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$100 Train Ride Through California

Amtrak's coast hugging train

You can now see a gorgeous stretch of the pacific coast by train for under $100! Amtrak's coast hugging train goes from San Diego to San Luis Obispo. With in between stops at some of southern california's most beautiful towns.

The full stretch from San Diego to San Luis Obispo takes approximately 5 hours and 45 minutes. But be sure to book multi city stops to get the most out of your railroad advent.

The best part? These particular trains have special bicycle racks (reservations required). Giving riders an excellent excuse to explore your stopover destinations by pedal.

Some notable surfliner stops include:

  • San Clemente Pier
  • A picturesque place to watch the sunset
  • Anaheim (Hello, Disneyland!)
  • Oxnard, known for its strawberry fields and strawberry festival in May. 
Recently you could find $61 fares for a straight shot from San Diego to San Luis Obispo. With stops in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, the rate is $103. Need further proof of the surfliner's superiority to automobile transport?

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