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Amtrak Pacific Surfliner Route Guide

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The Amtrak Pacific Surfliner is a beautiful Amtrak adventure. It offers a unique view of the Southern California seascape. It has adventurers in mind as it offers special racks to accommodate surf boards as well as bikes.

The Pacific Surfliner will take you from San Diego to San Luis Obispo via Solana Beach, Carlsbad, Oceanside, Irvine, Anaheim, Los Angeles, Burbank and Santa Barbara.

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner Business Class
Business Class on the Pacific Surfliner

Train Info

Observation Car No
Dining CarNo
Distance350 Miles
Time8 Hours
Top Speed90 Mph

Ticket Options

On the Pacific Surfliner you can purchase tickets in these categories (sample summer fares for 2 people shown):

  • Coach ($122)
  • Business ($184)
Amtrak Pacific Surfliner Business Class
Business Car on the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner

Scenic Views

The Pacific Surfliner will show you a beautiful view of what Southern California has to offer. You will take in the gorgeous seaside views as well as enjoy the views of the big city in Los Angeles. It is certainly one of the most scenic routes on Amtrak. They keep outdoor lovers in mind with special bike and surf board racks to accommodate your equipment. You can get a little bit of everything California has to offer. The beauty of this train route is that you can connect with several great train routes which makes for a great vacation.

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner
Amtrak Pacific Surfliner

Major Stations

The major and notable stations on the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner are San Diego, Solana Beach, Carlsbad, Oceanside, Irvine, Anaheim, Los Angeles, Burbank and Santa Barbara.

States Visited

The Amtrak Pacific Surfliner only travels in California. You will not leave the state but you will have access to some great cities on this train.

Station Reviews

The Pacific Surfliner has terminus stations of San Diego on one end and San Luis Obispo on the other. Both stations have have minimal services, there is no food or ATM available at either. They are nice small stations suitable for waiting for your train to arrive. The seating is comfortable but there aren’t Metropolitan Lounges at either.

Both stations also offer free checked baggage, up to 2 bags per person of 50lbs.

Amtrak San Luis Obispo, CA station
San Luis Obispo, CA Amtrak Station
Amtrak Baggage Allowance
Santa Fe Depot – San Diego

This cute station is a small Victorian style structure. It was built in 1887 for the California Southern Railroad Company. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Museum of Contemporay Art San Diego is housed in a new wing. There are few services available at this station, but there is no Metropolitan Lounge at the Santa Fe Depot.

Two hotels we recommend near the Amtrak Santa Fe Station in San Diego are the Springhill Suites San Diego Downtown Bayfront and the Residence Inn San Diego Downtown Bayfront. Both hotels are an easy walk to the train station.

San Luis Obispo Rail Station

This small station services the Coast Starlight as well as the Pacific Surfliner. It was built in 1941 and is in the spirit of Spanish Revival architecture that you see much of in Southern California. The red tile roof and exposed rafters give way to colorful decorative tiles that are pleasing to the eye. There are minimal services available at this station. You can check your bags at this station as well as enjoy a nice quiet place to wait for your train. There is no Metropolitan Lounge at this station.

There are no recommended hotels within walking distance of this station.

Trip Planning

You’ll pass through the Los Angeles station on this route and from there could link up with either the Coast Starlight to Seattle, the Southwest Chief to Chicago or the Texas Eagle to San Antonio or Chicago.

Booking Tickets

Tickets for Amtrak can be booked at or using their app on your phone. Reservations can also be made by calling 1-800-USA-RAIL.

Allie Marmion
Allie is married to Rob and has been traveling with him across the world for the last two years. She is an accomplished personal trainer, speaker and author.