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 Bus Lines. The station is wheelchair-accessible and is staffed with full Via services.

Pacific Central
Eastward view of the station from Thornton Park
Location1150 Station Street
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6A 4C7
Coordinates49°16′25″N 123°05′53″W
Owned byVia Rail[1]
Platforms3 island platforms
Train operators3
Bus stands24
Bus operators
Connections Main Street–Science World
Disabled accessYes
ArchitectPratt and Ross
Architectural styleBeaux-Arts style[5]
Other information
Station codeAmtrak code:VAC
Opened1919 (Canadian Northern Railway)
Previous namesCanadian National Railway Station
Passengers (2011)149,691[6] (Amtrak)
Preceding station Via Rail Following station
Terminus Canadian Mission Harbour
Eastbound service only
toward Toronto
Westbound service only
toward Toronto
Preceding station Amtrak Following station
Bellingham Amtrak Cascades Terminus
Preceding station Rocky Mountaineer Following station
Coastal Passage Rocky Mountaineer (Vancouver)
towards Banff or Jasper
Former services
Preceding station Rocky Mountaineer Following station
Terminus First Passage to the West Kamloops
towards Calgary
Journey through the Clouds Kamloops
towards Jasper
Reference no.4527

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; they began to use Pacific Central Station again for their new Coastal Passage route in 2013.





Pacific Central Station opened to the public on November 2, 1919 and was designed by the architecture firm Pratt and Ross.[11] The building was designated a heritage railway station in 1991.[5]

On November 8, 2010, the Canadian government announced a CA$5.1-million plan to rebuild parts of the station, including refurbishing windows, masonry, and the roof of the building.[12]

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.

See also


  1. Great American Stations: Vancouver
  2. Riders Express Transportation
  3. Vancouver Island Connector
  4. Wilson's Transportation Ltd.
  5. "Canadian National Railways / VIA Rail Station". Canada's Historic Places. Parks Canada. September 1, 1991. Retrieved April 26, 2017. 1150 Station Street, Vancouver, British Columbia
  6. "Amtrak Cascades: 2011 Performance D" (PDF). Retrieved April 10, 2013.
  7. Cantrail Coachlines Inc.
  8. Riders Express Transportation
  9. Vancouver Island Connector
  10. Wilson's Transportation Ltd.
  11. Mackie, John (November 14, 2012). "This day in history: November 2, 1919". The Vancouver Sun. Retrieved May 25, 2019.
  12. "Ottawa to fund multi-million reno of Vancouver train station". Archived from the original on December 4, 2010. Retrieved November 9, 2010.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
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