Pacific Central Station

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Pacific Central
Pacific Central Station Vancouver.jpg
Location1150 Station Street
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6A 4C7
Coordinates49°16′25″N 123°05′53″W / 49.27361°N 123.09806°W / 49.27361; -123.09806Coordinates: 49°16′25″N 123°05′53″W / 49.27361°N 123.09806°W / 49.27361; -123.09806
Owned byVia Rail[1]
Platforms3 island platforms
Train operators3
Bus stands24
Bus operators
ConnectionsTranslinkexpo.svg 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 Canada simplified.svg Via Rail Following station
Terminus Canadian Mission Harbour
Eastbound service only
toward Toronto
Westbound service only
toward Toronto
Preceding station BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg 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

Pacific Central Station in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada is a railway station 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 coach service, being the head office and bus depot of Pacific Coach Lines[7] and the main Vancouver terminal for Greyhound Bus Lines. The station is wheelchair-accessible and is staffed with full Via services.

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.



The station in 1918, known as False Creek Station. Shows the land around the building being filled in.
Seen in 1981, when the large neon sign was for Canadian National Railway

The building was designated a heritage railway station in 1991.[5] 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.[12]

Public transit[edit]

Pacific Central Station is immediately adjacent to SkyTrain's Main Street–Science World station. Westbound, SkyTrain stops at Downtown Vancouver stations, located near hotels, office towers, shopping, and other attractions, terminating at Waterfront station, which offers connections to the SeaBus, West Coast Express commuter trains, and the Canada Line. Eastbound, the SkyTrain connects with the Millennium Line and continues as far as Surrey, British Columbia.

Pacific Central during the 2010 Winter Olympics

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Great American Stations: Vancouver
  2. ^ Riders Express Transportation
  3. ^ Tofino Bus
  4. ^ Wilson's Transportation Ltd.
  5. ^ a b "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. ^ Pacific Coach - Head Office
  8. ^ Cantrail Coachlines Inc.
  9. ^ Wilson's Transportation Ltd.
  10. ^ Riders Express Transportation
  11. ^ Tofino Bus
  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)

External links[edit]

Media related to Vancouver Pacific Central Station at Wikimedia Commons