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San Diego-Palm Springs Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

How much are train tickets from San Diego to Palm Springs?

Lowest Price$36.00
Fastest Train4h 28m
Trains Per Day13
Train Lines1

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from San Diego to Palm Springs right now?

We stand behind CDC guidelines that caution passengers against non-essential travel during the coronavirus outbreak. That said, we recognize not everyone is in a position to completely abstain. Whether it’s for work, to take care of family or to get back home, some circumstances inevitably require travel. If you’re one of those individuals who still needs to book a trip, you can continue to do so on Wanderu.

Know that most train companies are still running at this time, though some have limited service. Visit our COVID-19 travel guide for resources and daily updates on the coronavirus and COVID travel restrictions.

In order to keep vehicles as clean and sanitized as possible, train companies are taking extra precautions for coronavirus. For details on what various companies are doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

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.

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

In the last month, $40.27 was the average price of a train ticket from San Diego, CA to Palm Springs, CA. This is a good price that is inexpensive compared to most train fares. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 19 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $2.78 more than that for a same-day booking.

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 6 hours and 21 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 4 hours and 28 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 from San Diego to Palm Springs are the most crowded on Saturday. Tickets also tend to be more expensive then. If you are looking for a great deal on your train tickets or just want extra room to stretch out, consider traveling on Sunday instead, as it tends to be the least crowded day of the week.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs San Diego at 8:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 1:00pm. 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?

There are 13 scheduled trains on most days. Unfortunately, none of them are direct connections, so you will need to disembark from your original train and board a connecting train during your journey. Don't forget to bring your carry-on luggage when you switch trains. In some instances, 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. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from San Diego to Palm Springs for $13.00.

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

Amtrak is the one and only train line which connects San Diego, California to Palm Springs, California. However, there are 13 trains per day to choose from.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak136h 21m$41.48

Where is the train station in San Diego?

There are two stations in San Diego where you can board the train to Palm Springs:

  • 4005 Taylor St
  • 1050 Kettner Blvd

Where is the train station in Palm Springs?

There are more train stations and stops in Palm Springs than most cities. Most trains from San Diego will stop at one (or more) of the 3 following stations in Palm Springs:

  • SunLine Transit Stop - 190 N Indian Canyon Dr
  • SunLine Transit Stop - 3400 E Tahquitz Canyon Way
  • Palm Springs Station Rd

Price trends for trains from San Diego to Palm Springs

Average prices by travel date

$60$40$20SepOct

Monthly average prices

$50$40$30$20$10ONDJFMAMJJAS

Prices as travel date approaches

$50$40$30$20$103020100

train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from San Diego, CA to Palm Springs, CA
4.5
Based on 4 ratings and reviews

Based on 4 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled with Amtrak report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 25 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
3.5
Staff
4.0
Value
4.8
Condition
4.8
Susan
5.0
September 16, 2019Visiting family
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
Richard
4.0
June 11, 2019Solo travel
Pros
On time, comfortable seats, courteous and knowledgeable staff.
Cons
Stairs steep.
Tips
Comfortable and economic way to travel inter city.

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