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San Diego Model Railroad Museum

Location: Balboa Park (3 Miles Northeast of Downtown San Diego)

Open Daily: 11AM – 4PM (5PM on Weekends). Closed on Mondays.

Cost: $7 (Free for Kids under 15 with a Parent, $6 for Seniors 65+)

Features: World’s Largest Indoor Model Railroad Display

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Balboa Park Miniature Railroad

Location: Balboa Park (3 Miles Northeast of Downtown San Diego)

Hours: Open Daily During Summer 11AM – 6:30PM. Otherwise, Only Open on Weekends and School Holidays from 11AM – 4:30PM.

Cost: $2

Features: Miniature Replica of a Real Train takes you on a 1/2 mile ride and includes a Tunnel.

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San Diego Railroad Museum and Train Rides

Location: Campo (51 Miles / 1.25 Hours East of Downtown San Diego)

Hours: 9AM – 5PM on Saturdays and Sundays

Cost: $5 ($2.50 for ages 6-12); Train Rides are Extra.

Features: 1916 Train Depot is home to Over 80 Train Cars and Locomotives, many dating back to the 19th Century, Hour-Long Train Rides; Setting for Numerous Movies and Commercials.

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Pacific Southwest Railway Museum

Location: La Mesa (13 Miles / 20 Minutes East of Downtown San Diego)

Hours: 1PM – 4PM on Saturdays

Cost: Free

Features: 1915 Train Depot; Steam Locomotive and Freight Cars

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San Diego Electric Railway Museum and Depot

Location: National City (7 Miles / 10 Minutes South of Downtown San Diego)

Hours: 9AM – 5PM Thursdays through Sundays

Cost: Free

Features: Restored 1882 Santa Fe Station is the Oldest Railroad Structure in San Diego; Vintage Trolleys and Electric Rail Cars

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Descanso, Alpine and Pacific Railway

Location: Alpine (31 Miles / 35 Minutes East of Downtown San Diego)

Hours: 1PM – 3PM on Sundays (Call to Confirm) or By Appointment

Cost: Free

Features: Take a 20 Minute Ride on a 24 Inch Gauge Train Track.

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Freight Trains in San Diego

Location: Downtown San Diego (East Village)

Features: Freight Train Yards in San Diego; BNSF; SDIV

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Julian Train & Gold Mine Tour

Location: Julian (62 Miles / 1.25 Hours Northeast of Downtown San Diego)

Hours: Reservation Only – Groups of 4 or More Required

Cost: $15

Features: Take a 1 Mile Train Ride and Explore a Gold Mine

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San Diego Amtrak Stations

AMTRAK offers four train stations in San Diego County. All are located near the coastline and major tourist attractions. They all provide service for AMTRAK’s Pacific Surfliner. Details on the AMTRAK Stations, including Google Maps, and what to expect on the beautiful ride to San Diego are noted below.

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San Diego Transit Information

Overview on San Diego Transit

Public Transit in San Diego is decent but not great for travelers. Buses, Trolleys, and Trains are generally clean and safe and as a group serve most of the major attractions. The local transit service offers a very helpful Transit Trip Planner, which is described below.

However, travelers that prefer to avoid buses will have a harder time relying on mass transit. Many attractions, especially those outside of Downtown San Diego, are not accessible by the Trolley. Some are accessible by trains but they run on a limited schedule. Continue reading below to find which major attractions are served by the Trolley and Trains in San Diego. You can then decide if you want to rely on transit to make the most of your experience in San Diego.
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Poway-Midland Railroad and Train Rides

Location: Poway (23 Miles / 30 Minutes Northeast of Downtown San Diego)

Hours: 10AM – 4PM on Saturdays and 11AM – 2PM on Most Sundays.

Cost: Starting at $1.50 for Adults and 50¢ for Kids.

Features: Ride Antique Trains, Shop in the Train Hobby Store; Enjoy Special Train Celebrations

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