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About Amtrak Pacific Surfliner

The Pacific Surfliner is a 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 part of the national railroad network of Amtrak, the largest passenger train service in America. The Pacific Surfliner is the third most popular Amtrak train route after the Northeast Regional and the Acela.

The Pacific Surfliner was inaugurated in 2000, after the route’s predecessor, the San Diegan, was renamed to better represent the service’s coverage. The new name was based on what the locals called the railroad line that the train utilizes due to its proximity to California’s Pacific Coast – the Surf Line. While the portion between San Luis Obispo and Los Angeles is also served by Amtrak’s Coast Starlight, the Pacific Surfliner is the only Amtrak train that travels from Los Angeles to San Diego.

Running right along the coastline of the Pacific Ocean in Southern California, the Pacific Surfliner is among the most famous Amtrak routes due to the unique scenic views it presents. The train parallels the beach for large portions of the 268-mile ride, so close that the ocean water often hits the car windows.

Like most Amtrak trains, the Pacific Surfliner offers first-class amenities like onboard restrooms, free WiFi, seats with extra legroom and power outlets, as well as a snack bar where you can purchase food & drinks. More importantly, though, the Surfliner serves its name right because it also comes equipped with storage racks for surfboards.

Since Amtrak is an official partner of Wanderu, here you can find the cheapest available Pacific Surfliner train tickets and book the trip that best suits your needs at no additional cost. And if you are an Amtrak Guest Rewards member, don’t forget to enter your unique number during checkout, so you can continue collecting points.

Contact Amtrak Pacific Surfliner

Phone number: US: 1 (800) 872-7245

Online support: Amtrak Pacific Surfliner website

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Amtrak Pacific Surfliner Amenities

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Amtrak Pacific Surfliner train coverage

Daily Trips1,033

What travelers are saying about Amtrak Pacific Surfliner

Here’s what Wanderu users who have booked trips with Amtrak Pacific Surfliner had to say about their travel experience.

Traveling During COVID-19

"They handled the Covid-19 safety measures well"
based on 296 reviews

Onboard Experience

"The internet on the train was great."
based on 343 reviews
"Helpful staff not only at the station but also on board."
based on 432 reviews
"The price was a bargain!"
based on 479 reviews
"Train was on time on both ends of the trip."
based on 467 reviews
"Comfy seating with some tables for groups"
based on 489 reviews
"The restroom and passenger compartment were clean."
based on 489 reviews

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner reviews from Wanderu customers

Overall review score for Amtrak Pacific Surfliner

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Amtrak Pacific Surfliner passenger reviews



24 September 2022- Solo travel

Los Angeles to Santa Barbara

Pros: Convenient. Cons: It's fine.

Pros: Convenient. Cons: It's fine.



22 September 2022- Visiting friends

Los Angeles to Oceanside

The view

The view



2 September 2022- Solo travel

San Diego to Los Angeles

Could only purchase food or water if you had cash.

Could only purchase food or water if you had cash.



31 August 2022- Visiting friends

Los Angeles to San Diego

Pros: Simple and smooth. Cons: Letting us know how early we should arrive so that we dont need to rush to catch our train. Tips: Arrive 20-30mins early.

Pros: Simple and smooth. Cons: Letting us know how early we should arrive so that we dont need to rush to catch our train. Tips: Arrive 20-30mins early.



27 August 2022- Visiting family

San Diego to Los Angeles

Comfort, plug in capability, on time.

Comfort, plug in capability, on time.

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner Routes & Network

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner’s train network features 658 train routes that connect 24 cities serving 29 stations. On average, Amtrak Pacific Surfliner performs about 1033 train trips every day. The top cities to which Amtrak Pacific Surfliner offers the highest number of daily train service include Irvine and San Diego.

Top Cities Served by Amtrak Pacific Surfliner

CityRouteEarliest trainLatest train
Los Angeles1012:01 pm7:18 am
San Diego52:10 pm1:20 am
Santa Barbara1412:01 pm5:35 am
Oceanside612:01 pm5:40 am
Irvine812:01 pm6:34 am
Solana Beach512:01 pm5:10 am
Anaheim912:01 pm7:01 am
San Juan Capistrano712:01 pm5:57 am
San Luis Obispo1112:01 pm3:56 am

Most popular Amtrak Pacific Surfliner routes

The train from Irvine to San Diego is Amtrak Pacific Surfliner’s most popular route. Trips from Los Angeles to San Diego and Los Angeles to Santa Barbara are also highly popular.

Top Amtrak Pacific Surfliner routes

RouteDaily TripsDurationPrice
Irvine to San Diego81h 45m£21
Los Angeles to San Diego123h 6m£28
Los Angeles to Santa Barbara112h 10m£19
Los Angeles to Oceanside72h 15m£23
Los Angeles to Solana Beach72h 28m£25
Anaheim to San Diego102h 8m£24
San Juan Capistrano to San Diego91h 31m£19
Irvine to Los Angeles151h 34m£15
Fullerton to San Diego102h 16m£25

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner Cancellation Policy

All Amtrak Pacific Surfliner tickets can be cancelled for a full refund within the first 24 hours after purchase. If more than 24 hours have passed, the cancellation policy and change fee structure for Amtrak bookings depend on the type of fare you purchased:

Saver Fare tickets: A 25% fee applies for any changes. If you cancel the trip, you will receive an eVoucher worth 75% of the original ticket price.

Value Fare tickets: No change fees and fully refundable up to 15 or more days before departure. If cancelled less than 14 days before departure, a 25% cancellation fee applies.

Flexible, Business and Premium Fare tickets: No change fees and fully refundable if cancelled or changed before departure.

Tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable after the train has departed, so be sure to make your updates as soon as possible if your travel plans change.

If your Amtrak Pacific Surfliner ticket is eligible for change or cancellation, you can do that by calling Amtrak’s customer service phone number at 1 (800) 872-7245. To cancel or change your booking online, simply go to and click on the “Modify Trip” tab in the upper right corner.

Wanderu also offers an affordable trip protection option by Allianz Global Assistance that you can purchase when booking your tickets. In addition to 24-hour assistance during your trip and coverage for lost or damaged baggage, trip protection can help you get your money back in case you need to cancel or change your trip. You can file a claim to have any Amtrak change or cancellation fees reimbursed if you cannot travel due to covered reasons such as illness, extreme weather, or required work shifts.

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner Train Guide & FAQs

How fast is the Pacific Surfliner?

The Pacific Surfliner can go as fast as 90 mph, with an average speed of 41 mph. It takes roughly 5 hours and 45 minutes to travel the entire length of the route between San Diego and San Luis Obispo.

Can I get a refund on a Pacific Surfliner ticket?

You can get a full refund if your ticket is cancelled within 24 hours of your initial reservation. After that, a refund is no longer available.

What amenities are available onboard?

You’ll have access to a wide variety of amenities when traveling on the Pacific Surfliner. Every train consists of a business class car, three coach cars, a café car, and a coach or baggage car. Checked baggage is stored on a lower lever with coach seating provided in the upper level.

Business Class: Whether you’re booking the Pacific Surfliner tickets for a short commute or traveling long distance, consider the Business Class experience. For an additional $15 charge, passengers who ride Business Class enjoy the best amenities, including complimentary newspapers, free beverage and snack service, reclining seats and extra leg room. Each seat is also equipped with power outlets, Wi-Fi, reading lights and large tray tables to make your journey even more relaxing and comfortable.

Coach Class: Great for both short and long distance trips, coach class offers lots of legroom. Passengers will enjoy comfortable seats equipped with power outlets, Wi-Fi, adjustable lighting, and fold-down tray tables.

Café car: Open to all Pacific Surfliner passengers, the café car offers a great solution to the travelers who didn’t have a time to grab a snack before boarding. No need to worry about the food anymore when you're rushing to catch your train. Ready to satisfy any taste, Pacific Surfliner Cafe offers different meals, snacks and deserts, as well as premium wines and beers.

Do Amtrak Pacific Surfliner trains have WiFi?

Yes, Amtrak Pacific Surfliner offers WiFi on their trains. Although most trips with Amtrak Pacific Surfliner will have WiFi as advertised, some trains might not come equipped with WiFi and onboard WiFi can lose its connection in rural areas. We recommend you bring a book or download a movie just to play it safe. Amtrak Pacific Surfliner WiFi is generally best used for surfing the web, checking emails and chatting with friends; you shouldn’t count on the WiFi to binge-watch your favorite show.

Are there power points or USB points on the train?

Yes, there are power outlets onboard Amtrak Pacific Surfliner trains. You can generally find one or two sockets per row of seats, so be a good traveller and check if your seat neighbor might want to charge up their devices as well. With the onboard power outlets, you can charge both a computer and USB devices with a USB power adapter that typically comes with most phones and tablets.

Since Amtrak Pacific Surfliner might sometimes use replacement train vehicles, not all trips are guaranteed to have power points. We recommend to bring a power bank to charge your phone for all trips over 2 hours, just in case.

What is Amtrak Pacific Surfliner's schedule?

On a typical day, Amtrak Pacific Surfliner has 1033 scheduled train trips in total. However, the exact departure and arrival times vary depending on the day and route. The best way to find the exact schedule for your trip is to use the search tool on this page.

Can you pick up will call tickets at the station?

No, Amtrak Pacific Surfliner does not offer will call tickets. You should purchase your tickets online and make sure you have everything you need to board before you arrive at the station.

Do you need an ID to get on the train?

Yes, Amtrak Pacific Surfliner requires you to present an ID to an agent to be allowed to board the train. Make sure you have identification issued by a government agency that meets the carrier’s requirements. Alternative IDs, such as a college ID, won’t work.

What are Amtrak Pacific Surfliner’s COVID-19 policies?

Visit our COVID-19 Travel Guide to view the most up-to-date information about Amtrak Pacific Surfliner’s cleaning protocols and adjusted ticket change policies during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Are there toilets on Amtrak Pacific Surfliner trains?

Yes, there are bathrooms on Amtrak Pacific Surfliner trains. The bathrooms are pretty basic and include a toilet, toilet paper and hand sanitizer. Most bathrooms don’t have running water. As you will be using a bathroom on a moving vehicle, please use caution and hold on to a rail at all times.

Are meals or drinks offered during the trip?

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner provides snacks to satisfy your hunger during your travels. Be sure to pack a credit card and some cash in case you get hungry.

Do you have to print your Amtrak Pacific Surfliner ticket?

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner does not require a printed ticket to board the train. Instead, an eTicket is sent to you by email when you make your reservation. You can use your smartphone to show this eTicket to the ticketing agent as you board.

Does Amtrak Pacific Surfliner offer any premium features like extra legroom or movies?

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner goes the extra distance to deliver premium features to its customers.

Do you find yourself squished in a regular seat or just love having extra room to sprawl out? Well you’re in luck as Amtrak Pacific Surfliner offers extra legroom seating. Since there is no standard of what extra legroom is, the extra space you get may vary between train lines, but getting extra is always good.

Cheap Amtrak Pacific Surfliner tickets recently found on Wanderu

With 1,033 Amtrak Pacific Surfliner trips per day, there are a lot of great deals to uncover for the bargain hunter and Amtrak Pacific Surfliner tickets start at just £3.00. Check out some of the latest and greatest deals snatched up by Wanderu users.

How do I get the best deal on Amtrak Pacific Surfliner tickets?

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