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Los Angeles airport to Encinitas by train

Shanghai, China
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Los Angeles airport to Encinitas by train
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Hi -

My husband and I are planning to travel to Encinatas in late 2019. How to reach the city from LAX? Is it better to make a first stop in LA for 1 or 2 nights before heading there (out of convenience)?

We will not have a car - we've been travelling like this for years, even in places where it was strongly advised not to go without cars - and it was fine. We are slow travellers. But how to reach the destination is the topic haha!

Thanks for your advice.

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Well, USA's train service is not as good as other countries, such as China. If you insist...

You did not state the time and day-of-week of your arrival to LAX. It makes a difference.

In general: you can take a Flyaway Bus from LAX airport to Los Angeles Union Station. From there, Amtrak runs a train line called Pacific Surfliner to San Diego. But it does not stop at the Encinitas train station. You would need to alight at Solana Beach Station, then take a Uber ride or something to Encinitas. It is about 4 to 5 miles.

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner schedule:

https://www.amtrak.com/content/dam/projects/dotcom/english/public/documents/timetables/Pacific-Surfliner-Schedule-W31-100818.pdf

If a weekday, during commuting hours, you can take the commuter trains. But the journey will be broken into 2 parts.

Metrolink from Los Angeles Union Station to Oceanside Station (end of line) by Orange County Line. Schedule here:

https://metrolinktrains.com/globalassets/rider-info/rail2rail_timetable_oceanside_04.03.17.pdf

Then see if you can connect to Coaster from Oceanside to Encinitas:

https://gonctd.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/COASTER-Schedule-Flyer-April-2019.pdf

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Thank you for all those links, it is very helpful. I will look into it.

We are also eventually thinking as Option 2 to fly directly to San Diego instead of LAX. It seems to make our trip to Encinitas easier and less stressful on the way back to catch the plane.

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