How to Book Train Travel From Los Angeles To San Diego

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Whether escaping the summertime heat or taking kids to explore San Diego's many theme parks, taking the train from Los Angeles to San Diego is a great way to enjoy a mini-vacation or spend the day away from the city. Trains offer a relaxing way to travel south to the city by the border in fewer than three hours.

Discover San Diego's Attractions before Booking Tickets from Los Angeles

  • Visit San Diego's famous animal-themed amusement parks. San Diego has one of the world's best zoos, as well as a wild animal park and Sea World aquarium.

  • See downtown San Diego. The area known as the Gas Lamp quarter has been renovated and now offers restaurants, bars, and shopping as well as nearby PETCO Park, home of the San Diego Padres baseball team.

  • Go to a different country. The city of San Diego borders Tijuana, Mexico and crossing the border is extremely easy. Take the Tijuana trolley from San Diego and walk across the border via a pedestrian bridge.

Use Your Travel Itinerary to Help Book Tickets to San Diego

  • Consider your desired activities before booking train tickets. Since the trip from Los Angeles to San Diego is short, you can plan your trip around your excursions. Amtrak trains leave as early as 6:05 a.m. on weekdays and 7:20 a.m. on weekends.

  • Take advantage of Amtrak's bus services. Amtrak offers bus service from the San Diego station to terminals at both Sea World and the San Diego Zoo. Leaving Los Angeles on the earliest train and using the bus service could get you to either location by 11:00 a.m.

Use Discounts When Traveling between Los Angeles and San Diego

  • Know about available discounts when traveling with children. Children under the age of 2 ride for free, and children ages 2 to 15 travel for half price with an adult. There is an AAA discount for children as well.

  • Know about other Amtrak discounts. Active military personnel as well as veterans are eligible for discounts, as are seniors and members of the National Association of Rail Passengers.

  • Apply discounts when you book your tickets. Use the Amtrak Web site to purchase discounted tickets or use a Quik-Trak ticket kiosk, available at most stations.

Tips & Warnings

  • Ticket packages are available that include admission to all San Diego theme parks at a discounted rate.
  • To book train travel From Los Angeles To San Diego, call Amtrak at 1-800-USA-RAIL or visit the Web site listed in "Resources."
  • Be aware that crossing into Mexico means there will be different laws and regulations.
  • Discounts are only available if you book at least three days in advance.
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