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

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Caltrain, fly  •  4 h 15 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

$122 - $417

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Bus, Amtrak Thruway  •  12 h 20 min

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

Night bus, bus  •  14 h 15 min

  1. Take the night bus from San Jose to Bakersfield FlixBus
  2. Take the bus from Bakersfield Amtrak to Palm Springs Amtrak Amtrak Thruway Connecting Service

Train, Amtrak Thruway  •  16 h 47 min

  1. Take the train from San Jose Diridon Station 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

No, there is no direct bus from Palo Alto to Palm Springs. However, there are services departing from El Camino & Churchill and arriving at Palm Springs Amtrak via San Jose, Southwest Transit Center, Downtown Transit Center and Bakersfield Amtrak. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 14 h 15 min.

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

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The best way to get from Palo Alto to Palm Springs without a car is to bus and Amtrak Thruway which takes 12 h 20 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 4 h 15 min to get from Palo Alto to Palm Springs, including transfers.

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Palo Alto to Palm Springs bus services, operated by Flixbus USA, depart from San Jose station.

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The quickest flight from San Francisco Airport to Indio/Palm Springs Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 27 min.

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Palo Alto to Palm Springs bus services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Palm Springs Amtrak station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Palo Alto to Palm Springs is 462 miles. It takes approximately 7 h 46 min to drive from Palo Alto to Palm Springs.

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

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There are 494+ hotels available in Palm Springs. Prices start at $79 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Palo Alto to Palm Springs.
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  • Distance: 403.5 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 15 min

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 San Jose Diridon Caltrain, San Jose, CA, Los Angeles, CA, L. A. Union Station station, Fullerton station, and Fullerton, CA in around 12 h 20 min.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Francisco to Indio/Palm Springs
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $700
Flights from San Francisco to Indio/Palm Springs via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
3 h 45 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 31 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $750
Sun Country Airlines
Website
suncountry.com
Flights from San Francisco to Indio/Palm Springs
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
$95 - $230
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 San Jose Diridon Station 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
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 Fullerton, CA to Palm Springs, CA
Ave. Duration
1 h 55 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Bakersfield Amtrak to Palm Springs Amtrak
Ave. Duration
5 h 5 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Website
amtrak.com
Flixbus USA
Phone
(855) 626-8585
Website
flixbus.com
Night bus from San Jose to Bakersfield
Ave. Duration
4 h 20 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$10 - $20
Schedules at
flixbus.com

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