Combined Suggestions, Carlsbad
Oceanside to San Diego are the two main junctions that San Diegos transportation services. Carlsbad Village stop is along there route. The bus stop is just across the train station through safety gates so you don't wonder on the track accidently. The train station is equiped with a information center, snack bar and restrooms with some parking. I did notice that they do have a security guard on duty. Please checkout the website because it gives you so much information in planning a trip using the bus service or any of the wonderful transportation SD has to offer . It located on Carlsbad Village Drive off of the I-5 exit west. It is on the right hand side.
SAN DIEGO COUNTY BUSES
Carlsbad is covered by North County Transit District bus service.
Remember that the bus drivers cannot make change, and they do not carry cash. Have your exact fare ready when you get on the bus. Put your money in the farebox next to the driver and listen for the beep.
Coast Express Rail (the "Coaster"), runs from the Santa Fe Depot in downtown San Diego to Oceanside. The CoasterConnection do NOT provide Saturday, Sunday, or Holidays Service.
Two stations are in Carlsbad--Village station (downtown between Washington and State on Grand) and Poinsettia station (Avenida Encinas north of Poinsettia Lane). Carlsbad's bus system connects with the Village station.
call 800-870-6474 or 1-760-967-2828.
The Amtrak San Diegan does not stop in Carlsbad, but does stop in just North of Carlsbad at Oceanside.
Palomar-McClellan Airport (code CRQ) is on the corner of Palomar Airport Road and El Camino Real.
to/from Phoenix, Arizona (PHX) by America West Airlines:
http://www.americawest.com (Phoenix, AZ)
to/from Los Angeles (LAX) by United Airlines:
"The Wave" is a fast hydrofoil ferry service between Oceanside and downtown San Diego. It started service March 2003. The ferry leaves 5:30am weekdays and arrives downtown at 8:10am. The return trip leaves downtown 5:30pm.
Boats may arrive at Oceanside Harbor (33°10.73'N, 117°24.00'W), just north of Carlsbad.
There are a number of ways to get to Carlsbad. You can drive (via I-5), take the train (via Amtrak or the Coaster), take the bus or fly in via the Palomar-McClellan Airport. Airlines currently serving the airport are United Express and AmericaWest Express.