Experience San Juan Capistrano

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  • Experience San Juan Capistrano

  • Beautiful San Juan Capistrano has it all – history, family fun, great restaurants and shopping, all within easy walking distance of the train station. Many destinations offer valuable discounts with your Metrolink pass.


    Save With a $10 Weekend Day Pass

    Metrolink’s Weekend Day Pass gives you unlimited rides for only $10. The pass is valid system wide on Saturday or Sunday and is available for purchase at all Metrolink station ticket vending machines with weekend service. The $10 Weekend Day Pass can be purchased by selecting "Weekend Pass" on the home screen. Monthly pass holders ride free on weekends system wide.

    • Get There by Train

      All Aboard to San Juan Capistrano

      It’s easy to take the whole family to this fun and historic town simply packed with great things to do – all within an easy walk of the train station:

      Getting There

      • Take Metrolink train 660, 662, 857 or 859 from the station nearest you
      • Arrive at San Juan Capistrano Station

      Returning Home

      • Walk to the San Juan Capistrano Metrolink Station
      • Take Metrolink train 663, 667, 858 or 860 to stations north and east

    • Get Great Discounts with Metrolink

      Take Metrolink to San Juan Capistrano and discover (or rediscover) Orange County's oldest community.

      Show your Metrolink ticket to get numerous great discounts around the historic downtown – at entertainment venues, shopping and dining, all conveniently located within walking distance from the station.

      Click here for a list of partners who offer discounts with your Metrolink ticket!

      • Mission San Juan Capistrano – established in 1776 by Father Junipero Serra, it is the only mission in Orange County. Although more than 200 years old, Mission San Juan Capistrano has recently made dramatic changes to improve its visitor experience, from adding self-guided audio tours to hand- on exhibits such as adobe-brick making. The mission is open 362 days a year – closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and Good Friday – and, like the city itself, offers something new and different just about every day.
      •  El Adobe de Capistranowas President Richard Nixon’s favorite restaurant while he stayed at the Western White House in neighboring San Clemente. The chairs used by him and First Lady Pat Nixon still sit at their favorite table.
      • Swallow’s Inn, a local watering hole famous for its live country music and collection of women’s garments and other local oddities hanging from the ceiling. The Los Angeles Times named it one of the “Best Dive Bars in America.”
      • Historic Los Rios District, the oldest continually lived in residential neighborhood in California, has restaurants and eclectic shops in mission-era adobes and centuries-old buildings. Visitors can find authentic Native American jewelry, home furnishings and souvenirs.
      • Sarducci’s American cuisine restaurant was the old train depot back in 1894. Sit at the great outdoor patio to watch the trains go by.
      • ZOOMARS Petting Zoo, where children get to hold rabbits and guinea pigs and take a ride on a pony or mini-train.

      Metrolink San Juan Capistrano might be best known for its annual return of the mysterious swallow, but those who savor unique shopping adventures, one-of-a-kind restaurants and an authentic peek into California’s past know to visit “the birthplace of Orange County” more than once a year.

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