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Pacific Surfliner

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The Pacific Surfliner travels 351 miles through a six-county coastal region...

The Pacific Surfliner travels 351 miles through a six-county coastal region in Southern California. Amenities include power outlets, free WiFi, comfortable seats, a cafe car, bike racks, onboard restrooms and more. Complimentary snacks, drinks and newspapers are available in Business Class. The route offers breathtaking views of the ocean, beaches, rolling hills and canyons.

Station stops include: San Luis Obispo, Grover Beach, Guadalupe, Surf, Goleta, Santa Barbara, Carpinteria, Ventura, Oxnard, Camarillo, Moorpark, Simi Valley, Chatsworth, Van Nuys, Burbank, Glendale, Los Angeles, Fullerton, Anaheim, Santa Ana, Irvine, San Juan Capistrano, San Clemente, Oceanside, Carlsbad, Encinitas, Solana Beach, Sorrento Valley, and San Diego.

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Excellent way to get between L.A. and San Diego

This train is just too easy. When in Los Angeles or San Diego, just take the local light rail or commuter trains to an Amtrak station. Buy a ticket there or via their app. Get... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
JEFFREY K
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MAYFIELD HEIGHTS
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MAYFIELD HEIGHTS
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This train is just too easy. When in Los Angeles or San Diego, just take the local light rail or commuter trains to an Amtrak station. Buy a ticket there or via their app. Get on and a couple hours later, you're there!

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017

This is my absolute favorite way to travel the coast of California. I grew up in Santa Barbara and have taken this route to San Fransisco many times. There are beautiful views the entire way of pristine ocean and golden valleys. The tracks often run where there are no roads so you see unspoiled land. I normally ride Coach to... More 

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Bremen, Indiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

I loved the trip from San Diego to Santa Ana. The ease in buying the tickets on-line was great! I couldn't give it 5 stars though, due to a delay in my San Juan Capistrano train back to San Diego due to a stalled train in Irvine. All in all a great experience!

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Ghaziabad, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

The train is double decker and runs along the sea coast. I always prefer top deck and towards the sea face. Must see once. Travelled from san diego to LA.

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Winnetka, CA
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016 via mobile

Just horrible trip from Orange County to Chatsworth. Turns out booking an unreserved seat doesn't mean the seat is not assigned it means you may not actually get a seat at all. As was the case with me the train was overbooked and for more than half the trip we had to stand. I contacted their customer service and response... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

We took this from Solanda Beach (Encinitas/La Jolla area) to Los Angeles. The views were so cool, Business Class was nice and clean and included a large snack pack, wifi, free drinks, breakfast pastries and coffee.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016

I recently travelled twice in business class on the Pacific Surfliner and both times it was a delightful experience. The complimentary beverages and snacks were much appreciated but the big selling points are bypassing LA traffic and the incredible scenery, particularly between Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo, where it's nearly nonstop ocean views. A delightful way, stress-free way to... More 

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Newry, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016

I have gotten this train twice before and it provides a great service. I got it going south to San Diego and it was very busy. There were not enough seats for passengers but i think this was a once off because it was the start of the 4th July weekend. The other time i got it i got a... More 

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Orange County, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

So we could enjoy a night away in Santa Barbara. I read, and enjoyed the ocean view outside my window vloser to SB. Very relaxing train ride!

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Anderson, South Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

We took the Surfliner north to see the scenery and miss LA traffic. It was a wonderful way to travel. We met intersting people, were very comfortable in business class and really enjoyed Union Station in LA. We will be travelling on Amtrak again in the future

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