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Oceanside - San Diego Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

There are usually 10 daily train trips available from Oceanside to San Diego. Traveling by train from Oceanside to San Diego usually takes 52 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak train can make the trip in 45 minutes.

Distance36 mi (57 km)
Fastest train0h 45m
Lowest price$17.00
Trains per day20
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Average score for trains from Oceanside to San Diego

(Based on 7 ratings and reviews)

4.7

5.0

Nelia

July 17, 2023- Solo travel

Amtrak

Pros: Feel comfortable. Cons: Nothing else. Tips: Yes.

5.0

Nelia

March 22, 2023- Solo travel

Amtrak

Pros: Convenient. Cons: Nothing at all..seems everything is okay. Tips: We can refer take amtrak for travel.

5.0

Ryan

June 15, 2019- Couples trip

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner

Pros: I enjoy the smoothness of the Amtrak trains, as well as the friendly staff. Being able to sit in the diner car and enjoy a local beer while viewing the scenery is always a favorite. Cons: General cleanliness of seats and rails, more frequently than is maintained. Tips: Amtraks (as many American trains) are often late. However, when they do arrive on time, they may also depart promptly, to the minute scheduled, so it's best to treat these trains as nothing but accurate in their schedules, when planning arrival and departures of stations.

Price trends for trains from Oceanside to San Diego

Average prices by travel date

$30$20$10JulJul

Monthly average prices

$25$20$15$10$5ASONDJFMAMJJ

Prices as travel date approaches

$25$20$15$10$53020100

Which train should you take from Oceanside to San Diego?

2 train services operate from Oceanside to San Diego. Amtrak usually has more trains scheduled, with 5 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak50h 53m$17.87
Amtrak Pacific Surfliner50h 52m$17.49
  • 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 5 Amtrak trains from Oceanside to San Diego every day, as well as 11 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $17.

  • 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 Oceanside to San Diego every day, and prices for a one-way train ticket start from $17.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from Oceanside to San Diego. 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 Oceanside and San Diego is approximately 36 miles, or 57 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 52 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 45 minutes. It's a short and pleasant ride; the train is a perfect way to get to San Diego.

Trains departing from Oceanside to San Diego tend to have the most passengers on Sunday. With higher demand ticket prices also tend to be higher on Sunday. If you are trying to snag a cheap train tickets or just want an emptier train you'll have better luck by booking travel departing on Tuesday as the least number of people tend to travel then.

The earliest train departs Oceanside at 12:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 10:00pm. 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 scheduled trains on most days. 20 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 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.

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 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 San Diego?

Main arrival station: 4005 Taylor St

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

All train stations in San Diego:

  • 4005 Taylor St

  • Santa Fe Depot - 1050 Kettner Blvd

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