Planes vs. Trains from Boise to Vegas

Picture how exciting it would be if Boise FINALLY got a direct train route to a top-choice vacation destination like Vegas! It would be a major game-changer for Boise-area locals on so many levels.   

A direct line from Boise to what Idaho's Pacific Islander residents call the "Ninth Island" would provide a much-needed alternative to flying.

It may be a popular means of travel, but flying isn't for everyone. Let's be honest: some folks don't find the skies as friendly as others. They get airsick and anxious, while others have an aversion to cramped, stuffy airplanes, ridiculously undersized and uncomfortable seats, and the dreaded TSA security checks.

Hopping aboard a train from Boise to Vegas would mean skipping those headaches and enjoying a relaxing trip with beautiful views and room to spread out.

We'll take cheap travel over a staycation any day.

For a lot of us, affordability is a make-or-break vacation factor. It's the difference between staying home for yet another summer and an exciting other-than-Idaho-adventure.

Plane tickets can be pricey, whether planned well in advance or at the last minute. Theoretically, travel by train would be more budget-friendly, especially for Idaho families, making a spur-of-the-moment trip to Viva Las Vegas more affordable and accessible. No layovers, no weather delays.

And how fantastic would it be to not have to break the bank for a fun weekend getaway or a mid-week adventure for you and your brood?

Boise, we have arrived!

Consider how awesome this would be for Boise's connectivity to the rest of the world. For a long time, Idaho's been somewhat isolated. Heck, there are folks out there who still think we're Iowa (SMH).

This new link would highlight (and validate) our place on the map. It would also make the journey between these two dynamic cities more convenient than ever before.

It could be great for Boise's burgeoning economy, creating new opportunities for business and tourism, creating more jobs, and attracting more national attention. It would be a 360-win.

But we're not the only ones with big thoughts and feelings about a train route from Boise to Vegas. The locals in the gallery below have plenty to share about what it would mean for them, their families, and Boise's Treasure Valley communities.

Scroll for...

  • Pics of Idaho's reaction to a train route from Boise to Vegas

  • Photos & details for 4 of Idaho's best aerial tour agencies

Mix 106 logo
Get our free mobile app
  • A look at 5 stunning places in Idaho that look like another world

  • The most incredible skyride in the PNW is a day trip from Boise

Idaho's Big & Unexpected Reaction to a Boise-to-Vegas Train Route

Gallery Credit: Ryan Antoinette Valenzuela

Take an Incredible Breakfast Flight to Idaho's Beautiful Backcountry

Gallery Credit: Ryan Valenzuela

5 Stunning Places in Idaho that Look Like Another World

Check out some of the most unique, beautiful, awe inspiring landscapes and places that look like they are in another world entirely. 

Gallery Credit: Nikki West

Spokane's Insanely Beautiful Numerica SkyRide

The Numerica Skyride sends you soaring through the sky above an incredible waterfall from the comfort of a six-person cabin.

Gallery Credit: Ryan Antoinette Valenzuela

Scroll for...

  • 18 stunning national parks to add to your Idaho summer bucket list

  • A look at a plane that fell out of the sky & landed in Idaho

  • Behind the scenes at Idaho's most charming bed & breakfast

18 Beautiful Idaho National Parks for Your Summer Bucket List

Gallery Credit: Parker Kane

This World War II Bomber Fell Out of the Sky & Crashed in Idaho

Gallery Credit: Ryan Valenzuela

Explore Idaho's Most Charming Bed and Breakfast

Bed and Breakfast stays are a great way to have a more unique and memorable experience while traveling or staycationing. The gorgeous Fillmore Inn in Twin Falls Idaho was voted the most charming in the state according to 

Gallery Credit: Nikki West

More From Mix 106