Amtrack Pacific Surfliner

Amtrack Fullerton Station

If you are visiting Orange County for business or leisure there is a regular train service that runs between Downtown Los Angeles to the North from Orange County and South to San Diego; The train service is the Amtrack Pacific Surfliner and north of Los Angeles the service continues to the beautiful Santa Barbara and San Luis Obisbo on its 351 mile route.

You can board the Pacific Surfliner at the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center or ARTIC as its nicknamed in Anaheim about three miles from Disneyland. Other places you can pick up the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner in Orange County include Santa Ana and Fullerton.

Train service in much of the United States is sparse but the Pacific Surfliner is the busiest state supported intercity passenger rail route in the United Staes with almost 3 million riders in 2018. Starting today an additional route trip route between Los Angeles and San Diego has been added so now their is a total of thirteen trains daily in each direction.

On The Train

The passenger cars might not be as modern as some European train services but feature comfortable reclining seats with much more space than a plane as well as tray tables and power outlets. There is free wi-fi, bike racks, luggage racks as well as a free generous luggage baggage policy. The trains also have a Market Cafe with a seating area serving fresh food, snacks and beverages including California wines, cocktails and local beers. One note is the Market Cafe does close for brief periods for restocking but if you have to wait there is more time to enjoy the great views out of the window.

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