Although this was a convenient and inexpensive way to travel, I preferred Amtrak's Coastal Starlight train. Although I took both trains for roughly the same amount of time (6hours) the Coastal Starlight had more room, a wonderful observation car, and a dining car. I also preferred Coastal Starlight's views (salinas to Santa Barbara) but i did enjoy Pacific Surfliners views as well. **take my advice, bring your own food unless you are a 10 year old, as the cafe car only stocks microwaved pizza, microwaved hot dogs, etc. They do serve beer and wine though.
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