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There are 5 ways to get from San Diego to Palm Desert by train, bus, night bus or car

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Train, bus  •  5h 45m

  1. Take the train from San Diego Santa Fe Depot to Fullerton Amtrak Station Pacific Surfliner
  2. Take the bus from Fullerton, CA to Palm Desert, CA 4984 / ...

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Train  •  6h 54m

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

$128 - $229

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Night bus, bus  •  6h

  1. Take the night bus from San Diego Santa Fe Depot to Fullerton Amtrak Station Amtrak Thruway Connecting Service
  2. Take the bus from Fullerton, CA to Palm Desert, CA 4984 / ...

Bus  •  6h 32m

  1. Take the bus from San Diego, Ca to Anaheim, Ca 9480 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Fullerton, CA to Palm Desert, CA 4984 / ...

Drive  •  2h 24m

  1. Drive from San Diego to Palm Desert 122.2 miles

$12 - $18

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The cheapest way to get from San Diego to Palm Desert is to drive which costs $12 - $18 and takes 2h 24m.

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The quickest way to get from San Diego to Palm Desert is to drive which costs $12 - $18 and takes 2h 24m.

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No, there is no direct bus from San Diego to Palm Desert. However, there are services departing from San Diego Santa Fe Depot and arriving at Palm Desert, CA via Fullerton, CA. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6h.

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The distance between San Diego and Palm Desert is 84 miles. The road distance is 122.2 miles.

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The best way to get from San Diego to Palm Desert without a car is to train and bus which takes 5h 45m and costs .

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It takes approximately 5h 45m to get from San Diego to Palm Desert, including transfers.

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San Diego to Palm Desert bus services, operated by Amtrak, depart from San Diego Santa Fe Depot station.

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The best way to get from San Diego to Palm Desert is to bus which takes 6h 32m and costs . Alternatively, you can train, which costs $120 - $230 and takes 6h 54m.

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San Diego to Palm Desert bus services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Palm Desert, CA station.

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Yes, the driving distance between San Diego to Palm Desert is 122 miles. It takes approximately 2h 24m to drive from San Diego to Palm Desert.

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  • Distance: 83.6 miles
  • Duration: 5h 45m

What companies run services between San Diego, CA, USA and Palm Desert, CA, USA?

You can take a bus from San Diego to Palm Desert via Anaheim, Ca, Anaheim Regional Trans. Intermodal Ctr, Fullerton Amtrak Station, and Fullerton, CA in around 6h 32m. Alternatively, you can take a train from San Diego to Palm Desert via Los Angeles Union Station and Palm Springs Amtrak in around 6h 54m.

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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
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from San Diego Santa Fe Depot to Fullerton Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
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 to Los Angeles Union Station
Ave. Duration
2h 55m
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 to Palm Springs Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2h 36m
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
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
Bus from Fullerton, CA to Palm Desert, CA
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com
Night bus from San Diego Santa Fe Depot to Fullerton Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.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
2h 20m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$15 - $35
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$15 - $23
Flexible
$27 - $35

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