There are 7 ways to get from Palm Springs to San Francisco 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.

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Fly  •  3 h 23 min

  1. Fly from Indio/Palm Springs (PSP) to San Francisco (SFO) PSP - SFO

$119 - $412

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Bus Megabus  •  12 h 5 min

  1. Take the bus from Palm Springs Amtrak to Riverside Amtrak
  2. Take the bus from Riverside, CA to Los Angeles, CA
  3. Take the bus from Los Angeles, CA to San Francisco, CA

$38 - $67

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Amtrak Thruway, train  •  12 h 37 min

  1. Take the Amtrak Thruway from Palm Springs, CA to Bakersfield, CA 5402
  2. Take the train from Bakersfield Amtrak to Richmond Transit Station San Joaquins

$57 - $141

Bus, train via Bakersfield Amtrak  •  13 h 42 min

  1. Take the bus from Palm Springs Amtrak to Bakersfield Amtrak Amtrak Thruway Connecting Service
  2. Take the train from Bakersfield Amtrak to Oakland Jack London Square Station San Joaquins

$57 - $144

Bus Greyhound USA  •  14 h 44 min

  1. Take the bus from Indio to Los Angeles
  2. Take the bus from Los Angeles, Ca to San Francisco, Ca 6834 / ...

$70 - $156

Bus, train  •  16 h 27 min

  1. Take the bus from Palm Springs Amtrak to Riverside Amtrak
  2. Take the train from Riverside-Downtown station to L. A. Union Station station
  3. Take the train from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to Oakland Jack London Square Station

$82 - $217

Drive  •  8 h 7 min

  1. Drive from Palm Springs to San Francisco 488.1 miles

$45 - $70

Questions & Answers

No, there is no direct bus from Palm Springs to San Francisco. However, there are services departing from Palm Springs Amtrak and arriving at San Francisco, CA via Riverside, CA and Los Angeles, CA. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 12 h 5 min.

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The distance between Palm Springs and San Francisco is 430 miles. The road distance is 488.1 miles.

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The best way to get from Palm Springs to San Francisco without a car is to bus which takes 12 h 5 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 3 h 23 min to get from Palm Springs to San Francisco, including transfers.

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Palm Springs to San Francisco bus services, operated by Amtrak, depart from Palm Springs Amtrak station.

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The best way to get from Palm Springs to San Francisco is to fly which takes 3 h 23 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 12 h 5 min.

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The quickest flight from Indio/Palm Springs Airport to San Francisco Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 30 min.

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Palm Springs to San Francisco bus services, operated by Megabus, arrive at San Francisco, CA station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Palm Springs to San Francisco is 488 miles. It takes approximately 8 h 7 min to drive from Palm Springs to San Francisco.

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Sun Country Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Inc. and United Airlines offer flights from Indio/Palm Springs Airport to San Francisco Airport.

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Map of how to get from Palm Springs to San Francisco.
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  • Distance: 429.7 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 23 min

What companies run services between Palm Springs, CA, USA and San Francisco, CA, USA?

Sun Country Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Inc. and United Airlines fly from Palm Springs to San Francisco every 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Palm Springs to San Francisco via Riverside Amtrak, Riverside, CA, and Los Angeles, CA in around 12 h 5 min.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Indio/Palm Springs to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 34 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $700
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from Indio/Palm Springs to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 32 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $750
Sun Country Airlines
Website
suncountry.com
Flights from Indio/Palm Springs to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
$70 - $180
Train operators
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
Train from Bakersfield Amtrak to Richmond Transit Station
Ave. Duration
5 h 32 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$50 - $140
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$50 - $80
Flexi Coach Seat
$95 - $140
Business Coach Seat
$95 - $140
Room
$240 - $340
Train from Bakersfield Amtrak to Oakland Jack London Square Station
Ave. Duration
6 h 8 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$55 - $140
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$55 - $80
Flexi Coach Seat
$95 - $140
Business Coach Seat
$100 - $140
Room
$250 - $340
Train from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to Oakland Jack London Square Station
Ave. Duration
11 h 14 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$70 - $200
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$70 - $110
Flexi Coach Seat
$120 - $180
Business Coach Seat
$140 - $200
Room
$310 - $430
Metrolink Trains
Phone
(800) 371-LINK (5465)
Website
metrolinktrains.com
Train from Riverside-Downtown station to L. A. Union Station station
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$10 - $14
Schedules at
metrolinktrains.com
Bus operators
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 Palm Springs Amtrak to Riverside Amtrak
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Palm Springs, CA to Bakersfield, CA
Ave. Duration
5 h 10 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Palm Springs Amtrak to Bakersfield Amtrak
Ave. Duration
6 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Website
amtrak.com
Megabus
Phone
877-462-6342
Website
us.megabus.com
Bus from Riverside, CA to Los Angeles, CA
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$7 - $17
Book at
megabus.com
Bus from Los Angeles, CA to San Francisco, CA
Ave. Duration
7 h 50 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Book at
megabus.com
EPLA Limo Express
Website
eplalimo.com
Bus from Indio to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$26 - $40
Schedules at
eplalimo.com
Greyhound USA

Greyhound is a leading bus company based in Dallas, Texas, serving over 3800 destinations across North America, Mexico and Canada. Greyhound carries around 18 million passengers a year who travel 5.4 billion miles (8.6 billion km) a year on their fleet of around 1700 vehicles. For travel flexibility, you can board or get off a Greyhound bus at official Greyhound stations, partner stations and curbside stops. There are around 230 Greyhound stations across the US where you can both catch your bus and buy tickets, that are also available on the official website and via the mobile app.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Los Angeles, Ca to San Francisco, Ca
Ave. Duration
9 h 25 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$40 - $110
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$40 - $70
Flexible
$80 - $110

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The best way to get from Palm Springs to Indio/Palm Springs Airport is to line 14 bus which takes 8 min and costs .

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