Sandpoint Idaho to Seattle Washington by Train (Amtrak) – Sandpoint Train Station (Sandpoint Train Depot)
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Sandpoint Idaho to Seattle Washington by Train (Amtrak)

I want to share with everyone how important it is to us to have a train station in the core of Sandpoint. First of all, the station is within walking distance of our house, so it is easy to just walk up and hop on the train. In this case, our destination was Seattle.

Sandpoint Depot at Night

Sandpoint Train Depot at night. Notice the rope lights installed for safety by Amtrak or ITD due to the highway project. (click image for a larger view)

I drive my car as little as possible. In fact, I drove only 204 miles last year, so jumping in the car and driving to Seattle is not my idea of a good time. Some recent events created the need for my wife and me to travel to Seattle and the train seemed like a great alternative to driving or flying. To drive, we would have to depart the day before in order to arrive on time, drive over 700 miles round trip, pay for a hotel room, parking and fuel.

Flying would require extracting our car from the garage, driving over 80 miles to the airport in Spokane, paying for parking our car at the airport, arriving an hour early and waiting, stuffing ourselves into a plane, renting a car on arrival in Seattle, paying for parking there as well. Then back to the airport, turn in the rental car, and so on.

Instead, we took the train, and loved every effortless minute of it. We traveled in a Superliner Roomette so we could arrive rested. We also took advantage of the free breakfast (Sandpoint to Seattle) and dinner (Seattle to Sandpoint), included with sleeping car accommodations.

Amtrak Superliner Roomette

Day and night renderings of an Amtrak Superliner Roomette. (click image for a larger view)

The cost can vary on sleeping accommodations, so if you are flexible, it pays to check several days to get the best price. You can book your trip online or by calling 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245). I used the Amtrak website to book our trip and the tickets arrived by mail in less than a week.

Amtrak Website

Amtrak's Website (click image to visit the Amtrak website)

Despite all the stories I have heard about trains always being late, I have not found that to be true. All four times I have taken the train this year, it has arrived on time and even arrived in Seattle nearly 30 minutes ahead of schedule on two occasions. The roomette was great and provided just enough room for our luggage and both of us to sleep comfortably. There is even an outlet for charging cell phones, laptops, etc.

Fresh coffee aroma filled the sleeping car at around 6:00 A.M. so I made my way up the stairs to get us each a cup. (Coffee, juice and bottled water are complimentary with sleeping car accommodations.) Breakfast was served in the dining car as we passed through the Cascade Mountains.

Historic Seattle King Street Station

Exterior view of the historic Seattle King Street Train Station. (click image for a larger view)

We arrived at the historic Seattle King Street Station at about 10:00 A.M., rested and full of breakfast, and took a $5.75 cab ride to our destination. I realize that this form of transportation may not be for everyone, but can tell you that it works very well for me and I would do it again without hesitation.

Seattle King Street Station Interior

Interior of the "Compass Room" at the Seattle King Street Station. (click image for a larger view)

So next time you’re planning a trip from Sandpoint to Seattle (or anywhere to anywhere, for that matter), think about taking the train. You might be surprised at the ease, comfort and convenience. Stay tuned for a post about the return trip.

If you enjoyed this post, be sure to check out my follow up post about traveling from Seattle to Sandpoint by train.

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