Happy Trails all, What is the best way to Amtrak from San Diego to the Bay Area? By 'best' I mean the most direct, shortest total duration with the fewest stops. I have looked over the different itineraries offered and see that I can take: Surfliner + Starlight (SD to SLO + SLO to OAK/SF) Surfliner + San Juaquins Surfliner + Bus (roughly 2/3rds of this trip is bus service) Questions: -Do either the Surfliner or Starlight have routes w/ limited stops up the coast? I can't tell looking at the schedule. -Why is it that options involving bus service are faster than train routes..by hours? Any assistance or insight is greatly appreciated!