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Take the Train to Solana Beach

Solana Beach Train Station

As we’re all aware, taking advantage of public transit systems has a much lower impact on the environment but in Southern California, we rarely utilize it. For the record, we get it! We live in a busy world where time is precious, and the extra time we’d need to factor into our routine just to get to and from a public transportation station just may not be realistic in your world on the daily.

If you’re a regular public transit user, hats off to you! But for those of us who aren’t (and we’re not judging), take note that public transportation can be utilized occasionally for day trips with family and friends, as well — and the Solana Beach Transit Center is a great stop if you’re planning a visit to coastal North San Diego County. Just an FYI that the Solana Beach Transit Station services Amtrak California’s Pacific Surfliner passenger train, and North County Transit District’s Coaster commuter rail.

Here are 3 reasons to consider taking the train to Solana Beach:

Avoid Traffic

Special events are always happening at the Del Mar Racetrack and taking the train is a smart way to avoid the dreaded traffic of the I-5 Freeway. This is especially true during the summer when kids are out of school and out-of-town tourism is at its peak.

For Summer Events at the Fairgrounds

Planning to visit the San Diego County Fair or attend the horse races this year? These are both stellar reasons to take the train to the Solana Beach station. The fairgrounds are really close by, and during the fair and race season, there are buses and shuttles ready to take you to and from your destination. If you’re lucky, maybe you’ll get to ride one of the double-decker buses! Scheduling an Uber or a Lyft is another option if you plan to head into downtown Del Mar for more sight-seeing. Also, if you’re planning to drink, utilizing public transportation is the way to go.

You Can Bring Your Bike!

Did you know that Amtrak now allows bikes? Yep! If you’re looking to spend the day in North County, soaking up the sun on our tranquil coastline, why not bring your own bike? Ride along Cedros Ave., have lunch at a local cafe, do a little boutique shopping, then cruise on over to Fletcher Cove Park, which also overlooks the beautiful Pillbox beach. Both Amtrak and the Coaster allow bikes. Just make sure you follow their policies.

The Cedros Ave. Merchants Association supports all of the vendors and businesses on Cedros Avenue in Solana Beach. The Avenue covers two and a half enchanting blocks of more than 85 boutiques, shops, cafes, salons, day spas, art galleries and more! Located just 20 miles north of downtown San Diego, Cedros Ave. has been a point of interest for over three decades and is the only shopping district in San Diego solely populated by independent boutiques and businesses.