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Train to take from old town to malibu

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Train to take from old town to malibu

What is the best way to get to malibu from san diego

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1. Re: Train to take from old town to malibu

drive

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2. Re: Train to take from old town to malibu

The biggest problem is that there is no nearby train station to the city of Malibu.

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>>Amtrak offers train service between San Diego and San Louis Obispo on its Pacific Surfliner route. The nearest train stations to Malibu are Camarillo to the north or downtown Los Angeles to the South. Drive time from downtown LA to Malibu is approximately 50 minutes to an hour. Drive time from Camarillo to Malibu is approximately 45 minutes. The drive from Camarillo is easier with less traffic. <<

In San Diego, you might want to look into leaving from the Santa Fe Depot Train Station (SAN), instead of the Old Town Station (OLT). There are fairly close, and on selected trains stop at the Old Town station. Also, the Old Town station doesn't offer Luggage Service. One more benefit, by boarding at the Santa Fe Station, you are the first group to board the train and have more choices as to where to sit on the train. (IMHO, the upstairs west facing seats are the best view (The side away from the Train Station). It is easy to get to Santa Fe Depot from the Old Town Station, just catch a Trolley from Old Town to the Sante Fe Depot.

Once you get to Union Station, you can try the following to save some money. First off, catch the LA FlyAway bus from Union Station to the LAX Airport, then catch a Shuttle Van from LAX to Malibu, should save a bit over getting a taxi.

Edited: 09 September 2010, 20:19
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3. Re: Train to take from old town to malibu

Thanks for the info!!

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4. Re: Train to take from old town to malibu

Just for the record, the normal transit route would be San Diego Blue Line trolley to Santa Fe station in Downtown San Diego (since most Amtrak trains don't stop at Old Town)--about 15 minutes, Pacific Surfliner to Los Angeles Union Station--roughly 2 hours, 40 minutes, Big Blue Bus express bus 10 to Santa Monica--approx. an hour, varies a lot with traffic, Metro 534 bus to Malibu--maybe 30 minutes, depends on where you're going. So even with good connections you'd probably be looking at about 5 hours! It's a heroic transit ride.

If you really want to do this, I'd break this ride in Downtown LA, and head out to Malibu another day.

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5. Re: Train to take from old town to malibu

From Union Station, why not use Metro Bus # 439 to connect with # 534 to Malibu?

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6. Re: Train to take from old town to malibu

That is how you'd do it by public transit, but it would a) take quite a while and b) really depend on where in Malibu you are headed. 532 in Malibu only stops along PCH and Malibu isn't really a good walking around area, not very densely built up, etc.

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7. Re: Train to take from old town to malibu

Just to finish the loop on this not recommended transit trip, one could indeed take the 439 bus from Union Station to Washington & Fairfax, then transfer to the 534 and take it straight out to Malibu. As MachThree said, the 534 would only really work if you're going to a destination on or near the coast in Malibu, as opposed to one up in the hills. Malibu's few motels are along PCH, but we don't really know where you are going.

I think BBB 10 then 534 or 439 then 534 would probably depend on when exactly you got to Union Station, the travel times seem pretty similar.

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8. Re: Train to take from old town to malibu

The bus stops at the pier, so I guess that's where one could go, but, what then? You could eat dinner, and get a taxi to a local motel. Or one could go to Ralph's Plaza/Countrymart area, but that would be such a long journey to get to a regular old grocery store plaza...The OP doesn't say why they want to go to Malibu or what they want to do.

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9. Re: Train to take from old town to malibu

I picked the "route" in Post #2 as a group with multiple bags of luggage, and tried to avoid local buses.

By taking the train to the LA FlyAway Bus to LAX, and then transferring to the Shuttle Vans gets you easy luggage handling for the trip (even though there is more than one change of vehicle). Also, the shuttle van will take you to the exact address that you want to go to in Malibu.

It might be a bit more expensive than using the local bus systems, but faster and much more convenient.

That said, renting a car is another good option.

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10. Re: Train to take from old town to malibu

There's a bit of an outdated view of Malibu here. The area has completely changed, giving something plenty to do in a day. The Lumber Yard shopping center is now open and thriving, and the Country Mart next door (and the mall across the street, too) continues to offer great shopping and fantastic food (fantastic). I can, and do, spend hours there.

Having said that, Malibu is simply too far from San Diego for a day trip, even with a car - but without one, it's absolutely impossible and not worth it. You're looking at a possible FIVE hours each way.

Edited: 10 September 2010, 16:04