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Huntington to Palm Springs

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Huntington to Palm Springs

What's the best way of getting from Huntington Beach to Palm Springs without a car?

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1. Re: Huntington to Palm Springs

You don't have a lot of options and nothing cheap. A shuttle or private executive car are probably your only reasonable options.

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2. Re: Huntington to Palm Springs

Actually you CAN get to PS by bus and Metrolink Train. Only problem is that it takes about 6 hours. http://tinyurl.com/ceo3yym

Edited: 3:32 pm, October 31, 2012
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3. Re: Huntington to Palm Springs

Here is a link to a company that runs schedule shuttles from the airports and also door to door service to Palm Springs. http://www.palmspringsshuttle.com/

I have no experience with them and have seen no reviews so I provide the link for information only and not as an endorsement or advertisement.

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4. Re: Huntington to Palm Springs

If you can get to Fullerton, you can take Amtrak to LA, then from LA take the train east. It drops you off at about 12:30 AM. The PS depot is pretty desolate and remote. I would not want to be dropped off there unless a taxi was waiting.

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5. Re: Huntington to Palm Springs

>>>reasonable options<<<

From Huntington Beach to the Fullerton train station on OC Metro buses is close to 2 hours, Fullerton Metrolink to Union Station is about an hour, Union Station to Palm Spring North on Amtrack is 2 1/2 hours and this doesn't include wait time at the stations or the transportation from the Palm Springs North Amtrak station to your final destination.

So.

Reasonable options are a shuttle service or a private executive car service.

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6. Re: Huntington to Palm Springs

Note, the train(Sunset Limited) from Union Station to Palm Springs only runs three days a week, Wednesdays, Friday and Sunday at 10 PM and arrives at Palm Springs at 12:36 AM.

There is another Amtrak option though, that runs seven days a week, and would be cheaper, get to a station other than Fullerton, such as San Juan Capristrano (mainly on the OCTA Route 1 bus, with a transer, or to the Santa Ana Station, and then book a ticket to Palm Springs. It will take you to Fullerton, where you transfer to an Amtrak Thruway Bus, which runs twice a day. Amtrak requires part of the trip on the train, but then basically the bus is no extra charge.

Here is a post I wrote earlier this year that has all the details...

tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g32847-i179-k55935…

>>Was doing some research, and never seen anyone mention this new service yet. As part of the Amtrak California program, there is now a "ThruwayBus" from the Fullerton Train Station to the Palm Desert area.

The Bus does requires reservations, which can be made at Amtrak.com.

Let's start with the East Bound Buses (twice a day). The morning bus (4968) leaves the Fullerton Station at 11:50 AM, then stops at the Riverside Metrolink Station at 12:40 PM. Next is Cabazon at the Morongo Casino at 1:20 PM, followed by Palm Springs and the Downtown SunLine Transit center at 1:45 PM, and then ends at Palm Springs Airport at 1:55 PM.

The evening bus (4984) goes farther... Leaves Fullerton at 6:20 PM, Riverside at 7:05 PM, Morongo at 7:45 PM, then Palm Springs, SunLine at 8:15 PM, the Airport at 8:20, then continues to Palm Desert (SunLine Transit) at 8:50 PM, La Quinta (SunLine) at 9 PM and ends in Indio at 9:20 PM (Hwy. 111 at Monroe) .

As for the westbound buses, the first bus (4969) starts at Indio at 8:05 AM, La Quinta at 8:15 AM. Palm Desert at 8:30 AM, Palm Springs Airport at 9:00 AM, Downtown PS at 9:05 AM, Cabazon at 9:40 AM, Riverside at 10:25 AM and ends in Fullerton at 11:21 AM.

The second bus (4985) starts at the Palm Springs Airport at 3:05 PM, Downtown PS at 3:10 PM, Cabazon at 3:40 PM, Riverside at 4:25 PM, and Fullerton at 5:25 PM.

Amtrak Coaches are late Model Tour Buses, so something like a "Greyhound" like coach.

Here is a link to the Pacific Surfliner page, just click on the screen on the right side of the page, and it will discuss the new service...

http://www.amtrak.com/pacific-surfliner-train

Hope the info helps someone looking for options to get to and from the Southern California coastal area.<<

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