San Juan Capistrano station

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San Juan Capistrano
San Juan Capistrano station California - panoramio crop.jpg
The depot, converted into a restaurant. Except for the dome, the plaster has been removed to expose the brickwork.
Location26701 Verdugo Street
San Juan Capistrano, California
Coordinates33°30′08″N 117°39′51″W / 33.5023°N 117.6641°W / 33.5023; -117.6641Coordinates: 33°30′08″N 117°39′51″W / 33.5023°N 117.6641°W / 33.5023; -117.6641
Owned byCity of San Juan Capistrano
Line(s)SCRRA Orange Subdivision[1]
Platforms1 side platform
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Station codeSNC
OpenedOctober 27, 1894; 126 years ago (1894-10-27)
Original companyAtchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway
FY202090,699[2]Decrease 53.4% (Amtrak)
Preceding station BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak Following station
Irvine Pacific Surfliner San Clemente Pier
(limited service)
toward San Diego
Preceding station Metrolink icon.svg Metrolink Following station
Laguna Niguel/​Mission Viejo Inland Empire–Orange County Line San Clemente
toward Oceanside
Laguna Niguel/​Mission Viejo Orange County Line
Former services
Preceding station Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Following station
Santa Ana Surf Line San Clemente
toward San Diego
San Juan Capistrano station
Part ofLos Rios Street Historic District.
NRHP reference No.83001216[3]
Added to NRHPApril 4, 1983[4]

San Juan Capistrano station is a train station in San Juan Capistrano, California, United States served by Amtrak, the national railroad passenger system, and Metrolink, a commuter railroad. The station has a single side platform serving the single track of the SCRRA's Orange Subdivision.[1]

The station is served by Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner, and with few exceptions is the last stop in Orange County; a few trains stop at San Clemente Pier before crossing into San Diego County. It is also served by Metrolink's two Orange County lines. Amtrak's ridership at the station dropped 53.4% to 90,699 in 2020, largely due to complications of the COVID-19 pandemic.[2]


The San Juan Capistrano station was originally opened October 27, 1894 by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway.[5] It was one of the earliest examples of Mission Revival Style architecture in railway stations.[6] In 1966, the station was closed, two years ahead of the end of Santa Fe passenger service to the city.[7] Amtrak added San Juan Capistrano as a flag stop on its Los Angeles–San Diego San Diegan service on May 19, 1974.[8] A year later, the depot was converted into a restaurant, with vintage rolling stock used to expand the space.[7] Orange County Commuter service terminated here starting on April 30, 1990,[9] and that service was conveyed to Metrolink when the Orange County Line opened on March 28, 1994. In 1995, the complex received a refurbishment, resulting in two restaurants, one located in the depot building, as well as Amtrak ticketing services and a waiting room, located in two boxcars.[7]

The station serviced 237,776 passengers in 2018.[10]



  1. ^ a b SMA Rail Consulting (April 2016). "California Passenger Rail Network Schematics" (PDF). California Department of Transportation.
  2. ^ a b "San Juan Capistrano, CA (SNC)". Great American Stations. Retrieved February 11, 2021.
  3. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  4. ^ "NATIONAL REGISTER DIGITAL ASSETS". National Park Service. April 4, 1983. Retrieved September 1, 2021.
  5. ^ Duke 1995, p. 241
  6. ^ "Picture of plaque at station". TrainWeb. Archived from the original on 28 February 2011. Retrieved 28 February 2011.
  7. ^ a b c "San Juan Capistrano, CA (SNC)". Great American Stations (Amtrak). Archived from the original on 28 February 2011. Retrieved 28 February 2011.
  8. ^ "When Train Comes Back to Capistrano..." Los Angeles Times. May 22, 1974. p. 10. Retrieved July 5, 2019 – via
  9. ^ Rail Passenger Development Plan: 1991-96 Fiscal Years (PDF). Sacramento, CA: Division of Mass Transportation, Caltrans. 1991.
  10. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, Fiscal Year 2018, State of California" (PDF). Amtrak. June 2019. Retrieved December 28, 2019.


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