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What is the usual schedule for Amtrak trains running between San Diego and Los Angeles?

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As of April 2015, the Pacific Surfliner train has 12 daily departures that run between San Diego and Los Angeles. Passengers arriving at one of these cities between two to five in the morning may be scheduled for the 5818 Thruway Bus instead.

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Pacific Surfliner departures from both cities begin at about 6:00 a.m. and end at about 10:00 p.m., though there is overnight Thruway bus service on most days for passengers on an overnight schedule. The trains depart roughly every hour and a half to two hours. An exact schedule for the Pacific Surfliner can be downloaded from Amtrak's website.

Departures are from Union Station in Los Angeles and the Amtrak station in San Diego. The trip by train takes roughly three hours. The trip by bus is slightly longer.

Since the train services many popular surfing destinations, it is equipped with special racks that can hold surfboards as well as bicycles. Checked bags are allowed and free Wi-Fi is available on every train. Some trains also have snack cars.

Other major stops along the line are at San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura and Anaheim. The overall length of the trip from end to end is five hours and 45 minutes.

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