OCTA and METROLINK

Metrolink is Your Ticket to Savings at the Festival of Whales!

The California Gray Whales are heading south to Mexico on their annual migration. Celebrate this amazing natural spectacle at the 45th Annual Festival of Whales in Dana Point on two consecutive weekends, March 5 and 6, and March 12 and 13, 2016. This year, Metrolink has more special offers than ever to help you enjoy your visit and join the pod! Count on Metrolink to get you to the festival for less, and to help you save on whale watching excursions, overnight hotel stays and more. Take the FREE trolley service to all event locations or take advantage of Metrolink’s exclusive discount on the Harbor water taxi —there’s something for everyone!


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FREE Metrolink Tickets and Other Prizes!

Join OCTA for a kickoff event at the Tustin Metrolink Station on Saturday, March 5, starting at 9:00 a.m.

Tustin Metrolink Station
2975 Edinger Ave., Tustin
Parking is free.

Come early ‒ the first 50 people receive a free Metrolink ticket to the festival! Enjoy free refreshments and music. Bring a non-perishable food donation for Second Harvest Food Bank to play Plinko and win prizes.

After the fun at the Tustin Station, board Metrolink Train #660 on the Orange County Line that departs for San Juan Capistrano at 9:46 a.m.


OCTA shuttles 2015

Save With a $10 Weekend Day Pass

OCTA and Metrolink can help you get to the Festival of Whales and get great deals too! Buy a Weekend Day Pass for just $10. The pass is valid for systemwide travel all day Saturday or Sunday. Get your Weekend Day Pass at any Metrolink station ticket vending machine.

How to Get to the Festival

Metrolink makes it easy to get to the Festival of Whales. Ride Metrolink to San Juan Capistrano Metrolink station, then take OCTA Bus Route 91 South to Dana Point and you’re there! Bus transfers are free with your Metrolink ticket. On March 5, free limited one-way shuttles will be available. Read on for details.

You can also bring your bike along and take the San Juan Creek bike trail for three miles to Dana Point and the festival.

Take Metrolink to the Festival of Whales
The easiest way to get to the festival is by Metrolink train. Board the train at the station nearest you and head to San Juan Capistrano. From San Juan Capistrano, show your Metrolink ticket and ride OCTA Bus Route 91 South free to Dana Point. Bus Route 91 South can accommodate passengers requiring ADA accessible transportation.

How to Get to the Festival

  • Board Metrolink Train 660 on the OC Line or 859 on the IEOC Line at the station nearest you.
  • Arrive at San Juan Capistrano station.
  • From the station, walk to bus stop #7055 off Camino Capistrano and Ortega.
  • Board OCTA Bus Route 91 South to Dana Point.
  • Exit the bus stop at #1518 off Pacific Coast Highway and Dana Point Drive in Dana Point.
  • Walk down Dana Point Harbor Drive to the festival.
  • Or you can enter Doheny State Park (directional sign at bus stop), walk along the green barrier fence, then proceed to marked Festival of Whales trolley stop. Ride the Festival of Whales trolley free to all event locations throughout the day.

Special One-Way Trolleys AvailableOCTA Bus
On March 5, specially marked Festival of Whales trolleys will offer free rides from OCTA bus stop #7055 off Camino Capistrano and Ortega in San Juan Capistrano, directly to the parade viewing area. These shuttles will not provide return transportation to this bus stop or to the San Juan Capistrano station. Passengers will need to board an OCTA bus for return to the San Juan Capistrano Metrolink station.

Returning Home is Easy

  • Walk to bus stop #1501 off Pacific Coast Highway and Del Obispo in Dana Point.
  • Board OCTA Bus Route 91 North (towards Laguna Hills).
  • Exit the bus at stop #7042 off Camino Capistrano and Ortega in San Juan Capistrano.
  • Walk to the train station across the street.
  • Take Metrolink Train 667 on the OC Line or 860 on the IEOC Line to stations north and east.

OCTA 2016
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