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San Juan Capistrano - San Diego Train Timetable

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Trip Summary

There are 9 daily trains from San Juan Capistrano to San Diego. Traveling by train from San Juan Capistrano to San Diego usually takes around one hour and 32 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Pacific Surfliner train can make the trip in one hour and 17 minutes.

Distance62 mi (99 km)
Fastest train1h 17m
Lowest price£16.86
Trains per day19
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Pacific Surfliner
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from San Juan Capistrano, CA to San Diego, CA

(Based on 5 ratings and reviews)

4.6

4.0

Melinda

1 July 2021- Visiting friends

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner

Pros: The convenience and the fact that the train is usually close to being on time. Cons: More space. I had to sit next to the bathroom. Tips: Great value and easy ride. Love the convenience.

Pros: The convenience and the fact that the train is usually close to being on time. Cons: More space. I had to sit next to the bathroom. Tips: Great value and easy ride. Love the convenience.

5.0

kerry

13 June 2020- Visiting friends

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner

Pros: Beauty. Tips: Make sure to buy tickets online, but not with your phone.

Pros: Beauty. Tips: Make sure to buy tickets online, but not with your phone.

5.0

Alexandre

9 November 2019- Vacation

Amtrak

Pros: Scenic , fast, comfortable. Cons: Keep it up.

Pros: Scenic , fast, comfortable. Cons: Keep it up.

5.0

Vincen

4 July 2019

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner

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What is the price of a train ticket from San Juan Capistrano to San Diego?

In the last month, £17.15 was the average price of a train ticket from San Juan Capistrano, CA to San Diego, CA. This is about as inexpensive as train tickets ever get. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 16 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around £0.62 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

£22£15£7SepOct

Over the next four weeks, the average daily price of train tickets to San Diego from San Juan Capistrano is expected to remain pretty much the same. As a result, a one-way train trip will cost about £17 regardless of the day you pick to travel.

Monthly average prices

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Traveling from San Juan Capistrano to San Diego by train will cost you about the same regardless of the time of year for which you plan your trip. In general, train ticket prices for that route don’t fluctuate much throughout the year, so expect to pay around £18 whenever you decide to board the train to San Diego.

Prices as travel date approaches

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Since the average price of train trips from San Juan Capistrano to San Diego remains pretty consistent throughout the year, there’s no need to book your tickets too far in advance. However, we still recommend you purchase your train tickets at least 48 hours ahead of departure time to avoid surprise last-minute surges and the risk of the train selling out.

Which train should you take from San Juan Capistrano to San Diego?

2 train services operate from San Juan Capistrano, California to San Diego, California. Amtrak Pacific Surfliner usually has more trains scheduled, with 8 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak31h 32m£17.93
Amtrak Pacific Surfliner81h 32m£17.41
  • Amtrak

    Amtrak

    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. On average, there are 3 Amtrak trains from San Juan Capistrano to San Diego every day, as well as 6 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from £17.

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  • 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 8 train trips from San Juan Capistrano to San Diego every day, and prices for a one-way train ticket start from £17.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from San Juan Capistrano to San Diego 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 Juan Capistrano to San Diego?

The distance between San Juan Capistrano and San Diego is approximately 62 miles, or 99 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 1 hour 32 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 1 hour 17 minutes. As a relatively short ride, taking the train is an easy way to travel between these two cities.

When are trains the most crowded?

Trains from San Juan Capistrano to San Diego are the most crowded on Tuesday. 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 Saturday 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 Juan Capistrano at 07:00 while the last train of the day leaves at 23:00. 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 Juan Capistrano to San Diego?

There are 9 scheduled trains on most days. 19 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.

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

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 Juan Capistrano?

Departure stations

There is one train station in San Juan Capistrano.

Where is the train station in San Diego?

Arrival stations

San Diego receives travelers from San Juan Capistrano at its two active train stations.

Train stations in San Diego:

  • Santa Fe Depot - 1050 Kettner Blvd

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