There are 5 ways to get from Santa Monica to Palm Springs by tram, bus, train, car 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

Tram, Amtrak Thruway  •  5 h 25 min

  1. Take the tram from Downtown Santa Monica Station to 7th Street / Metro Center Station - Metro Blue & Expo Lines Metro Expo Line
  2. Take the Amtrak Thruway from Fullerton, CA to Palm Springs, CA 4968 / ...

Cheapest option

Line 704 bus, train, bus  •  8 h 14 min

  1. Take the line 704 bus from Santa Monica / Lincoln to Patsaouras Transit Plaza 704
  2. Take the train from L. A. Union Station station to Riverside-Downtown station
  3. Take the bus from RTA Metrolink Station at Vine to Town Center at Hahn 220

$18 - $22

3 alternative options

Line 20 bus, bus, line 111 bus  •  6 h 5 min

  1. Take the line 20 bus from Wilshire / Lincoln to 7th / Main 20
  2. Take the bus from Los Angeles, CA to Indio
  3. Take the line 111 bus from Hwy 111 at Las Palmas to Indian Cyn at Alejo 111

$32 - $46

Drive  •  2 h 4 min

  1. Drive from Santa Monica to Palm Springs 121.6 miles

$11 - $18

Bus, fly  •  3 h 36 min

  1. Take the bus from Wilshire / 14th to Wilshire / Veteran
  2. Fly from Los Angeles (LAX) to Indio/Palm Springs (PSP) LAX - PSP

$162 - $426

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Santa Monica to Palm Springs is to drive which costs $11 - $18 and takes 2 h 4 min.

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The quickest way to get from Santa Monica to Palm Springs is to drive which takes 2 h 4 min and costs $11 - $18.

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The distance between Santa Monica and Palm Springs is 181 km. The road distance is 195 km.

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It takes approximately 5 h 25 min to get from Santa Monica to Palm Springs, including transfers.

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No, there is no direct bus from Santa Monica to Palm Springs. However, there are services departing from Wilshire / Lincoln and arriving at Indian Cyn at Alejo via Los Angeles, CA and Hwy 111 at Las Palmas. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6 h 5 min.

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What companies run services between Santa Monica, CA, USA and Palm Springs, CA, USA?

You can take a bus from Santa Monica to Palm Springs via 7th / Main, Los Angeles, CA, Indio, and Hwy 111 at Las Palmas in around 6 h 5 min.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Los Angeles to Indio/Palm Springs
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $700
Train operators
Metro Los Angeles
Website
metro.net
Tram from Downtown Santa Monica Station to 7th Street / Metro Center Station - Metro Blue & Expo Lines
Ave. Duration
46 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$2
Schedules at
metro.net
Bus operators
Metro Los Angeles
Website
metro.net
Bus from Wilshire / Lincoln to 7th / Main
Ave. Duration
1 h 3 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
metro.net
Bus from Santa Monica / Lincoln to Patsaouras Transit Plaza
Ave. Duration
1 h 34 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
metro.net
Bus from Wilshire / 14th to Wilshire / Veteran
Ave. Duration
11 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
metro.net
EPLA Limo Express
Website
eplalimo.com
Bus from Los Angeles, CA to Indio
Ave. Duration
2 h 19 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$27 - $40
Schedules at
eplalimo.com
Sunline Transit
Website
sunline.org
Bus from Hwy 111 at Las Palmas to Indian Cyn at Alejo
Ave. Duration
1 h 21 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$3
Schedules at
sunline.org
Bus from RTA Metrolink Station at Vine to Town Center at Hahn
Ave. Duration
2 h 16 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$3
Schedules at
sunline.org
Big Blue Bus
Website
bigbluebus.com
Bus from Wilshire Eb & 14Th Ns to Wilshire Eb & Veteran Ns
Ave. Duration
18 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$1 - $2
Schedules at
bigbluebus.com

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