Oceanside is located in the heart of Southern California and is considered the gateway city between metropolitan San Diego and Los Angeles. A classic Southern California beach town, Oceanside’s central location offers visitors an ideal place to stay and experience California’s casual spirit.
The most northern city in San Diego County, Oceanside is located just 38 miles north of downtown San Diego, 50 miles south of Orange County and 100 miles south of Los Angeles. The city is bordered by U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton to the north and the City of Carlsbad to the south.
GETTING TO OCEANSIDE
Oceanside is easily accessible from 4 major airports including:
- San Diego International Airport (SAN- 40 miles)
- John Wayne Airport, Orange County (SNA- 50 miles)
- Los Angeles International Airport (LAX- 90 miles)
- Ontario International Airport (ONT- 85 miles).
McClellan-Palomar Airport (CLD) in Carlsbad is located 11 miles south of Oceanside offering access for private and corporate jets.
The Oceanside Municipal Airport is located less than 3 miles from downtown Oceanside and serves as a general aviation airport featuring a dual runway and fuel services. There are also several experiential tenants at the airport including GoJump Oceanside and Waverider Helicopter Tours.
The city can also be reached by rail via the Oceanside Transit Center, located in downtown Oceanside. The Transit Center is a hub of activity with daily stops from Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner servicing cities between Santa Barbara and Oceanside and the Metrolink serving Los Angeles, Orange County, San Bernardino, and Riverside.
Additional regional transportation options are provided by the North County Transit District (NCTD). Rail services include the Coaster, traveling north/south between Oceanside and downtown San Diego, in addition to the Sprinter, which runs east/west between Oceanside and Escondido.
Oceanside is easily accessed by car, most popularly from Interstate 5 and the Historic Highway 101. Other major highways running through the city include CA-76 and CA-78.
There are a variety of parking options when visiting Oceanside Beaches, Harbor, or downtown Oceanside. Please visit the City of Oceanside’s Parking Map to review lot options, operating hours, and any associated parking fees.
Due to multiple downtown Oceanside construction projects, it is possible to experience temporary road closures and changes to parking availability. For the latest information on how to get around downtown Oceanside, check out How Do You O’side?
For referrals on local shuttle and limousine services, please contact our Group Travel Department.
IT'S TIME TO EXPLORE
Cruise Around By Bike
Oceanside holds the designation as being a silver level Bicycle Friendly Community from the League of American Cyclists. So leave your car during your stay and explore by bike! Bicycle rentals vary from traditional beach cruisers to electric scooters. Learn more about bicycling in Oceanside.
5 Tips for Taking the Train to San Diego
Taking the train to San Diego is hassle free and a great alternative to driving. Whether you are taking the train to an event, looking to explore a city along the route, or simply heading back to the San Diego Airport, taking the Coaster is a fun experience. Check out these 5 Tips for Taking the Train to San Diego.
Southern California by Train
Oceanside is centrally located within Southern California making it easy to visit popular attractions throughout the region. If you are looking to visit Old Town San Diego, USS Midway Museum, Disneyland California, etc. check out the best way that you can explore Southern California by Train.
5 Guided Day Trips from Oceanside
You have arrived in Oceanside and are ready to explore, but maybe don’t want to navigate on your own? No worries! Check out these 5 guided day trips from Oceanside. They include everything from a chauffeured San Diego winery tour to a BBQ and brewery tour, and a farm tour. Check out 5 Guided Day Trips from Oceanside.