People who travel to Carlsbad, California for vacations or to visit friends and family can access the area using a variety of transportation methods. The three most popular are: by car, by airplane, or by train.

By car: Carlsbad is not far from many of the largest cities in Southern California. For example, it is only about 85 miles from Los Angeles, 30 miles from San Diego, 60 miles from Anaheim, and about 50 miles from Tijuana.

The best way to get to Carlsbad from either Los Angeles or San Diego is to take Interstate 5.

By Airplane: Anyone traveling by airplane has a choice of flying directly to one of the large airports in the Southern California area (usually Lindbergh Field in San Diego) and then driving to Carlsbad. However, Carlsbad does have a small commuter airport called, Carlsbad McClellan Palomar Airport, where daily flights arrive and depart to Los Angeles International Airport via United Express or to Pheonix, AZ via U.S. Airways.

By Train: There are a couple of train choices for visitors to Carlsbad.

1)      Amtrack or the Metrolink both have regular trains that stop in Oceanside, which is located just outside of Carlsbad.

2)      The Coaster is a commuter type of train that takes people to and from San Diego to Carlsbad.  There are two Coaster stations within the Carlsbad city limits.  The Poinsettia station is closest to Legoland, and the Carlsbad Village Station is closest to "The Village" of Carlsbad.