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What is the best way to go from Portland Oregon to Vancouver British Columbia?

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2013-03-03 16:42:41
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Driving north on the Interstate Freeway 5 to the Canadian border followed by Highway 99 north to the city of Vancouver, takes approximately 6 h. Distance is about 525 km. Allow more for rest stops, etc., and lineups at the border.

Alaska Airlines and Air BC (connector subsidiary of Air Canada) fly between the two cities. The flight takes less than an hour.

Amtrak runs trains up the west coast from Portland to Vancouver. Only one train a day (from Seattle) makes it as far as Vancouver. Otherwise there is a bus connector from Seattle to Vancouver.

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  • A trip by boat from Portland, Oregon, to Vancouver, British Columbia, is probably the slowest way to go. Unless, of course, you consider riding on mule back. You can drive from Portland to Seattle, in about 3 hours. You can drive from Seattle to Vancouver in about two and one-half hours, plus whatever time you need to spend clearing customs at the border.
  • Vancouver Washington is just north of Portland across the Columbia River. Take I-5 or I-205 bridge and your there. For Vancouver BC Canada I-5 north and a ferry from Seattle or Anacortes.
  • From SW PORTLAND, OR to VANCOUVER, WA: take I-5 North to I-84 East to 1-205 and cross the 205 bridge -- signs to Vancouver are frequent and easy to follow.
  • There is a wonderful Amtrak train that goes from Portland to Seattle, and then another train that goes from Seattle to Vancouver. Very scenic (along the shore for much of the trip) and relaxing. Takes about 8 hours from Portland to Vancouver (see amtrak.com), just about two hours longer than driving. Makes very short (2 min) stops at several cities along the way. If you go, pay the extra money for "Business Class". Free food/drink tickets, bigger seats, reserved seats, no children. Well worth it.
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