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Trip Summary

There are 3 daily trains from San Diego to Carlsbad. Traveling by train from San Diego to Carlsbad usually takes around hardly any time at all, but some trains might arrive slightly earlier or later than scheduled.

Distance33 mi (52 km)
Lowest price$15.03
Trains per day3
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Pacific Surfliner
Train lines1

Which train should you take from San Diego to Carlsbad?

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner is the one and only train line which connects San Diego, California to Carlsbad, California. However, there are 3 trains per day to choose from.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak Pacific Surfliner30h 27m$15.03
  • Amtrak Pacific Surfliner

    Amtrak Pacific Surfliner

    The Pacific Surfliner is Amtrak’s passenger train service that runs along the Pacific coast of Southern California, connecting San Luis Obispo to the north with San Diego to the south. The line is among the most famous Amtrak routes due to the unique scenic views it presents, as the train parallels the coastline for large portions of the 268-mile railroad stretch. The Pacific Surfliner offers first-class amenities like onboard restrooms, free WiFi, seats with extra legroom and power outlets, as well as storage racks for surfboards. On average, the service offers 3 train trips from San Diego to Carlsbad every day, and prices for a one-way train ticket start from $15.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from San Diego to Carlsbad during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Our train partners have implemented several different policies to keep you safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. From limiting vehicle capacity to enhancing cleaning protocols and upgrading air filters, train carriers are committed to maintaining a safe environment. For details on what each company is doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

In addition, federal law requires all train passengers to wear a face covering for the entire duration of the trip. Please make sure you are wearing a face mask or you may not be allowed to board the train.

Please visit our COVID-19 Travel Guide for more information on all carrier policies and the latest travel advisories issued by every U.S. state, Canadian province, and European country.

How long is the train journey from San Diego to Carlsbad?

The distance between San Diego and Carlsbad is approximately 33 miles, or 52 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes hardly any time at all, It's a short and pleasant ride; the train is a perfect way to get to Carlsbad.

When are trains the most crowded?

Trains from San Diego to Carlsbad are the most crowded on Thursday. Tickets also tend to be more expensive then. If you are looking for a great deal on your train tickets or just want extra room to stretch out, consider traveling on Monday instead, as it tends to be the least crowded day of the week.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs San Diego at 8:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 9:00pm. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

Is there a direct train from San Diego to Carlsbad?

There are 3 daily scheduled trains, all of which are direct trains that take you the entire way from San Diego to Carlsbad.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Carlsbad to San Diego.

City Information

San Diego

San Diego is known as "America's Finest City" for its sunny weather, white-sand beaches, and dazzling attractions from Belmont Park to SeaWorld. San Diego's 70 miles of pristine beaches include such gems as Mission Beach, Pacific Beach, La Jolla Cove, and Coronado Beach. The city's strong surfing culture may even inspire you to rent a surfboard and catch the epic waves, bro.

Visitors can spend days getting lost in Balboa Park, a 1,200-acre cultural hub which features 16 museums, immaculate gardens, and the world-famous San Diego Zoo. The historic heart of the city, Old Town, showcases San Diego's heritage and ties to Mexican culture, while other sights like the USS Midway pay tribute to the city's military and maritime history. Leave time for some evening exploring, too! San Diego is rated the #1 best city for craft beer in America, so don't miss out on the bars in the Gaslamp Quarter: 16 walkable blocks packed with nightlife and young crowds.

Two airports, as well as many bus and train options, mean it is easy to get to San Diego from afar or from nearby cities like Tijuana, Los Angeles, Phoenix, and Las Vegas.

Station Information

Where is the train station in San Diego?

Departure stations

There is one train station in San Diego.

Where is the train station in Carlsbad?

Arrival stations

Carlsbad has one train station.

Need a return trip from Carlsbad to San Diego?

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