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Seattle Center - Space Needle - EMP - SciFi Museum
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Seattle is the major metro area closest to Portland's in geography and, probably, in culture. It is home to LINK light rail, the South Lake Union Streetcar and the ORCA Card.


[edit] Getting to Seattle from Portland

[edit] By train

The most comfortable way to get to Seattle without a car is probably by the Amtrak Cascades line, which originates in Eugene or Portland and reaches Seattle in 3 hours 30 minutes. As of August 2010, four northbound trains depart Portland's Union Station at 8:30 and 12:15 a.m. and 2:50 and 6:15 p.m.

Southbound Cascades trains arrive in Portland from Seattle at 11 a.m., and 2:55, 5:50 and 9 p.m.

The Coast Starlight line, which runs up from Los Angeles, leaves for Seattle daily at 4:10 p.m. but is (at 4 hours 25 minutes) slower and less reliable. A southbound Coast Starlight arrives in Portland at 1:50 p.m. daily.

As of August 2010, base ticket prices range from $27 to $49 each way, depending on advance purchase and departure time.

[edit] By bus

A bit cheaper than Amtrak is Greyhound, which as of August 2010 costs $28 to $31 each way, depending on advance purchase.

Four or five Greyhound buses leave for Seattle on a typical day. The trip varies from 4 hours 5 minutes to 4 hours 30 minutes, depending on time of day.

[edit] By local public transit

For an updated account of this trip, see the wiki Epic Transit Journeys, a Seattle-based site devoted to intercity public transit connections.

[edit] Transit ridership

Although the Seattle area sees more of its commute trips are taken on transit than Portland does, it sees slightly fewer unlinked transit trips per resident than Portland. TriMet officials have attributed this to Seattle's reliance on commuter lines between downtown and the suburbs; Portland's rail system, Seattle's relative wealth and rainier climate may also be factors.

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