Posted on 3/23/2024

How to Get to Palm Springs

Palm Springs is a desert paradise that beckons travelers with its year-round sunshine, stunning mountain vistas, and a vibrant cultural scene. Wherever you are coming from, getting to Palm Springs is easier than you might think! 

Situated in the heart of southern California, Palm Springs is easily accessible from major cities by car or plane. In a matter of hours, you can be sipping cocktails poolside and soaking in the mid-century modern charm of this desert oasis.

Hit the Road

One of the great advantages of visiting Palm Springs is its accessibility from various major cities in Southern California and surrounding states. Here are some of the driving distances and travel times from nearby metropolitan areas:

  • Los Angeles: 107 miles and approximately 2 hours drive
  • San Diego: 150 miles and approximately 2.5 hours drive
  • Las Vegas: 250 miles and approximately 4 hours drive
  • Phoenix: 270 miles and approximately 4 hours drive

These driving distances make Palm Springs an ideal destination for a weekend getaway or a longer vacation, allowing visitors to easily combine their trip with visits to other popular California destinations. If you are coming from the east, make sure to keep your vehicle stocked with food, water and gas, as you will be driving through sparsely populated areas.

Fly Into Paradise 

The Palm Springs International Airport (PSP) serves as the primary gateway for air travelers to the Coachella Valley. Located just a few miles from the heart of downtown Palm Springs, the airport offers a convenient and hassle-free experience. The airport is served by several major airlines, including American, Alaska, Delta, JetBlue, Southwest, and United, providing nonstop flights from various cities across the United States. Some of the cities with direct flights to Palm Springs include:

  • Los Angeles
  • San Francisco
  • Seattle
  • Denver
  • Dallas
  • Chicago
  • Minneapolis
  • Des Moines
  • New York
  • Boston

The compact size of the Palm Springs airport and its efficient operations make it a popular choice for travelers, offering a seamless transition from the plane to your final destination in the Coachella Valley. The Palm Springs airport has a relaxing environment, with open air walkways, garden landscapes, water features and artwork, making your transit experience stress-free. The airport was recently remodeled to streamline the travel experience, with additional ticket counters, baggage services and better accessibility for passengers with disabilities. Getting from the airport to your vacation rental is easy, with several rental car agencies serving the airport, as well as shuttle services and ride sharing apps. 

If it’s more convenient (or affordable), you can easily fly into the Los Angeles or San Diego airports and rent a car to get to Palm Springs. Due to the central location of Palm Springs, the drive is a reasonable distance from other metropolitan area airports in the Southwest.

Book Your Escape

Palm Springs awaits with open arms, ready to enchant you with its sun-drenched landscapes and leisurely pace of life. Apek Rentals offers a variety of beautiful Palm Springs rentals, making for the perfect desert escape. Stay for a few nights, a week, or more, and settle into the beauty of the Coachella Valley. Staying in a vacation rental offers more flexibility and conveniences than a hotel. Share a vacation rental with friends and family, cook your own meals when you choose, and lounge all day in your private pool. It really doesn't get any better! 

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However you choose to arrive and stay, Palm Springs will set the stage for an unforgettable experience. So pack your bags, book your vacation rental and escape to the desert oasis of Palm Springs!

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