You may have taken a trip on the Pacific Surfliner, but have you ever tried riding in Business Class? Learn about the advantages of upgrading.


The Pacific Surfliner unreserved Coach seats are already spacious, but most Business Class cars have even more legroom so you can really stretch and relax. Even better, Business Class riders are guaranteed a seat, which is helpful especially on busy trains which could be standing room only during parts of the trip. And because Business Class is located at one end of the train, there tends to be less foot-traffic, resulting in a more private atmosphere.

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Snacks and Drinks

In Business Class, riders can enjoy complimentary snacks and drinks. Each morning, there is coffee, tea, water, and juice, as well as pastries from a local bakery. In the afternoon, riders receive a snack pack as well as a soft drink or glass of wine! Snack pack contents vary, but typically include chips or crackers, cookies, cheese, trail mix and more. For more food and drink options, head to our onboard Market Café to browse a selection of fresh sandwiches and salads, snacks, sweets, craft beers, cocktails, and other items available for purchase. 

Other Benefits

Business Class also has a dedicated attendant on most trains, who can answer questions and assist with luggage. There are also free newspapers, and just like the rest of the train, free Wi-Fi.

The perks of Business Class extend beyond the train, starting when you book your trip. Amtrak Guest Rewards members (who earn points with each Amtrak trip they take), get a 25% qualifying point bonus when booking in Business Class. Create an account and start collecting points for a free trip or other rewards.

How to Book

When booking online or in the app, simply select "Business Class Seat" for the train you are purchasing a ticket for. Tickets can also be purchased by visiting an Amtrak ticket window inside staffed stations, or by calling 800-USA-RAIL.

The number of Business Class seats on each train is limited, so book your trip early, especially if you are traveling when trains are expected to be busy, such as during Comic-Con or the summer Del Mar Racing Season.

Your Business Class seat is tied to the train you book your ticket for, so if your plans change and you need to take a different train, call 800-USA-RAIL in advance of your trip.

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