Pacific Surfliner Schedule
Pacific Surfliner Schedule

The Amtrak Pacific Surfliner: A new passenger’s guide

The Amtrak Pacific Surfliner has several daily trains with departures throughout the day. It travels between San Diago and San Louis Obispo, including Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, and other intermediate stops. This train also links to Amtrak’s connecting service.

A quick look at the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner

Blues and purples from a Sunrise
A view of early twilight, seen from the window of the Pacific Surfliner.

The Amtrak Pacific Surfliner accommodations

Find out the basis of the Pacific Surfliner so you are ready for your next trip.

Equipment Used The Pacific Surfliner

The Pacific Surfliner uses two-level or bi-level equipment using California or long-distance Superliners.

Coach class

Passenger waiting to board the Pacific Surfliner
Passengers waiting to board the Pacific Surfliner

The Pacific Surfliner offers Coach seating, which features:

  • Comfortable seats
  • A fold-down tray
  • Individual reading lights
  • 120v grounded (three-prong) electric outlets.
  • A place above your seat and a rack in the car for your luggage.

Business class

Business class includes extra legroom, a comfortable seat, and complimentary non-alcoholic beverages; ask the cafe car attendant for more details.

Additionally, Business Class customers receive a 25% bonus on Amtrak Guest Rewards points. Pacific Surfliner Business Class passengers may purchase a day pass for $25 for the Los Angeles – Union Station lounge.

Wi-fi & Entertainment

Amtrak offers free Wi-Fi on this train. While free, it does have some restrictions, for it can throttle or not allow streaming. You may not be able to download or upload large files.

This train does not offer streaming entertainment, but here are some entertainment ideas for you.

Amtrak Connecting Service

Amtrak Thruway Service offers transportation connections to destinations like Bakersfield and Long Beach.

The Pacific Surfliner Cafe Car and food

The cafe car offers:

  • A variety of hot and cold meals
  • Snacks
  • Hot and cold beverages, including adult beverages
  • You can consume your purchases in the cafe or at your seat.

Conductors and the cafe car attendant will let you know when it is open and its location, generally at the one end of the train.

Bringing Food On The Pacific Surfliner

Amtral allows you to bring personal food and drink aboard the train. You can only consume what you obtained at your seat, but not in the cafe.

While you can bring alcohol on the train, you can’t consume it on the rails. If you get caught drinking your own or get out of hand, you can be removed from the train.

Add ons

There are a few things you can add to your next trip.


  • You can bring up to 50 lbs—standard bicycle size.
  • Maximum tire width: 2.”
  • Bike service may not be available at all stations, but those can change anytime.
  • You need to book your bike with your reservation; don’t just show up with your bike.
  • For more information, check out Amtrak’s bike policy.


  • Amtrak allows dogs and cats up to 20 pounds.
    • The combined weight of the pet and carrier.
  • Trips up to seven hours.
  • You do need to have paperwork filled out before going to the station.
  • Get the necessary paperwork and all the information you need in the Amtrak carry-on pet policy.

If you have a service or comfort animal, check Amtrak’s service animal policy to ensure your critter fits the qualifications before booking your trip.


This train does not offer a checked bag service.

Each passenger may carry on:

  • One personal item, 25 lbs. (12 kg) and 14 x 11 x 7 inches, and 
  • Two carry-on pieces of luggage, 50 lbs. (23 kg) and 28 x 22 x 14 inches each
  • If you transfer to the Pacific Surfliner at some point along your journey, the baggage size for that train is up to 28 x 22 x 11 inches each. 

Charges apply for additional and oversized luggage; check out Amtrak’s carry-on bag policy for more information.

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner Stops

San Luis Obispo, CA – Amtrak Station (SLO)Moorpark, CA (MPK)Anaheim, CA – Regional Trans.Intermodal Ctr. (ANA)
Grover Beach, CA (GVB)Simi Valley, CA (SIM)Santa Ana, CA (SNA)
Guadalupe, CA (GUA)Chatsworth, CA (CWT)Irvine, CA (IRV)
Lompoc-Surf, CA -Amtrak Station (LPS)Northridge, CA (NRG)San Juan Capistrano, CA (SNC)
Goleta, CA (GTA)Van Nuys, CA (VNC)San Clemente Pier, CA (SNP)
Santa Barbara, CA (SBA)Burbank, CA (BUR)Oceanside, CA (OSD)
Carpinteria, CA (CPN)Burbank, CA – Downtown (BBK)Solana Beach, CA (SOL)
Ventura, CA (VEC)Glendale, CA (GDL)San Diego, CA – Old Town Transportation Center (OLT)
Oxnard, CA (OXN)Los Angeles, CA – Union Station (LAX)San Diego, CA – Santa Fe Depot (SAN)
Camarillo, CA (CML)Fullerton, CA (FUL)

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner Schedule

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The information for these guides comes from Amtrak. It was accurate when published, but Amtrak can make changes anytime.

Things can change, and this page was current on the day of publication. I try to keep this page updated to the best of my abilities.

This page is not associated with Amtrak or the National Railway Passenger Corporation, but the information on this site comes from and is accurate when published. Amtrak can change times at any time.

Safe Travels,


Kevin Monteith

Kev Monteith has been traveling on Amtrak since 2012. With over a decade of experience, he has been on over 800 trains, covering over 200k miles of rail. Kev enjoys helping others achieve their travel dreams by providing support and information. Outside of travel, Kev enjoys making music as an organist and outings with family.

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