There are 4 ways to get from San Diego to Palm Springs 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.

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Amtrak Thruway  •  5 h 5 min

  1. Take the Amtrak Thruway from San Diego, CA to Fullerton, CA 5818
  2. Take the Amtrak Thruway from Fullerton, CA to Palm Springs, CA 4968 / ...

Cheapest option

Bus  •  8 h 35 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, Amtrak Thruway  •  5 h 9 min

  1. Take the train from San Diego Santa Fe Depot Amtrak to Fullerton Transportation Center Pacific Surfliner
  2. Take the Amtrak Thruway from Fullerton, CA to Palm Springs, CA 4968 / ...

Drive  •  2 h 15 min

  1. Drive from San Diego to Palm Springs 123.7 miles

$12 - $18

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The cheapest way to get from San Diego to Palm Springs is to bus which costs $10 - $15 and takes 8 h 35 min.

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The quickest way to get from San Diego to Palm Springs is to drive which costs $12 - $18 and takes 2 h 15 min.

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

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The distance between San Diego and Palm Springs is 85 miles. The road distance is 123.7 miles.

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The best way to get from San Diego to Palm Springs without a car is to Amtrak Thruway which takes 5 h 5 min and costs .

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

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San Diego to Palm Springs bus services, operated by Amtrak, depart from San Diego, CA station.

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

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Map of how to get from San Diego to Palm Springs.
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  • Distance: 85.4 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 5 min

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

You can take a bus from San Diego to Palm Springs via Fullerton, CA in around 5 h 5 min.

Train operators
Amtrak
Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak
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
Bus operators
Amtrak
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 Springs, CA
Ave. Duration
1 h 55 min
Frequency
Twice 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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