Endothelial cells (ECs) in the tumor microenvironment have been reported to play a more active role in solid tumor growth and metastatic dissemination than simply providing the physical structure to form conduits for blood flow; however, the involvement of ECs in the process of triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) metastasis has not been addressed. Here, we demonstrate that ECs—when mixed with TNBC cells—could increase TNBC cell metastatic potency. After treatment with TGF-β to induce endothelial–mesenchymal transition (EMT), TNBC cells could produce plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 (PAI-1) and stimulate the expression and secretion of the chemokine, CCL5, from ECs, which then acts in a paracrine fashion on TNBC cells to enhance their migration, invasion, and metastasis. CCL5, in turn, accelerates TNBC cell secretion of PAI-1 and promotes TNBC cell metastasis, thus forming a positive feedback loop. Moreover, this enhanced metastatic ability is reversible and dependent on CCL5 signaling via the chemokine receptor, CCR5. Of importance, key features of this pathway are manifested in patients with TNBC and in The Cancer Genome Atlas database. Taken together, our results suggest that ECs enhance EMT-induced TNBC cell metastasis via PAI-1 and CCL5 signaling and illustrate the potential of developing new PAI-1– and CCL5-targeting therapy for patients with TNBC.—Zhang, W., Xu, J., Fang, H., Tang, L., Chen, W., Sun, Q., Zhang, Q., Yang, F., Sun, Z., Cao, L., Wang, Y., Guan, X. Endothelial cells promote triple-negative breast cancer cell metastasis via PAI-1 and CCL5 signaling.