Pacific Central Station

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Pacific Central
Pacific Central Station Vancouver.jpg
Location 1150 Station Street
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6A 4C7
Coordinates 49°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 by Via Rail[1]
Platforms 3 island platforms
Tracks 7
Train operators 3
Bus stands 24
Bus operators
Connections Translinkexpo.svg Main Street–Science World
Disabled access Yes
Architect Pratt and Ross
Architectural style Beaux-Arts style[2]
Other information
Station code Amtrak code:VAC
Opened 1919 (Canadian Northern Railway)
Passengers (2011) 149,691[3] (Amtrak)
Preceding station   VIA Rail Canada simplified.svg Via Rail   Following station
Terminus Canadian
toward Toronto
BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak
Amtrak Cascades Terminus
Rocky Mountaineer
Coastal Passage
toward Banff or Jasper
  Former services  
Rocky Mountaineer
Terminus First Passage to the West
toward Calgary
Journey through the Clouds
toward Jasper
Designated 1991
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[4] and the main Vancouver terminal for Greyhound Canada.[5] 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 is used for the international trip section between Vancouver and Seattle. While the route section between Vancouver to Jasper and Banff operates out of the Rocky Mountaineer Station.



The station in 1918, known as False Creek Station. Shows the land around the building being filled in.

The building was designated a heritage railway station in 1991.[2] 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.[6]

Public transit[edit]

Pacific Central Station is immediately adjacent to SkyTrain's Main Street–Science World station. Westbound trains on the Expo Line go into Downtown Vancouver near hotels, office towers, shopping, businesses and other attractions toward Waterfront station, which offers connections to the SeaBus, West Coast Express commuter trains and other metro lines. Eastbound trains on the Expo Line ferries locals into the suburbs, such as Burnaby, Coquitlam, Surrey, and New Westminster.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Great American Stations: Vancouver
  2. ^ 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 
  3. ^ "Amtrak Cascades: 2011 Performance D" (PDF). Retrieved April 10, 2013. 
  4. ^ Pacific Coach - Head Office
  5. ^ Greyhound Canada: Vancouver Main Terminal at the Wayback Machine (archived April 2, 2017)
  6. ^ Ottawa to fund multi-million reno of Vancouver train station at the Wayback Machine (archived December 4, 2010)

External links[edit]

Media related to Vancouver Pacific Central Station at Wikimedia Commons