There are 4 ways to get from San Diego to Palm Desert by bus, train 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

Amtrak Thruway, bus  •  5 h 40 min

  1. 5818
  2. 4984

Cheapest option

Bus  •  7 h 50 min

  1. 79
  2. 220

$18 - $36

2 alternative options

Train, bus  •  5 h 44 min

  1. Pacific Surfliner
  2. 4984

Drive  •  2 h 24 min

  1. 122.2 miles

$12 - $18

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 Fullerton, CA in around 5 h 40 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
Bus operators
Amtrak
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
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 Palm Desert, CA
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com
Greyhound USA
Phone
+1 214-849-8100
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from San Diego, Ca to Temecula, Ca
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$12 - $28
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$12 - $18
Flexible
$21 - $28
Riverside Transit Agency
Website
riversidetransit.com
Bus from Sixth + Front to Gilmore + Devonshire Hemet Mall
Ave. Duration
1 h 34 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
riversidetransit.com
Sunline Transit
Website
sunline.org
Bus from 2nd at Commerce to Town Center at Hahn
Ave. Duration
1 h 7 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$3
Schedules at
sunline.org

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Questions & Answers

The distance between San Diego and Palm Desert is 134 km. The road distance is 196 km.

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

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

No, there is no direct bus from San Diego to Palm Desert. However, there are services departing from San Diego, CA and arriving at Palm Desert, CA via Fullerton, CA. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5 h 40 min.

It takes approximately 5 h 40 min to get from San Diego to Palm Desert, including transfers.