The Perks of Business Class

You may have taken a trip on the Pacific Surfliner, but have you ever tried riding in Business Class? Treat yourself to an upgraded experience with a few extra perks.

Seating
The Pacific Surfliner unreserved Coach seats are already spacious, but the Business Class car has even more legroom so you can really stretch and relax. Even better, Business Class riders are guaranteed a seat, which is helpful especially on busy trains which could be standing room only during parts of the trip. And because it’s located at one end of the train, there tends to be less foot-traffic in Business Class, resulting in a more private atmosphere.

Business Class Seats Business Class Group Seats

Snacks and Drinks
We have a great Café Car with fresh food, craft beers, cocktails and more available for purchase. In the Business Class car, riders can also enjoy complimentary snacks and drinks. Each morning, there is coffee, tea, water and juice, as well as pastries from a local bakery. In the afternoons, riders receive a snack pack as well as a soft drink or glass of wine! Our new snack pack comes in a nice box, with sea salt pita chips, hummus, trail mix, chocolate chip cookies and a mint taffy!

Business Class Morning Snacks Business Class Snack Pack

Other Benefits
Business Class also has a dedicated attendant on most trains, who can answer questions and assist with luggage. There are also free newspapers, and just like the rest of the train, free Wi-Fi.

The perks of Business Class extend beyond the train, starting at the moment you book your trip. Amtrak Guest Rewards members (who earn points with each Amtrak trip they take), get a 25% qualifying point bonus when booking in Business Class. Create an account and start collecting points for a free trip or other rewards.

Not only that, but Business Class passengers starting or ending in Los Angeles get special access to the Amtrak Metropolitan Lounge, located at the station on the second floor. It has complimentary coffee, tea, soft drinks and snacks. Relax on the comfy sofas, watch some TV, read a newspaper or use the free Wi-Fi!

We’d Like to Hear from You
Which benefits are the most important to you, and what else would you like to see on the train? The LOSSAN Rail Corridor Agency and Amtrak are exploring potential improvements to the Pacific Surfliner Business Class service. Please take five minutes to complete a survey to provide your feedback.

Learn more about Business Class here.

26 comments

  1. hi there,
    a kiwi traveling form san diego – los angeles on thursday june 29th , I thought a train journey would be more interesting than plane. A couple of questions:
    Am i best to book online or once in America?
    I am a keen photographer, how do I best secure a window seat? and is their a scenic lounge?
    I am 67 (02/27/1950) do i get a seniors discount if from another country than USA?

    many thankks for your early reply and any assistance you can offer
    k. strathdee

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    1. Hi Keith, thanks for reaching out! You will love the journey between San Diego to Los Angeles. There are beautiful ocean views and I’m sure you’ll have many photo opportunities! There isn’t a way to book a window seat in advance, but since the train starts in San Diego, you have a better chance of finding an available window seat. The best way to do so is to arrive at the station early — there is an area where people line up. If you are near the front of the line, you’ll have an excellent chance of getting a window seat! You can also book your trip for mid-day when it’s not as busy. Another option is to book a Business Class ticket – this is an upgraded experience where you get snacks and a beverage. You also get a guaranteed seat, but this perk isn’t as important since you are boarding at the first station before it gets crowded. There is a separate line for Business Class, but it’s still a good idea to arrive early to be at the front of the line. I’d suggest booking online in advance at amtrak.com. Discounts for riders ages 62 and older are available. If you book an Unreserved Coach Seat, you can use your ticket to ride an earlier or later train if you’d like – it doesn’t have to be for the train you select in the booking process, offering great flexibility. If you book a Business Class ticket, you would need to call our 800 number in advance to change your reservation. There is not a lounge in San Diego but the station is in the heart of downtown, close to many attractions. Los Angeles has a special lounge for people who ride in Business Class or who are taking long-distance trains (to the Bay Area, Oregon, Chicago and more). You are welcome to connect with us on Facebook, where we post photos, tips and other content! This was a lot of information, so please let us know if you have any questions! We’re happy to help.

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  2. First time user: I want to purchase a Southbound, Business Class Ticket Sat in San Louis Obispo, CA, one way to San Diego, schedule shows train leave about 1 PM San Louis Obispo, Sat. Do you have a 1-800 phone number to call, or just buy the ticket at the Station? Are there open tickets.

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  3. Whoever is in charge of this question forum, you have impeccable customer service! Wow ! So excited for my trip down on fourth of July . Thank you .

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  4. We are planning to try a train ride going to San Diego together with our kids ages 5 and 1. Just wondering if stroller is allowed inside the train? And do you have trips going to SF?

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    1. Hi Chris, strollers may be required to be checked depending on the size – anything more than 50 pounds or longer than 100 inches when folded needs to be checked. Stations that accept checked baggage are marked with a suitcase on our schedule, which can be downloaded from our website. You can also learn more about our everyday discounts, which include a 50% discount for kids ages 12 and younger. The Pacific Surfliner only travels between San Diego and San Luis Obispo. To travel further north to the Bay Area, you would need to transfer to the Coast Starlight, a long-distance Amtrak train that travels between Los Angeles and Seattle. Please let us know if you have any other questions!

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  5. Looking to take a scenic trip from Fullerton to San Jose. Does the Sunliner go all the way up the coast to San Jose or are there layovers and transfers involved? If so how many and where and what would the total time be. Thanks

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    1. Hi Frank, the Pacific Surfliner only travels as far north as San Luis Obispo. You can catch an Amtrak Thruway bus in either San Luis Obispo or Santa Barbara and ride all the way to San Jose. Or, you can transfer to the Coast Starlight (a long-distance Amtrak train) at certain stations between LA and San Luis Obispo. It travels up to San Jose on its way to the Bay area, Portland, Seattle and other destinations. In any case, it looks like it would be around a 10 hour day. Please let us know if you have any other questions!

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  6. Hello,

    Ill be on a weekend trip soon from San Diego to LA. Is it aloud to bring on a bottle of wine, open and drink it when sitting in business class?

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    1. Hi Shaun, you can bring your own food and non-alcoholic beverages onboard, but you cannot bring any kind of alcohol including wine. Riders in Business Class (after noon) receive a complimentary glass of wine. You can also head to our Cafe car to purchase wine, craft beer, cocktails and more. Let us know if you have any other questions!

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  7. Hi. I’m from the U.K, wanting to travel from Anaheim to San Diego on the 7th August. Could you please tell me if I book business class tickets while still in the U.K how do I get my tickets?
    Many Thanks

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    1. Hi Lisa, no problem! You can book your tickets at pacificsurfliner.com/#tickets . Whether you choose “Unreserved Coach” or “Business Class”, your tickets can be delivered electronically via e-mail. Just save the e-tickets on your phone or print them out, and show it to the conductor upon request. Please let us know if you have any other questions. You will love the trip to San Diego – beautiful ocean views!

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  8. Is there assigned seating in Business Class? If traveling with another person, can we sit together or is it whatever seats are available?

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    1. Hi Michelle, in Business Class you are guaranteed a seat, but they are not assigned. Where are you planning to board? The earlier along the route you are, the better the chance that you will get two seats together! It also depends on how busy the train is.

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  9. Hello!
    I am taking the surfliner in business class from camarillo to union station – I understand there is wine and a snackpack…? Are these at the seat or you go to retrieve them? Just need a little more information.

    Love the train!

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      1. If my train leaves at 11:03am, will they hand out wine / snack packs for Biz Class at noon? Or will there be none at all throughout the trip?

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      2. Hi Kiat! The attendant should distribute snack packs and wine to all Business Class riders after 12:00 p.m. as long is the train is still en route. Breakfast items will be available before then. Let us know if you have any other questions! 🙂

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  10. Hello,
    Planning a sight seeing ride from San Diego to San Luis Obispo.
    1.Are there days of the week or times of the day that are NOT as busy?
    2.What is the “on time” rate like? Should we allow for a delay along the way?
    3.If we get a Northbound window seat, will the left side seats face the ocean the entire trip? Or is there some type of reversing of coaches in L.A.?
    4.If you buy a ticket for the San Diego to San Luis Obispo trip, do you have to remain on board for entire trip or can you depart train at a stop for a period of time and re-board with the same ticket? Or do I just have to buy separate tickets for each station I want to stop at along the way?
    5. Can I bring a carry-on size piece of luggage on board the train?

    Thanks, Joe

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    1. Hi Joe, your best bet is to ride mid-week — Fridays and Sundays tend to be our busier days, especially in the summer. There are two daily trips that go from San Diego to San Luis Obispo without any connections – Train 761, which leaves very early (at 4 a.m.) but arrives around 1 p.m., and Train 777, which leaves around noon and arrives a little after 8:30 p.m. Typically our trains run fairly on time – if they are behind schedule it usually isn’t by much. Of course, lengthier delays can be possible but again, these are more rare. The train changes directions in Los Angeles, so if you are on the left side (closest to the ocean) from San Diego, you will want to swap sides when the train is stopped in LA. The scenery between Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo is breathtaking, and you will definitely want to make sure you are on the ocean side! If you buy a standard round-trip ticket, yes, you will stay on the train the whole time. We also offer multi-city tickets, where you can set up your trip in segments. For example, you can ride from San Diego to Los Angeles, and then to Santa Barbara, and then to San Luis Obispo. Of course, since you plan to travel the whole route, you’d probably want to do this over the course of a couple days. And your last question – yes, you can bring two personal items (14″ x 11″ x 7″, up to 25 pounds each) and two carry-on items (28″ x 22″ x 11″, up to 50 pounds each). Please let us know if you have any other questions. 🙂

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      1. Can I take a “Monday” 9:20 AM (769) train from San Diego and exit to the Santa Barbara station at 3:20. Spend several hours in Santa Barbara, then get the 5:44PM (777) train to San Luis Obispo and arrive their at 8:36PM ?Two separate tickets of course.
        Will that time of day on a Monday, getting on in Santa Barbara going northbound, limit may chance of getting a window seat to San Luis Obispo?

        Thanks, Joe

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      2. Hi Joe, you can certainly do that. Instead of getting separate tickets, select “Multi-City” when booking your tickets online. It lets you plan your trip in multiple segments in the same transaction. Train 777 north of LA doesn’t look like it will be too busy, so you have pretty good chances of getting a window seat. Train 761 is another great option, but it departs Santa Barbara at 10:22 a.m., so you’d have to either leave San Diego on that same train VERY early or do it over two days.

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  11. There’s 4 senior ladies planning on taking the train from the Moorpark station bound for San Diego on a Monday morning.
    If any, what prior stations will be the stops before Moorpark? How many hours trip will this be?

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    1. Good afternoon, Belinda, we have three southbound trains each day that stop in Moorpark. It’s near the middle of our corridor, so before arriving in Moorpark the train travels through San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties. You can view a list of all of our stations on our website. The trip from Moorpark to San Diego takes a little less than five hours. You’d most likely take the 8:08 a.m. train from Moorpark and arrive in San Diego at 12:49 p.m. Please let us know if you have any questions!

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