The Pacific Surfliner provides frequent rail service along the Southern Californian coast, including service between L.A. and San Diego. One of the most scenic train rides in the United States, the route offers breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean — you can even bring surfboards and bikes on the train to enjoy the great outdoors at your final destination.

Things to Know

  • WiFi, business class and a cafe are available on all trains
  • Not all trains travel to Santa Barbara, and if you are traveling north of that point, a shuttle bus is required
  • LAX FlyAway shuttles are available at the Van Nuys and Los Angeles stations for airport connections


View the Amtrak timetable for the Pacific Surfliner to plan your trip. You can also view schedules via Google Maps or when booking your tickets.

Schedule highlights:

  • First northbound train departs San Diego around 4 a.m.
  • First southbound trains depart L.A. and Santa Barbara around 6 a.m.
  • All trains travel direct between Los Angeles and San Diego with a trip time of about three hours

Major Stops

  • Santa Barbara
  • Burbank
  • Los Angeles
  • Anaheim
  • Irvine
  • Oceanside
  • Carlsbad
  • Solana Beach
  • San Diego



  • San Luis Obispo Railroad Museum
  • San Luis Obispo Museum of Art
  • San Luis Obispo Children’s Museum
  • Oceano Dunes Nature Preserve
  • Surf Beach
  • Downtown Santa Barbara
  • Moreton Bay Fig Tree
  • MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation
  • Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
  • Santa Barbara Maritime Museum
  • Santa Barbara Historical Museum
  • Stearns Wharf
  • California Avocado Festival
  • Carpinteria State Beach
  • Ventura County Fairgrounds
  • Seaside Wilderness Park
  • Surfer’s Point
  • Camarillo Farmers Market
  • Bob Hope/Burbank Airport
  • Chinese American Museum
  • The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
  • Japanese American National Museum
  • Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels
  • Ahmanson Theatre
  • Grand Park
  • LA Opera
  • Walt Disney Concert Hall
  • Santa Ana River Trail
  • Honda Center
  • Angel Stadium
  • Los Rios Street Historic District
  • Mission San Juan Capistrano
  • Trabuco Creek Trail
  • San Clemente Pier
  • San Clemente Pedestrian Beach Trail
  • Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens
  • Parque Del Mar
  • T Street Beach
  • Oceanside Pier
  • California Surf Museum
  • Muramid Mural Museum & Art Center
  • Oceanside Museum of Art
  • Oceanside Historical Society
  • North Ponto Beach
  • South Carlsbad State Beach
  • Fletcher Cove Beach Park
  • Tide Beach Park
  • Highway 101
  • Old Town San Diego
  • Wells Fargo Museum
  • Downtown San Diego
  • Gaslamp Quarter
  • Coronado Ferry
  • USS Midway Museum
  • Star of India
  • Maritime Museum of San Diego
  • Seaport Village
  • San Diego Convention Center
  • Balboa Theatre
  • San Diego Civic Theatre
  • The New Children’s Museum

More Information

L.A. Union Station Guide
San Diego Amtrak Station Guide
Most scenic Amtrak routes on the West Coast