Comic-Con International returned San Diego July 21-24 with a full schedule of events, including workshops, panels, film screenings, and competitions. Amtrak Pacific Surfliner trains saw a surge of travelers heading to San Diego on the train. To accommodate the increased travel demand, we added extra equipment to our trains and are also operated an additional round-trip.
Why is the train a popular travel option to Comic-Con?
- Cruise past freeway traffic
- Use your travel time to plan out your convention itinerary, take photos, relax, or connect with other comic-book and pop culture fans
- Enjoy iconic Southern California scenery
- No need to search for and pay for parking in downtown
- Arrive on the train within walking distance to events
- Rest your feet and your mind on the ride home instead of driving
Expanded service and capacity
Additional train cars were available on Southbound Train 770 and Northbound Train 591 since these trains were expected to have more riders. In addition, two special Pacific Surfliner trips were offered July 21-24:
- Train 568 was scheduled to depart Los Angeles at 9:10 a.m. and arrive in San Diego at 12:04 p.m., making all stops in between
- Train 589 was scheduled to depart San Diego at 6:01 p.m. and arrive in Los Angeles at 9:26 p.m., making all stops in between
Trips for a great train ride during peak travel periods
- Book Business Class: Riders in Business Class receive a guaranteed seat and other perks, like complimentary snacks and drinks. There are a limited number of Business Class seats available on each train, and they may sell out, so book early to secure your spot. Seating in Unreserved Coach is available on a first-come, first-served basis, and may be standing room only for portions of the trip on busier trains.
- Ride at off-peak times: Southbound trains that depart midmorning and Northbound trains that depart in the late afternoon/early evening tend to be the busiest. Based on historic ridership numbers, Trains 774 and 580 are typically good options for traveling south, and Trains 583 and 595 are typically good options for traveling north. Thursday, Saturday, and Monday are better options for traveling to and from the convention.
- Enjoy ticket flexibility: Follow @PacSurfliners on Twitter for train status alerts, including notifications regarding which trains we expect to be particularly busy. With an Unreserved Coach ticket, you can choose to take an earlier or later train at no charge if the one you were planning to take is expected to be crowded.
- Travel with peace of mind: Sanitizing stations are available at key locations onboard all Pacific Surfliner trains including alcohol-based hand sanitizer, antibacterial surface wipes, and packaged cleansing towelettes. Masks are not required onboard Pacific Surfliner trains, but we encourage anyone who wants to wear one to do so.
Stay connected with us on social media for travel tips, trip inspiration, and more. Service alerts are shared throughout the convention on Twitter @PacSurfliners. We’re also active on Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok. Share photos of your trip on our pages or use #PacificSurfliner.