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Trips per day144
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About Irvine

Though Irvine is probably most famous for its corporations and university campuses, the city is well worth the trip for its variety of attractions and activities. Start with a date night at the Irvine Barclay Theatre, which boasts an intimate atmosphere and superb acoustics. You could also check out the UCI Arboretum, where you can learn more about the unique flora of the coastal California region. The Beall Center for Art + Technology features interesting exhibitions that fuse modern art with futuristic technologies.

When you've worked up an appetite, you can find a wide variety of dining options available in the city. For some of the best Japanese dishes in town, check out Fukuda, which serves udon and soba dishes. If you are craving a good chicken parm, North Italia has just what you need!

It's easy to get to Irvine from anywhere in Southern California via intercity buses or Amtrak trains. Flights operate through the nearby John Wayne Airport-Orange County Airport, just 4.3 miles away from downtown.

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Irvine Transp Ctr - 15215 Barranca Pkwy  - IRVAMT-0

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Irvine Station – also known as Irvine Transportation Center – is the busiest station in South Orange County, serving over a million passengers annually. It first opened in 1990 on the south side of the decommissioned Marine Corps Air Station El Toro in the Spectrum district. The station serves Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner, Metrolink (Southern California's commuter rail system), and various local transit bus lines part of the Orange County Transportation Authority's network. In the vicinity of the station, there are hotels, offices, and shops. Irvine Station is also close to the Irvine Spectrum Center, one of SoCal's most popular entertainment and shopping destinations.

Popular train stations in Irvine:

  • Irvine Transp Ctr - 15215 Barranca Pkwy

What train companies travel to Irvine, California?

Located in California, Irvine is accessible by train from 20 other cities. You can choose from 144 daily scheduled trips when you search for trains to Irvine on Wanderu. Amtrak usually has the most trains on any given day.

Looking for other ways to get there? Coach tickets to Irvine are also available..

Train companies serving Irvine

TrainRoutesAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak1586h 53m£41.50
Amtrak Pacific Surfliner231h 6m£13.74
  • Amtrak is the largest passenger railroad service in America, offering daily intercity trains to hundreds of destinations across the contiguous United States, as well as several cities in Canada. Every Amtrak train comes equipped with comfortable seats with extra legroom, as well as several four-seat areas with tables in the middle. In addition, each car has a freshly cleaned restroom, free WiFi and power outlets at every seat. There are also snack bars where you can purchase drinks or food during your journey.

  • 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.

Which train carrier has the best service to Irvine?

Based on customers travel reviews, travelers who booked on Wanderu rave about traveling to Irvine by train with Amtrak Pacific Surfliner giving them a 4.7 rating out of 5.

Travelers also mentioned that Amtrak had the most comfortable train service to Irvine taking into account the seats and amenities that Amtrak offers. They rate Amtrak a 4.7 out of 5 when it comes to just how relaxing and enjoyable their experience was onboard.

If you are looking to arrive to Irvine punctually, travelers suggest that Amtrak Pacific Surfliner has the best on time performance on their train schedules to Irvine, rating them a 4.7 based on their on time arrivals.

Frequently Asked Questions

£6.33 is the cheapest price for a train ticket to Irvine, according to recent searches on Wanderu. You can use our search to check if this price is currently available on trains from your city to Irvine. In the last month, trains from Santa Ana to Irvine had the lowest average price at £6.33.

The main train station in Irvine is Irvine Transp Ctr - 15215 Barranca Pkwy. As the busiest station, it has the most train arrivals, although some trains may make other stops in and around Irvine.

The closest airport to Irvine is John Wayne Airport-Orange County Airport (SNA), it is located 4.3 miles from the city center of Irvine.
Irvine ranks number 17 among most popular train destinations in the region. It also ranks number 97 in United States. Irvine ranks number 19 in the region in terms of the number of destinations that connect to Irvine via train service. On average 151 direct daily train trips serve Irvine.
The population of Irvine is 256927. Irvine ranks number 12 in terms of population in California and number 79 in all of United States.
Train tickets to Irvine range from £6 for a short trip to Irvine, while a 60 to 200 mile train trip to Irvine starts at , and a longer trip by train to Irvine can be as cheap as . Looking to travel across state or province lines? A trip from out of your region will be as low as .
People who take the train to Irvine are most often visiting their families or loved ones. With frequent schedules, the ability to book and hop on a train last minute make taking a train to Irvine easy whether you're planning a trip far in advance or need some quality time with loved ones at the last minute.
The closest train station to the city center of Irvine is Irvine Transp Ctr - 15215 Barranca Pkwy, located just 4 miles away. Select Irvine Transp Ctr - 15215 Barranca Pkwy as your arrival if your plans call for exploring the downtown area of Irvine. Search on Wanderu and in the search results you can filter travel options by arriving or departing station.

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