San Juan Capistrano to Solana Beach train

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San Juan Capistrano - Solana Beach Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

10 trains operate daily from San Juan Capistrano to Solana Beach. The train trip from San Juan Capistrano to Solana Beach is usually about 54 minutes long. However, traveling on the fastest Amtrak train can get you there in as little as 53 minutes.

Distance42 mi (67 km)
Fastest train0h 53m
Lowest price$18.00
Trains per day10
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Average score for trains from San Juan Capistrano to Solana Beach

(Based on 3 ratings and reviews)




August 7, 2021- Visiting family


Pros: Overall ease of travel. Cons: The identification of lavatory facilities. When another traveler asked me where the lavatory might be, I suggested that it was possibly in the area the 3 different travelers from the upstairs area had headed. Perhaps a posted map would help to identify that as well as where food and beverage are located. Tips: Don’t stress about your baggage…weigh, size and numbers of of pieces being brought on board are not actually checked.


Elizabeth V

July 2, 2021- Visiting family

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner

Pros: I love taking the train south from mission Viejo, Especially with the gas prices the way they are now and all the traffic. Cons: Especially with the gas prices the way they are now and all the traffic. Tips: If your going south hopefully you can get a seat on the ocean side.



December 19, 2019- Visiting family

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner

Pros: The internet on train was great watched Amazon prime. Marvelous Mrs mazel so all was good . Walked to restaurant to meet friends... Cons: Be on time. Tips: Check to make sure train is running on time..

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Which train should you take from San Juan Capistrano to Solana Beach?

2 train services operate from San Juan Capistrano to Solana Beach. 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 54m$18.00
Amtrak Pacific Surfliner50h 54m$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 5 Amtrak trains from San Juan Capistrano to Solana Beach every day, as well as 5 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 5 train trips from San Juan Capistrano to Solana Beach every day, and prices for a one-way train ticket start from $18.

Frequently Asked Questions

The distance between San Juan Capistrano and Solana Beach is approximately 42 miles, or 67 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 54 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 53 minutes. It's a short and pleasant ride; the train is a perfect way to get to Solana Beach.

Trains from San Juan Capistrano to Solana Beach 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 Wednesday instead, as it tends to be the least crowded day of the week.

The earliest train departs San Juan Capistrano at 7:00am 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 10 daily scheduled trains, all of which are direct trains that take you the entire way from San Juan Capistrano to Solana Beach.

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

City Information

San Juan Capistrano

San Juan Capistrano, CA, US - SNC-0

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Located in Orange County, California, San Juan Capistrano is a small city founded by the Spanish in 1776. Although largely destroyed by an earthquake in 1812, this city is a growing destination south of Los Angeles and is often used as a backdrop in major Hollywood movies.

San Juan Capistrano has many historical religious sites to explore, and Mission San Juan Capistrano is one of its most renowned. The "Jewel of California Missions" includes a chapel with regular Mass, stunning gardens, and a museum to learn about the many Native American, Mexican, and Spanish influences in the region. Visit in mid-March to experience the annual Return of the Swallows celebration. Local cliff swallows return from winters in Argentina, and the Mission plans parades, fairs, and other events to welcome them home.

The area around the Mission is a historic downtown with local restaurants, green spaces, and retail services. In the center of this historic core, San Juan Capistrano's Amtrak station welcomes Pacific Surfliner trains that run from Los Angeles to San Diego.

Solana Beach

Solana Beach is a small coastal city in San Diego. Its name directly translates to 'warm wind' due to its sunny position by the beach. Some of the best activities in the city involve the sunny coast, like visiting Fletcher Cove Beach Park or going to Seascape Surf Park. You can also enjoy snorkeling, surfing, and fishing trips out on the Pacific. The area is well-known for its classic Californian hiking, with trails such as Annie's Canyon and the Coastal Rails Trail. When you've worked up an appetite, head to the famous Fish Market, which serves fresh-caught Californian seafood.

For air travel, the San Diego Airport is the closest. The city is also on Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner route, which runs from Los Angeles, Fullerton, and Santa Ana to Solana Beach. If you'd prefer to take the bus, the Amtrak Thruway also operates in Solana Beach to connect from nearby cities like Los Angeles, Bakersfield, and Santa Barbara.

Station Information

Where is the train station in San Juan Capistrano?

Main departure station: 26701 Verdugo St

There is one train station in San Juan Capistrano.

All train stations in San Juan Capistrano:

  • 26701 Verdugo St

Where is the train station in Solana Beach?

Main arrival station: 105 N Cedros Ave - Solana Beach Transit Ctr

Solana Beach has one train station.

All train stations in Solana Beach:

  • 105 N Cedros Ave - Solana Beach Transit Ctr

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