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There are 8 ways to get from Santa Barbara to Joshua Tree National Park by bus, train or plane

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

Bus Tufesa  •  6 h 46 min

  1. Take the bus from Santa Barbara, Ca to Los Angeles, Ca 6731 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Downtown Los Angeles to Indio, CA

$39 - $75

Cheapest option

Bus EPLA Limo Express  •  8 h 31 min

  1. Take the bus from Santa Barbara Amtrak Station to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak Thruway Connecting Service
  2. Take the bus from Los Angeles to Indio

$28 - $42

6 alternative options

Train, bus Tufesa  •  7 h 35 min

  1. Take the train from Santa Barbara Amtrak Station to Los Angeles Union Station Pacific Surfliner / ...
  2. Take the bus from Downtown Los Angeles to Indio, CA

$53 - $103

Train, bus  •  8 h 20 min

  1. Take the train from Santa Barbara Amtrak Station to Fullerton Amtrak Station Pacific Surfliner
  2. Take the bus from Fullerton, CA to Indio, CA 4984 / ...

Train, bus via Fontana Metrolink  •  9 h 6 min

  1. Take the train from Santa Barbara Amtrak Station to Los Angeles Union Station
  2. Take the train from L. A. Union Station station to Fontana station
  3. Take the bus from Fontana to Indio, CA

$57 - $102

Fly Santa Barbara to Indio/Palm Springs, travel  •  7 h 13 min

  1. Fly from Santa Barbara (SBA) to Indio/Palm Springs (PSP) SBA - PSP
  2. Travel from Indio/Palm Springs to Joshua Tree National Park

Bus to Los Angeles, fly to Indio/Palm Springs, travel  •  5 h 24 min

  1. Take the bus from Santa Barbara, CA to Los Angeles Airport, CA
  2. Fly from Los Angeles (LAX) to Indio/Palm Springs (PSP) LAX - PSP
  3. Travel from Indio/Palm Springs to Joshua Tree National Park

Bus to Los Angeles, fly to El Centro, travel  •  7 h 18 min

  1. Take the bus from Santa Barbara, CA to Los Angeles Airport, CA
  2. Fly from Los Angeles (LAX) to El Centro (IPL) LAX - IPL
  3. Travel from El Centro to Joshua Tree National Park

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The cheapest way to get from Santa Barbara to Joshua Tree National Park is to bus which costs $27 - $45 and takes 8 h 31 min.

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The quickest way to get from Santa Barbara to Joshua Tree National Park is to bus which costs $35 - $75 and takes 6 h 46 min.

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The distance between Santa Barbara and Joshua Tree National Park is 222 miles.

The best way to get from Santa Barbara to Joshua Tree National Park without a car is to bus which takes 6 h 46 min and costs $35 - $75.

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It takes approximately 6 h 46 min to get from Santa Barbara to Joshua Tree National Park, including transfers.

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There is no direct flight from Santa Barbara Airport to Indio/Palm Springs Airport. The quickest flight takes 4 h 15 min and has one stopover.

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Frontier Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Inc., American Airlines and United Airlines offer flights from Santa Barbara Airport to Indio/Palm Springs Airport.

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The best way to get from Santa Barbara to Santa Barbara Airport is to bus which takes 22 min and costs $1 - $2.

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Map of how to get from Santa Barbara to Joshua Tree National Park.
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  • Distance: 221.7 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 46 min

What companies run services between Santa Barbara, CA, USA and Joshua Tree National Park, CA, USA?

You can take a bus from Santa Barbara to Joshua Tree National Park via Los Angeles, Ca, 7th / Decatur, 7th / Maple, Downtown Los Angeles, and Indio, CA in around 6 h 46 min.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Santa Barbara to Indio/Palm Springs via San Francisco
Ave. Duration
4 h 32 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $850
Flights from Santa Barbara to Indio/Palm Springs via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
6 h 52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $750
Flights from Santa Barbara to Indio/Palm Springs via Denver
Ave. Duration
7 h 2 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,000
Flights from Santa Barbara to Indio/Palm Springs via San Francisco, Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
6 h 22 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $850
Flights from Santa Barbara to Indio/Palm Springs via Los Angeles, San Francisco
Ave. Duration
7 h 18 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$180 - $850
Flights from Los Angeles to Indio/Palm Springs
Ave. Duration
52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $700
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Santa Barbara to Indio/Palm Springs via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
5 h 6 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $800
Mokulele
Website
mokuleleairlines.com
Flights from Los Angeles to El Centro
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $180
Frontier Airlines
Website
flyfrontier.com
Flights from Santa Barbara to Indio/Palm Springs via Denver
Ave. Duration
5 h 55 min
When
Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from Santa Barbara to Indio/Palm Springs via Seattle
Ave. Duration
8 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $1,000
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 Santa Barbara Amtrak Station to Los Angeles Union Station
Ave. Duration
2 h 46 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $65
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$30 - $45
Flexi Coach Seat
$50 - $80
Business Coach Seat
$45 - $65
Room
$160 - $230
Train from Santa Barbara Amtrak Station to Fullerton Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
3 h 48 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$30 - $75
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$30 - $50
Flexi Coach Seat
$55 - $85
Business Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Room
$170 - $240
Metrolink Trains
Phone
(800) 371-LINK (5465)
Website
metrolinktrains.com
Train from L. A. Union Station station to Fontana station
Ave. Duration
1 h 29 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$9 - $12
Schedules at
metrolinktrains.com
Bus operators
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 Santa Barbara, Ca to Los Angeles, Ca
Ave. Duration
2 h 5 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$16 - $40
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$16 - $24
Flexible
$29 - $40
Tufesa
Phone
7022546899
Email
serviciosvegas@hotmail.com
Website
tufesabus.com
Bus from Downtown Los Angeles to Indio, CA
Ave. Duration
2 h 45 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$22 - $35
Book at
GotoBus
Bus from Fontana to Indio, CA
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$16 - $23
Book at
GotoBus
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 Fullerton, CA to Indio, CA
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Santa Barbara Amtrak Station to Los Angeles Union Station
Ave. Duration
2 h 40 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com
EPLA Limo Express
Website
eplalimo.com
Bus from Los Angeles to Indio
Ave. Duration
3 h 45 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$26 - $40
Schedules at
eplalimo.com
Santa Barbara Airbus
Website
sbairbus.com
Bus from Santa Barbara, CA to Los Angeles Airport, CA
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$40 - $55
Schedules at
sbairbus.com

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