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Transportation in San Diego County facts for kids

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Transportation in Greater San Diego

Local Rail
San Diego Trolley

Connecting Rail
Pacific Surfliner (Amtrak)

San Diego International Airport
McClellan-Palomar Airport

The following is a list of transportation in San Diego County, California.

Rail services


San Diego commuter rail map
San Diego County commuter rail lines

San Diego Trolley

The San Diego Trolley is a light rail that serves the metropolitan area including central San Diego, East County, South County to the border.

San Diego Coaster

The San Diego Coast Express Rail, or Coaster, is a 41-mile commuter rail line that connects North County to central San Diego. Eight stations in total are served, between Oceanside and Downtown San Diego.


The Sprinter is a 22-mile light rail line between Oceanside and Escondido, California. Fifteen stations are served, including stops in the cities of Oceanside (western terminus), Vista, San Marcos, and Escondido (eastern terminus).

Sprinter service is operated with Siemens Sprinter diesel multiple units manufactured in Germany, where they are widely used.


Amtrak Pacific Surfliner

The Pacific Surfliner is a 350-mile (563 km) Amtrak passenger train route serving communities on the coast of Southern California between San Diego and San Luis Obispo with stops in Los Angeles.


Metrolink is a commuter rail network connecting major cities in Southern California including San Diego via transfers at Oceanside, Anaheim, Los Angeles, and Riverside. Metrolink does not serve the immediate San Diego area, just Oceanside in northern San Diego County.

Ferry services

The Cabrillo Ferry
The Cabrillo ferry at the Coronado Ferry Landing

The Coronado Commuter Ferry takes morning and afternoon commuters across San Diego Bay from the Broadway Pier, San Diego and the Coronado Ferry Landing. San Diego Harbor Excursion operates ferry shuttles directly to and from the Broadway Pier, San Diego, the Coronado Ferry Landing and the Fifth Avenue Landing.

Compass Card

The Compass Card is the universal electronic fare system used in San Diego County. Fare payments using this reloadable contactless smart card is accepted on different systems such as MTS buses, the San Diego Trolley, North County Buses, the Coaster, and the Sprinter.

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