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

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Bus, Amtrak Thruway  •  5 h 1 min

  1. Take the bus from Santa Monica Eb & Lincoln Ns to Alameda Nb & Los Angeles Fs R10 / ...
  2. Take the Amtrak Thruway from Fullerton, CA to Palm Springs, CA 4968 / ...

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Bus, line 111 bus  •  7 h 35 min

  1. Take the bus from Los Angeles to Indio
  2. Take the line 111 bus from Hwy 111 at Las Palmas to Indian Cyn at Alejo 111

$31 - $46

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Tram, Amtrak Thruway  •  5 h 50 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 / ...

Drive  •  2 h 4 min

  1. Drive from Santa Monica to Palm Springs 121.6 miles

$11 - $18

Bus, fly  •  3 h 40 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

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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 costs $11 - $18 and takes 2 h 4 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Santa Monica to Palm Springs. However, there are services departing from Wilshire / 6th and arriving at Indian Cyn at Alejo via Los Angeles and Hwy 111 at Las Palmas. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7 h 35 min.

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The distance between Santa Monica and Palm Springs is 113 miles. The road distance is 121.6 miles.

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The best way to get from Santa Monica to Palm Springs without a car is to bus and Amtrak Thruway which takes 5 h 1 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 5 h 1 min to get from Santa Monica to Palm Springs, including transfers.

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Santa Monica to Palm Springs bus services, operated by EPLA Limo Express, depart from Los Angeles station.

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The quickest flight from Los Angeles Airport to Indio/Palm Springs Airport is the direct flight which takes 55 min.

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Santa Monica to Palm Springs bus services, operated by Sunline Transit, arrive at Indian Cyn at Alejo station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Santa Monica to Palm Springs is 122 miles. It takes approximately 2 h 4 min to drive from Santa Monica to Palm Springs.

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  • Distance: 113 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 1 min

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 Alameda Nb & Los Angeles Fs, Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak, Fullerton Transportation Center, and Fullerton, CA in around 5 h 1 min.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Los Angeles to Indio/Palm Springs
Ave. Duration
55 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
Hourly
Estimated price
$2
Schedules at
metro.net
Bus operators
Big Blue Bus
Website
bigbluebus.com
Bus from Santa Monica Eb & Lincoln Ns to Alameda Nb & Los Angeles Fs
Ave. Duration
1 h 7 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
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
Metro Los Angeles
Website
metro.net
Bus from Santa Monica / Lincoln to Patsaouras Transit Plaza
Ave. Duration
1 h 33 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
metro.net
Bus from Wilshire / 14th to Wilshire / Veteran
Ave. Duration
10 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
metro.net
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 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
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
Sunline Transit
Phone
+1 760-343-3451
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

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