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There are 3 ways to get from Carlsbad to Irvine by train, bus or car

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Train  •  53 min

  1. Take the train from Oceanside station to Tustin station Orange County Line / ...

$9 - $12

2 alternative options

Train, line 86 bus  •  1 h 30 min

  1. Take the train from Oceanside Amtrak Station to Irvine Amtrak Station Pacific Surfliner / ...
  2. Take the line 86 bus from Irvine Station-Dock 5 to Alton-West Yale Loop 86

$10 - $50

Drive  •  55 min

  1. Drive from Carlsbad to Irvine 52.9 miles

$5 - $8

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The cheapest way to get from Carlsbad to Irvine is to drive which costs $5 - $8 and takes 55 min.

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The quickest way to get from Carlsbad to Irvine is to train which costs $9 - $12 and takes 53 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Oceanside station station and arriving at Tustin station station. Services depart every four hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 53 min.

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The distance between Carlsbad and Irvine is 45 miles. The road distance is 52.9 miles.

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The best way to get from Carlsbad to Irvine without a car is to train which takes 53 min and costs $9 - $12.

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The train from Oceanside station to Tustin station takes 53 min including transfers and departs every four hours.

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Carlsbad to Irvine train services, operated by Metrolink Trains, arrive at Oceanside station.

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Carlsbad to Irvine train services, operated by Metrolink Trains, arrive at Tustin station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Carlsbad to Irvine is 53 miles. It takes approximately 55 min to drive from Carlsbad to Irvine.

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There are 695+ hotels available in Irvine. Prices start at $80 USD per night.

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  • Distance: 44.9 miles
  • Duration: 53 min

What companies run services between Carlsbad, CA, USA and Irvine, CA, USA?

Metrolink Trains operates a train from Carlsbad to Irvine every 4 hours. Tickets cost $9 - $12 and the journey takes 53 min.

Train operators
Metrolink Trains
Phone
(800) 371-LINK (5465)
Website
metrolinktrains.com
Train from Oceanside station to Tustin station
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$9 - $12
Schedules at
metrolinktrains.com
Train from Oceanside station to Irvine station
Ave. Duration
47 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$8 - $11
Schedules at
metrolinktrains.com
Amtrak

Amtrak is a rail service that connects the US and three Canadian provinces. Covering 21,000 route miles (34,000km) Amtrak operates more than 300 trains daily. These medium and long distance intercity services operate at speeds of up to 240km/h, to more than 500 destinations. Founded in 1971, it is based in Washington, D.C. and offers four classes of travel: First Class, Sleeper, Business and Coach. Ticket fares are divided into five subclasses: Saver, Value, Flexible, Business and Premium. Amtrak trains are known for their wide seats, plug-in power, big windows and storage capabilities.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Oceanside Amtrak Station to Irvine Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$23 - $45
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$23 - $35
Flexi Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Business Coach Seat
$30 - $45
Room
$130 - $190
Bus operators
OCTA
Phone
+1 714-560-6282
Website
octa.net
Bus from Irvine Station-Dock 5 to Alton-West Yale Loop
Ave. Duration
22 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$2 - $7
Schedules at
octa.net

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