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

Train, bus  •  6 h 28 min

  1. Take the train from San Diego Santa Fe Depot to Anaheim Amtrak Pacific Surfliner
  2. Take the bus from Anaheim to Palm Springs FlixBus

$136 - $197

Cheapest option

Bus  •  9 h 53 min

  1. Take the bus from Broadway & 1st Av to Escondido Transit Center 235 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Escondido Transit Center to Mt San Jacinto College San Jacinto 217
  3. Take the bus from 2nd at Commerce to Town Center & Hahn 220

$103 - $128

3 alternative options

Bus Flixbus USA  •  6 h 44 min

  1. Take the bus from San Diego, Ca to Anaheim, Ca 9480 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Anaheim to Palm Springs FlixBus

$122 - $169

Train  •  7 h 13 min

  1. Take the train from San Diego Santa Fe Depot 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

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

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

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The distance between San Diego and Joshua Tree is 110 miles. The road distance is 144.8 miles.

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The best way to get from San Diego to Joshua Tree without a car is to train and bus which takes 6 h 28 min and costs $130 - $200.

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It takes approximately 6 h 28 min to get from San Diego to Joshua Tree, including transfers.

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The best way to get from San Diego to Joshua Tree is to bus which takes 6 h 44 min and costs $120 - $170. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $160 - $280 and takes 7 h 13 min.

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Yes, the driving distance between San Diego to Joshua Tree is 145 miles. It takes approximately 2 h 39 min to drive from San Diego to Joshua Tree.

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There are 50+ hotels available in Joshua Tree. Prices start at $60 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from San Diego to Joshua Tree.
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  • Distance: 110.2 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 28 min

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 Anaheim, Ca, Anaheim, and Palm Springs in around 6 h 44 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 13 min.

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.

Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak
Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from San Diego Santa Fe Depot to Anaheim Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 h 11 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$29 - $65
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$29 - $45
Flexi Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Business Coach Seat
$45 - $65
Room
$150 - $220
Train from San Diego Santa Fe Depot to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 h 58 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
6 times a week
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
Flixbus USA
Phone
(855) 626-8585
Website
flixbus.com
Bus from Anaheim to Palm Springs
Ave. Duration
2 h 40 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$6 - $14
Schedules at
flixbus.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.

Rome2rio's guide to Greyhound USA
Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from San Diego, Ca to Anaheim, Ca
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$15 - $35
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$15 - $23
Flexible
$27 - $35
Riverside Transit Agency
Phone
(951) 565-5002
Website
riversidetransit.com
Bus from Escondido Transit Center to Mt San Jacinto College San Jacinto
Ave. Duration
2 h 4 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
riversidetransit.com
Sunline Transit
Phone
+1 760-343-3451
Website
sunline.org
Bus from 2nd at Commerce to Town Center & Hahn
Ave. Duration
1 h 6 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$3
Schedules at
sunline.org

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