Service from Seattle, Everett, Chicago Taking the train to Leavenworth

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Service from Seattle, Everett, Chicago Taking the train to Leavenworth

Leavenworth (LWA) is now live in the Amtrak Reservation system. 

See Empire Builder timetables here: Empire Builder
Tickets for the train may be purchase separately at  Use “LWA” for destination.

Leavenworth Shuttle and Taxi is available on-call at 509.548.7433 and will pick up at Leavenworth’s Icicle Station.  They charge $5 per person each way.

The first train at the station in Leavenworth

General Public Dial-A-Ride The Greater Leavenworth Area is also served by a General Public Dial-A-Ride (DART) service. This service is available to anyone, regardless of age, disability, trip origin or destination. Some restrictions do apply to non-ADA riders. A reservation is required to ride DART. These must be made one day in advance, and up to five days in advance. To make a reservation, call 509.662.3569.

Travel to Leavenworth by Bus

Trailways daily bus service directly to Leavenworth. 1.800.366.3830

Leavenworth Train Fare and Schedule Information:

Service Between Leavenworth and Seattle*
EASTBOUND: Seattle Leavenworth
Depart 4:50 PM           Arrive 8:10 PM

WESTBOUND: Leavenworth Seattle
Depart 6:15 AM           Arrive 10:20 AM
Fare Information * Seattle-Leavenworth. As low as $36.00 roundtrip (RT), based on availability (Five fare codes exist for this trip. Fares based on availability at time of booking. Average RT fare $55.00).

Service Between Leavenworth and Spokane*
EASTBOUND: Leavenworth Spokane
Depart 8:12 PM           Arrive 12:32 AM

WESTBOUND: Spokane Leavenworth
Depart 2:15 AM           Arrive 6:13 AM
Fare Information * Spokane-Leavenworth. As low as $40.00 roundtrip (RT), based on availability (Five fare codes exist for this trip. Fares based on availability at time of booking. Average RT fare $54.00).

* Schedule and fare information based on trip information to/from Seattle-Wenatchee and Wenatchee-Spokane. Arrival and departure times have been adjusted to approximate times at the proposed Icicle Station. The schedule and fare information are estimates and for illustration purposes only–they are not final or binding.

Leavenworth Train Station News:

September 16 Press Release:

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Contact: Robert Eaton 509.548.5275 ext 125
Amtrak Media Relations 510.238.4360

Amtrak Empire Builder Service to Leavenworth, WA to Begin September 25, 2009

Community Celebrates the Restoration of Rail Passenger Service with Opening of Icicle Station

LEAVENWORTH – The City of Leavenworth and Amtrak announced today that the eagerly awaited restoration of rail passenger service to the popular Bavarian village, a destination community in the Cascade Mountains, will begin on Friday, September 25, 2009.  The first train returning to Leavenworth, one of Washington’s most visited attractions, will be Amtrak’s Empire Builder departing Seattle that evening bound for Chicago.

“We have been working for some time with our partners at Amtrak and BNSF Railway to make Icicle Station and the return of rail passenger service to our community a reality,” said Rob Eaton, Leavenworth’s Mayor.  “Our community has a long history with railroads and train service and we are truly thrilled to welcome Amtrak to Leavenworth and have the ability to offer passenger service to both our residents and visitors.”

The City partnered with the Port of Chelan, Chelan County Commissioners, Washington State Senator Linda Evans Parlette, and US Senator Patty Murray as they worked with Amtrak and BNSF representatives on the project.  Additionally, the local community, Projeckt Bayern (a local service group), and the Chamber of Commerce were instrumental in supporting Icicle Station.

“This is an exciting day for Leavenworth and a big step forward in showcasing one of Washington State’s best destinations,” said Senator Murray.  “Brining Amtrak to Leavenworth is going to help create local jobs, build their tourism economy, and make travel more convenient for local residents.  I’m proud to have worked to provide federal funding that has helped Leavenworth build Icicle Station and open their community to new visitors and economic opportunity.”

“This is a tremendous milestone for our community,” said Senator Linda Evans Parlette, R-Wenatchee.  “Not only will rail service be a convenience for the citizens who live in and around Leavenworth, it will also be a very big boost to the local economy through increased visitors to the area.  Just two years ago we were working to secure state transportation funding for this project.  Now here we are today, at the finish line.  I couldn’t be happier for our friends and neighbors who have worked so hard to make this project a reality.”

Empire Builder service to Leavenworth will begin on Friday, September 25 with the westbound train departing Seattle King Street Station at 4:45 p.m. and arriving in Leavenworth at approximately 8:00 p.m.  On Saturday, September 26, both east and westbound trains will begin daily stops.  Passengers will be able to make reservations and purchase tickets to and from Leavenworth (LWA) beginning today September 16.

Please join us as the new service to Leavenworth will be celebrated with entertainment at King Street Station on Friday, September 25 beginning at 3 p.m. and at Icicle Station, beginning at 7 p.m. in Leavenworth, as the community awaits the arrival of the first Amtrak Train.

About Leavenworth

Leavenworth, Washington State’s Bavarian Village, is located in the eastern foothills of the Cascade Mountains.  A four season destination, we welcome over 2 million visitors each year with our world famous festivals, wonderful hospitality, and outdoor recreational opportunities.

About Amtrak

Amtrak has posted six consecutive years of growth in ridership and revenue, carrying more than 28.7 million passengers in the last fiscal year.  Amtrak provides intercity passenger rail service to more than 500 destination in 46 states on a 21,000-mile route system.  For schedules, fares and information, passengers may call 800.USA.RAIL or visit


 August 3, 2009 – Second half of platform will be poured and completed (click here for pictures).

December 31, 208 – Projekt Bayern, a Leavenworth community civic group, contributes $25,000 to Icicle Station for the construction of one of the two on-platform passenger shelters, and provides “seed” funding for the construction of the second shelter.

November 10, 2008 – “LEAVENWORTH, Wash., Nov 10, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) — The City of Leavenworth announced today that the “IcicleStation” project is a go. City leaders, working with HNTB, Amtrak, and BNSF, have developed a unique station design and obtained site plan approval from BNSF Railway officials. Leavenworth is now poised to welcome visitors from communities between Seattle, Chicago and beyond aboard the Empire Builder, Amtrak’s most heavily patronized long distance train.
Leavenworth Mayor Rob Eaton initiated the project 5 years ago and has spearheaded it since.”I’m thrilled that we were able to find a formula for success.This is an incredible opportunity for the city and for Washington State tourism,” said Eaton. ” –

December 17, 2007 – Congress approves Omnibus Appropriation Bill – Senator Patty Murray includes $294,000 appropriation for Icicle Station – Press Release
November 2007 – HNTB Engineering Firm of Bellevue was selected to design the train platform on North Road. Rob Eaton, spearheading the Icicle Station project, expects to have final designs on the project by year end with construction starting during the 2008 construction season. The hope is the have the station open by fall 2008.
2007 – $300,000 for the Icicle Station was included in a funding request by Senator Patty Murray for transportation and community development projects in North Central Washington.

2007 – The city of Leavenworth reached and agreement with Amtrak and Burlington Northern Santa Fe to provide passenger rail to Leavenworth along the Empire Builder route. Upon completion, Icicle Station will provide service to Leavenworth from all destinations between Seattle and Chicago.

DATE: February 8, 2007

CONTACT: Rob Eaton, 669.6441. Rich Brinkman, 548.5275.


The City of Leavenworth has been anxiously awaiting a response from the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway and Amtrak for several months on the proposed Icicle Station project that would bring daily passenger rail service to Washington’s ‘Bavarian Village.’

The wait is over.

BNSF recently sent a letter to the City approving of the economic development project subject to several conditions that City officials have been evaluating while awaiting word from Amtrak. The BNSF letter was followed yesterday by Amtrak’s formal approval for daily service to Leavenworth on the Empire Builder route.

“These announcements from BNSF and Amtrak are just incredible,” said Councilmember Rob Eaton, who initiated the project four years ago and has spearheaded it since. “I am very excited to move forward with the City Council, Amtrak, BNSF, and our regional and state partners to realize this tremendous opportunity for the Leavenworth community.”

The most notable of the BNSF conditions on project approval includes the City’s acknowledgement that BNSF may eventually eliminate passenger rail service on the Stevens Pass line. The letter also requested that the City and Amtrak, even though the City does not play a role in the independent negotiations between BNSF, Amtrak, and a private tour company for snow train operations, agree that the daily passenger service to Leavenworth would eliminate the need for the annual snow trains. BNSF would, however, consider snow train requests on an annual basis based on capacity constraints.

The City Council will discuss the BNSF and Amtrak decisions at their February 13 meeting. “We will continue to deliberately weigh the potential impacts of these conditions, but I am confident that the City will effectively work through them toward this enormous community benefit,” said Eaton.

Eaton points out that the migration of passenger rail to Stampede Pass would require a significant capital investment on the part of BNSF and the State of Washington to provide the required signalization in what is currently referred to as ‘dark territory.’ The City’s understanding is that BNSF signalization of Stampede Pass would not likely occur in the next 10-15 years, and would be influenced by a variety of factors. Further, there is a possibility that the signalization won’t occur at all.

“We certainly do not wish to pursue an Icicle Station investment of up to $1 million without being assured of a substantial return on that investment,” said Eaton. “From working on this project over the past four years, I am very confident that Icicle Station would operate for at least 10-15 years, and even as long as 20-30 years, if not longer, with the return to the community significant.” A comparative Amtrak station in Whitefish Montana generates a $5.7 million annual impact to the Whitefish community.

Leavenworth Mayor Mel Wyles was also thrilled by the news, saying that he “could not be more pleased,” not only by the BNSF and Amtrak decisions, but by the “tireless work of Councilmember Eaton to reach this huge milestone.” Mayor Wyles also emphasized the benefit daily service would provide to local residents needing to travel over the mountain passes during the winter months.

As Eaton prepares to address the City Council with the Mayor and Staff, he reiterates his confidence in the projected annual economic impact to Leavenworth based on current Amtrak Empire Builder ridership, the parallel example of Amtrak service to Whitefish Montana, and the considerable interest the project has generated, even if the passenger service terminates in 10-15 years. “The marketing possibilities and potential partnerships are virtually endless,” he said.

To date, a little over $210,000 has been raised for the project, an amount that would be greatly augmented if the City is awarded a pending Regional Mobility grant. The total cost of the project is estimated to be between $750,000 and $1 million.

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