Amtrak Pacific Surfliner Announces Holiday Schedule and Ticket Reservation Changes

Reservations will be required during Thanksgiving travel, and the closure of Union Station in Los Angeles will result in temporary schedule changes in December

ORANGE, CA., November 16, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — In anticipation of increased holiday travel, Amtrak® Pacific Surfliner® is announcing advance reservations for passengers during the Thanksgiving holiday period and adjustments to their travel schedule during the December holiday season.

November travel updates

During the Thanksgiving holiday period, advance reservations will be required for Amtrak® Pacific Surfliner® trains and Thruway connecting buses from Wednesday, November 22 through Monday, November 27, 2023. Although additional carriages and coaches will be used to increase seating capacity, customers are strongly encouraged to plan ahead and book early to ensure tickets are available.

Checked Baggage will be refunded for those traveling from Saturday, November 18 through Tuesday, November 28 at staffed Pacific Surfliner stations: San Diegofullerton, The angels, Van Nuys, Oxnard, Santa Barbaraand San Luis Bishop.

During the booking period, the Rail 2 Rail and Metrolink code share programs will be temporarily suspended and Metrolink and COASTER passes will not be accepted on these dates. Programs will resume on November 28.

Amtrak monthly passes and 10-trip passes can still be used. However, Amtrak Monthly Pass or 10-Ride Pass holders will need to confirm each trip (train and date) in advance through the Amtrak RideReserve program when traveling between november 22 to Nov. 272023 During this time, 10-trip tickets can only be used by one rider at a time.

Although reservations are required, passengers must ride on the train listed on their tickets. If travel plans change, customers must adjust the reservation prior to scheduled departure. This can be done online at, by phone at 800-USA-RAIL or at a staffed Amtrak station.

December travel updates

Moose Angeles Union Station will temporarily close for track and signal upgrades From December 26 to December 29, 2023. During this time, for the first time in history, the Pacific Surfliner will bypass Union Station to travel along the east bank of the Los Angeles River and through part of the Alameda Corridor. It will be a historic week for the service, providing passengers with a one-of-a-kind travel experience on a never-before-seen route.

The train schedule during this period will be altered to provide alternative accommodation for passengers.

  • Bus connections to and from LA Union Station and Glendale Station will be provided for all 700 series trains.
  • Bus connections to and from LA Union Station and Fullerton Station will be provided for trains 562, 564, 572, 586, 573, 581, 589 and 595.
  • Trains 580 and 591 will be suspended.
  • Train 587 will also be stopped and replaced by special train 589, which will run one hour later.

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Tips to ensure a safe and trouble-free trip

  • Opt out if you have to: Pacific Surfliner tickets can be canceled with a full refund to the original payment method without fees if canceled prior to departure.
  • Baggage: Carry on board free of charge no more than two carry-on bags per passenger up to 28″ x 22″ x 11″ and weighing 50 pounds or less. Two personal items may also be carried on board. Only checked baggage is available from november 18 to 28 at staffed stations. There will be no checked baggage outside of these dates.
  • Traveling off-peak and arriving early: The busiest travel days are usually Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday of Thanksgiving week. Morning trains tend to have more availability than later trains. Customers are encouraged to arrive at the station 45 minutes prior to departure.

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About Amtrak® Pacific Surfliner®
The Pacific Surfliner travels a coastal rail route of 351 miles San Diego, an orange, The angels, Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Bishop counties serving 29 stations. It is the busiest state-maintained intercity passenger rail route in United States. To learn more and plan a trip, visit

For the rail corridor agency LOSSAN
The The angelsSan DiegoSan Luis Bishop (LOSSAN) The Rail Corridor Agency is a joint authority that oversees the management of Amtrak Pacific Surfliner service. Comprised of railroad owners, operators and planning agencies along the 351-mile LOSSAN rail corridor, the Agency seeks to improve passenger rail service, revenue, on-time performance, operational flexibility and safety in the service area. The Orange County Transportation Authority provides all necessary administrative support for the LOSSAN agency and its board. For more information, visit

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