There are 6 ways to get from San Francisco to Joshua Tree by plane, bus, night 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  •  3 h 45 min

  1. Fly from San Francisco (SFO) to Indio/Palm Springs (PSP) SFO - PSP

$246 - $568

Cheapest option

Bus FlixBus  •  12 h 14 min

  1. Take the bus from Oakland, CA, W Oakland BART to Los Angeles, CA, LA Downtown 2001
  2. Take the bus from LA Downtown to Palm Springs FlixBus

$142 - $196

4 alternative options

Bus Xe Do Hoang Transportation  •  11 h 21 min

  1. Take the bus from San Francisco, CA to Los Angeles, CA Northern CA-Southern CA
  2. Take the bus from LA Downtown to Palm Springs FlixBus

$176 - $206

Bus, night bus  •  15 h 19 min

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

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

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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 which costs $240 - $600 and takes 3 h 45 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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It takes approximately 3 h 45 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 without a car is to bus which takes 11 h 21 min and costs $170 - $210.

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Map of how to get from San Francisco to Joshua Tree.
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  • Distance: 426.3 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 45 min

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

United Airlines and Alaska Airlines, Inc. fly from San Francisco to Joshua Tree every 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus from San Francisco to Joshua Tree via Los Angeles, CA, Alameda / College, Vignes / Cesar E Chavez, LA Downtown, and Palm Springs in around 11 h 21 min.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Francisco to Indio/Palm Springs
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $700
Flights from San Francisco to Indio/Palm Springs via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
3 h 50 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$180 - $700
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from San Francisco to Indio/Palm Springs
Ave. Duration
1 h 29 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $750
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.

Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak
Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
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
Train from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak 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
Xe Do Hoang Transportation
Phone
+1 408-729-7885 / +1-888-834-9336
Website
xedohoang.com
Bus from San Francisco, CA to Los Angeles, CA
Ave. Duration
7 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$70
Schedules at
xedohoang.com
Flixbus USA
Phone
(855) 626-8585
Website
flixbus.com
Bus from LA Downtown to Palm Springs
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$5 - $13
Schedules at
flixbus.com
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves over 1400 destinations, in 26 countries including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands, Croatia, Spain, and across Scandinavia and central and eastern Europe. Founded in 2012, Flixbus’ extensive network connects cities with approximately 200,000 trips, with buses often departing every 30 minutes. One of the most affordable ways to get around Europe (and expanding soon into the US), a Flixbus journey is cost-effective, well-connected, comfortable and safe.

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Oakland, CA, W Oakland BART to Los Angeles, CA, LA Downtown
Ave. Duration
7 h 25 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$35 - $60
Website
flixbus.co.uk
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 Fresno, Ca
Ave. Duration
4 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$23 - $55
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$23 - $40
Flexible
$40 - $55
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
Night bus from Fresno Amtrak to Bakersfield Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Bakersfield Amtrak to Palm Springs Amtrak
Ave. Duration
5 h 5 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Website
amtrak.com

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