Amtrack Pacific Surfliner train near beach

Take Amtrak To Solvang For A Memorable Journey

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Traveling via Amtrak means you’re not simply taking a train ride from one destination to another. Instead, you’re taking part in an experience unlike any other. The Amtrak route from multiple locations across California to Solvang takes you through some of this state’s most absolutely breathtaking landscapes.

That is why you should have your camera ready for a few stunning photos to share with friends, family, and the friendly staff at The King Frederik Inn when enjoying a stay at this Danish-inspired hotel.

Yet, what should you expect when exploring the train routes, and which two run closest to Solvang? Read on to learn more.

Amtrak to Solvang: Amtrak Routes that Connect to Solvang

Each travel experience is different for every individual. However, for most, no matter which of the two trains you board—the Coast Starlight or Pacific Surfliner—you can expect to settle into the comfortable seating and enjoy the panoramic views through the large windows while sipping on a beverage and enjoying a bite to eat. 

There are many locations on the West Coast to board these trains, which make a stop at the Santa Barbara train station. This train stop has a Thruway bus connection to Solvang, where you can hop off and walk a short distance to many local restaurants, wineries, and The King Frederik Inn. 

Two female passengers aboard the Amtrak  Pacific Surfliner to Solvang via Santa Barbara

Photo credit: Amtrak Pacific Surfliner/LOSSAN Rail Corridor Agency

What Amenities To Expect On The Train Ride

Many amenities are available to those who take the Amtrak train from Santa Barbara to Solvang. Below are a few of these amenities you might enjoy during your journey:

  • Dining: Although the train allows people to bring their own food aboard, there are rules in place. Therefore, many people enjoy the train’s food at their cafe. If on an overnight train, there are also meal options for passengers.
  • Wi-Fi: Passengers can access onboard Wi-Fi on the trains with internet capabilities, allowing you to stay connected to the world while traveling.
  • Bicycle facilities: If you’re a keen cyclist, you’ll love that Amtrak trains allow you to take your bicycle to Solvang.
  • Pet Friendly: Should you have a dog or cat that weighs less than 20 pounds traveling with you, Amtrak allows pet travel.
  • First Class Rooms: There is an assortment of first-class private rooms available if you want to travel in luxury, no matter the duration of your trip.

Taking The Amtrak Thruway Bus Service From Santa Barbara To Solvang

If you’re interested in taking the Amtrak bus thruway service from Santa Barbara to Solvang, you need to know more about the specifics of the service. Look at the sections below to discover more about catching the Amtrak when you’re ready to visit Solvang and all it offers. 

Where To Board And Bus Departures From Santa Barbara

You will board the Amtrak bus at the Amtrak train services Santa Barbara branch. There are typically two daily trips from Santa Barbara to Solvang, so you must decide which suits your schedule best. 

It’s important to note that tickets for the connected Thruway bus service with Amtrak are sold as part of a rail trip. They are only available to Amtrak train-ticketed passengers, so you need to arrive in Santa Barbara by Amtrak to use the Thruway bus service to get to Solvang and our inn. 

To determine which bus best suits your schedule, you can have a look at the timetable here. Otherwise, visit a staffed train station if you have time. 

Here is an example of the Amtrak Thruway bus schedules to Solvang from Santa Barbara:

The following are the arrival times of Northbound Amtrak Buses from Santa Barbara train station to Solvang:

  • Monday-Friday: 7:45 am, 4:05 pm, and 10:45 pm
  • Saturday & Sunday: 11:20 am, 4:05 pm, and 10:45 pm
Amtrak Thruway Bus

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Amenities On The Thruway Busses

Amtrak Thruway buses provide various amenities to enhance the comfort and convenience of passengers during their journey from Santa Barbara to Solvang. 

However, note that specific amenities may vary depending on the route and the type of Thruway bus being used. 

Here are some common amenities typically available on Amtrak Thruway buses:

  • Comfortable Seating: Thruway buses usually offer spacious and cushioned seating. This lets passengers relax and enjoy the scenery during their travels.
  • Power Outlets: Many buses are equipped with power outlets or USB ports. This enables passengers to charge their electronic devices.
  • Restrooms: Many Thruway buses have onboard restrooms. This is for passenger convenience during short or long trips.
  • Air Conditioning and Heating: Thruway buses are equipped with climate control systems. This ensures a comfortable temperature throughout the journey.
  • Luggage Storage: These buses have compartments or overhead racks. This is for storing passengers’ luggage securely.
  • Wi-Fi: Some Thruway buses provide complimentary Wi-Fi access. This allows passengers to stay connected during their journey.
  • Ample Legroom: Thruway buses are designed with sufficient legroom to ensure passenger comfort.
  • Onboard Entertainment: Depending on the bus, amenities such as personal screens with entertainment options may be available.
  • Accessibility Features: Thruway buses typically have features to accommodate passengers with disabilities. For example, some have wheelchair accessibility and designated seating.

Although most Thruway buses have these features, it’s important to note that Amtrak regularly updates its fleet and services. That’s why it’s advisable to visit the official Amtrak website or contact their customer service for the most up-to-date and specific information regarding amenities on these buses.

Travel Options in Solvang From the Solvang Bus Depot

While other travel options exist, most travelers simply walk from the Eastbound bus station to The King Frederik Inn, as it is a one-minute walk. Have a look at the below image to get acquainted with the area. 

map of Amtrak thruway bus drop off in Solvang, CA with walking directions to The King Frederik Inn

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From Santa Barbara to Solvang: What To Do In Solvang

Upon arriving in Solvang, you’ll discover many delightful experiences. The village is renowned for its Danish-inspired bakeries, offering an array of mouth-watering pastries and treats. You’ll have ample opportunity to indulge in flaky kringle, buttery danishes, and the famous aebleskiver. 

The latter is a Danish pancake ball dusted with powdered sugar. After grabbing a few tasty treats, you can also explore the charming shops. These shops are filled with unique Scandinavian gifts, clothing, and home decor.

Yet, Solvang is not just about Danish pastries and trinkets. It’s also a gateway to the Santa Ynez Valley’s flourishing wine country. Should you enjoy a glass or two of chardonnay or rose, you can embark on wine-tasting adventures at the local vineyards. You can savor the rich flavors of the region’s award-winning wines at these vineyards. 

In addition, you can book and enjoy guided tours through the vineyards. While doing this, you can learn about the winemaking process. For outdoor enthusiasts, Solvang and its surroundings offer a wealth of activities. You can rent a bicycle and pedal along the scenic cycling paths that wind through the valley, passing vineyards and picturesque farms. 

If biking is not your style, you can instead lace up your hiking boots and explore the nearby trails. So why not immerse yourself in the area’s stunning natural beauty? 

Does neither of these activities sound entertaining? You’ll find excellent golf courses in the Santa Ynez Valley, offering a challenging game amidst breathtaking scenery.

The King Frederik Inn in Solvang, CA

Book A Stay At The Popular King Frederik Inn When Taking The Amtrak to Solvang

Taking Amtrak to Solvang is not just a means of transportation; it’s an experience‌. The scenic train and bus journey allows you to relax, unwind, and appreciate the beauty of Solvang. No matter how you choose to visit Solvang, we’re ready to help make your trip more memorable at The King Frederik Inn. We offer many amenities. Our friendly staff is happy to help you organize your day sightseeing and tasting your way through this Danish village. Book one of our comfortable rooms, and we’ll help you make your Solvang trip unforgettable.

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