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Pacific Surfliner

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Pretty much an awful experience

Was really excited about taking the Surfliner, but was really let down by the experience. 1) train... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Sacramento, CA
via mobile
Fantastic trip!

I took my 6 and 8 year old niece and nephew on a day trip to Santa Barbara on the Amtrak Surfliner... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Pamela M
Los Angeles, California
via mobile
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The Pacific Surfliner travels 351 miles through a six-county coastal region in Southern California. Amenities include power outlets, free WiFi, comfortable seats, a cafe car, bike racks, onboard restrooms and more. Complimentary snacks, drinks and newspapers are available in Business Class. The route offers breathtaking views of the ocean, beaches, rolling hills and canyons. Station stops include: San Luis Obispo, Grover Beach, Guadalupe, Surf, Goleta, Santa Barbara, Carpinteria, Ventura, Oxnard, Camarillo, Moorpark, Simi Valley, Chatsworth, Van Nuys, Burbank, Glendale, Los Angeles, Fullerton, Anaheim, Santa Ana, Irvine, San Juan Capistrano, San Clemente, Oceanside, Carlsbad, Encinitas, Solana Beach, Sorrento Valley, and San Diego.
  • Excellent54%
  • Very good34%
  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Was really excited about taking the Surfliner, but was really let down by the experience. 1) train showed up an hour late (hour in the sun for fear of losing my seat- turns out unfounded as business class was not too busy). Made it one...More

Thank rivermanpaul
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I took my 6 and 8 year old niece and nephew on a day trip to Santa Barbara on the Amtrak Surfliner. It was such a fun trip and we loved the train ride! We were lucky to get group seating that has 4 seats...More

Thank Pamela M
Kriss G, LOSSAN Team at Pacific Surfliner, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Pamela, thank you for sharing! We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed the trip. Santa Barbara is a fantastic destination since so many great activities are within walking distance of the station. Another trip idea for next time is to head to...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Riding the Amtrak Surfliner is a great way to share an outing with family. My eight year old son and wife had a great time going to Los Angeles and exploring china town.

Thank douglassZ9012MH
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Traveling by train is a lot like going back in time, to a day before the airplane was dominant. When you didn't have to put up with the hassle of security, the feeling of being herded into a cattle car, and the inability to be...More

1  Thank Buckmode
Reviewed 9 June 2017 via mobile

We took the ride from Anaheim to San Diego and really enjoyed ourselves! Ocean view for almost the entire ride made for an awesome experience of being able to take it all in as opposed to driving a car and fighting with traffic. Seats were...More

Thank Jereme B
Reviewed 29 May 2017

We took the 763 from Chatsworth to Santa Barbara on the Pacific Surfliner to meet up with family. The train departed right on time and arrived when planned. It made only a few quick stops with most people getting off in Santa Barbara to catch...More

1  Thank jfd
Reviewed 24 May 2017

Nothing like hopping on amtrak to take a trip to San Diego for the day. Lots of beautiful scenery along the way and old town San Diego is a must to see. Great to take out of town guests.

Thank lyndabelle1
Reviewed 23 May 2017 via mobile

Oh ho!!!! Aahaaaaa!!! What a journey it has been. Amtrak journey from San Luis Obispo to LA. I m on the go and it's superb. Amtrak provides a very good connections by bus and train to destination. First we had to take a bus outside...More

2  Thank Beluga988
Reviewed 12 May 2017 via mobile

Used the Surfliner for our trip from Anaheim to San Diego. Went business class as we were on holiday and throughly enjoyed our 2 hour trip. Great views and snacks were sufficient.

Thank JagJohns
Reviewed 8 May 2017

For weekend travelers from OC and LA, Amtrak Pacific Surfliner sure beats driving. No traffic jams, relaxed sitting, unlimited ocean views.

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28 May 2017|
Response from esethebomb | Reviewed this property |
OK, I have good insight on this. I assume your traveling from a foreign country due to the fact you stated you had to go through immigration. So I will try to answer your the question the best I can from my experience... More
23 May 2017|
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Response from Rod A | Reviewed this property |
Hi there. 1) Doesn't matter direction you go. What matters most is what side of the train you sit on (port or starboard side) depending on direction of travel. Just know that if you are on the starboard (right) side of... More
Terry C
17 April 2017|
Response from Kriss G | Property representative |
Hi Terry, that train is generally not very crowded, but it depends on when you are traveling. We tend to be busier on weekends, during the summer, or when there are popular events. Our Twitter page regularly shares updates... More