NCTD/MTS Transit Info to Del Mar Races


The North County Transit District and MTS are gearing up for an event-filled week in San Diego County!

You can take the SPRINTER from the Escondido Transit Center to meet up with the COASTER in Oceanside to get to the Del Mar Races and to Comic-Con at the San Diego Convention Center. You can also jump on the Rapid 235 bus from the Escondido Transit Center to express to downtown San Diego for Comic-Con.
Either way, check out their schedules online for your best connections and transfers!

Opening Day at the Del Mar Races

On Wednesday, July 19th, in addition to regular COASTER service, two special southbound trains and two northbound trains are scheduled on Opening Day, July 19, to take race-goers to and from the festivities. Once at the Solana Beach Station, passengers can catch a shuttle to and from the race track.

Pony Express Ticket
To help guests relax on their trip and save money, NCTD continues to offer the “Pony Express” ticket this year—an $11 ticket that covers your round-trip fare on the COASTER, SPRINTER, or BREEZE, and Stretch-Run admission to the Del Mar Races for one day. The Pony Express ticket can be purchased at NCTD ticket vending machines, or online on the mobile app Compass Cloud. This ticket is not valid on Opening Day.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 to Sunday, July 23, 2017
San Diego Convention Center

With more than 100,000 guests expected from around the world at this year’s Comic-Con, NCTD will provide service for characters and passengers alike who live or are staying in northern San Diego County. Comic-Con goers, and other visitors to downtown San Diego, should be aware of a special non-regularly scheduled northbound train that will depart Santa Fe Depot on Saturday evening, July 22, at 9:15 p.m.

Passengers can purchase a RegionPlus Day Pass for $12 at ticket vending machines located at COASTER and SPRINTER stations, or via NCTD’s mobile app Compass Cloud. These passes cover all-day usage of the COASTER, SPRINTER, BREEZE, as well as MTS Trolley and buses. 

When traveling from a transit station, extra time should be allowed for parking due the amount of people utilizing transit on these event days.

For trip planning assistance, passengers can contact NCTD Customer Service at 760-966-6500 or visit:

To navigate your way to and from Comic-Con and around downtown San Diego, check out the MTS Rapid Express route and the trolley lines.