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There are 7 ways to get from Vancouver to Tacoma by bus, train, car, plane or shuttle

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Amtrak Thruway, bus  •  4 h 54 min

  1. Take the Amtrak Thruway from Vancouver, BC to Seattle, WA - Amtrak 8948
  2. Take the bus from 2nd Ave & Yesler Way to Commerce St Transfer Area - Zone G 594

$29 - $46

Cheapest option

Bus Boltbus  •  5 h 25 min

  1. Take the bus from Vancouver, BC to Seattle, WA Vancouver-Seattle / ...
  2. Take the bus from 2nd Ave & Seneca St to Commerce St Transfer Area - Zone G 594

$15 - $50

5 alternative options

Train  •  5 h 35 min

  1. Take the train from Vancouver Pacific Central Station to Tacoma Amtrak Amtrak Cascades

$40 - $100

Bus Greyhound USA  •  5 h 40 min

  1. Take the bus from Vancouver, Bc to Tacoma, Wa 1429

$22 - $55

Drive  •  3 h 20 min

  1. Drive from Vancouver to Tacoma 176.8 miles

$23 - $35

Fly from Vancouver  •  3 h 10 min

  1. Fly from Vancouver (YVR) to Seattle (SEA) YVR - SEA

$100 - $298

Shuttle to Bellingham, fly  •  5 h 15 min

  1. Take a shuttle bus from River Rock Casino Resort, Richmond to Bellingham Airport, WA
  2. Fly from Bellingham (BLI) to Seattle (SEA) BLI - SEA

$118 - $228

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The cheapest way to get from Vancouver to Tacoma is to drive which costs $30 - $45 and takes 3 h 20 min.

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The quickest way to get from Vancouver to Tacoma is to fly which costs $130 - $390 and takes 3 h 10 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Vancouver, Bc and arriving at Tacoma, Wa. Services depart three times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 5 h 40 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Vancouver Pacific Central Station station and arriving at Tacoma Amtrak. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 5 h 35 min.

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The distance between Vancouver and Tacoma is 231 km. The road distance is 282.9 km.

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The best way to get from Vancouver to Tacoma without a car is to Amtrak Thruway and bus which takes 4 h 54 min and costs $35 - $60.

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It takes approximately 4 h 54 min to get from Vancouver to Tacoma, including transfers.

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Vancouver to Tacoma bus services, operated by Amtrak Thruway, depart from Vancouver, BC station.

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Vancouver to Tacoma train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Vancouver Pacific Central Station.

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The best way to get from Vancouver to Tacoma is to Amtrak Thruway and bus which takes 4 h 54 min and costs $35 - $60. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $50 - $130 and takes 5 h 35 min, you could also fly, which costs $130 - $390 and takes 3 h 10 min.

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Map of how to get from Vancouver to Tacoma.
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  • Distance: 144.5 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 54 min

What companies run services between Vancouver, Canada and Tacoma, WA, USA?

You can take a bus from Vancouver to Tacoma via Seattle, WA - Amtrak and 2nd Ave & Yesler Way in around 4 h 54 min. Alternatively, Amtrak operates a train from Vancouver to Tacoma once daily. Tickets cost $40 - $100 and the journey takes 5 h 35 min.

Airlines
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from Vancouver to Seattle
Ave. Duration
58 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $410
Flights from Bellingham to Seattle
Ave. Duration
44 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $360
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Vancouver to Seattle
Ave. Duration
1 h 14 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $500
Air Canada
Website
aircanada.com
Flights from Vancouver to Seattle
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $470
Train operators
Amtrak

Amtrak is a rail service that connects the US and three Canadian provinces. Covering 21,000 route miles (34,000km) Amtrak operates more than 300 trains daily. These medium and long distance intercity services operate at speeds of up to 240km/h, to more than 500 destinations. Founded in 1971, it is based in Washington, D.C. and offers four classes of travel: First Class, Sleeper, Business and Coach. Ticket fares are divided into five subclasses: Saver, Value, Flexible, Business and Premium. Amtrak trains are known for their wide seats, plug-in power, big windows and storage capabilities.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Vancouver Pacific Central Station to Tacoma Amtrak
Ave. Duration
5 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $100
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Flexi Coach Seat
$70 - $110
Business Coach Seat
$70 - $100
Room
$190 - $280
Bus operators
Amtrak Thruway

Amtrak is a rail service that connects the US and three Canadian provinces. Covering 21,000 route miles (34,000km) Amtrak operates more than 300 trains daily. These medium and long distance intercity services operate at speeds of up to 240km/h, to more than 500 destinations. Founded in 1971, it is based in Washington, D.C. and offers four classes of travel: First Class, Sleeper, Business and Coach. Ticket fares are divided into five subclasses: Saver, Value, Flexible, Business and Premium. Amtrak trains are known for their wide seats, plug-in power, big windows and storage capabilities.

Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak Thruway
Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Vancouver, BC to Seattle, WA - Amtrak
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$27 - $45
Website
amtrak.com
Sound Transit
Phone
+1 206-398-5000
Website
soundtransit.org
Bus from 2nd Ave & Yesler Way to Commerce St Transfer Area - Zone G
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$2 - $4
Schedules at
soundtransit.org
Bus from 2nd Ave & Seneca St to Commerce St Transfer Area - Zone G
Ave. Duration
58 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$2 - $4
Schedules at
soundtransit.org
Boltbus
Greyhound USA

Greyhound is a leading bus company based in Dallas, Texas, serving over 3800 destinations across North America, Mexico and Canada. Greyhound carries around 18 million passengers a year who travel 5.4 billion miles (8.6 billion km) a year on their fleet of around 1700 vehicles. For travel flexibility, you can board or get off a Greyhound bus at official Greyhound stations, partner stations and curbside stops. There are around 230 Greyhound stations across the US where you can both catch your bus and buy tickets, that are also available on the official website and via the mobile app.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Vancouver, Bc to Tacoma, Wa
Ave. Duration
5 h 40 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$22 - $55
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$22 - $35
Flexible
$40 - $55
Quick Shuttle
Website
quickcoach.com
Shuttle from River Rock Casino Resort, Richmond to Bellingham Airport, WA
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$23 - $30
Schedules at
quickcoach.com
Book at
gotobus.com

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The quickest flight from Vancouver Airport to Seattle Airport is the direct flight which takes 54 min.

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Vancouver to Tacoma bus services, operated by Sound Transit, arrive at Commerce St Transfer Area - Zone G station.

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Vancouver to Tacoma train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Tacoma Amtrak station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Vancouver to Tacoma is 283 km. It takes approximately 3 h 20 min to drive from Vancouver to Tacoma.

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Alaska Airlines, Inc., Air Canada and Delta offer flights from Vancouver Airport to Seattle Airport.

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There are 139+ hotels available in Tacoma. Prices start at $75 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Vancouver to Vancouver Airport is to subway which takes 25 min and costs $3 - $5.

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