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Travel guide Los Angeles–San Diego


What train companies operate the route from Los Angeles to San Diego?

Amtrak operates the rail service between Los Angeles to San Diego along the East Coast, on board its Pacific Surfliner route.

What is the schedule for the train route from Los Angeles to San Diego?

Trains depart early in the morning along the route, with the first service leaving LA at 6:08am. 12 services operate along the Pacific Surfliner route a day, running more or less every hour, until the final departure at 10:10pm.

What are the departure and arrival train stations for the route from Los Angeles to San Diego?

Trains depart from Los Angeles Union Station (LAX) and arrive into the Santa Fe Depot (SAN) in San Diego.

What distance is the train route from Los Angeles to San Diego?

The distance by train is around 120 miles long.

How long does it take to travel from Los Angeles to San Diego by train?

Trains can transport passengers from LA to San Diego in less than 3 hours. The fastest service takes 2h50, whilst the slowest rail service takes 2h59. Driving from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 1h50 depending on traffic; the flight time from Los Angeles to San Diego is 55 minutes.

What are the stops on the train route from Los Angeles to San Diego?

There are a number of stops along the train route from city to city. These include: Fullerton, Anaheim, Santa Ana, San Clemente, Oceanside, Carlsbad, CA - Village, Solana Beach, San Diego, CA - Sorrento Valley and San Diego, CA - Old Town.

Why should you travel by train from Los Angeles to San Diego?

With the Pacific Surfliner route running along the coast, taking the train between the two cities offers the chance to enjoy stunning and unparalleled views over the Southern California coast as you travel. Planning to hit the beach and catch some waves? Passengers can easily bring their surfboards on board, as Amtrak trains operating along the Pacific Surfliner route feature special racks which are able to hold both bikes and surfboards. Multiple services operate throughout the day, meaning there's sure to be a suitable departure time for any journey. Train stations are centrally located allowing passengers to travel from city center to city center, hassle free.

What is there to see and do in San Diego?

Visit the zoo. San Diego's expansive, 100 acre zoo is famous for its diverse species of wildlife and botanical collection. It's home to over 3,500 rare and endangered animals, whilst the botanical collection features over 700,000 exotic plants.

Spend a day at Legoland. Not just for kids, Legoland is an attraction to be enjoyed by all ages! With a theme park, miniature park and aquarium there's plenty to keep you occupied on a trip to the attraction.

Gaslamp Quarter. This historic neighborhood in downtown San Diego is where you'll find a mix of old and new architecture; some of the city's best restaurants, bars and clubs; and plenty of theatrical performances, art exhibitions and a variety of live musical offerings.

Hit the beach. With 70 miles of coastline, San Diego's beaches offer something for everyone. Whether it's a relaxing day out at the beach or a few hours of surfing, it can all be found in San Diego.