Getting Around, Palm Springs Travel, Transport and Car Rental

(Palm Springs, California - CA, USA)

Palm Springs is to be found just over 100 miles / 160 km to the east of Los Angeles, along the Interstate I-10, where it offers a number of viable transport and travel options for getting here and away. The city of Palm Springs boasts its own international airport, which receives numerous flights via major national carriers and is right on the doorstep of the downtown district.

Both Greyhound bus transport and Amtrak trains have regular, daily scheduled services to Palm Springs, providing inexpensive ways to travel into this appealing Californian city.

Palm Springs International Airport (PSP) / Arriving by Air

The Palm Springs International Airport is only about 2 miles / 3 km from downtown, making it well worth the effort to fly to from LA. Many established airlines serve the airport, including American, Continental Express, Delta, Horizon Air, Northwest, and United Express. There are flights from LA every day and these take just 40 minutes, while taxi travel, shuttle bus transport and limos all connect the city center and its plentiful hotels.

Palm Springs International Airport (PSP) Guide

Car Rental

All of the major car rental transport companies have offices at the Palm Springs Airport and getting to the city is straightforward. For those driving here from Los Angeles, the convenient Interstate I-10 runs most of the way, from where Highway US-111 leaves the Interstate just before White Water, continuing southeast to Palm Springs. From San Diego, take Interstate I-15 north onto Interstate I-10 east. The drive usually takes about two or three hours travel time from Los Angeles and a little longer from San Diego.

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Buses and Coaches

Traveling by bus is the cheapest option for getting to Palm Springs and there are several departures from LA every day. Of note, the Greyhound bus depot is to be found on the Indian Canyon Drive. SunLine Transit Agency bus transport also serves Palm Springs seven times per day and runs throughout the Coachella Valley.


By train, Amtrak's Bakersfield to Indio service makes stops in Palm Springs, and the Amtrak platform is on the North Indian Canyon Drive. Towns on the route include Bakersfield, Stockton, Fresno and Oakland.


There is a good choice of taxi, limousine and shuttle firms that travel from the Palm Springs International Airport to the city and hotels, including Ace Taxis, Desert Valley Shuttles, and Sahara Limousines. Taxis can also be hailed in town.