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Oceanside - Irvine Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

10 trains operate daily from Oceanside to Irvine. The train trip from Oceanside to Irvine is usually about 52 minutes long. However, traveling on the fastest Amtrak train can get you there in as little as 51 minutes.

Distance41 mi (67 km)
Fastest train0h 51m
Lowest price$18.00
Trains per day10
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Pacific Surfliner
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Average score for trains from Oceanside to Irvine

(Based on 4 ratings and reviews)

4.8

5.0

Sharon G

July 8, 2022- Visiting friends

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner

Clean Beautiful scenery

5.0

Wanda

April 22, 2022- Visiting friends

Amtrak

Pros: Smooth ride and train on schedule. Cons: As a first-time rider, I was a little unclear about whether I could enter any car on the train or which cars were general coach cars. Maybe clearer indication on the cars or above the doors? Tips: Cars toward the front seem to be less crowded.

Price trends for trains from Oceanside to Irvine

Average prices by travel date

$30$20$10JulJul

Monthly avg. prices

$25$20$15$10$5ASONDJFMAMJJ

Prices as travel date approaches

$25$20$15$10$53020100

Which train should you take from Oceanside to Irvine?

2 train services operate from Oceanside to Irvine. 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
Amtrak30h 53m$18.00
Amtrak Pacific Surfliner70h 52m$18.00
  • 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 Oceanside to Irvine every day, as well as 4 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $18.

  • 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 Oceanside to Irvine every day, and prices for a one-way train ticket start from $18.

Frequently Asked Questions

The distance between Oceanside and Irvine is approximately 41 miles, or 67 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 52 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 51 minutes. It's a short and pleasant ride; the train is a perfect way to get to Irvine.

Monday tends to be the busiest day of the week with travelers taking trains from Oceanside to Irvine. Ticket price also tend to be more expensive on Monday than other days. If you are hoping to have more room on the train and even save some change check out travel options on Saturday instead, as less people travel then and deals are more likely to be found.

The earliest train departs Oceanside at 4:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 9:00pm. 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 10 daily scheduled trains, all of which are direct trains that take you the entire way from Oceanside to Irvine.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Irvine to Oceanside.

City Information

Oceanside

Oceanside is a beautiful coastal city in Southern California, best known for its lovely beaches and stunning ocean views. Visitors can enjoy plenty of outdoor activities such as swimming, sunbathing, surfing, fishing, and more.

There are also many great points of interest worth checking out, including the Oceanside Pier, which offers stunning views of the Pacific Ocean. Also, don't miss the Oceanside Museum of Art, which houses a collection of art from across the globe. Other attractions include Mission San Luis Rey and the California Surf Museum.

The city also boasts a variety of popular neighborhoods and nightlife destinations, like Downtown Oceanside or Coastal Highway, which are home to several bars and restaurants, and The Strand, which offers a vibrant nightlife scene.

Most ground travel to Oceanside operates through the Oceanside Transit Center. Here, Metrolink trains and local buses connect to Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner route and intercity bus lines like Greyhound. The nearest airport is the McClellan-Palomar Airport, about 3 miles away from the center of Oceanside.

Irvine

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Irvine, CA - IRV-1

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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 Oceanside?

Main departure station: Oceanside Transit Center

There is one train station in Oceanside.

All train stations in Oceanside:

  • Oceanside Transit Center

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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