Trains and Buses

The Empire Builder (Amtrak)

Amtrak’s Empire Builder train runs from Chicago to Seattle through Minneapolis and Spokane, parts of it along the historic Lewis and Clark trail. The train splits in Spokane, with one part continuing to Seattle and the other to Portland. It runs daily from the east (Chicago, Minneapolis) and from the west from Seattle and Portland. Travel time is about a day and a half from Chicago; eight hours from Seattle. Across Minnesota, North Dakota, Montana, and Idaho, the Empire Builder runs through 1500 miles of America’s most beautiful unspoiled territory, and was a key element of America’s expansion to the West. The Amtrak train comes into the Transportation Plaza downtown, with convenient access to city buses and taxis.

If you live in Chicago or along the Empire Builder route, you could enjoy fannish activities enroute plus a stop in Glacier National Park. Check out Traincon!2 on Facebook or the Traincon! 2 flyer for more details.

Greyhound

SPOKANE SHIPPING & TRAVEL 221 W 1ST AVE Spokane, WA 99204
Telephone Numbers
Main: (509) 624-5251
Baggage: (509) 747-3766
Greyhound Package Express: (509) 747-3766
Customer Service: (509) 624-5255
Hours Of Operation
Hours of Operation subject to change. Please call to verify hours before making travel arrangements.
Station

Monday – Sunday                                 12:00 AM – 11:59 PM
Holiday                                 12:00 AM – 11:59 PM

Greyhound Package Express

Monday – Sunday                                 05:30 AM – 12:15 PM, 02:30 PM – 05:45 PM
Holiday                                 05:30 AM – 12:15 PM, 02:30 PM – 05:45 PM

Ticketing

Monday – Sunday                                 05:30 AM – 12:15 PM, 02:30 PM – 05:45 PM
Holiday                                 05:30 AM – 12:15 PM, 02:30 PM – 05:45 PM

Spokane Transit

The Spokane Transit Authority (STA) runs buses around the city and region of Spokane. Regular fare is $1.50; unlimited day passes are $3.50. All buses are accessible to wheelchairs and have bike racks; articulated buses have free wifi. The route 60 bus stops at each airport terminal, and at the central bus/train plaza downtown. The STA Plaza is about a twelve-minute walk from the Convention Center, or one can transfer to the route 25 bus there to most of our hotels. Their web site includes a Trip Planner.