Visit the Oregon Coast and other destinations by train & busExtend your train trip with our transit connections

First published 2 August 2022

Extend Your Train Trip with a Bus Connection

Amtrak Cascades serves the valley of Oregon with stations in Portland, Oregon City, Salem, Eugene, and Albany. But did you know we can take you farther, to the coast and the mountains too? With our Amtrak bus connections at select stations, you can experience even more of Oregon's scenic beauty and attractions.

Amtrak buses are clean and comfortable, making the transition from train to bus a breeze. You can book a bus connection as part of your train ticket; and, on most Thruway routes in Oregon, bus tickets can be purchased with or without connecting train tickets.

More connections to more fun!

Let Amtrak Cascades take you to the Oregon Coast or Cascades mountains with a seamless bus connection that offers a comfortable ride and amenities like free Wi-Fi and reclining seats. We think you’ll like it as much as the train!

Where can I go?

  • At Portland’s Union Station, you’ll find connections to infamous Oregon Coast towns such as Tillamook, Astoria, and Cannon Beach. Or head East to the mountains and sunny high desert with connections to Redmond, Bend, Boise, and Spokane.
  • Albany riders can take one of our most popular bus routes to Newport on the Oregon Coast, famous for surfing and fresh seafood at the bayfront. Or, take a short ride to Corvallis, home of Oregon State University, and enjoy a Beavers game.
  • In Salem, you can connect to Lincoln City, the largest city on the Oregon Coast with miles of pristine beaches that are famous for kite flying and sandcastles.
  • From Eugene, head East for mountain biking in world-famous Oakridge, or to Oregon’s microbrew capital, the town of Bend. Oregon Coast connections westward will take you to Florence or Yachats, where you can rent a dune buggy or sandboard at the Oregon Dunes State Park.

How do I reserve my transit connection?

It’s as easy as booking a train ticket. When you’re reserving your ticket online, simply put your desired final stop in the “Destination” box—Amtrak Cascades will suggest the best train/bus combination to get you there. Your transit connection will be reserved as part of your train ticket. Note that Amtrak Thruways and Point Bus are the main providers for Oregon travel connections.

Check out these cool transit connections in Oregon! You can put the three-letter location identifier into the booking widget to see available routes and times for that destination.


Two Thruway routes serve Astoria, a picturesque town at the mouth of the Columbia River where several movies, including The Goonies, were filmed.

Astoria is exceptionally walkable: stroll through town to see beautiful Queen Anne historic homes and gardens.

Or hop the Riverfront Trolley to the Oregon Film Museum, Columbia River Maritime Museum, and the Museum of Whimsy.

You’ll find plenty of shops, seafood restaurants and brewpubs to sample along the way.

Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach is a small coastal city known for its long, sandy shore and Oregon’s most-photographed attraction: Haystack Rock, a protected bird sanctuary surrounded by curious tide pools.

Watch waterfalls cascade onto the sand at Hug Point or take in iconic cliff views at Ecola Point.

National Geographic listed Cannon Beach as one of the 100 most beautiful places in the world in 2013, so you’ll want to bring your paintbrush: the city is a haven for artists and poets aspiring to capture its beauty.

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Newport is home to two lighthouses — including the tallest in Oregon—and beaches prime for spotting whales, bald eagles and agates in the sand.

You can learn about marine life at the Oregon Coast Aquarium and OMSI’s Coastal Discovery Center; taste new brews at Rogue Ale’s headquarters and get world-famous chowder at Mo’s; or, explore the outdoors with crabbing, fishing, hiking, biking and year-round surfing.

Strolling the bay-front, you’ll hear raucous barking of sea lions lolling about on the sunny docks. You can search for great grey whales on Marine Discovery Tours, or spend an afternoon exploring the rich tidepools of the Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area — home to colorful sea stars, bright sea anemones and scuttling crabs.

Lincoln City

Every year, volunteers place more than 3,000 glass floats along Lincoln City’s 7.5 miles of beaches. Lucky beachcombers get to keep these small pieces of art.

If you don’t spot one on your beach stroll, you can blow your own glass float at the Lincoln City Glass Center.

Other Lincoln City fan favorites include Chinook Winds Casino Resort and Chinook Winds Golf Resort, plus the Lincoln City Outlets for discount, tax-free shopping.


Florence is a coastal town nestled along the Siuslaw River. With easy access to the ocean, visitors can explore tide pools at Cape Perpetua, visit the Heceta Head Lighthouse, and watch the sea lions.

Florence’s Old Town is a walkable district of shops, galleries, and a museum.

From freshwater lakes and miles of coastal sand dunes to world-class landmarks, Florence is a favorite destination for foodies, adventurers and dreamers.


Pronounced YAH-hots, this magical little town sits at the base of the Oregon Coast Range along the Pacific.

It’s home to beautiful hotels, artist galleries and gift shops plus hiking trails at Cape Perpetua Scenic Area, the highest point of the Oregon Coast.

It is also home to Thor's Well - an old sea cave that has collapsed, creating almost a “drainage pipe” to the ocean. It’s a seemingly bottomless hole that thrashes and sprays water as the waves crash in and out.

With innovative and quirky restaurants and shops, and the forest and ocean as your playground, it’s a breeze to fill your time in Yachats with new experiences—or just gaze at the waves and revel in quiet solitude.


Bend is one of the largest and fastest growing cities in Oregon, an outdoors paradise for hiking, biking and exploring.

Downtown is a shopping mecca of unique art, jewelry, home goods and gifts, plus host to some of Oregon’s finest dining establishments.

You can take in art films at the Tower Theater, visit the Central Oregon Symphony or trek up to Pilot Butte, which offers views of downtown and the surrounding mountains.

Breweries and distilleries abound in Bend, offering unlimited options for winding down after an active day.

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