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 28 min

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

$168 - $458

Cheapest option

Bus, train  •  15 h 28 min

  1. Take the bus from Town Center & Hahn to RTA Metrolink Station at Vine 220
  2. Take the train from Riverside-Downtown station to L. A. Union Station station
  3. Take the bus from Los Angeles to San Jose
  4. Take the bus from Diridon Station to Water & Ocean 17

$44 - $65

3 alternative options

Bus  •  14 h 31 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

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

Virgin America, Alaska Airlines, Inc. and United Airlines fly from Palm Springs to Santa Cruz every 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Palm Springs to Santa Cruz via Hwy 111 at Las Palmas, Indio, Los Angeles, CA, 6th / Wall, 7th / Decatur, and Los Angeles, Ca in around 14 h 31 min.

Airlines
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
$200 - $750
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Indio/Palm Springs to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $700
Virgin America
Website
virginamerica.com
Flights from Indio/Palm Springs to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 29 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $750
Train operators
Amtrak
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
EPLA Limo Express
Website
eplalimo.com
Bus from Indio to Los Angeles, CA
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$27 - $40
Schedules at
eplalimo.com
Greyhound USA
Phone
+1 214-849-8100
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
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
Sunline Transit
Website
sunline.org
Bus from Town Center & Hahn to RTA Metrolink Station at Vine
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$3
Schedules at
sunline.org
Boltbus
Phone
+1 1-877-265-8287
Website
boltbus.com
Bus from Los Angeles to San Jose
Ave. Duration
6 h 35 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$25 - $40
Schedules at
boltbus.com
Santa Cruz Metro
Website
scmtd.com
Bus from Diridon Station to Water & Ocean
Ave. Duration
56 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$3 - $5
Schedules at
scmtd.com

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Questions & Answers

How far is it from Palm Springs to Santa Cruz?

The distance between Palm Springs and Santa Cruz is 608 km. The road distance is 720 km.

What is the cheapest way to get from Palm Springs to Santa Cruz?

The cheapest way to get from Palm Springs to Santa Cruz is to bus and train which costs $40 - $65 and takes 15 h 28 min.

What is the fastest way to get from Palm Springs to Santa Cruz?

The quickest way to get from Palm Springs to Santa Cruz is to fly which takes 5 h 28 min and costs $160 - $460.

Is there a direct bus between Palm Springs and Santa Cruz?

No, there is no direct bus from Palm Springs to Santa Cruz. However, there are services departing from N Palm Cyn at Chino and arriving at Santa Cruz, Ca via Indio, 6th / Wall and Los Angeles, Ca. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 14 h 31 min.

How long does it take to get from Palm Springs to Santa Cruz?

It takes approximately 5 h 28 min to get from Palm Springs to Santa Cruz, including transfers.