All aboard the Portland Express — an Amtrak Cascades train car that welcomes you to Portland the minute you step on board.
Grab a Pendleton-upholstered seat and immerse yourself in Portland amid the custom wallpaper, yarn-bombed table legs and designs from beloved local vendors. The redesigned dining car includes Tanner Goods leather coasters, custom Portland-inspired temporary tattoos and copies of Travel Portland magazine (while supplies last).
Ride the Portland Express
Starting the third week of January 2014, visitors who take the Amtrak Cascades line between Eugene and Vancouver, B.C., will have the chance to ride the Portland Express. The special car will be in service through March.
Note: While the Portland Express will immediately transport you to a Portland state of mind, it is not an “express” train; it makes the same stops as all Amtrak Cascades trains.
How to book
When you get your tickets at Amtrak.com, make a note of your train number; you can check it against the Oregon Department of Transportation’s weekly schedule of “trainsets” operating on the Amtrak Cascades route. Look for the Mt. Jefferson train — that’s where you’ll find the “Portland Express” car.
Plus, if you book your Amtrak Cascades train tickets at least two weeks in advance, you’ll get 25 percent off already-low prices – meaning a one-way trip to Portland starts at only $24 from Seattle or $47 from Vancouver. Learn more at Amtrak.com.
Portland is happening now — tax-free shopping, 52 craft breweries (more than any other city in the world), and a culinary scene that includes restaurants, specialty shops and an entire month of $29 three-course menus in March, is just an Amtrak Cascades train ride away. Why not ride in style this winter and spend a few days exploring Portland and all the things that make it one of the most talked about cities in the nation?
To follow and share coverage of the Portland Express on social media, use the hashtag #PDXNOW.