There are 5 ways to get from Palo Alto to Palm Springs by train, plane, bus 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

Caltrain, fly  •  3 h 44 min

  1. Take the Caltrain from Palo Alto Caltrain to Millbrae Caltrain
  2. Fly from San Francisco (SFO) to Indio/Palm Springs (PSP) SFO - PSP

$118 - $411

Cheapest option

Bus  •  14 h 6 min

  1. Take the bus from San Jose, Ca to Los Angeles, Ca 6853 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Los Angeles, CA to Indio

$70 - $150

3 alternative options

Bus, Amtrak Thruway  •  15 h 40 min

  1. Take the bus from San Jose, CA to Anaheim Tufesa
  2. Take the Amtrak Thruway from Fullerton, CA to Palm Springs, CA 4968 / ...

Train, Amtrak Thruway  •  16 h 48 min

  1. Take the train from San Jose Diridon Station Amtrak to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak Coast Starlight
  2. Take the Amtrak Thruway from Fullerton, CA to Palm Springs, CA 4968 / ...

Drive  •  7 h 46 min

  1. Drive from Palo Alto to Palm Springs 462.3 miles

$45 - $70

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Palo Alto to Palm Springs is to drive which costs $45 - $70 and takes 7 h 46 min.

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The quickest way to get from Palo Alto to Palm Springs is to Caltrain and fly which costs $110 - $420 and takes 3 h 44 min.

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The distance between Palo Alto and Palm Springs is 404 miles. The road distance is 462.3 miles.

Get driving directions

It takes approximately 3 h 44 min to get from Palo Alto to Palm Springs, including transfers.

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No, there is no direct bus from Palo Alto to Palm Springs. However, there are services departing from El Camino & California and arriving at Indian Cyn at Alejo via 1St & Santa Clara, San Jose, Ca, 7th / Decatur, Los Angeles, CA and Hwy 111 at Las Palmas. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 14 h 6 min.

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What companies run services between Palo Alto, CA, USA and Palm Springs, CA, USA?

You can take a bus from Palo Alto to Palm Springs via Santa Clara & 2Nd, 1St & Santa Clara, San Jose Caltrain Station, San Jose, Ca, Los Angeles, Ca, 7th / Decatur, 7th / Maple, Los Angeles, CA, Indio, and Hwy 111 at Las Palmas in around 14 h 6 min.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Francisco to Indio/Palm Springs
Ave. Duration
1 h 32 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $700
Flights from San Francisco to Indio/Palm Springs via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
3 h 49 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$180 - $700
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from San Francisco to Indio/Palm Springs
Ave. Duration
1 h 29 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $750
Train operators
Caltrain
Website
caltrain.com
Train from Palo Alto Caltrain to Millbrae Caltrain
Ave. Duration
19 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$4 - $6
Schedules at
caltrain.com
Amtrak
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Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from San Jose Diridon Station Amtrak to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak
Ave. Duration
10 h 53 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$65 - $180
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$65 - $100
Flexi Coach Seat
$110 - $170
Business Coach Seat
$120 - $180
Room
$290 - $400
Bus operators
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 San Jose, Ca to Los Angeles, Ca
Ave. Duration
7 h 15 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $90
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$35 - $60
Flexible
$70 - $90
EPLA Limo Express
Website
eplalimo.com
Bus from Los Angeles, CA to Indio
Ave. Duration
2 h 19 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$27 - $40
Schedules at
eplalimo.com
Tufesa
Phone
016444102444
Website
tufesa.com.mx
Bus from San Jose, CA to Anaheim
Ave. Duration
9 h 25 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$23 - $65
Schedules at
tufesa.com.mx
Book at
gotobus.com
Plus
$23 - $35
Platinum
$35 - $45
Ejecutivo
$40 - $55

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