Extra Pacific Surfliner Service and Capacity Added for Comic-Con

San Diego Comic-ConMore than 160,000 people visited San Diego last 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.

The week of Comic-Con is typically 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 fell on the same weekend as the start of the summer racing season at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, so trains were 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 between July 19 and 23, 2017, Amtrak added extra Pacific Surfliner trains between Los Angeles and San Diego.

  • Train 568 departed 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 departed 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 departed 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 was also been added to select trains to increase capacity, but peak trains were still be extremely crowded between Los Angeles and San Diego. The Rail 2 Rail program with Metrolink and the North County Transit District was suspended between Wednesday, July 19 and Sunday, July 23, 2017. Metrolink and COASTER passes were not accepted on Pacific Surfliner trains during this period.

Follow These Tips for a Successful Ride When Trains Are Busy

Pacific-Surfliner-Enjoy-Business-Class Upgrade to Business Class
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.
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
It’s best to book your tickets in advance at PacificSurfliner.com, 1-800-USA-Rail, or the Amtrak app.

Learn more at PacificSurfliner.com.

Pacific Surfliner Comic

Updated July 24, 2017.


  1. The “better option” listed about was horrendous. Standing room only. I was fortunate enough to find a step to sit on between Oceanside and Anaheim. Based on the number of (drunk) Angels fans that exited the train in Anaheim, your organization vastly underestimated the impact of the Redsox vs Angels game. This only compounded the Comicon issues. This isn’t absolutely unacceptable treatment of your passengers. I paid for my ticket on line a month in advance. There was. I warning at that time of these issues but I guarantee that the game and Comicon and the races were known about at that time.
    I used to enjoy this trip and found it to be a great way of avoiding freeway traffic. Not anymore. It will be a long while before I attempt this again. What a waste of a day.


    1. Hi Lisa, we apologize for the unpleasant conditions during your trip. Please know that the week of Comic-Con is one of our busiest of the year, and we added extra service and capacity using all available equipment. We take special events such as baseball games and the horse races into account when planning out which trains should have the extra equipment. The information provided in this article was based on ticket sales and historical data, however, due to the nature of unreserved tickets, riders were able to take earlier or later trains, which could explain why your train was so much busier than expected. Again, we apologize that you did not enjoy your time on the train. Please feel welcome to contact Amtrak with more information and request compensation.


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