NOTE: The Rail2Rail program with Metrolink is not valid for the replacement bus service operating between Oceanside and Irvine. Metrolink Monthly Pass holders may ride Pacific Surfliner trains between the station pairs of their pass, as far south as San Juan Capistrano. The Rail2Rail program with Metrolink will resume to Oceanside once the tracks reopen. Learn More

Metrolink, COASTER, and Pacific Surfliner riders can choose from more departure options through the Rail 2 Rail® Program. Metrolink and NCTD Monthly Pass holders can travel on Pacific Surfliner trains, within the station pairs of their pass, at no additional charge. Similarly, Pacific Surfliner Monthly Pass holders may also ride any Metrolink or COASTER train, within the station pairs on their pass, at no additional charge.



Blackout Dates

The program was started to complement Metrolink's and the North County Transit District’s (NCTD’s) schedule options using Pacific Surfliner trains that had additional capacity. Because there are certain dates when travel demand increases, the program is suspended around major holidays and special events.

Blackout dates apply on the following dates:

  • Memorial Day weekend: Friday through Tuesday (May 27-31, 2022)
  • Independence Day weekend: Friday through Tuesday (July 1-5, 2022)
  • Comic-Con and the first weekend of Del Mar horse racing season (July 20-25, 2022)
  • Labor Day weekend: Friday through Tuesday (September 2-6, 2022)
  • Week of Thanksgiving: Wednesday through Monday (November 23-28, 2022)

Additional dates may be added if needed.


Shared Service Trains on Metrolink’s Ventura County Line

Pacific Surfliner Trains 761, 770, 777, and 784 are considered “shared service” trains between Los Angeles and Oxnard. All Metrolink tickets (one-way, round-trip, 7-day and monthly passes) are accepted on those trains at any time (not subject to the same blackout dates as the Rail 2 Rail Program). These trains make additional stops between Los Angeles and Oxnard - please note that Amtrak tickets cannot be purchased to/from Burbank Downtown and Northridge at this time - these stops are customers with a Metrolink ticket. 


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Explore the Pacific Surfliner

The Pacific Surfliner serves stations in San Diego, Orange, Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo counties.

All Pacific Surfliner trains feature reclining seats as well as power outlets, free Wi-Fi, restrooms, bike and luggage racks, large picture windows, and an onboard market-style café.

Browse through our blog articles for trip ideas, tips, upcoming events, news, and other information about the Pacific Surfliner.