The fall season at the Del Mar Race Track will begin on November 1, and with it comes the Breeder’s Cup, which will be hosted at the Del Mar Rack Track for the first time ever. Get to the fun with a coastal trip 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 generally races from Thursday to Sunday, 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.
Saturday and Sunday are very popular days to head to the racetrack on the Pacific Surfliner, and, at times, trains can be busy. Large crowds are also expected on Friday, November 3 and Saturday, November 4 for the Breeder’s Cup. Reservations are required on all Pacific Surfliner trains between Friday, November 3 and Saturday, November 4 to accommodate the surge of travelers.
Here are some helpful tips to make the most of your trip:
|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.
|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. (Note: This does not apply to Pacific Surfliner trains that require reservations during Breeders’ Cup on November 3-4, 2017.)
|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.
|Check Your Luggage If Possible|
|Purchase Your Ticket Beforehand
It’s best to book your tickets in advance at PacificSurfliner.com, 1-800-USA-Rail, or the Amtrak app.