The Pacific Surfliner, which goes along the California coast for more than half of the three-hour trip between these two Southern California cities, is back open on a limited scale. It will operate only on weekends while crews finalize fixing the track that became unstable on a cliff in San Clemente last fall.
According to this Pacific Surfliner advisory, weekday travelers will continue to be put on a bus between Irvine and Oceanside. There is no timeline when full service will be restored; crews still have some work to do on the track, as well as some landscaping.
The cost of a ticket between LA and San Diego is $35 each way. There is also business class option. The Pacific Surfliner does not go any further south than San Diego’s downtown Santa Fe Depot station but to the north, it goes all the way to San Luis Obispo, where you can catch a train that goes all the way to Seattle and Vancouver. Pacific Surfliner stops include Ventura, Santa Barbara and Solvang.