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

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Recommended option

Bus Greyhound USA  •  5 h 36 min

  1. Take the bus from San Diego, Ca to San Bernardino, Ca 7000 / ...
  2. Take the bus from San Bernardino to Indio

$44 - $77

Cheapest option

Bus via Escondido Transit Center  •  9 h 19 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

Train, bus  •  6 h 46 min

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

Train, bus via San Bernardino Transit Center  •  7 h 18 min

  1. Take the train from San Diego Santa Fe Depot Amtrak to Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center Amtrak
  2. Take the train from Santa Ana station to San Bernardino-Downtown station
  3. Take the bus from San Bernardino to Indio

$63 - $111

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 19 min.

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The quickest way to get from San Diego to Joshua Tree National Park is to bus which costs $40 - $80 and takes 5 h 36 min.

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

It takes approximately 5 h 36 min to get from San Diego to Joshua Tree National Park, including transfers.

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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 San Bernardino, Ca, Sbx- E St @ Court Sb Fs, Sbx- E St @ Rialto Sb Fs, San Bernardino Transit Center, Gst @ Oak Sb Ns, San Bernardino, and Indio in around 5 h 36 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.

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Contact Details
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 Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center Amtrak
Ave. Duration
1 h 56 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$29 - $65
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$29 - $45
Flexi Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Business Coach Seat
$40 - $65
Room
$150 - $220
Bus operators
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 San Bernardino, Ca
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$16 - $40
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$16 - $25
Flexible
$30 - $40
EPLA Limo Express
Website
eplalimo.com
Bus from San Bernardino to Indio
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Schedules at
eplalimo.com
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 Indio, CA
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com
Riverside Transit Agency
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
Website
sunline.org
Bus from 2nd at Commerce to Town Center & Hahn
Ave. Duration
1 h 7 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$3
Schedules at
sunline.org

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