There are 7 ways to get from Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to Palm Desert by plane, bus, train or car

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Fly, line 111 bus  •  2 h 28 min

  1. Fly from Los Angeles (LAX) to Indio/Palm Springs (PSP) LAX - PSP
  2. Take the line 111 bus from B St at Buddy Rogers to Hwy 111 at San Luis Rey

$159 - $410

Cheapest option

Bus via Riverside, CA  •  6 h

  1. Take the bus from Los Angeles, CA to Riverside, CA
  2. Take the bus from RTA Metrolink Station at Vine to Town Center & Hahn 220

$19 - $30

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Bus Amtrak  •  5 h 34 min

  1. Take the bus from Fullerton, CA to Palm Desert, CA 4984 / ...

Train, bus  •  6 h 13 min

  1. Take the train from L. A. Union Station station to Riverside-Downtown station Riverside Line / ...
  2. Take the bus from RTA Metrolink Station at Vine to Town Center & Hahn 220

$19 - $25

Bus EPLA Limo Express  •  6 h 41 min

  1. Take the bus from Los Angeles to Indio

$39 - $56

Train, bus via Walmart  •  6 h 48 min

  1. Take the train from L. A. Union Station station to San Bernardino-Downtown station San Bernardino Line
  2. Take the bus from 2nd at Commerce to Town Center & Hahn 220

$20 - $28

Drive  •  2 h 29 min

  1. Drive from Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to Palm Desert 137.7 miles

$13 - $20

Questions & Answers

No, there is no direct bus from Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to Palm Desert. However, there are services departing from Tom Bradley Int’l Terminal and arriving at Town Center & Hahn via Los Angeles, CA and RTA Metrolink Station at Vine. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6 h.

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The distance between Los Angeles Airport (LAX) and Palm Desert is 118 miles. The road distance is 137.7 miles.

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The best way to get from Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to Palm Desert without a car is to bus which takes 5 h 34 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 2 h 28 min to get from Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to Palm Desert, including transfers.

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Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to Palm Desert bus services, operated by Megabus, depart from Los Angeles, CA station.

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The quickest flight from Los Angeles Airport to Indio/Palm Springs Airport is the direct flight which takes 55 min.

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Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to Palm Desert bus services, operated by Sunline Transit, arrive at Town Center & Hahn station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to Palm Desert is 138 miles. It takes approximately 2 h 29 min to drive from Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to Palm Desert.

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United Airlines offers flights from Los Angeles Airport to Indio/Palm Springs Airport.

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There are 616+ hotels available in Palm Desert. Prices start at $72 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to Palm Desert.
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  • Distance: 118.3 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 28 min

What companies run services between Los Angeles Airport (LAX), USA and Palm Desert, CA, USA?

Amtrak operates a bus from Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to Palm Desert once daily, and the journey takes 2 h 30 min.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Los Angeles to Indio/Palm Springs
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $700
Train operators
Metrolink Trains
Phone
(800) 371-LINK (5465)
Website
metrolinktrains.com
Train from L. A. Union Station station to Riverside-Downtown station
Ave. Duration
1 h 27 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$10 - $14
Schedules at
metrolinktrains.com
Train from L. A. Union Station station to San Bernardino-Downtown station
Ave. Duration
1 h 47 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$10 - $14
Schedules at
metrolinktrains.com
Bus operators
Sunline Transit
Phone
+1 760-343-3451
Website
sunline.org
Bus from B St at Buddy Rogers to Hwy 111 at San Luis Rey
Ave. Duration
29 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$3
Schedules at
sunline.org
Bus from RTA Metrolink Station at Vine to Town Center & Hahn
Ave. Duration
2 h 16 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$3
Schedules at
sunline.org
Bus from 2nd at Commerce to Town Center & Hahn
Ave. Duration
1 h 6 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$3
Schedules at
sunline.org
Amtrak

Amtrak is a rail service that connects the US and three Canadian provinces. Covering 21,000 route miles (34,000km) Amtrak operates more than 300 trains daily. These medium and long distance intercity services operate at speeds of up to 240km/h, to more than 500 destinations. Founded in 1971, it is based in Washington, D.C. and offers four classes of travel: First Class, Sleeper, Business and Coach. Ticket fares are divided into five subclasses: Saver, Value, Flexible, Business and Premium. Amtrak trains are known for their wide seats, plug-in power, big windows and storage capabilities.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Fullerton, CA to Palm Desert, CA
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com
EPLA Limo Express
Website
eplalimo.com
Bus from Los Angeles to Indio
Ave. Duration
3 h 45 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$26 - $40
Schedules at
eplalimo.com

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