Catch a train — then a wave — with surfboard-friendly Metrolink trains to the beach

This could be you. Or not. In any case, you can reach SoCal beaches, including San Clemente, for a $10 unlimited pass on Saturdays or Sundays.
(Harrison Hill / Los Angeles Times)

Two timeless California traditions — train travel and surfing — come together in a Metrolink program that offers service to San Clemente and Oceanside, complete with special board storage. Ice chests and umbrellas are welcome aboard too.

Add in the rail line’s $10 fare for unlimited rides on either Saturday or Sunday, and it’s a deal any broke beach boy (or girl) might sing about. By comparison, a weekday round trip from Union Station to San Clemente costs $27.

For summer, Metrolink has set up special surfboard storage netting on all bike/surfboard cars.

Note the limitations:


  • Boards can’t be longer than 6-foot-4.
  • There is one storage area per train.
  • Only five boards are allowed per storage area, and spillovers cannot be taken into the passenger seats.
  • All boards must be in a sealed bag or case.

Metrolink says that beach lovers also can bring boogie boards on Metrolink trains along with beach chairs, toys, umbrellas and ice chests. Go to for a complete list of on-board policies.

The surfboard storage bins, with netting, on Metrolink trains.

The beach stops are at the San Clemente Pier Metrolink Station and the Oceanside Metrolink Station. Surfers can also take Metrolink to L.A.’s Union Station and get a free transfer onto the Red/Purple Lines and the new Expo Line to the Santa Monica beaches. Directions and schedules are here.

Tickets are available at vending machines at each Metrolink station.


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