There are 5 ways to get from San Diego to Joshua Tree by bus, car or train

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

Bus, drive  •  6 h 6 min

  1. Take the bus from San Diego, Ca to San Bernardino, Ca
  2. Take the bus from E St & Court St to Sandalwood Dr 5
  3. Drive from Sandalwood Dr to Joshua Tree

$27 - $58

4 alternative options

Train, Amtrak Thruway  •  6 h 43 min

  1. Take the train from San Diego Santa Fe Depot Amtrak to Fullerton Transportation Center Pacific Surfliner
  2. Take the Amtrak Thruway from Fullerton, CA to Palm Springs, CA 4968 / ...

Amtrak Thruway  •  6 h 47 min

  1. Take the Amtrak Thruway from San Diego, CA to Fullerton, CA 5818
  2. Take the Amtrak Thruway from Fullerton, CA to Palm Springs, CA 4968 / ...

$93 - $123

Train  •  7 h 14 min

  1. Take the train from San Diego Santa Fe Depot Amtrak to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak Pacific Surfliner
  2. Take the train from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to Palm Springs Amtrak Sunset Limited / ...

$163 - $274

Drive  •  2 h 39 min

  1. Drive from San Diego to Joshua Tree 144.8 miles

$14 - $21

What companies run services between San Diego, CA, USA and Joshua Tree, CA, USA?

You can take a bus from San Diego to Joshua Tree via Fullerton, CA, Palm Springs, CA, Tahquitz Cyn at Calle El Segundo, and Palm at 12th in around 6 h 47 min. Alternatively, you can take a train from San Diego to Joshua Tree via Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak and Palm Springs Amtrak in around 7 h 14 min.

Train operators
Amtrak
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from San Diego Santa Fe Depot Amtrak to Fullerton Transportation Center
Ave. Duration
2 h 14 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $65
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$30 - $45
Flexi Coach Seat
$50 - $80
Business Coach Seat
$45 - $65
Room
$160 - $220
Train from San Diego Santa Fe Depot Amtrak to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 h 59 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $75
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$30 - $50
Flexi Coach Seat
$55 - $85
Business Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Room
$170 - $240
Train from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to Palm Springs Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 h 36 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $70
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$30 - $45
Flexi Coach Seat
$50 - $80
Business Coach Seat
$45 - $70
Room
$160 - $230
Bus operators
Greyhound USA
Phone
+1 214-849-8100
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from San Diego, Ca to San Bernardino, Ca
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$16 - $40
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$16 - $25
Flexible
$30 - $40
Mountain Transit
Phone
+1 909-878-5200
Website
mountaintransit.org
Bus from E St & Court St to Sandalwood Dr
Ave. Duration
1 h 23 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$4 - $10
Schedules at
mountaintransit.org
Amtrak
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 San Diego, CA to Fullerton, CA
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com

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Questions & Answers

The distance between San Diego and Joshua Tree is 176 km. The road distance is 232 km.

The cheapest way to get from San Diego to Joshua Tree is to drive which costs $14 - $21 and takes 2 h 39 min.

The quickest way to get from San Diego to Joshua Tree is to drive which takes 2 h 39 min and costs $14 - $21.

It takes approximately 6 h 6 min to get from San Diego to Joshua Tree, including transfers.