Friday, September 13, 2013

Amtrak to stop in Encinitas beginning October 7

Coast News:
Those in North County who wish to hop on the Pacific Surfliner no longer have to make the trek to Solana Beach or Oceanside.

Six of Amtrak’s Surfliner trains will stop daily at all of the eight county Coaster stations beginning Oct. 7. North County Transit District (NCTD), which runs the Coaster stations, recently announced a deal with Amtrak and Caltrans to expand the Surfliner service.
This will be convenient for people going to or from Orange County, LA, and beyond. Amtrak is a fun, if overpriced, way for single people to travel. If you have two or more people traveling together, it's usually cheaper and faster to drive (it's often cheaper even to rent a car).

Locals will also be able to use Coaster tickets on Amtrak trains between Oceanside and downtown San Diego, though cyclists will have to buy much more expensive ($12 each way!) Amtrak tickets to bring bikes.


  1. A fun day trip is to take the Amtrak to San Juan Capistrano.
    It's a scenic trip through Camp Pendleton and San Clemente and the station drops you off in downtown Capistrano which is fun to walk around and get lunch.

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  3. When I was a kid, Mom would round take me and my sisters to Indiana each summer on the train. I think I was about 5 yrs old when we were in the middle of scorching nowhere New Mexico. I was following Mom to the Diner car to grab a bite when suddently a man got in between us. He pinched Mom on the butt. When she turned around, she had the most hatred in her face I'd ever seen. They ended up kicking that guy off the train. Thank God Mom knew how to drive a locomotive.

    1. Did you eat ribbon candy and ride the iron horse?