Extra Pacific Surfliner Service and Capacity Added for Comic-Con

San Diego Comic-ConMore than 160,000 people are expected to visit San Diego this week for Comic-Con International. The four-day convention has grown to be the largest of its kind in the world, with a 460,000 square foot exhibit hall and more than 700 events, including workshops, panels, film screenings and competitions.

This is one of the busiest weeks on the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner, as fans of comic books and pop culture, industry professionals and even cosplayers fill the trains to and from the convention. Last year, more than 47,000 passengers chose to ride with us!

This year, the convention falls on the same weekend as the start of the summer racing season at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, so trains are expected to be even busier between Los Angeles and San Diego from July 19 to 23, 2017.

Pacific Surfliner in Irvine

Extra Round-Trip Added

To help accommodate the surge in travelers, Amtrak has added extra Pacific Surfliner trains between Los Angeles and San Diego.

  • Train 568 will depart Los Angeles at 8:50 a.m. on July 19, 20 and 21, 2017, making all Amtrak stops to San Diego, arriving at 12:45 p.m.
  • Train 1568 will depart Los Angeles at 10:00 a.m. on July 22 and 23, 2017, making all Amtrak stops to San Diego, arriving at 1:16 p.m.
  • Train 593 will depart San Diego at 7:51 p.m. on July 19, 20, 21, 22 and 23, 2017, making all Amtrak stops to Los Angeles, arriving at 10:53 p.m.

Extra seating has also been added to select trains to increase capacity, but peak trains will still be extremely crowded between Los Angeles and San Diego.

Note: The Rail 2 Rail program with Metrolink and the North County Transit District will be suspended between Wednesday, July 19 and Sunday, July 23, 2017. Metrolink and COASTER passes will not be accepted on Pacific Surfliner trains during this period.

Follow These Tips for a Successful Ride

Pacific-Surfliner-Enjoy-Business-Class Upgrade to Business Class
Business Class seats are selling out quickly. Consider upgrading to Business Class if tickets are still available to have a guaranteed seat and other perks, such as a fully refundable ticket if canceled prior to departure, bonus points for Amtrak Guest Rewards members; complimentary beverages and light snacks; and more.
Pacific-Surfliner-Unreserved-Ticket Choose to Ride Other Trains with Your Unreserved Ticket
If the train you were planning to take is full, consider taking an earlier or later train without having to make any changes to your Unreserved Coach ticket. There is service almost hourly between Los Angeles and San Diego, providing many options. Follow @PacSurfliners on Twitter for status updates.
Pacific-Surfliner-Solana-Beach Be at the Station Early
Give yourself plenty of time to park, gather your belongings, and make your way to the station platform. For southbound trains, Business Class is located at the front of the train. In San Diego, northbound passengers may line up in a designated area prior to boarding – the earlier you line up, the better chance you have of getting a seat.
Pacific-Surfliner-Schedule-Baggage Check Your Luggage If Possible
If you are traveling from a station with luggage service, you can check your bags instead of carrying them onboard. Stations are marked on the schedule with a suitcase.
Purchase tickets on the Amtrak app

Purchase Your Ticket Beforehand
Station agents will be busy, so it’s best to book your tickets at PacificSurfliner.com, 1-800-USA-Rail, or the Amtrak app.

Expected Seating Availability

Due to the nature of Unreserved Seating, the information below is an estimate only based on projections, and is subject to change. Updates will be posted on the @PacSurfliners Twitter account.

Date Trains (Between Los Angeles and San Diego)
In order of departure time from earliest to latest
Thursday, July 20 Southbound Trains
562, 564, 566, 568, 768, 572, 774, 580, 582, 784, 790, 592, 796
Northbound Trains
761, 763, 565, 567, 769, 573, 777, 579, 583, 785, 591, 593, 595
Friday, July 21 Southbound Trains
562, 564, 566, 568, 768, 572, 774, 580, 582, 784, 790, 592, 796
Northbound Trains
761, 763, 565, 567, 769, 573, 777, 579, 583, 785, 591, 593, 595
Saturday, July 22 Southbound Trains
562, 564, 1566, 1568, 768, 572, 774, 580, 582, 784, 1790, 592, 796
Northbound Trains
1761, 763, 565, 1567, 769, 573, 777, 579, 583, 785, 591, 593, 595
Sunday, July 23 Southbound Trains
562, 564, 1566, 1568, 768, 572, 774, 580, 582, 784, 1790, 592, 796
Northbound Trains
1761, 763, 565, 1567, 769, 573, 777, 579, 583, 785, 591, 593, 595
Key: Heavy Crowds Expected, Moderate, Better Option

Learn more at PacificSurfliner.com.

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