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There are 4 ways to get from San Diego to Joshua Tree National Park by train or bus

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, Amtrak Thruway, travel  •  6 h 28 min

  1. Take the train from San Diego Santa Fe Depot to Fullerton Transportation Center
  2. Take the Amtrak Thruway from Fullerton, CA to Palm Springs, CA
  3. Travel from Palm Springs, CA to Joshua Tree National Park

Cheapest option

Bus  •  9 h 24 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

$10 - $14

2 alternative options

Amtrak Thruway, bus  •  6 h 42 min

  1. Take the Amtrak Thruway from San Diego, CA to Fullerton, CA 5818
  2. Take the bus from Fullerton, CA to Indio, CA 4984 / ...

Train, bus  •  6 h 54 min

  1. Take the train from San Diego Santa Fe Depot to Fullerton Transportation Center Pacific Surfliner
  2. Take the bus from Fullerton, CA to Indio, CA 4984 / ...

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from San Diego to Joshua Tree National Park is to bus which costs $10 - $15 and takes 9 h 24 min.

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The quickest way to get from San Diego to Joshua Tree National Park is to bus which costs $10 - $15 and takes 9 h 24 min.

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The distance between San Diego and Joshua Tree National Park is 109 miles.

The best way to get from San Diego to Joshua Tree National Park without a car is to train and Amtrak Thruway and travel which takes 6 h 28 min and costs .

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

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Map of how to get from San Diego to Joshua Tree National Park.
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  • Distance: 108.9 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 28 min

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

You can take a bus from San Diego to Joshua Tree National Park via Fullerton, CA and Indio, CA in around 6 h 42 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 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from San Diego Santa Fe Depot to Fullerton Transportation Center
Ave. Duration
2 h 22 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
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.

Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak
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 San Diego, CA to Fullerton, CA
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Fullerton, CA to Indio, CA
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com
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
Twice daily
Estimated price
$3
Schedules at
sunline.org

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