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|Fastest Train||2h 32m|
|Trains Per Day||34|
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Frequently Asked Questions
How does the train ride from L.A. to San Diego compare to flying or driving?
On the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner, the train ride from Los Angeles to San Diego typically takes just under three hours.
Flying nonstop from LA to San Diego takes about 50 minutes to an hour, while driving takes a little more than 2 hours and 30 minutes when there is no traffic. (Though in Los Angeles, you should plan for traffic.)
While flying may be the quickest way to get to L.A., it’s also the most expensive. From LAX to SAN, you’ll pay upwards of $200 to $300. Driving is cheaper, but requires focus, and includes additional costs like gas and parking.
With Amtrak, you can work for the entire trip without missing a beat or relax and enjoy the ocean views. Taking the train from Union Station in L.A. to Santa Fe Deposit in San Diego costs, on average, about $35 per trip. You can enjoy the comfortable seats, free Wifi and California view—all without the frustrations of airport security or being stuck in traffic.
What are the amenities like at Union Station in Los Angeles?
The amenities at Union Station in L.A. include dining, gift kiosks, bike hubs and more. They have a wide array of dining options, from elegant New American fare to fast food and coffee for taking on the train.
Located at the North Arcade, the Bike Center offers secure luggage storage. (Chinatown is less than a half-mile walk from Union Station, making it a great spot to get lunch after dropping off your bags.)
You can also kill time waiting for a train by getting your shoes shined for just $8 in the Passenger Concourse.
What is the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner?
The Amtrak Pacific Surfliner is a 350-mile long train service that runs from San Diego to San Luis Obispo. It has 25 stops and the entire route is about four hours long. These trains have an average speed of 41 miles per hour, but can reach a maximum of 80 to 90 miles per hour. They operate 12 daily round trips from L.A. to San Diego.
The Pacific Surfliner offers some amazing ocean views of Southern California, and has enough space and racks to carry a surfboard or bike. The train features comfortable, reclining seats as well as power outlets, free Wi-Fi, restrooms, bike and luggage racks and large picture windows. An onboard Market Café offers fresh food, snacks, and beverages, including soft drinks, wine, cocktails and local craft beer. You can also upgrade to Business Class for additional perks.
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How many trains per day run from Los Angeles to San Diego?
There are 34 scheduled trains on most days. 28 of these are direct connections to San Diego. While direct trains may still make stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains at any point. If you're looking to get to your destination faster, a direct train is the convenient and time-efficient choice.
What train services are there from Los Angeles to San Diego?
Where is the train station in Los Angeles?
Because some trains make multiple stops before leaving the city, there are 6 stops and stations in Los Angeles where you can board the train:
- Union Station
- 10040 Old Depot Plaza Rd
- Amtrak Metrolink Station - 7724 Van Nuys Blvd
- Catalina Express Terminal
- 592 Gayley Ave
- 931 S Gaffey St
Where is the train station in San Diego?
San Diego receives travelers from Los Angeles at its two active train stations:
- 1050 Kettner Blvd
- 4005 Taylor St
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