Pacific Central Station
Pacific Central Station is a railway station in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, which acts as the western terminus of Via Rail's cross-country The Canadian to Toronto and the northern terminus of Amtrak’s Cascades to Seattle and Portland. The station also provides intercity bus service as the main Vancouver terminal for Greyhound Lines. The station is wheelchair-accessible and is staffed with full Via services.
|Location||1150 Station Street|
Vancouver, British Columbia
|Owned by||Via Rail|
|Platforms||3 island platforms|
|Connections||Main Street–Science World|
|Architect||Pratt and Ross|
|Architectural style||Beaux-Arts style|
|Station code||Amtrak code:VAC|
Via Rail: VCVR
|Opened||1919 (Canadian Northern Railway)|
|Previous names||Canadian National Railway Station|
Pacific Central Station 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.
The Amtrak Cascades provides two daily round trips from Vancouver. One goes to Seattle, Washington; the other continues on to Portland, Oregon. Rather than stopping for an immigration inspection at the border, as happens with the Adirondack to Montreal and Maple Leaf to Toronto, Amtrak passengers go through Canadian customs at the station upon arrival. Passengers bound for the United States go through United States border preclearance prior to boarding in Vancouver.
The Rocky Mountaineer operated from Pacific Central Station until moving to the nearby Rocky Mountaineer Station in 2005; it used the Pacific Central Station again for the Coastal Passage route from 2013 to 2019.
- Via Rail
Pacific Central Station is Vancouver's main intercity bus terminal.
|Cantrail Coachlines Inc. (as Amtrak Thruway Motorcoach)||Bellingham, Seattle[a]|
|Ebus (Pacific Western Transportation)||Kelowna, Kamloops, and Edmonton|
|Greyhound Lines||Bellingham, Seattle[a]|
|Rider Express||Kamloops, Revelstoke, Banff, and Calgary|
|YVR Skylynx||Squamish, Whistler|
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- Great American Stations: Vancouver
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1150 Station Street, Vancouver, British Columbia
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