Getting to Del Mar

When visiting Del Mar, there are lots of ways of getting there - planes, trains & automobiles of course. But also buses, even cruise ships dock in San Diego. However you get to San Diego or LA, trains - Amtrack and The Coaster - link to North County Transit buses, which go to the track and Del Mar.

The North County Transit District is providing train and bus service to the thoroughbred races at the Del Mar Fairgrounds this summer. The racing season started last week.

Coaster train service is available Monday through Saturday, and the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club is providing a free shuttle to transport racetrack patrons between the Solana Beach station and the fairgrounds.

Race fans who wish to stay late at the track for a Friday evening concert will be able to catch the Coaster. Southbound trains leave Solana Beach at 8:48 and 11:17 p.m.; northbound trains leave Solana Beach at 10:20 p.m. and 12:40 a.m.

The transit district also is operating buses to the track. Route 101 provides regular service between the Oceanside Transit Center and Westfield Shoppingtown University Towne Centre in University City, with a stop at the racetrack.

Inland North County race fans can take the special 408 route from the Escondido Transit Center to the track.

A special transit district bus also circulates through Solana Beach and Del Mar every half-hour, beginning 2½ hours before the first race. That bus stops at Highway 101 and Plaza Street and Highway 101 and Via de la Valle in Solana Beach, and at Camino del Mar and 15th Street and the fairgrounds in DelMar. The first post time for the thoroughbreds is generally 2 p.m. every day except Tuesday, when the track is closed, and 4 p.m. Friday, with some variation. The season ends Sept. 5th.

Call (800) 266-6688 for bus and train information, or check here.

Real Time Traffic

If you're driving (and who doesn't drive in Southern California?) the traffic conditions in San Diego & around Del Mar have gotten worse each year. Thanks to technology and California DOT, here is a live link to "see" where yhe congestion is on I-5 and surrounding freeways. Some also have freeway cameras to view.

For a look at local traffic, click Real Time Traffic