OCTA and METROLINK

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 44th Annual Festival of Whales in Dana Point on two consecutive weekends, March 7 and 8, and March 14 and 15, 2015. This year, Metrolink has more special offers than ever to help you enjoy your visit. 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 a FREE shuttle service to all event locations or take advantage of Metrolink’s exclusive discount on the Harbor water taxi —there’s something for everyone! Due to liability reasons, NO DOGS are allowed on the shuttles.

FREE Metrolink Tickets and Other Prizes!

Join us for a pre-festival celebration at the Orange Metrolink Station on Saturday, March 7, starting at 9:00 a.m. Come early ‒ the first 50 people receive a free Metrolink ticket to the festival! Enjoy free food sponsored by Ruby’s Diner and Streamliner Lounge and hear live music by Headshine. Bring a non-perishable donation for Second Harvest Food Bank to play Plinko and win a prize.

The Orange Metrolink Station is located at 194 N. Atchison Street, Orange, CA 92866. Parking is free.

After the fun at the Orange Station, board Metrolink Train 859 that departs for San Juan Capistrano at 10:08 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 that has weekend service.

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 7, 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.

For Metrolink passengers coming from San Bernardino, Riverside-Downtown and La Sierra, North Main and West Corona, Anaheim Hills, Orange, Santa Ana, Tustin, Irvine and Laguna Niguel/Mission Viejo:

  • Board Metrolink Train 859 on the IEOC Line at the station nearest you
  • Train arrives San Juan Capistrano at 10:40 a.m.
  • From the station, walk to bus stop #7055 off Camino Capistrano and Ortega
  • At 11:17 a.m., board Bus Route 91 South to Dana Point
  • Exit the bus stop at #1518 off Pacific Coast Highway and Dana Point Drive in Dana Point at approximately 11:30 a.m.
  • Walk down Dana Point Harbor Drive to the festival
  • Or you can enter Doheny State Beach (directional sign at bus stop), walk along the green barrier fence, then proceed to marked Festival of Whales shuttle stop. Ride the Festival of Whales shuttle free to all event locations throughout the day.

Special One-Way Shuttles Available OCTA Bus
On March 7, specially marked Festival of Whales shuttles will offer free rides from OCTA bus stop #7055 off Camino Capistrano and Ortega 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.

For Metrolink passengers coming from Oceanside or San Clemente:

  • Board Metrolink Train 661 or 665 on the OC Line at the station nearest you
  • Exit at San Juan Capistrano station
  • Follow directions above for the rest of the trip

For Metrolink passengers coming from L.A. Union Station, Norwalk/Santa Fe Springs, Buena Park, Fullerton, Anaheim, Orange, Santa Ana, Tustin, Irvine and Laguna Niguel/Mission Viejo:

  • Take train 660 or 662 on the OC Line at the station nearest you
  • Exit at San Juan Capistrano station
  • Follow directions above for the rest of the trip

Returning Home is Easy

  • Walk to bus stop #1501 off Pacific Coast Highway and Del Obispo in Dana Point.
  • At 3:57 p.m., board Bus Route 91 North (towards Laguna Hills).
  • Exit the bus at stop #7042 off Camino Capistrano and Ortega in San Juan Capistrano at approximately 4:11 p.m.
  • Walk to the train station across the street.
  • Take Metrolink Train 860 on the IEOC Line at 5:03 p.m. to stations north.

OCTA-train-schedule
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