Pacific Surfliner/Amtrak, San Diego

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    San Diego train station (SAN)
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    Sunset Shot from the Surfliner
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    Another Sunset Shot from the Surfliner
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    How to ride

    by machomikemd Updated Sep 17, 2014

    steps in riding an amtrak:

    The Main Depot of The Pacific Surliner in Sand Diego is at the Santa Fe Depot in Downtown and this Station is connected to other areas of San Diego via the San Diego Trolley, Public Buses, Taxis and Private Cars as there is a parking area nearby.The other Pacific Surliner Station will be at Old Town. You can buy a single ride of round trip ticket at the Main Santa Fe Depot from 6:00 am to 8:00 pm everyday and cost of ticket depends on your train stop and whether you are in a reserved seat coach or not (there are 30 stations in between San Diego and San Luis Obispo, which is the end rail of Pacific Surliner) or you can buy online and then show your printed ticket or via your smartphone to the Conductor and viola. One way trip from San Diego to Union Station Cost about $ 36 at unreserved coach.

    amtrak view 1 amtrak view 2 to santa fe depot the ticket inside buying ticket
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    The Ride to Anaheim

    by machomikemd Updated Sep 12, 2014

    using the Amtrak to go to anaheim. Their main terminal in San Diego is at the Santa Fe Station in Downtown San Diego. If you are taking the AMTRAK to Los Angeles or to Anaheim, the ride is about 2 hours from santa fe station in downtown san diego to anaheim with stops. prices depends if you are on the regular unreserved seat or a business class seat ($ 27 for economy and $ 41 for business class seat). upon arriving on the amtrak station in anaheim, you need your friends to fetch you or just take a taxi to disneyland.

    let's go wait for me at Santa Fe Depot ok ticket
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    Even if You Don't Have Anywhere to Go

    by FatesWarn Written Feb 26, 2014

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    I have taken the Pacific Surfliner to L.A. from San Diego twice and it has been a pleasant (and punctual) trip each time. I purchased a Business Class ticket to ensure a comfortable seat, but I can't speak to whether or not that is really necessary. From the website, it looks like the Coach seats are pretty spectacular as well.
    The return ride that we took during sunset was amazing - I recommend even if you don't really have anywhere to go.

    We traveled in to the Bob Hope Airport station. Take note that there are no taxis waiting here. I recommend calling Uber (I think they are in L.A.) or calling a cab while still on the train. We had to walk (more like race) to the airport taxi stand - not something you want to do on a muggy day in L.A.

    I have also used the LAX Station; the Hertz rental car stand here is convenient, but don't expect the speed of stand-alone Hertz locations.

    Pacific Surfliner at the San Diego Station (SAN) San Diego train station (SAN) Sunset Shot from the Surfliner Another Sunset Shot from the Surfliner
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    Pacific surliner train to Santa Barbara

    by tampa_shawn Written Nov 25, 2013

    Allswys you to admire the views of the California coast. This train is designed to accommodate both bikes and surfborads. The number of bikes is limited though

    It stops in LA, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo

    When I checked Thanksgiving week - San Diego To Santa Barbara was only $52 each way for the 5.5 hour trip by train and 3.5 hours by car (with no traffic in LA)

    OR you could take the stunning PCH Pacific Coast Highway and enjoy the drive.

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    Old Town Train Station

    by Yaqui Written Jan 19, 2009

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    This station is wonderfull located right next door to Old Town. It is easily within walking distance. It is one of many wonderful transit center for the San Diego area. Many of the passenger trains that operate on Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner rail route through here. Not all, but be sure to check the web for schedules. This is also a light rail station on the Blue, Green, and special event service lines of the San Diego Trolley. It is also a bus station for many route, once again check the web site.

    1050 Kettner Boulevard
    San Diego, CA 92101

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  • Coastal Rail Trip

    by grantravel Written Sep 8, 2007

    We actual caught the Pacific Surfliner from San Diego to LA, but thought I could still add a tip about it here. Whether your going either way, to or from, it is a great way to travel and enjoy the view of the Californian coastline, beachside activities and communities along the way. We went in the afternoon, so we had the pleasure of watching the sun setting over the water, which was beautiful. It may take a little longer than driving but hey, it’s a very comfortable and relaxing way to travel that’s for sure.

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    Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner

    by Stephen-KarenConn Updated Jun 6, 2006

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    The first time I visited San Diego, in the mid 1990s, it was a three day stop on a train trip around the United States. I immediately fell in love with the city, and the train ride there was half the fun.

    The Pacific Surfliner offers great service, style and amenities as it travels the Southern California coast between San Luis Obispo and San Diego.

    Onboard the Surfliner you'll find modern bi-level cars featuring large panoramic windows, comfortable, custom-designed interiors, automatic doors for faster boarding, and a spacious Cafe car serving a variety of fresh sandwiches, snacks and beverages.

    The Pacific Surfliner offers eleven daily round-trip journeys between San Diego and Los Angeles, and between Santa Barbara and San Diego. Whatever your travel plans, you're sure to find a departure time that meets your needs.

    The Pacific Surfliner at the San Diego Station Amtrak's End of the Line, San Diego Depot.
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    Getting to San Diego by train

    by TinKan Written Aug 15, 2004

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    Getting to San Diego by train is probably the best way to go if you are coming from a city north of there. It only cost $38.00 from Fullerton station and the ride was very comfortable and the view from the train was very nice.

    Connections can be made to just about every major attraction in San Diego just outside of the station and you can also get on the public transportation there as well.

    Book the first class passage on the train and you will get a guaranteed seat as well as breakfast in the morning or a dinner at night and a free drink with it.

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    Amtrak Pacific Surfliner Trains

    by cheap_tourist Written Jun 28, 2004

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    Amtrak gives such colorful names to their train routes. "Pacific Surfliner" evokes images of sunshine, sea, and sand. It is Amtrak's route that links Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, San Diego, and many other California cities. A significant part of this route is near the Pacific Ocean. The view is almost always spectacular.

    Each day, several trains ply either direction of this route.

    Traveling by train is usually very comfortable. Trains are rarely full. Seats are comfortable and have ample leg room. There's a snack car if you need refreshments. Rest rooms are clean. Does it sound like I'm a train buff? You bet!

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    Train Station in San Diego

    by bicycle_girl Written May 5, 2003

    From San Diego I took the train to LA, to catch my flight back to Vancouver. I was impressed at Amtrak and the train ride, it was pretty scenic and comfortable, friendly for the bike and most important, on time!

    Train station in San Diego
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    Pacific Surfliner

    by palomani Written Nov 14, 2002

    If you are coming from Los Angeles or points north, try taking the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner. Not only will you avoid the aggravation of freeway traffic, you'll have a breathtaking view of the Pacific from Irvine to Solana Beach. Make sure you sit on the west side of the train for the best view. It is not the fastest method of transportation, but worth a try.

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    AMTRAK and Coaster

    by ycnan Written Sep 20, 2002

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    AMTRAK goes out of town to LA (although why anyone would want to go there, I don't know), and areas north, as far as Oakland, which has a shuttle bus to San Francisco. The Coaster goes to Oceanside and is very reasonable.

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    Amtrack-took this from...

    by yeah_baby Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Amtrack-took this from British Columbia and the ride was full of beautiful coastal scenic railway-route.
    Trolley-last stop, end of the line,before the Mexican border to Loca-Tijuana

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