A train ride along the California coastline is an amazing & memorable experience. The Amtrak Surfliner follows the CA coast for well over 300 miles. Traveling from as far south as Downtown San Diego, all the way up to San Luis Obispo.
Since moving to California, Nhu & I have been lucky enough to enjoy multiple coastal rides together. Venturing between San Diego & the Anaheim Artic Station, the trips have cost us $28 each way, per person. And, although the ride is more expensive than driving, we love the relaxed state of mind we arrive in, when taking the train. A mindset quite a bit different than one to be had after battling the horrific Southern California traffic.
The trains themselves are very well kept, and the seats are comfy. The air conditioning in most of the cars keeps the air at a very comfortable temperature. There is free WiFi onboard, which works well enough, however not quick enough to seamlessly stream. The Cafe Car on board offers snacks, sandwiches, salads, beer & wine, at a decently fair markup. On our last ride, I decided to give the cafe car a shot, and treated myself to a small bottle of champagne.
We’re excited to start planning our next trip on the train! Multiple adventures are in our future, as we still have a lot of exploring to do. Santa Barbara is next on our list!
Relaxing & epically picturesque. Nhu & I both highly recommend.
Grab a ticket & take a quick trip to your paradise!