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Camp Pendleton is located about 42 miles north of the San Diego airport, Lindberg Field and about 88 miles south of the Los Angeles International Airport, LAX.  Driving direction to Camp Pendleton is fairly easy due to the base being located off of Interstate 5 which runs up and down the entire west coast.  When driving toward's Camp Pendleton on I5, you know you are close when you enter the city of Oceanside, CA.  The Camp Pendleton exit is clearly labeled and will take you directly to the front gate of the base.  

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If you plan on traveling from the southern part of the country, you will probably enter the San Diego area via Interstate 8.  As you enter the city via the I8, you will want to veer right on I15 north.  You will drive for about 6 miles before you encounter CA52.  You will want to go west on CA52.  After about 4 miles, you will encounter I805.  Go north on I805.  After another 4 miles, you will merge with I5 and this will take you the last 24 miles to the Camp Pendleton exit.

Traveling from the northern part of the country, you will probably enter the North County San Diego area via Interstate 15.  As you enter the city via I15 south, you will encounter CA78.  Veer right on CA78 west.  You will take CA78 about 18 miles before you run into I5.  Veer right on I5 north.  You will take I5 north for the last 5 miles to the Camp Pendleton exit.

If you have any problems with directions, please feel free to contact our office at (760) 725-3802/5704.  You can also contact the 24hr duty at the Joint Reception Center at (760) 725-6662.

Modes of transportation from airports:


Cloud 9 Shuttle:  1-800-974-8853 or 1-800-974-8885.  From Airport, pick up is at the USO (Terminal #2), $20.00 one way to anywhere aboard the base.  Five pick-up times Monday thru Sunday:  1230, 1630, 1930, 2300 and 0030 hours.  Children under 3 yrs old are free.  For clients leaving Camp Pendleton, reservations are required (3 days prior); pick-up at Main Gate (I-5 & Harbor Drive); mode of payment accepted:  credit cards only!

San Diego Express Shuttle, 24-hour service, 7 days a week, for more information call 1-800-900-RIDE (7433).

Amtrak Rail:  1-800-872-7245 (Recording) Take local bus to Amtrak Station.  $11.70 one way (after Labor Day $9.90) - to or from Oceanside; $23.40 roundtrip including military discount (prices may flucuate depending on season).

United Service Organization (USO) is located in Terminal #2 of the San Diego Airport and is open from 0800-2300, 365 days a year.  The USO is a non-profit, civilian operated organization with tremendous support and operates worldwide in more that 160 locations.  The facility boasts of a television lounge and sitting area, video games, movies, transportation assistance (referral to shuttle services to Camp Pendleton), and directions as well as free coffee and refreshments.  For more information call (619) 296-3192.


Greyhound Bus Lines:  Greyhound does not go directly to the airport from Oceanside.  For Greyhound schedule call (760) 722-1587.  (Recording) To talk to a Greyhound representative call 1-800-231-2222.

Express Shuttle:  From Los Angeles International Airport to the Greyhound Bus terminal in downtown LA.  Tickets may be purchased from the Greyhound Bus terminal.

Marine Liaison:  Offers information to servicemembers who are departing for or returning from overseas duty stations;  located in Terminal #2 (lower level, office #1018A).  For information or referral call (310) 363-1997/3590 or DSN 833-1997/3590, or 1-800-723-3080.

United Service Organization (USO):  Offers information and referral services to active duty personnel, their family members and retirees.  They have specific information on the times of day the buses and trains run to Camp Pendleton.  For more information on services provided by LAX USO call (310) 642-1120 or DSN 532-8328.

Metrolink: Oceanside is quickly becoming the area's major rail transportation hub.  Commuter rail service connecting Oceanside's Transit Center with Los Angeles Union Station via METROLINK is now available.  There are currently 11 stops between Oceanside and Los Angeles Union Station.  METROLINK operates Monday-Friday only.  Oceanside Metrolink is located at:  235 So.  Tremont Ave., off Mission Avenue.  Metrolink has five train departures: 4:47 a.m., 5:22 a.m., 5:56 a.m., 6:44 a.m., and 3:22 p.m. (three in a.m. and one in p.m.) and four return trains to Oceanside (one in a.m. and three in p.m.).  One-way ticket $11.25; round trip $21.25.  For more information about METROLINK call 1-800-371-5465.



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