Amtrak Pacific Surfliner Day Trip and my Confusion with Orange County Metrolink and San Diego Coaster
Last month, I shared my experience riding the Amtrak Coast Starlight from Seattle down to Los Angeles (link). A few weeks ago, I shared my thoughts on taking public transportation (buses and Amtrak) from Orange County to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and San Diego International Airport (SAN) (link). Today, I will share my experience booking the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner and some of the scheduling roadblocks I ran into.
The first thing you should know is that the Pacific Surfliner is part of Amtrak’s special routes, where it costs only 1,500 Amtrak Points per person each way, regardless of how long or short the ride is.
The Pacific Surfliner runs multiple times every day from San Diego to San Luis Obispo, a 5 hour and 45 minute journey if you go end to end. Along the way, the train passes through 29 stations. Important: not every Pacific Surfliner train stops at every stop. This partially screwed me up on my trip from Irvine (IRV) to Carlsbad Village (CBV) to visit a friend on Tuesday afternoon, I’ll explain later.