There are 6 ways to get from San Francisco to Joshua Tree by plane, taxi, 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

Fly, taxi  •  3 h 39 min

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

$246 - $568

Cheapest option

Bus, train  •  13 h 23 min

  1. Take the bus from Oakland, CA to Burbank via Oakland
  2. Take the train from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to Palm Springs Amtrak Sunset Limited / ...

$168 - $262

4 alternative options

Bus Megabus, Amtrak Thruway  •  14 h

  1. Take the bus from San Francisco - Townsend St & 5th St to Anaheim via Oakland / ...
  2. Take the Amtrak Thruway from Fullerton, CA to Palm Springs, CA 4968 / ...

Bus, Amtrak Thruway via Fresno, CA  •  15 h 11 min

  1. Take the bus from San Francisco, Ca to Fresno, Ca
  2. Take the Amtrak Thruway from Fresno, CA to Bakersfield, CA
  3. Take the Amtrak Thruway from Bakersfield, CA to Palm Springs, CA

Train  •  17 h 54 min

  1. Take the train from Oakland Jack London Square Station to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak Coast Starlight
  2. Take the train from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to Palm Springs Amtrak Sunset Limited / ...

$203 - $404

Drive  •  8 h 27 min

  1. Drive from San Francisco to Joshua Tree 492.4 miles

$45 - $70

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 Anaheim, Anaheim Amtrak, Fullerton Transportation Center, Fullerton, CA, Palm Springs, CA, Tahquitz Cyn at Calle El Segundo, and Palm at 12th in around 14 h. Alternatively, you can take a train from San Francisco to Joshua Tree via Lake Merritt, Oakland Jack London Square Station, Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak, and Palm Springs Amtrak in around 17 h 54 min.

Airlines
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from San Francisco to Indio/Palm Springs
Ave. Duration
1 h 21 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $750
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Francisco to Indio/Palm Springs
Ave. Duration
1 h 31 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $700
Flights from San Francisco to Indio/Palm Springs via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$180 - $700
Virgin America
Website
virginamerica.com
Flights from San Francisco to Indio/Palm Springs
Ave. Duration
1 h 21 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $750
Train operators
Amtrak
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to Palm Springs Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 h 36 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$30 - $70
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$30 - $45
Flexi Coach Seat
$50 - $80
Business Coach Seat
$45 - $70
Room
$160 - $230
Train from Oakland Jack London Square Station to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak
Ave. Duration
12 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$70 - $200
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$70 - $110
Flexi Coach Seat
$120 - $180
Business Coach Seat
$140 - $200
Room
$310 - $430
Bus operators
Megabus
Phone
877-462-6342
Website
us.megabus.com
Bus from Oakland, CA to Burbank
Ave. Duration
7 h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Schedules at
us.megabus.com
Bus from San Francisco - Townsend St & 5th St to Anaheim
Ave. Duration
8 h 45 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$10 - $55
Schedules at
us.megabus.com
Amtrak
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Fullerton, CA to Palm Springs, CA
Ave. Duration
1 h 55 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Fresno, CA to Bakersfield, CA
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Bakersfield, CA to Palm Springs, CA
Ave. Duration
5 h 10 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Website
amtrak.com
Greyhound USA
Phone
+1 214-849-8100
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from San Francisco, Ca to Fresno, Ca
Ave. Duration
4 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$23 - $55
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$23 - $40
Flexible
$40 - $55
Other operators
Taxi from Indio/Palm Springs to Joshua Tree
Ave. Duration
50 min
Estimated price
$130 - $160
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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Questions & Answers

How far is it from San Francisco to Joshua Tree?

The distance between San Francisco and Joshua Tree is 682 km. The road distance is 788 km.

What is the cheapest way to get from San Francisco to Joshua Tree?

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

What is the fastest way to get from San Francisco to Joshua Tree?

The quickest way to get from San Francisco to Joshua Tree is to fly and taxi which takes 3 h 39 min and costs $240 - $600.

How long does it take to get from San Francisco to Joshua Tree?

It takes approximately 3 h 39 min to get from San Francisco to Joshua Tree, including transfers.