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Trip Summary

There are 2 daily trains from San Diego to Palm Springs. Traveling by train from San Diego to Palm Springs usually takes around 9 hours and 7 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak train can make the trip in 9 hours and 3 minutes.

Distance85 mi (137 km)
Fastest train9h 3m
Lowest price$78.00
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines1

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from San Diego to Palm Springs

(Based on 9 ratings and reviews)

4.7

5.0

Robert

April 27, 2022- Visiting friends

Amtrak

Pros: Punctuality was great. Cons: Passengers very talkative. Tips: Be on time or be sorry.

Pros: Punctuality was great. Cons: Passengers very talkative. Tips: Be on time or be sorry.

5.0

Neil

January 4, 2022- Visiting friends

Amtrak

Pros: Very good value for money. Extremely easy connections. Cons: Amtrak coach from Fullerton to Palm Springs had passengers not wearing face coverings. Tips: Use this site!

Pros: Very good value for money. Extremely easy connections. Cons: Amtrak coach from Fullerton to Palm Springs had passengers not wearing face coverings. Tips: Use this site!

4.0

Mark

November 17, 2021

Amtrak

the train was easy to catch and very comfortable. the wifi worked well

the train was easy to catch and very comfortable. the wifi worked well

5.0

Peter

June 2, 2021- Solo travel

Amtrak

Pros: releaxing, could check online while trvaelling. Cons: More clear signage at the tracks. Tips: can ecomend to anybody.

Pros: releaxing, could check online while trvaelling. Cons: More clear signage at the tracks. Tips: can ecomend to anybody.

5.0

Susan

September 16, 2019- Visiting family

Amtrak

Pros: Totally stress-free travel. Even if the train was late (it was not), the Amtrak bus that you transfer to for the second part of the trip would have waited for the train to arrive. Wish Amtrak went even more places. Cons: Nothing.

Pros: Totally stress-free travel. Even if the train was late (it was not), the Amtrak bus that you transfer to for the second part of the trip would have waited for the train to arrive. Wish Amtrak went even more places. Cons: Nothing.

What is the price of a train ticket from San Diego to Palm Springs?

In the last month, $78.85 was the average price of a train ticket from San Diego to Palm Springs. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 2 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $0.81 more than that for a same-day booking.

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Traveling from San Diego to Palm Springs by train will cost you about the same regardless of the time of year for which you plan your trip. In general, train ticket prices for that route don’t fluctuate much throughout the year, so expect to pay around $42 whenever you decide to board the train to Palm Springs.

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Since the average price of train trips from San Diego to Palm Springs remains pretty consistent throughout the year, there’s no need to book your tickets too far in advance. However, we still recommend you purchase your train tickets at least 48 hours ahead of departure time to avoid surprise last-minute surges and the risk of the train selling out.

Which train should you take from San Diego to Palm Springs?

Amtrak is the one and only train line which connects San Diego to Palm Springs. The schedule is relatively limited as the train only runs twice a day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak29h 7m$79.61
  • Amtrak

    Amtrak

    Amtrak is the largest passenger railroad service in America, offering daily intercity trains to hundreds of destinations across the contiguous United States, as well as several cities in Canada. Every Amtrak train comes equipped with comfortable seats with extra legroom, as well as several four-seat areas with tables in the middle. In addition, each car has a freshly cleaned restroom, free WiFi and power outlets at every seat. There are also snack bars where you can purchase drinks or food during your journey. On average, there are 2 Amtrak trains from San Diego to Palm Springs every day, as well as 4 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $78.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from San Diego to Palm Springs during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Our train partners have implemented several different policies to keep you safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. From limiting vehicle capacity to enhancing cleaning protocols and upgrading air filters, train carriers are committed to maintaining a safe environment. For details on what each company is doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

Although masks are no longer required on public transportation, we stand behind CDC guidelines that encourage passengers to wear a mask over their nose and mouth while on the train or in stations.

Please visit our COVID-19 Travel Guide for more information on all carrier policies and the latest travel advisories issued by every U.S. state, Canadian province, and European country.

Can you take a train all the way from San Diego to Palm Springs?

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from San Diego to Palm Springs. However, there are also some trips on this route that require you to board another vehicle, such as a bus or a shuttle, during your journey. This is worth paying attention to as you book your trip, since a direct train may be preferable for its speed and convenience.

How long is the train journey from San Diego to Palm Springs?

The distance between San Diego and Palm Springs is approximately 85 miles, or 137 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 9 hours and 7 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 9 hours and 3 minutes.

Looking for ways to pass the time? Most trains are equipped with Wi-Fi, which means you can stream music, browse social media or get some work done during your ride. That said, in case your train has a spotty signal, or is among the few without Wi-Fi, we also recommend downloading TV shows and movies to your mobile device in advance of your trip. That way the ride will fly by whatever the Wi-Fi situation.

When are trains the most crowded?

Trains departing from San Diego to Palm Springs tend to have the most passengers on Thursday. With higher demand ticket prices also tend to be higher on Thursday. If you are trying to snag a cheap train tickets or just want an emptier train you'll have better luck by booking travel departing on Monday as the least number of people tend to travel then.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs San Diego at 3:00pm while the last train of the day leaves at 3:00pm. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

Is there a direct train from San Diego to Palm Springs?

Trains leave the station in San Diego twice a day, so there are a couple of options depending on your preferred travel time. However, there are no direct trains. This means that you will need to disembark from your original train and board a connecting train at some point during your journey. You will need to remember to bring your carry-on luggage with you when you change trains. Depending on the carrier's policy, you may also be responsible for transferring your own checked baggage.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Palm Springs to San Diego.

City Information

San Diego

San Diego is known as "America's Finest City" for its sunny weather, white-sand beaches, and dazzling attractions from Belmont Park to SeaWorld. San Diego's 70 miles of pristine beaches include such gems as Mission Beach, Pacific Beach, La Jolla Cove, and Coronado Beach. The city's strong surfing culture may even inspire you to rent a surfboard and catch the epic waves, bro.

Visitors can spend days getting lost in Balboa Park, a 1,200-acre cultural hub which features 16 museums, immaculate gardens, and the world-famous San Diego Zoo. The historic heart of the city, Old Town, showcases San Diego's heritage and ties to Mexican culture, while other sights like the USS Midway pay tribute to the city's military and maritime history. Leave time for some evening exploring, too! San Diego is rated the #1 best city for craft beer in America, so don't miss out on the bars in the Gaslamp Quarter: 16 walkable blocks packed with nightlife and young crowds.

Two airports, as well as many bus and train options, mean it is easy to get to San Diego from afar or from nearby cities like Tijuana, Los Angeles, Phoenix, and Las Vegas.

Palm Springs

Palm Springs, CA, US - PSP-0

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Palm Springs is a desert resort city in California defined by its ultra-cool midcentury modern buildings and aesthetics. Travelers seeking relaxation flock to Palm Springs' stylish hotels and resorts like the Caliente Tropic Resort, spas like The Well Spa, hot springs like the Azure Palm Hot Springs, and the city's many palm tree-lined golf courses. History and art buffs can check out the Palm Springs Art Museum, Cabazon Dinosaurs, and Cabot's Pueblo Museum. Trivia break! Can you guess which president had a home in Palm Springs?

Explore the desert environment by meeting some locals at the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens or trot through the Indian Canyons on horseback. Outdoor enthusiasts can discover trails for hiking, walking, and mountain biking in the desert city. Palm Canyon Drive, a cultural strip downtown, offers upscale dining and exciting nightlife, from resort restaurants to taverns and lounges.

Visit this chic resort city by train on the Amtrak Texas Eagle or Amtrak Sunset Limited. You can take a bus to Palm Springs on one of FlixBus' routes from Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Riverside, and more. The Palm Springs International Airport (PSP) is easy to reach, only two miles from downtown.

Station Information

Where is the train station in San Diego?

San Diego, CA - Santa Fe Depot (1050 Kettner Blvd) - SANAMT2-0

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Main departure station: Santa Fe Depot - 1050 Kettner Blvd

The Santa Fe Depot is the main train station in San Diego and one of the end points of the Pacific Surfliner, the only Amtrak train line that serves the city. The station is also used by the Green Line of the San Diego Trolley light rail transit service and the COASTER commuter rail service that connects the city with the central and northern coastal regions of San Diego County. Opened in 1915, the Santa Fe Depot is famous for its Spanish Colonial Revival Style architecture and grand interior space that features natural redwood beam ceilings and ceramic details. The train station is located in the heart of Downtown San Diego, making it easy to reach from all parts of the city.

All train stations in San Diego:

  • Santa Fe Depot - 1050 Kettner Blvd

  • 4005 Taylor St

Where is the train station in Palm Springs?

Main arrival station: Palm Springs Station Rd

Palm Springs has one train station.

All train stations in Palm Springs:

  • Palm Springs Station Rd

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