Amtrak is awesome not just for traveling outside of SD but just to go and get the railroad experience. The staff has always been friendly, helpful, and fun. Seats are comfortable. The bathrooms on the trains are clean. There is plenty of space. The dining car is always stocked. The prices are extremely reasonable by comparison. Plus I still think they do the buy one, friend rides free thing. Overall an easy to get to, enjoy and pleasurable experience. Plus Amtrak makes it easy just to make it a dinner date anywhere in SoCal. A trip from SD to Downtown LA takes about 2.5 hours and its a quick walk from Union Station to Olvera Street or Chinatown where there are awesome restaurants. And you don't even have to travel that far. Stop off in OC somewhere or near the Lagunas or even North County if the Coaster is packed. I never have trouble finding a good seat on the Amtrak and there are many choices in cars to choose from when you get on. Single level, bi level whatever floats your boat. I highly recommend trying it out. It's a good alternative to driving.
Posted: 8/24/2008 • Link to this review
I took amtrak from san diego to san jose which was a big mistake. I had to transfer in los angeles and take an amtrak bus to san jose and then coming back i took a bus to san luis obispo,transferred to a train to los angeles,and then in los angeles took another tain to san diego. would have been faster to drive myself.
Posted: 3/21/2007 • Last edited: 1/02/2008 • Link to this review
I love taking the Amtrak when traveling. It reminds me how transportation was long ago. The attendants were really nice and was able to accomodate me to my needs. I recommend anyone who travels to use the Amtrak. It was very comfortable and affordable!
Posted: 12/09/2006 • Last edited: 1/02/2008 • Link to this review
It's too bad that americans don't use the rail system as much as the europeans do. Amtrak's cross country routes are stunning and the CA coastal route is definitely worth taking.
Posted: 9/15/2006 • Last edited: 1/02/2008 • Link to this review