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

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Amtrak Thruway, bus  •  5 h 40 min

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

Cheapest option

Bus  •  7 h 53 min

  1. Take the bus from San Diego, Ca to Temecula, Ca
  2. Take the bus from Sixth + Front to Gilmore FS Devonshire Hemet Mall 79
  3. Take the bus from 2nd at Commerce to Town Center & Hahn 220

$18 - $36

2 alternative options

Train, bus  •  5 h 44 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 Palm Desert, CA 4984 / ...

Drive  •  2 h 24 min

  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 2 h 24 min.

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

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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.

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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 Amtrak Thruway and bus which takes 5 h 40 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 5 h 40 min 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, CA station.

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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 2 h 24 min to drive from San Diego to Palm Desert.

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  • Distance: 83.6 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 40 min

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

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 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

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 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

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.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
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
Phone
(951) 565-5002
Website
riversidetransit.com
Bus from Sixth + Front to Gilmore FS Devonshire Hemet Mall
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
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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