A Day of Fun at the Del Mar Race Track

The 2017 summer Del Mar Racing season is underway, and it’s easy to get to the fun on the Pacific Surfliner.

The seaside Del Mar Race Track opened in 1937 with Bing Crosby (one of the founding members) personally greeting guests as they arrived. It’s also the site of a famously close Seabiscuit race. During the season, there are races every day except for Monday and Tuesday, with special activities scheduled for the weekends.

Getting to the track is easy on the Pacific Surfliner. Hop onboard for a beautiful trip along the coast to Solana Beach. Riders ages 21 and over can enjoy a craft beer, Mimosa, Bloody Mary or specialty cocktail from the Café Car. After arriving at the station, catch the shuttle – it’s free for train riders and is offered on days when there are races or concerts.

Follow These Tips for a Successful Ride

Saturday and Sunday are very popular days to head to the racetrack on the Pacific Surfliner, and, at times, trains can be busy. Here are some helpful tips to make the most of your trip:

Pacific-Surfliner-Enjoy-Business-Class Upgrade to Business Class
Consider upgrading to Business Class 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 expected to be crowded, 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.

Expected Seating Availability

The table below shows the trains that we expect will be busier than others. Due to the nature of Unreserved Seating, this information is an estimate based on on projections, and is subject to change. View schedules for all trains here.

Date Busier Trains (Between Los Angeles and San Diego)
Trains not listed below may be better options
Friday, August 18 Southbound Trains: 580, 582, 784, 790
Northbound Trains: 763, 769, 777, 785, 591, 595
Saturday, August 19 Southbound Trains: 1566, 768, 572, 774
Northbound Trains: 769, 573, 785, 591, 595
Sunday, August 20 Southbound Trains: –
Northbound Trains: 769, 573, 785, 591, 595
Key: Heavy Crowds Expected, Moderate
Note: Information above as of August 17, 2017.

Minor Weekend Schedule Adjustments For the Summer

Please note that minor schedule adjustments are in effect during the Del Mar Racing Season due to higher demand. Southbound Trains 768 and 572, as well as Northbound Trains 583 and 591, will operate on a different schedule on Saturdays and Sundays now through September 4. Special schedules are indicated in the timetables.

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