Pacific Surfliner in San Clemente
Pacific Surfliner in San Clemente | Photo courtesy of Amtrak

The iconic rail annex Union Station first opened in May 1939. Since then, this historic station has become known as the “Last of the Great Railway Stations.”

In addition to long-distance Amtrak routes, Union Station serves two Metro subway lines (the Red and Purple Lines) and one light rail line (the Gold Line). Metrolink passenger trains also pass through this transportation hub and service five regional lines: Ventura County, Antelope Valley, San Bernardino, Riverside and Orange County.

Amtrak Routes

Amtrak Coast Starlight at Mt. Shasta
Coast Starlight at Mt. Shasta | Photo courtesy of Amtrak

Getting away is always a good idea. Travel to Los Angeles on an Amtrak long distance train and save 20% with Saver Fares when you book early. Reserve your travel at least 14 days in advance aboard many routes across the country now through October 31, 2015 and for travel through March 31, 2016. Other restrictions apply. 

Visitors coming into L.A. from San Diego, Anaheim, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo can ride the Pacific Surfliner trains, which make multiple daily roundtrips. 

The Coast Starlight is an exciting option for travelers from as far away as Washington State, Oregon and Northern California. With service from Seattle, Portland, Sacramento, San Francisco Bay Area and San Luis Obispo, L.A.-bound travelers can enjoy the stunning vistas, dense forests and Pacific Coast shorelines on their way to Southern California.

The Southwest Chief travels daily between Chicago and Los Angeles, crossing the American West through Missouri, Kansas, New Mexico and Arizona.

Travel along the southernmost route on the Sunset Limited from New Orleans, Houston, El Paso and Tucson. In San Antonio, the Texas Eagle from St. Louis, Little Rock and Dallas/Ft Worth connects to Los Angeles.  

From California's Central Valley, ride the San Joaquin from the Bay Area, Sacramento and Fresno to Bakersfield. Then make an easy and convenient connection to an Amtrak Thruway motorcoach to L.A.

For more information and to make your reservations, visit the Amtrak website.

Union Station FlyAway

What: A fast, affordable ride between Downtown and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Tickets can be purchased from the FlyAway kiosk in the Patsaouras terminal. Remote baggage check-in and boarding passes are available.

When: Every 30 minutes from 5 a.m. to 1 a.m., and each hour from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. FlyAway buses run 24 hours a day.

Where: The buses leave from Bay 9 of the Patsaouras Transit Plaza adjacent to Union Station via the East Portal.

Cost: $7 each way

For more information, visit

Union Station
800 N. Alameda St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012