Public transportation is quite underrated in San Diego. Since everyone in Southern California is so spoiled with plenty of wide highways and the thought that it is necessary to own a car, often our public transportation is overlooked by the locals. Whether you live here or not, it’s safe to say that getting to and from North County from Downtown San Diego is a breeze! Not to mention, quite relaxing.
The Santa Fe Downtown station is convenienly located near the harbor on Broadway and Pacific Coast Highway. Take a trolley to America Plaza, hop on a bus, or drive and park at one of the nearby parking lots. Santa Fe Depot is a beautifully designed Spanish Colonial Revival building that was built to welcome visitors to the 1915 Panama-California Exposition that was held in Balboa Park. Grab your ticket at one of the self-serve machines in the middle of the tracks and wait for your train. Make sure to get there at least 20 minutes early because these trains are on-point when it comes to arriving and departing on time.
Once on the train, a quartet of seats faces each other, so you and another 3 friends can catch up as you enjoy your ride along the coast. Choose from a seat on the bottom floor or the second level! Alcoholic beverages can also be brought on board if you wish to enjoy a beer or champagne with snacks. The cabins are kept very clean, and all of the staff members are very nice and eager to help you get to where you’re trying to go. If you choose to hop on board during rush hour, just make sure to get there early enough if you wish to sit together with your group. Tickets are fairly reasonable. From Downtown to Carlsbad, it only costs a mere $13 round-trip! That’s not bad, considering how quickly you get there without the headache of traffic and driving.
Once in Carlsbad, the Village is a pleasant area to walk around in, shop, dine, and check out the surf at the beach merely a few blocks away. Throughout the year, the coastal village hosts many community events and fairs. Check out their calendar to stay on top of what’s new in Carlsbad.
Coaster Rail: San Diego to Oceanside Schedule
Santa Fe Depot Coaster Station: 1050 Kettner Blvd, San Diego, 92101.