Ventura to San Diego

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  1. Feb 11, 2019 #1
    Hey folks,

    im traveling with my wife from Ventura to San Diego on the 774 Pacific Surfliner in a few weeks, I’ve booked business class seats and would love some help with a few questions I have.

    1/ the train is set to depart Ventura at 10:04am, what time should we arrive at the station at?

    2/ we will have 1 large suitcase each with us, the station is unmanned, will there be someone to assist where we put our luggage?

    3/ are the business class seats upstairs on the train? That would be our preferred area to sit.

    thanks in advance for any help
     
  2. Feb 11, 2019 #2

    the_traveler

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    If the station is unstaffed and you will not be checking baggage, technically you could get there at 10:03 am. But to be safe (especially if you are not familiar with the station), I would recommend being there 10-15 minutes before departure.
     
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    If you get there by 9:45 AM or so, you'll be totally fine.

    The Business Class car attendant can help you out.

    It's on both levels of the Business Class car.
     
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    Just FYI, not all trains have an attendant, in which case you'r on your own.
     
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    In fact, the conductors will strongly urge people who are able to climb stairs (which it sounds like the original poster is) to sit on the upper level, due to the lower-level seating being a much more limited quantity.
     
  6. Feb 12, 2019 #6

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    Wait, Business Class doesn't necessarily have a car attendant? I thought one of the main perks of BC on the Surfliner is supposedly that you get complimentary snacks brought to your seat. How do passengers know which trains do and don't offer that?
     
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    You don't, attendants get on and off mid route on many trains and do not always work the full route. This is so they can go back to their base. If the train does not have an attendant, then the conductor will explain what to do.

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    The coaches on the Pacific Surfliner (as least the trains we were on) had a rack and ample floor space for excess luggage just as you enter the car.  I assume that might be the same for business class on these trains.  
     

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