There are many antique stores within an easy walk from the Centralia depot and there is an Outlet Mall nearby offering great buys. Destination Centralia has special rates from the Tacoma area and has a shuttle that can take you from the depot to the Outlet Mall.

Because Amtrak personnel are often providing other services away from the ticket counter and the boarding area, please listen for boarding instructions from the on-board personnel. As each train arrives at the depot, a conductor or attendant will step out and advise you on boarding. Trains at the station are there only a few minutes, so please be ready to board when the train arrives.

Baggage must be checked at least one half hour before train departure to assure that your baggage will travel on the same train as you. Most pieces should be under 50 pounds. Baggage in excess of 50 pounds will be charged $10.00 per overweight piece. Cardboard boxes should be taped (with strapping tape -- not masking or duct tape!) and tied with rope (not string!) to withstand shipping, stacking and occasional dampness. There is a limit of three pieces totaling no more 150 pounds total per ticketed passenger. Tacoma Amtrak is unable to accept anything heavier than 75 pounds. Amtrak does not accept anything perishable or fragile. Generally, speaking baggage items consist of clothes and other items you would normally take on a trip.

For many non-baggage items there is the Package Express service, which is available across the United States. Please, give the station a call at 253-627-8141 for the rates and limitations. You can also visit the Amtrak Package Express Website for detailed information. Amtrak express rates are very competitive and they can generally provide one or two day service from Tacoma to Southern California -- and same day service between Tacoma and Portland.

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If you're traveling to Tacoma, please do not expect to simply wait until your ride arrives. The depot closes at 9:30 pm. Once the depot closes, the nearest phone is a lonely block away. When you're coming to Tacoma, it would be a good idea to have your arrangements already made for someone to pick you up. There are usually taxi cabs waiting at the depot during train times. Shuttle service to the airpot, however has to be pre-arranged. Pierce Transit
does have reliable service from just outside the depot and makes connections to SEA-TAC.

Thank you, again for visiting our website, and please, come visit our city.

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Tacoma Amtrak

1001 Puyallup Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98421
(253)627-8141
1-800-872-7245 24 Hour Information/Reservation Service Center

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