There are 5 ways to get from Palm Springs to Santa Cruz 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  •  5 h 31 min

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

$168 - $458

Cheapest option

Bus via Greyhound/18th St.  •  14 h 28 min

  1. Take the bus from Palm Springs Amtrak to Bakersfield Amtrak
  2. Take the bus from Bakersfield, Ca to San Jose, Ca
  3. Take the bus from Diridon Station to Water & Ocean 17

$35 - $83

3 alternative options

Bus  •  14 h 39 min

  1. Take the bus from Indio to Los Angeles, CA
  2. Take the bus from Los Angeles, Ca to Santa Cruz, Ca 6742 / ...

$71 - $146

Amtrak Thruway, train, bus  •  15 h 1 min

  1. Take the Amtrak Thruway from Palm Springs, CA to Fullerton, CA
  2. Take the train from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to Salinas Amtrak
  3. Take the bus from Salinas, Ca to Santa Cruz, Ca

$86 - $220

Drive  •  7 h 40 min

  1. Drive from Palm Springs to Santa Cruz 450.2 miles

$40 - $65

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Palm Springs to Santa Cruz is to drive which costs $40 - $65 and takes 7 h 40 min.

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The quickest way to get from Palm Springs to Santa Cruz is to fly which costs $160 - $460 and takes 5 h 31 min.

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The distance between Palm Springs and Santa Cruz is 380 miles. The road distance is 450.2 miles.

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It takes approximately 5 h 31 min to get from Palm Springs to Santa Cruz, including transfers.

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No, there is no direct bus from Palm Springs to Santa Cruz. However, there are services departing from Palm Springs Amtrak and arriving at Water & Ocean via Bakersfield Amtrak, Bakersfield, Ca and Diridon Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 14 h 28 min.

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What companies run services between Palm Springs, CA, USA and Santa Cruz, CA, USA?

Alaska Airlines, Inc. and United Airlines fly from Palm Springs to Santa Cruz 5 times a day. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Palm Springs to Santa Cruz via Bakersfield Amtrak, Greyhound/18th St., Bakersfield, Ca, San Jose, Ca, and Diridon Station in around 14 h 28 min.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Indio/Palm Springs to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 37 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 29 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $750
Train operators
Amtrak
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Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to Salinas Amtrak
Ave. Duration
8 h 18 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$55 - $160
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$55 - $90
Flexi Coach Seat
$100 - $150
Business Coach Seat
$110 - $160
Room
$260 - $370
Bus operators
Amtrak
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Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Palm Springs Amtrak to Bakersfield Amtrak
Ave. Duration
6 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Palm Springs, CA to Fullerton, CA
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Website
amtrak.com
Greyhound USA
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Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Bakersfield, Ca to San Jose, Ca
Ave. Duration
5 h 45 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $75
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$30 - $50
Flexible
$55 - $75
Bus from Los Angeles, Ca to Santa Cruz, Ca
Ave. Duration
9 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$40 - $100
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$40 - $65
Flexible
$75 - $100
Bus from Salinas, Ca to Santa Cruz, Ca
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$10 - $23
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$10 - $15
Flexible
$18 - $23
Santa Cruz Metro
Website
scmtd.com
Bus from Diridon Station to Water & Ocean
Ave. Duration
1 h 2 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$3 - $5
Schedules at
scmtd.com
EPLA Limo Express
Website
eplalimo.com
Bus from Indio to Los Angeles, CA
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$27 - $40
Schedules at
eplalimo.com

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