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Los Angeles - Irvine Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

You can pick from 11 daily train trips between Los Angeles and Irvine. The average train journey from Los Angeles to Irvine takes one hour and 40 minutes, but some Amtrak train trips are as short as one hour and one minute.

Distance36 mi (58 km)
Fastest train1h 1m
Lowest price$11.00
Trains per day22
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Average score for trains from Los Angeles to Irvine

(Based on 9 ratings and reviews)

4.8

5.0

Susan

May 21, 2023- Visiting family

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner

Didn’t travel during the pandemic

4.0

Cynphnie

August 23, 2022- Visiting friends

Amtrak

Pros: Train always leaves exactly on time! Cons: Facilities seemed a little old and dirty. Tips: Don't sit next to the bathroom.

4.0

Kelly

August 16, 2022- Vacation

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner

Party

5.0

Boris

June 24, 2022- Vacation

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner

Pros: The ride is smooth and you don’t need to deal with traffics. Cons: a screen to show stops in between destinations. Not everyone can pay attention to the board casting at the right time. No one can memorize the stops on sequence unless you are a regular commuter.

5.0

Jessica

February 22, 2022- Visiting friends

Amtrak

Really nice & helpful conductor who told which car to get in cuz I had luggage so didn’t have e to take it upstairs

What is the price of a train ticket from Los Angeles to Irvine?

Over the past month, a train ticket between Los Angeles and Irvine cost $21.33, on average. This is about as cheap as train fares get on this route. Booking your trip at least 1 days in advance can help you secure tickets at the best price. For same-day bookings, you’ll likely have to pay around $1.25 more.

Average prices by travel date

$30$20$10MayJun

If you're planning a train trip from Los Angeles to Irvine in the upcoming month, you'll be happy to know that ticket prices are expected to remain stable. You can book your trip for any day within the next four weeks and expect to pay around $22.

Monthly avg. prices

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The price of a train ticket from Los Angeles to Irvine remains pretty stable, regardless of when you plan to travel. Tickets on this route usually cost $21 throughout the year.

Prices as travel date approaches

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The average price of train tickets from Los Angeles to Irvine is pretty stable year-round. However, we still suggest buying your train tickets at least 48 hours prior to departure to avoid unexpected price hikes and the possibility of the train being sold out.

Which train should you take from Los Angeles to Irvine?

2 train services operate from Los Angeles to Irvine. Amtrak usually has more trains scheduled, with 6 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak61h 49m$22.24
Amtrak Pacific Surfliner51h 22m$20.42
  • 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 6 Amtrak trains from Los Angeles to Irvine every day, as well as 16 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $11.

  • 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 5 train trips from Los Angeles to Irvine every day, and prices for a one-way train ticket start from $19.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from Los Angeles to Irvine. However, there are also some trips on this route that require you to board another vehicle, such as a bus or a shuttle, during your journey. This is worth paying attention to as you book your trip, since a direct train may be preferable for its speed and convenience.
The distance between Los Angeles and Irvine is approximately 36 miles, or 58 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 1 hour 40 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 1 hour and 1 minute. As a relatively short ride, taking the train is an easy way to travel between these two cities.

Trains from Los Angeles to Irvine 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.

The earliest train departs Los Angeles at 5:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 11:00pm. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

There are 11 scheduled trains on most days. 22 of these are direct connections to Irvine. 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 Irvine to Los Angeles.

City Information

Los Angeles

Los Angeles is the undisputed world capital of the entertainment business. Because of that, the City of Angels is where you will find some of the most iconic landmarks of the film and music industries, including the world-famous Walk of Fame and Dolby Theatre (home of the Academy Awards) on Hollywood Boulevard, the easily recognizable Capitol Records building at Hollywood & Vine, and the LA Live complex in Downtown Los Angeles.

The best part of LA is that it has something to offer for people of all interests: outdoor enthusiasts can hike up to the Hollywood sign, fashion aficionados can go shopping in Beverly Hills, art lovers can check out the prominent Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) in the Miracle Mile district, and those looking for a fun night out can go bar-hopping in West Hollywood. Are you a Pokémon GO addict? Well then this is the place for you because LA is the best city to catch the rarest Pokémon in the U.S.. And if you want to want to experience the famed golden coast of Southern California for yourself, head west to Santa Monica and Venice for a refreshing dip in the Pacific Ocean.

With one of the biggest airports on the West Coast and several bus and train stops across the county, Los Angeles makes it easy to travel elsewhere in California, visit the neighboring Nevada, Arizona and Mexico, or take a flight to pretty much any other part of the world.

Irvine

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Irvine, CA - IRV-1

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Irvine, CA - IRV-2

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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.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Los Angeles?

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Main departure station: Union Station

Union Station is the main train station in Los Angeles and the largest railroad passenger terminal in the Western United States. The station was opened in 1939 and has become one of California’s busiest transportation hubs, serving more than 100 thousand passengers per day. Every Amtrak route that goes through Los Angeles stops at Union Station. In addition, the area around the station serves as the main bus stop for several bus carriers that conduct trips in and out of the city. Located in Downtown LA, Union Station offers easy transit connections to other parts of the city via three Metro Rail lines and one Metro Busway line, as well as a shuttle service to LAX airport. Union Station also serves as the main LA hub for six lines of Metrolink, Southern California’s primary commuter rail service.

All train stations in Los Angeles:

  • Union Station

  • Amtrak Metrolink Station - 7724 Van Nuys Blvd

  • 10040 Old Depot Plaza Rd, Chatsworth

  • Metrolink Station

  • 592 Gayley Ave

  • Pacific Central Station

  • 10251 St Edwards Dr

Where is the train station in Irvine?

Irvine Transp Ctr - 15215 Barranca Pkwy  - IRVAMT-0

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Main arrival station: Irvine Transp Ctr - 15215 Barranca Pkwy

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.

All train stations in Irvine:

  • Irvine Transp Ctr - 15215 Barranca Pkwy

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