Surf’s Up, SoCal: The Pacific Surfliner

Surf’s Up, SoCal: The Pacific Surfliner

Los Angelenos know traffic. The 405 grind gets really old, really quick. Enter Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner.

This train takes you from Los Angeles to San Diego in about as much time as it takes to drive, but here’s the best part: we do the driving for you! Plus, you get to sit next to a big picture window, adult beverage in hand, and watch the dolphins frolic along the surf (no joke). Head south to get away from the LA hustle and bustle.

It’s the same in reverse: San Diego-ers (er, San Diegans?) can take the Surfliner northbound to the City of Angels for a day of shopping or urban exploring (for some great eats, check out Natalie James’ post here). Read on to see how easy it is to plan your SoCal #AmtrakAdventure.

Step 1: Head to, or download our mobile app to book those Surfliner tickets.

Step 2: Check out our baggage policy and safety tips to make sure the basics are all squared away.

Step 3: Settle into your seat with dual outlets for enhanced connectivity, order a drink and post up for a sweet ride.

Step 4: Make sure your phone is handy, because your Instagram feed is about to get gorgeous — #NoFilter needed on this route for the stunning ocean views. Be sure to tag us #Amtrak and we might repost your journey.

Step 5: Sit back and relax!

Oh, and check out these stops along the way for even more fun. ☀️

All aboard for sun and surf! Have you take the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner? Tell us your favorite part of the journey in the comments below!

P.S. Don’t forget to check out the famed LA Union Station, home to stunning Art Deco architecture and the site of Pharrell’s Happy video.