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There are 7 ways to get from San Francisco to Joshua Tree by plane, taxi, train, bus 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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Fly San Francisco to Indio/Palm Springs, taxi  •  4 h 16 min

  1. Fly from San Francisco (SFO) to Indio/Palm Springs (PSP) SFO - PSP
  2. Take a taxi from Palm at Hacienda to Joshua Tree

$214 - $531

Cheapest option

Bus Flixbus USA  •  10 h 22 min

  1. Take the bus from San Francisco to LA Downtown FlixBus
  2. Take the bus from LA Downtown to Palm Springs FlixBus

$119 - $158

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Fly Oakland to Ontario/San Bernardino, train  •  6 h 27 min

  1. Fly from Oakland (OAK) to Ontario/San Bernardino (ONT) OAK - ONT
  2. Take the train from Ontario Amtrak to Palm Springs Amtrak

$233 - $748

Fly San Francisco to Ontario/San Bernardino, train  •  6 h 35 min

  1. Fly from San Francisco (SFO) to Ontario/San Bernardino (ONT) SFO - ONT
  2. Take the train from Ontario Amtrak to Palm Springs Amtrak

$229 - $665

Bus Greyhound USA  •  14 h 55 min

  1. Take the bus from San Francisco, Ca to Bakersfield, Ca 6839 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Bakersfield Amtrak Station to Palm Springs Amtrak Bus Stop Amtrak Thruway Connecting Service

Caltrain, train  •  17 h 43 min

  1. Take the Caltrain from San Francisco Caltrain to San Jose Diridon Caltrain
  2. Take the train from San Jose Diridon Station to Los Angeles Union Station
  3. Take the train from Los Angeles Union Station to Palm Springs Amtrak

$205 - $392

Drive  •  8 h 27 min

  1. Drive from San Francisco to Joshua Tree 492.4 miles

$45 - $70

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The cheapest way to get from San Francisco to Joshua Tree is to drive which costs $45 - $70 and takes 8 h 27 min.

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The quickest way to get from San Francisco to Joshua Tree is to fly and taxi which costs $210 - $550 and takes 4 h 16 min.

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The distance between San Francisco and Joshua Tree is 426 miles. The road distance is 492.4 miles.

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The best way to get from San Francisco to Joshua Tree without a car is to bus which takes 10 h 22 min and costs $110 - $160.

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It takes approximately 4 h 16 min to get from San Francisco to Joshua Tree, including transfers.

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The best way to get from San Francisco to Joshua Tree is to bus which takes 10 h 22 min and costs $110 - $160. Alternatively, you can Caltrain and train, which costs $200 - $400 and takes 17 h 43 min.

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The quickest flight from San Francisco Airport to Indio/Palm Springs Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 27 min.

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Yes, the driving distance between San Francisco to Joshua Tree is 492 miles. It takes approximately 8 h 27 min to drive from San Francisco to Joshua Tree.

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Sun Country Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Inc. and United Airlines offer flights from San Francisco Airport to Indio/Palm Springs Airport.

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There are 49+ hotels available in Joshua Tree. Prices start at $60 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from San Francisco to Joshua Tree.
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  • Distance: 426.3 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 16 min

What companies run services between San Francisco, CA, USA and Joshua Tree, CA, USA?

You can take a bus from San Francisco to Joshua Tree via LA Downtown and Palm Springs in around 10 h 22 min. Alternatively, you can take a train from San Francisco to Joshua Tree via San Jose Diridon Caltrain, San Jose Diridon Station, Los Angeles Union Station, and Palm Springs Amtrak in around 17 h 43 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Oakland to Ontario/San Bernardino
Ave. Duration
1 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $600
Flights from San Francisco to Ontario/San Bernardino via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
3 h 27 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$250 - $900
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Francisco to Indio/Palm Springs
Ave. Duration
1 h 34 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $700
Flights from San Francisco to Indio/Palm Springs via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
3 h 47 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$180 - $700
Flights from San Francisco to Ontario/San Bernardino
Ave. Duration
1 h 29 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $500
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from San Francisco to Indio/Palm Springs
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $750
Sun Country Airlines
Website
suncountry.com
Flights from San Francisco to Indio/Palm Springs
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
$95 - $230
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
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Ontario Amtrak to Palm Springs Amtrak
Ave. Duration
1 h 42 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$26 - $55
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$26 - $40
Flexi Coach Seat
$45 - $70
Business Coach Seat
$35 - $55
Room
$140 - $210
Train from San Jose Diridon Station to Los Angeles Union Station
Ave. Duration
10 h 53 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$65 - $180
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$65 - $100
Flexi Coach Seat
$110 - $170
Business Coach Seat
$120 - $180
Room
$290 - $400
Train from Los Angeles Union Station to Palm Springs Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 h 36 min
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
Flixbus USA
Phone
(855) 626-8585
Website
flixbus.com
Bus from San Francisco to LA Downtown
Ave. Duration
7 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$14 - $25
Schedules at
flixbus.com
Bus from LA Downtown to Palm Springs
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$5 - $13
Schedules at
flixbus.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 Francisco, Ca to Bakersfield, Ca
Ave. Duration
6 h 10 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$30 - $80
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$30 - $55
Flexible
$60 - $80
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 Bakersfield Amtrak Station to Palm Springs Amtrak Bus Stop
Ave. Duration
5 h 5 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Website
amtrak.com
Other operators
Taxi from Palm at Hacienda to Joshua Tree
Ave. Duration
37 min
Estimated price
$95 - $120
American Cab
Phone
+1 760-300-0000
Website
facebook.com
Desert City Cab
Phone
+1 760-328-3000
Website
desertcitycab.com
Lucky 777 Cab
Phone
+1 760-660-9115
Website
lucky777cab.com

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The best way to get from San Francisco to San Francisco Airport is to BART which takes 28 min and costs $6 - $9.

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