Pacific Surfliner Business Class Back Home From San Diego

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Amtrak Pacific Surfliner Business Class Cars

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner Business Class Cars

As a Starwood Preferred Guest Gold Member, I could have checked out of the Four Points By Sheraton Downtown San Diego as late as 4PM, but I decided to head back home early in the morning since today was going to be a busy day with vast number of people heading back home after the long Thanksgiving Weekend. I figured that if I took the early morning Pacific Surfliner train, it would not be so crowded vs taking one of the trains later in the day.

After checking out of the Four Points By Sheraton Downtown San Diego, I got myself an Uber to take me to the Santa Fe Depot. The streets were empty early this Sunday morning so the drive to the station was quick. The only issue I had was that the car I was in reeked of smoke. Thank goodness it was a short drive because I don’t think I could have been in the car for longer without feeling like throwing up from the smell of cigarette smoke.

Pacific Surfliner Single Level Train

Pacific Surfliner Single Level Train

I was dropped off in front of the station and I headed immediately inside the station and out the back to where the boarding lines for both coach and business class passengers is located. I still had plenty of time until boarding so I took the opportunity to snap pictures of my Pacific Surfliner train which was sitting on the second to the last platform. Also, the 6:57AM Pacific Surfliner train was just pulling out of the station for Los Angeles when I arrived.

San Diego Santa Fe Depot

San Diego Santa Fe Depot

Just about 15 minutes before scheduled departure time, boarding for my Pacific Surfliner train began. Business class passengers are allowed to boarded first before coach passengers at this station. San Diego Santa Fe Depot is the only station that I know of on the Pacific Surfliner route, that make passengers get in line about 30 minutes before scheduled departure time and then board business class line followed by coach line. At the other stations, you go to the platform, wait for the train and climb aboard.

Pacific Surfliner Business Class Recline

Pacific Surfliner Business Class Recline

Once I was aboard the train, I found myself a ocean view seat in the regular Pacific Surfliner business class car, but after the conductor came through to scan tickets, I moved to the Superliner Car. The regular business class car is much brighter and the seats are less plush than the seats in the Superliner business class Car. Also, the seats in the Superliner business class car recline deeper, have leg rests, and the intercom system is more muted. If your looking to get some sleep, its best to sit in the Superliner business class car than the regular business class car.

Pacific Surfliner Business Class Coffee And Pastries

Pacific Surfliner Business Class Coffee And Pastries

Pacific Surfliner Business Class BreakfastOn Pacific Surfliner trains operating before noon, business class passengers get breakfast pastries, coffee, water, tea and orange juice. The food and beverage are setup for self service at the buffet area in the regular business class car. I grabbed myself an apricot danish and a scone along with a cup of coffee for breakfast. Later in the morning, when the train was near Oceanside, I started to feel hungry again so I got myself a cup of orange juice and an apple danish to hold me over until I arrived back home.

The rest of the trip was uneventful and I tried to take more pictures as the train passed through scenic parts, right next to the ocean. Unfortunately, the windows on my train today were dirty so the majority of the pictures came out blurry. Between the moving train and the dirty windows, I could not get the camera to focus on any of the ocean view that I wanted to capture.

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