There are 6 ways to get from Palm Springs to Santa Cruz by plane, shuttle, bus, train or car

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Fly Indio/Palm Springs to San Francisco, shuttle  •  5 h 33 min

  1. Fly from Indio/Palm Springs (PSP) to San Francisco (SFO) PSP - SFO
  2. Take a shuttle bus from SFO Airport to Santa Cruz

$168 - $458

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Bus Megabus  •  11 h 48 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 Jose, CA
  4. Take the bus from San Jose, Ca to Santa Cruz, Ca 17

$41 - $83

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Bus, train to Ontario/San Bernardino, fly to San Jose, shuttle  •  7 h 35 min

  1. Take the bus from Palm Springs Amtrak to Riverside Amtrak
  2. Take the train from Riverside-Downtown station to Downtown Pomona station
  3. Fly from Ontario/San Bernardino (ONT) to San Jose (SJC) ONT - SJC
  4. Take a shuttle bus from SJC Airport to Santa Cruz

$156 - $438

Bus  •  12 h 55 min

  1. Take the bus from Palm Springs Amtrak to Riverside Amtrak
  2. Take the bus from San Bernardino, Ca to Los Angeles, Ca
  3. Take the bus from Los Angeles, Ca to Santa Cruz, Ca

$54 - $131

Bus, train  •  14 h 42 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 Salinas Amtrak
  4. Take the bus from Salinas, Ca to Santa Cruz, Ca

$75 - $196

Drive  •  7 h 40 min

  1. Drive from Palm Springs to Santa Cruz 450.2 miles

$40 - $65

Questions & Answers

No, there is no direct bus from Palm Springs to Santa Cruz. However, there are services departing from Palm Springs Amtrak and arriving at Santa Cruz, Ca via Riverside, CA, Los Angeles, CA and San Jose, Ca. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 11 h 48 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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The best way to get from Palm Springs to Santa Cruz without a car is to bus which takes 11 h 48 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 5 h 33 min to get from Palm Springs to Santa Cruz, including transfers.

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Palm Springs to Santa Cruz bus services, operated by Amtrak, depart from Palm Springs Amtrak station.

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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 Santa Cruz bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, arrive at Santa Cruz, Ca station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Palm Springs to Santa Cruz is 450 miles. It takes approximately 7 h 40 min to drive from Palm Springs to Santa Cruz.

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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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There are 105+ hotels available in Santa Cruz. Prices start at $97 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Palm Springs to Santa Cruz.
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  • Distance: 379.7 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 33 min

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

You can take a bus from Palm Springs to Santa Cruz via Riverside Amtrak, Riverside, CA, Los Angeles, CA, San Jose, CA, and San Jose, Ca in around 11 h 48 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Ontario/San Bernardino to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $600
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
Metrolink Trains
Phone
(800) 371-LINK (5465)
Website
metrolinktrains.com
Train from Riverside-Downtown station to Downtown Pomona station
Ave. Duration
33 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$6 - $9
Schedules at
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
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 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
Santa Cruz Flyer
Website
santacruzflyer.com
Shuttle from SFO Airport to Santa Cruz
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$55
Schedules at
santacruzflyer.com
Book at
santacruzflyer.com
Shuttle from SJC Airport to Santa Cruz
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$55
Schedules at
santacruzflyer.com
Book at
santacruzflyer.com
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 San Jose, CA to Santa Cruz, CA
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
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 Jose, CA
Ave. Duration
6 h 25 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Book at
megabus.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 San Jose, Ca to Santa Cruz, Ca
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$10 - $21
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$10 - $14
Flexible
$17 - $21
Bus from San Bernardino, Ca to Los Angeles, Ca
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
Every 10 minutes
Estimated price
$12 - $28
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$12 - $18
Flexible
$21 - $28
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 Santa Cruz Metro Center - Lane 2
Ave. Duration
58 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$3 - $5
Schedules at
scmtd.com

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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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