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Santa Fe Depot

Train Station, Light Rail Station, and Train
Central San Diego, San Diego
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  • Alex M.
    "Bring your own mifi, cause the amtrak free one is over subscribed"(12 Tips)
    Steve K.
    "Business class is so worth it!"(10 Tips)
    Josh H.
    "Only travel business ... Worth the extra money"(2 Tips)
    LA Strikers F.
    "Biz class is totally worth it."(2 Tips)
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  • Kate F.
    Kate FlynnOctober 13
    Not warm welcome from baggage counter - bag was 0.15 lb over limit. "You'll have to pay for excess," said with a scowl. I open bag & take out book. "It'll still be excess." It wasn't but scowl stayed.
  • Nelly T.
    There's no signs or staff to let you know here to take the cbx shuttle but just wait near the benches outside the station before the corner of the street
  • Guillermo F.
    Guillermo FloresJune 17, 2016
    Excelent spot. Nice station, functional, well connected. The place to go to plan a spontaneous trip. All shuttles from hotels and airports (tj and San Diego) can make stop here.
  • Kevin W.
    Kevin WilliamsSeptember 12, 2015
    One of the great SoCal historical monuments. So simple to just Board and go. Way better than the airport.
  • Edzel R.
    Edzel RebamontanJuly 13, 2015
    Off to L.A.
  • Deborrah R.
    Deborrah RayMarch 28, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Coaster tickets are eligible for some Amtrak train rides, check the schedule for a less expensive train ride with Amtrak comfort:)
  • Sebastian M.
    Sebastian MichaelisMarch 6, 2015
    Always arrive early. Never when the doors are closing and expect to board. Everyone is on a tight schedule and they wont hold the train for anyone.
  • Sebastian M.
    Sebastian MichaelisMarch 6, 2015
    For Michelle: The building is coming up on its 100 year birthday. There no wonder why there are not any working plugs. And second Amtrak does not own the building!
  • Tami R.
    Tami RicoFebruary 17, 2015
    Headed home! Lovely day in balboa park.
  • Jay K.
    Jay KuoAugust 10, 2014
    No one checking tickets on metro during Comic Con.
  • Matthew C.
    Matthew CoxJuly 26, 2014
    Located directly across the street from the cruise terminal.
  • Michele
    MicheleJuly 14, 2014
    No electronic plugs in station. #fail
  • AprilMaria D.
    AprilMaria DonnellyJune 12, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Be sure to sit on left side of train heading northbound...window seat for awesome water views
  • Aolani S.
    Aolani SmytheOctober 30, 2013
    Beautiful day in a lovely train station !! All aboard!! Enjoying this work travel in finest city San Diego ~
  • Jeffrey-Ryan B.
    Jeffrey-Ryan B.October 21, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    This is the final stop for all Southbound Amtrak trains and the origin of all Northbound Amtrak trains, checked baggage service as well as a ticket counter available
  • Jeffrey-Ryan B.
    Jeffrey-Ryan B.October 14, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    This is the start for all Northbound trains and the final stop for all Southbound trains... Business Class gets to board before Unreserved Coach and make sure your ticket says Business Class! xx
  • Nanc D.
    Nanc DingmanSeptember 8, 2013
    Crabs suck.
  • Nanc D.
    Nanc DingmanSeptember 1, 2013
    Great seats and electric plugs for electronics..awesome.
  • Nanc D.
    Nanc DingmanSeptember 1, 2013
    Great day on the Surfline train.
  • Nanc D.
    Nanc DingmanAugust 31, 2013
    Nice and cool on this hot day!
  • Keith H.
    Keith HaynesAugust 4, 2013
    Do not take a rickshaw! We went from here to the Hilton (1.3 miles) and the guy charged us $100. When I told the hotel about it they told me those guys aren't welcome on their property 4 that reason.
  • Ed S.
    Ed SoonMay 8, 2013
    If you're traveling to a main station like Fullerton or Union, you can check bags.
  • AskAboutTravel.com
    AskAboutTravel.comApril 29, 2013
    Did you know that on AMTRAK you can buy a California rail pass? What a great way to see the Golden State at a very low affordable price. Read more
  • Rich S.
    Rich ShibaApril 28, 2013
    Take Green line to Petco Field
  • Valerie M.
    Valerie MichelleMarch 23, 2013
    Free wifi & outlets at every seat.
  • Johnny P.
    Johnny PappasMarch 13, 2013
    Get off here and walk to City Hall.
  • Cathy B.
    Cathy BrophyFebruary 21, 2013
    Free wifi and an outlet at every seat.Sweet.
  • Laura
    LauraFebruary 12, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Get here on time. The amtrak departs exactly at the time it says!
  • TheMike P.
    TheMike PerezJanuary 5, 2013
    Sit on left hand side facing ocean, makes for a better view
  • Steve K.
    Steve KleineDecember 30, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Business class is so worth it! Sit on the left side to get a better view. They do leave on time so get there early!
  • Jen P.
    Jen PuligNovember 21, 2012
    This is one of my favorite train stations. It's never too crowded and there is always parking on the first floor.
  • Mikey P.
    Mikey PauterOctober 30, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Amtrak does not open their gates for passengers traveling on the Coaster, give yourself a few extra minutes to walk around that building.
  • Tirzah A.
    Tirzah AlexanderOctober 29, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Coaster does not wait so get there early. Press j on right to pay with cash. They always check tickets, no ticket =$200 . Coaster ticket good on trolley sprinter and busses for 2 hours after purchase.
  • Clair C.
    Clair ClairOctober 7, 2012
    Always take business. Coach (cattle car) is too loud with people watching movies on laptops without headphones, children crying, and people on phones, and playing games on their phones on full blast.
  • Chris P.
    Chris PickfordSeptember 20, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Just saw two cops completely ignore a guy who ran a red light and nearly nailed two pedestrians. Becareful crossing Kettner!
  • Mikey P.
    Mikey PauterAugust 17, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    If you take the San Diego Trolley here, arrive at least 2 listed trolley arrival times before your connecting departure as officials in San Diego don't believe in timed transfers between agencies.
  • Emily C.
    Emily CJuly 20, 2012
    Fridays are a zoo! Upgrade to business class for your sanity!
  • Neal R.
    Neal RJuly 13, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Wifi now on these trains makes the trip even more productive
  • Shannon M.
    Shannon MkennaJune 16, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Not sure how this is business class. I rode the train 2 days ago and sat in the same seats. There is no first class seating on this train at all. What a waste of extra money!
  • Christopher H.
    Christopher HootenJune 13, 2012
    one of the best Amtak stations I have ever come across LUV this place
  • Muiz H.
    Muiz HaiderApril 28, 2012
    Take blue line to little Italy or even San ysidro
  • Alex M.
    Alex McCoolMarch 28, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Bring your own mifi, cause the amtrak free one is over subscribed
  • LA Strikers F.
    LA Strikers FCMarch 18, 2012
    Biz class is totally worth it. Free coffee in the am. Free wine in the pm.
  • April A.
    April AlfordMarch 3, 2012
    Very friendly and helpful staff.
  • Josh H.
    Josh HyattJanuary 20, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Only travel business ... Worth the extra money
  • DAN C.
    DAN COXJanuary 4, 2012
    Bring champagne! It makes the glorious views you're about to enjoy even more so!
  • JNET
    JNETDecember 28, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Beautiful station. The ticket kiosks are usually broken so make time to get in line. Free wifi on train but sometimes iffy. Happy it's working right now :)
  • JNET
    JNETNovember 28, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Always buy a ticket in advance during the holidays or comic con time. Get at station in enough to stand in line because the ticket kiosks are usually broken!
  • Steve L.
    Steve LeonardNovember 11, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Definitely get your ticket ahead of time. Customer service leaves A LOT to be desired. Long lines and very very very slow at counter.
  • Sukhjit G.
    Sukhjit GhagOctober 8, 2011
    Internet may no longer be available... not even in business class.
  • Kisu R.
    Kisu RobertsOctober 5, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    People are slow @ counter
  • Leeanne
    LeeanneSeptember 23, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    It's no Union Station but it's still a beauty if you ask me. Sit on the left, enjoy the view, bring an adult beverage if you're not enjoying one from business class.
  • ANILA W.
    ANILA WHITNEYSeptember 19, 2011
    Convenient. Clean!
  • Melayna G.
    Melayna GrassiSeptember 17, 2011
    There are restrooms
  • Briton S.
    Briton SaxtonJuly 25, 2011
    Standing room only on the trains leaving from comic con, get a seat fast or you're SOL!
  • TourGuideTim -.
    TourGuideTim - Tim SchenckJuly 24, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    It's also a great location to catch AMTRAK, Trolley, Coaster Trains, and the start of my guided bus tour to La Jolla.
  • Christina D.
    Christina DavisJuly 16, 2011
    Pee before you get here cause No restrooms
  • Coral
    CoralJuly 10, 2011
    Sit on the left side!
  • Chris M.
    Chris MMay 8, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Upgrade to biz class for $15 - includes wine, snacks, nuts, and better seats.
  • Rae M.
    Rae MillardMay 4, 2011
    Home sweet home bound
  • Marcus P.
    Marcus PriceApril 4, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    If you ride a bicycle you dony have to wait in line. Set up next to coach boarding. They'll let you through first.
  • Amy B.
    Amy BradyMarch 26, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Always take business class- it's well worth the extra $14 to not be a sardine. Pre-purchase your tickets online and use the ticket print station for fast boarding pass printing
  • Valerian B.
    Valerian BennettFebruary 21, 2011
    Pay the few extra dollars and go Business Class. Power outlets, roomier seating, and free snacks = totally worth it!
  • Jenil S.
    Jenil SOctober 15, 2010
    Don't miss the coaster it leaves at 6:31am sharp
  • Candice M.
    Candice MathesAugust 10, 2010
    Did u know u can drink on the coaster?
  • Audrey B.
    Audrey BankheadJuly 16, 2010
    Business class is the way to go on the SurfLiner!
  • Rofold C.
    Rofold C.July 2, 2010
    Free wifi
  • Jeffrey-Ryan B.
    Jeffrey-Ryan B.January 18, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    On holidays don't count on the schedule to ever run on time... including MLK day...
  • sarah o.
    sarah ocJanuary 15, 2010
    Your Amtrak train to LA is only $29, but will probably be delayed.
  • Metropolitan Transit System
    Take the MTS Blue Line from here -- or AMTRAK or the COASTER Read more
  • Cat v.
    Cat von Hassel-DaviesSeptember 4, 2009
    take Coaster for a ride from Sante Fe station in San Diego to Carlsbad Village
  • Juan I.
    Juan InmacolatoSeptember 5
    Al puro estilo de California del sur, estación de tren con los detalles que no deben faltar
  • Gaby E.
    Gaby EscobarNovember 29, 2016
    El tren es sumamente cómodo y práctico, aunque el wifi no funciona
  • Omar M.
    Omar Muñoz LoyaJuly 9, 2016
    buena ubicación, tiene el trolley a unos cuántos metros. Poca gente atendiendo.
  • Angie G.
    Angie GuzmánAugust 31, 2014
    Llegando al Shopping del domingo rumbo a fashion valley
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