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Trains from Los Angeles to Oceanside

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Trip Summary

There are 12 daily trains from Los Angeles to Oceanside. Traveling by train from Los Angeles to Oceanside usually takes around 2 hours and 54 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Pacific Surfliner train can make the trip in one hour and 46 minutes.

Distance77 mi (124 km)
Fastest train1h 46m
Lowest price$28.00
Trains per day17
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Pacific Surfliner
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Los Angeles, CA to Oceanside, CA

(Based on 9 ratings and reviews)

4.4

4.0

Gabriel

February 12, 2021- Business

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner

Pros: Timetable was fairly accurate for trip. Cons: staff was loud. During the trip staff sat In the lounge carrying on in a loud unprofessional type tone as the discussed some quite ridiculous conversation. Tips: Be alert there are very few travelers on the train and...

Pros: Timetable was fairly accurate for trip. Cons: staff was loud. During the trip staff sat In the lounge carrying on in a loud unprofessional type tone as the discussed some quite ridiculous conversation. Tips: Be alert there are very few travelers on the train and it seems like it can become unsafe quick.

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4.0

Rosie

January 16, 2020- Visiting friends

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner

Pros: Very relaxing. Cons: Better signs to show coach seating.

Pros: Very relaxing. Cons: Better signs to show coach seating.

5.0

Elsa

October 7, 2019- Visiting family

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner

Pros: Confortable. Cons: It's ok. Tips: Enjoy.

Pros: Confortable. Cons: It's ok. Tips: Enjoy.

5.0

Hilary

August 23, 2019- Business

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner

Pros: It was clean and fun! I have lived in California my whole life and I’ve always wanted to take the train done to San Diego. What a treat! Tips: Bring food.

Pros: It was clean and fun! I have lived in California my whole life and I’ve always wanted to take the train done to San Diego. What a treat! Tips: Bring food.

5.0

Samantha

July 26, 2019- Business

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner

Pros: The trains were on time and fast. Cons: I have nothing to add. Tips: Going south sit on the right side and the opposite going north to see the ocean better.

Pros: The trains were on time and fast. Cons: I have nothing to add. Tips: Going south sit on the right side and the opposite going north to see the ocean better.

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

In the last month, $29.57 was the average price of a train ticket from Los Angeles, CA to Oceanside, 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 4 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $0.15 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

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Over the next four weeks, the average daily price of train tickets to Oceanside from Los Angeles is expected to remain pretty much the same. As a result, a one-way train trip will cost about $30 regardless of the day you pick to travel.

Monthly average prices

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Traveling from Los Angeles to Oceanside 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 $31 whenever you decide to board the train to Oceanside.

Prices as travel date approaches

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Since the average price of train trips from Los Angeles to Oceanside 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 Los Angeles to Oceanside?

2 train services operate from Los Angeles, California to Oceanside, California. Amtrak Pacific Surfliner usually has more trains scheduled, with 7 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak63h 51m$30.75
Amtrak Pacific Surfliner72h 17m$29.52
  • 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 6 Amtrak trains from Los Angeles to Oceanside every day, as well as 13 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $28.

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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 7 train trips from Los Angeles to Oceanside every day, and prices for a one-way train ticket start from $28.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Los Angeles to Oceanside 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.

Can you take a train all the way from Los Angeles to Oceanside?

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from Los Angeles to Oceanside. 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.

How long is the train journey from Los Angeles to Oceanside?

The distance between Los Angeles and Oceanside is approximately 77 miles, or 124 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 2 hours and 54 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 1 hour 46 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 Los Angeles to Oceanside are the most crowded on Sunday. 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 Friday 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 Los Angeles at 6:00am 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.

Is there a direct train from Los Angeles to Oceanside?

There are 12 scheduled trains on most days. 17 of these are direct connections to Oceanside. 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 Oceanside to Los Angeles. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Los Angeles to Oceanside for $33.20.

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.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Los Angeles?

Los Angeles, CA - Union Station - LAXUST-0

Image credit: David Wilson

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Departure stations

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.

Train stations in Los Angeles:

  • 10040 Old Depot Plaza Rd, Chatsworth

  • Amtrak Metrolink Station - 7724 Van Nuys Blvd

  • 592 Gayley Ave

Where is the train station in Oceanside?

Arrival stations

Oceanside has one train station.

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