The Carlsbad Connector pilot program, managed by a multi-agency partnership between North County Transit District, San Diego Association of Governments and City of Carlsbad has ended. 

With the conclusion of the multi-agency pilot program, and as a result of temporary service reductions implemented on COASTER trains due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the service will be temporarily suspended beginning Friday, July 31, 2020 until further notice. It is anticipated that NCTD will assume operations and funding for a new pilot micro-transit program within NCTD's existing FLEX brand once the service is re-launched. 

For more information and schedules for BREEZE bus routes servicing the Carlsbad area, visit

What is the Carlsbad Connector?

The Carlsbad Connector is a new app-based shuttle service which runs to and from the Carlsbad Poinsettia COASTER Station.

The City of Carlsbad, North County Transit District (NCTD), and the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) have partnered to combine the convenience of ridesharing with the sustainability of transit services to offer you efficiency and flexibility at a very affordable price.

When a fixed bus route doesn’t fit into your schedule, you can simply book your shuttle service directly from your phone for immediate or future rides.

Where does the Carlsbad Connector go?  

The service runs from the Carlsbad Poinsettia COASTER Station and provides flexible service to our business parks in and around Palomar McClellan Airport and along the coast.

Monday to Friday

Morning: 7:00 am – 9:00 am
Mid-Day: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm 
Evening:  3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Carlsbad Connector will not operate on holidays where COASTER operates a weekend schedule. 

Rides can only be requested from the Carlsbad Poinsettia COASTER Station from 7:00 am-9:00 am and can only be requested to the station from 3:00 pm-6:00 pm. Between the hours of 9:00 am and 3:00 pm, rides can be requested throughout the service area, including Carlsbad Village and the Poinsettia train station.  

Use the interactive map below to see the service region. Service to Carlsbad Village is only available during mid-day service from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Service Map

What is the Carlsbad Connector?

How much does it cost?

The Carlsbad Connector is FREE to those with a monthly COASTER pass or a COASTER Regional day pass. Without a COASTER monthly or day pass, the fares are:

$2.50 for a one-way trip
$1.25 for a one-way trip with a valid SDM


(Senior, Disabled, Medicare) card


You can request your ride immediately or up to 3 days in advance. Cut down your travel time with fewer stops and transfers. 


When you book a ride with the Carlsbad Connector, your seat is guaranteed. Sit back, relax, and coast to work! Or start working from the time you board the COASTER to when you get off the shuttle and head into the office. 


Easily track Carlsbad Connector vehicles in the app, or schedule a trip in advance to plan your week ahead. Multi-day reservations can be made for up to seven days for regular transit riders.

Low Price

Enjoy the convenience of on-demand rides at a lower price. Fares are as low as $2.50 per one-way trip or FREE with a COASTER monthly or Regional day pass. 

How it Works?

Key in your pick-up and drop-off locations.

Input the time and date of your trip. You can ride instantly or make a booking up to 3 days in advance.

Select the number of seats you’ll need.

We’ll show you the best available routes. Make your selection.

Pay for your ride via credit card to confirm your booking or choose pay on board if you have a transit pass. This guarantees you a seat on the shuttle.

Make your way to the pick-up point before your ride is scheduled to arrive. Hop on and enjoy the ride!

What is the Carlsbad Connector?

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What is the Carlsbad Connector?

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