Vancouver Railway Station on the Rocky Mountaineer

Rocky Mountaineer Departure City Vancouver, British Columbia

Vancouver Railway Station

Pacific Central Station is the main railway station in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Inter-city passenger rail service is operated from Pacific Central Station by
Via Rail to points east, Amtrak Cascades to Seattle and Portland, and Rocky Mountaineer rail tour routes. Small passenger ferries operating in False Creek provide commuter service to Granville Island, Downtown Vancouver and Kitsilano.

Pacific Central Station acts as the western terminus of
Via Rail's cross-country The Canadian service to Toronto and the northern terminus of Amtrak's Cascades service to Seattle and Portland. The station is also Vancouver's main intercity bus terminal. The station is wheelchair accessible and is staffed with full Via services. The station is a candidate for the northern terminus of a possible future high-speed rail line being considered primarily by the US state of Washington.

Address of Vancouver Railway Station:

Pacific Central Station
1150 Station Street

British Columbia
V6A 4C7

W Coordinates: 49°16′25″N 123°05′53″W

Pacific Central Station Rail Services

Amtrak Cascades

Amtrak Cascades provides two daily round trips between Vancouver and Seattle, Washington, with one daily train continuing to Portland, Oregon.

Amtrak passengers go through Canadian customs at the station upon arrival. Passengers bound for the United States go through United States border preclearance inside the station prior to boarding in Vancouver, with a brief 10-minute stop at the Peace Arch Border Crossing for agents to collect forms.

This is in contrast to
Amtrak's international services on the East Coast (Adirondack to Montreal and Maple Leaf to Toronto) where passengers are processed by customs immediately after passing over the border.

To enable customs processing away from the border crossing,
Amtrak trains are sequestered inside a secure caged area at Pacific Central Station. Additionally, trains make no stops in Canada other than at Pacific Central Station.

Via Rail Canadian

Via Rail's Canadian train offers twice-weekly cross-country service to Toronto via Edmonton, Saskatoon, and Winnipeg with weekly service to Edmonton (summer only).

Pacific Central Station Bus

Pacific Central Station is Vancouver's main intercity bus terminal.

Vancouver Bus Companies
Amtrak Thruway
(operated by Cantrail)
Bellingham, Seattle
BC Ferries Connector Victoria (via Tsawwassen ferry terminal)
Ebus Kelowna, Kamloops, Salmon Arm
FlixBus Bellingham, Seattle
Greyhound Lines Bellingham, Seattle
Rider Express  Kamloops, Revelstoke, Banff, Calgary and Edmonton
YVR Skylynx Squamish, Whistler
Pacific Central Station Public Transit
Pacific Central Station is immediately adjacent to Main Street–Science World station on the Expo Line of Greater Vancouver's SkyTrain rapid transit system.

History of Vancouver Railway Station

Pacific Central Station was built in 1917 by the Canadian Northern Railway as the terminus of its line to Edmonton. It was dedicated on November 2, 1919, a day after the first Canadian National trains began using the station. It was originally named False Creek Station and was designed by the architecture firm Pratt and Ross. The building was designated a heritage railway station in 1991.

Amtrak service to the terminal was originally offered on the Pacific International from 1972 to 1981, when it ceased due to budget cuts. Cross-border service returned in 1995 with the introduction of the Mount Baker International, which was later folded into the modern-day Cascades brand.

On November 8, 2010, the Canadian government announced a $5.1 million plan to rebuild parts of the station, including refurbishing windows, masonry, and the roof of the building.

Previous Names of Railway companies using this station:

Amtrak Railroad
Rocky Mountaineer Railroad
Via Rail

Station code:

Amtrak: VAC
Via Rail: VCVR

Railway Services from Vancouver Railway Station:

Preceding station   Following station    
Lake Louise
towards Seattle
  Rocky Mountaineer Coastal Passage    (Terminus)
Lake Louise towards
Rocky Mountaineer
  First Passage to the West,     Calgary (Terminus)

Things to do in Vancouver, British Columbia when you get off the Rocky Mountineeer

Welcome to Vancouver!

5 Day Trip Ideas in Vancouver

Vancouver Adventure

Vancouver River Rafting and Harrison Hot Springs

Vancouver’s close proximity to rugged wilderness makes it easy to plan an adventure-packed escape, even if it is just for the day. Hop in the car and drive less than two hours southeast of Vancouver, where you’ll find Chilliwack River Rafting, a fully-equipped rafting company providing thrilling, five-hour expeditions through the Chilliwack River Canyon. After your trip, drive back to Vancouver in time for happy hour, or venture an hour north to Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa instead, where you can unwind in five hot, mineral pools before enjoying a gourmet dinner at one of the property’s on-site restaurants. 

Vancouver Luxury

Vancouver Skiing, Spa Treatments and More at Whistler

If you’re looking to splurge on your upcoming vacation, take a side-trip up to Whistler, where you’ll find no shortage of lavish experiences, all within a two-hour drive from downtown Vancouver. During the winter, take advantage of world-class skiing and relaxing après ski activities at Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort. Or, if you make it up to Whistler during warmer months, spend some time on Fairmont Chateau Whistler’s par 72, 18-hole golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. This upscale resort is also home to Vida Spa and a number of high-end restaurants.

Vancouver Culinary Tasting

Vancouver Wine Tasting and Regional Dining

All around Vancouver, fertile agricultural land and lush vineyards provide the perfect getaway for food and wine connoisseurs. Start in Richmond, which is only 30 minutes south of downtown Vancouver, where you can sample award-winning ice wine at Lulu Island Winery. Then, fill up with lunch at one of Richmond’s many Asian-influenced restaurants, where you can indulge in authentic dim sum, Vietnamese pho and fresh seafood dishes. Afterward, continue east to explore other wineries in the Fraser Valley – the BC Wine Institute lists many tasting rooms in the area, all within an hour of Vancouver. Head back to the coast just south of the city and finish the day with a dinner of fresh, West Coast cuisine at one of the quaint restaurants along Crescent Beach in Surrey. 

Vancouver Budget

Exploring Bowen Island

Looking to get away without spending a fortune? Just take a trip to nearby Bowen Island, which is only a 20-minute ferry ride away from West Vancouver’s Horseshoe Bay. Here, you can take in the laid back vibe of rural island life while exploring small art galleries, cute shops, casual eateries and waterfront patios along Snug Cove. This island also offers plenty of opportunities for outdoor recreation, such as hiking through lush rain forests, swimming at serene beaches and mountain biking along forested trails. 

Vancouver as Romantic City

Arts and Culture in Victoria

For a romantic escape with your sweetheart, plan a day trip to Victoria on Vancouver Island, only a 90-minute ferry ride from the Tsawwassen BC Ferries terminal (about 40 minutes from downtown Vancouver). With its breathtaking heritage buildings and unique attractions, this destination feels a bit like a mini-European trip, making it the perfect place to enjoy romantic activities with your amour. Indulge in a prim-and-proper afternoon tea, stroll through the blooming Butchart Gardens, cuddle in the back of a horse-drawn carriage or watch a theatrical production in one of the many arts centres — it’s all possible in this diverse city.

Reasons To Visit Vancouver

Vancouver they said it best...

"You’re gorgeous, baby, you’re sophisticated, you live well...Vancouver is Manhattan with mountains. It’s a liquid city, a tomorrow city, equal parts India, China, England, France and the Pacific Northwest. It’s the cool North American sibling." – The New York Times

Vancouver is a city unlike any other. Wherever I look, I see water or mountains -- or both. And everyone looks so healthy." – The Daily Telegraph (UK)

"In winter, the heart of downtown Vancouver is 30 minutes from the ski slopes. In summer, sun seekers crowd its beaches and seaside promenades. And despite a rain-prone climate, it displays a perpetually sunny disposition. Consider it the supermodel of North American cities." – USA Today

Vancouver is one of North America’s most under-rated tourist destinations. It is a modern, travel-friendly city with a unique mix of cultures. The relatively mild Pacific Northwest climate and an energetic restaurant and nightlife scene are other features that make this such an attractive city." – 

Consider just a few reasons why you should plan a trip to Vancouver.

Vancouver has Spectacular & Safe Setting

Majestic mountains, sparkling ocean, rainforests and beautiful foliage throughout all four seasons make Vancouver one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Canadians are known for our friendly nature, and Vancouver's citizens take great pride in our welcoming, clean, safe streets - day or night, all year round.

Vancouver has Exciting Activities

Catering to any interest throughout the year, you can enjoy world class shopping, gourmet meals, outstanding live entertainment, sporting events, theatre, outdoor adventure, spectacular sights and attractions - it's all waiting for you in Vancouver.

Vancouver the Gateway to Adventure

With quick and easy access to Whistler, the Canadian Rockies, Victoria, Vancouver Island, and of course, endless year-round water and land sports, whether you’re looking for extreme sports or family fun, you’ll find your personal adventure here. Vancouver also is the home port for Alaska cruises May through October.

Vancouver is Welcoming & Accessible

Just as Vancouver welcomed the world in 2010 for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, we’re ready to welcome you as well! A vast multicultural population, endless activities, and excellent infrastructure, Vancouver is welcoming to all - families, couples, gay & lesbian

Traveller's to Vancouver and Special Needs Visitors

Everything is within reach. The Vancouver International Airport has consistently been rated as a top North American airport providing easy access from all over the world. The city has a public transportation, but given how walkable Vancouver is, just might never use it! A great walking city, Vancouver is clean, green, safe, and easily accessible!

Superior Service from Vancouver's Hotels & Value for Money

Vancouver's hotels, restaurants and business community offer outstanding levels of service and product quality. Meeting your needs and exceeding your expectations is a top priority of Vancouver's businesses, providing friendly assistance every step of your trip. And with a consistently advantageous exchange rate on the Canadian dollar, you can have a world-class experience with superior value for your money!


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