The Pacific Surfliner runs a comprehensive route through some of Southern California’s most popular destinations, making it easy to explore. From its start point in Downtown San Diego, the Amtrak can take you about 350 miles up the coast.
Amtrak operates two San Diego stops in downtown and Old Town. At these stops, you can connect to local San Diego transit services, and you can also walk to some of the city’s most popular attractions.
The Pacific Surfliner then runs through the North County area, with stops in popular beach towns like Solana Beach and Oceanside. The Solana Beach stop is very close to the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, a very popular way to spend an afternoon watching the horse races with friends and family.
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From there, the train moves into Orange County, first stopping in the coastal towns of San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano. The train then stops in four key Orange County towns - Irvine, Santa Ana, Anaheim, and Fullerton. The Anaheim station is a short drive from Disneyland as well as the Anaheim Angels stadium.
Next, the Pacific Surfliner stops in downtown Los Angeles. This stop offers connections to the entire Los Angeles transit system, including Metro subway trains and Metrolink commuter trains. From here, you can reach popular tourist destinations like Hollywood, Santa Monica, Long Beach, and more. The train also stops in northern LA suburbs like Glendale, Burbank, and Van Nuys.
The train then moves out towards the coast again, stopping in the charming beach towns of Ventura, Santa Barbara, and Goleta. Many of the Pacific Surfliner trains stop here, but some continue on up California’s Central Coast. These trains stop in quaint beach towns like Lompoc and Grover Beach before reaching San Luis Obispo, which is the route’s northern terminus.