Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
4.5
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
About
Stretching just over three miles, these spectacular caves beneath the hills east of Nerja contain impressive stalactite and stalagmites formations. Discovered by accident in 1959, the cave has many well-marked routes, though not all are open to the public because of conservation and archaeological efforts. Cave paintings, fossils and skeletal remains have been excavated here, which you can find displayed at the Nerja Museum. Hop on the red tourist train to get to the caves from Nerja. During peak seasons, opt for skip-the-line tickets to jump ahead or take an exclusive night tour for fewer crowds. – Tripadvisor
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  • KaerukunZ
    Santa Ana, California177 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Day Trip
    Took some friends that have never been on the Tramway, and we had a excellent time. The weather was beautiful, the sights astonishing, and the staff we very friendly and helpful all along the way. A great way to spend the day, dining, hiking, or just chilling and reading a book.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 29, 2023
  • bob t
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    It's high.
    Absolutely superb, this is one of the best cable car rides and views we have ever been on. When you get to the top which is over 8000 feet there is a cafe, bar and restaurant. Its a little bit chilly but its worth walking around the viewing areas. This is a must if you are visiting Palm Springs.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written October 2, 2023
  • Mike71553
    Sharon, Massachusetts670 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice view on a clear day
    A great experience if you have a couple of hours and it’s a clear day. Driving up towards the tram it’s a bit steep but take your time at 30 mph as there are many curves Upon approaching the base station there is a security guard who collects $15 to park ( new to me)😡 The guard gives you a chit to place on your dash and tells you which lot to park at. (First tram is 10am get there by 9:30-9:45 for close parking and shorter lines at the ticket counter). If your a tourist as we were you cant pre print tickets so you go in line to get them. Also if you have a rental car or other car make yourself familiar with how to put the transmission into Low specifically Low 2 if it has one as low 1 is too slow and may cause engine and transmission problems on the way down. Low 2 i find gets you up to 30-35 mph and brakes used to control downhill droving Up above after a pleasant ride on the tram are plenty of view points. Also you can walk down back of the tram station and down a steep hill to a beautiful valley ( long valley) with huge Jeffrey Pines and 2 pleasant walks one it 0.75 miles the other is 1,5 miles. Walking back up to the tram station is tiring but several resting benches on the way help. Prices are adults $30.95 seniors $28.95. Children are less and small children are free.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written October 24, 2023
  • IamLindyLou
    Pitt Meadows, Canada173 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the Ride!
    The views on the tram are pretty spectacular. Going up we were a bit crowded, but we made sure to get a window view on the way down so we could experience all the sights. It was cool at the top (33 degrees) and we didn’t have jackets, but a warm sweater and scarf was fine, unless there was a blast of cold wind. We walked down the cemented path to the bottom and had a good walk, enjoying the contrast of vegetation from Palm Springs. Converted to our Canadian funds it was a bit pricey, but really not out of line with other trams / gondolas one might find in other cities.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written November 14, 2023
  • yruhullah
    Pleasanton, California12 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Desert-mountain
    This was a unique experience, being in a rotating climbing tram going up to 8,000 feet in a matter of minutes. Breath taking views of the mountains and the desert. You can purchase tickets at the station, as long as it’s not too busy. It can get cold up there so layers and gloves. There are a lot of trails and walks of various difficulties, so you can spend the entire day there if you up-to it. Spoiler alert - don’t go expecting a sunset, it’s blocked by the rest of the mountain.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written November 23, 2023
  • Boydster713
    Houston, Texas77 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best stop while visiting Palm Springs Area
    The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway was by far my favorite stop during my entire visit to the greater PS area! We got there somewhat early on a Saturday morning. While there was plenty of parking when we arrived, the tram was fairly packed going up. The sights on the tram were beyond spectacular! The tram operator for the ascent was great. Since the tram noticeably sways in certain spots, she gave us warnings to prepare us so no one would freak out. The tram does rotate on the inside giving you different views during your ride. However, I noticed the tram was more empty on the ride back down, which made for better pictures. Once we arrived at the top of the San Jacinto Mountains, you have access to Mt San Jacinto State Park and Wilderness Area. If you are in moderate to good health walking around the area may not be that difficult, however I can see how some areas may pose problems for those with health and mobility issues. This is not a trip to take if you are thinking of walking around in flip-flops or other non-supportive shoes. The terrain can be somewhat rocky. We went in the winter, so the temperature on top of the mountain was much lower than it was at the check-in/ticket center. I found dressing in layers helpful in managing the temperature changes. The facilities include observation decks (that were jammed with people taking photos) as well as clean restrooms, a cocktail lounge, a gift shop and dining options. I highly recommend visiting the Tramway on your visit to Palm Springs. It was wonderful!
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written December 19, 2023
  • Brown_Samantha
    Kennewick, Washington1,620 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best way to start our visit to Palm Springs - million dollar view with nice hiking trails
    We arrived before 9:00 am on a Saturday and there was no line, got tickets and got on the next tram. They charge for parking at the entrance gate, at the early time, we got to park in the closest parking lot. That would be our tip, as when we left after lunch, there were a lot of people waiting and they were announcing the time slots. The world’s largest rotating tram that travels over two-and-one-half miles for about ten minute. There is no "bad spot, as the tram rotate slowly, so everyone will get a good view. The Mountain Station has an elevation of 8,516 feet, make sure you dress for the temperature. In December, it was in the 40s. After a long descent on the steep paved path, we did a couple of hiking trails. The Desert View Trail is about 1.5 miles. Loop trail that had 5 "notches" vista view spots to the valley. Spectacular!! Long Valley Discovery Trail is also a loop trail less than a mile long. Fairly flat that takes you across creek offering a nice nature walk. The climb back up to the Mountain Station is quite a work out! We stayed and had lunch in the Peaks Restaurant, definitely recommend you reserve a table. It overlooks the viewing deck, and from there, you can climb up for an even better view of Coachella Valley down below. Before leaving, we walked to the small waterfalls (Johnson Falls) This is a "must do" to us when visiting Palms Springs. It was a great way to start our vacation. We could see why this is a very popular attraction. We thoroughly enjoyed our half a day here.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 19, 2023
  • Christin C
    Atlanta, Georgia534 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Scary but fun
    This ride goes high and rotates. It was terrifying and wonderful. Book your ticket in advance to save time. There can be an issue getting an Uber/Lyft to pick you up here - we had to walk about a mile to get one. Take a car or arrange a pick up in advance.
    Visited February 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written December 29, 2023
  • Carmelo S
    Puerto Rico181 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very Nice Experience For a Family
    Very good ride to the top of the mountain, nice view. They have a shop, a cafetería and restaurant at the top. You can walk around the nature, seeing plants and animals. I was told that you can make hiking and camping in summer time.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written January 10, 2024
  • bushmckay
    De Pere, Wisconsin285 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Tip: try and get there for first tram ride up and avoid parking issues and crowds.
    Outstanding visit. The process of boarding and deboarding are simple enough. Tram gets up the mountain lickity split…the views are amazing. Once up top you can picnic or get fast food or sit down and order a meal with an alcoholic beverage. There are also a couple hikes. The Desert View Trail has several spectacular overlooks. The day was easily worth the cost.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 30, 2024
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Walter Peter
Santa Barbara, CA71 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
My girlfriend and I were much looking forward to experiencing the PS aerial tram. Upon arriving at 10:00 a.m. New Years morning I paid the $8.00 parking fee while the attendant informed us there was a 2.0 hour wait. We decided to proceed and waited in line to board a shuttle to the tram base. After the boarding, a "thoughtful" shuttle driver informed all passengers there was presently a 3 1/2 hour wait . Almost doouble the time stated by the parking attendant collecting the cash parking fee. Upon learning of the absurd 3 1/2 hour wait time we returned back to our car and made alternate plans for the day.

My feeling is there should be a parking refund or credit in place when people are not able to wait "extended and unacceptable" wait times.......Especially when they have been "low balled" by parking attendants with misleading entry times!
Written January 2, 2020
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We apologize for your unhappy experience during your visit. We truly do strive to give all of our guests great customer service and accurate information. We will be happy to refund the $8 parking fee. Please forward a copy of your receipt to pstramway@pstramway.com.
Written January 5, 2020
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waynefromcali
Yucaipa, CA4,410 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Solo
"Closed Till Further Notice"...thats what the sign read as I pulled up to the locked gates at The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway in the beautiful desert community of Palm Springs,California.
Located near the Palm Springs Visitors Center the famous tramway has been taking visitors,families,hikers and friends to the top of mountain station and San Jacinto State Forrest since 1963!
Covid safety closure was the focus of the Tramway and we are all greatful for it!
The courteous security personnel shared that while the PS Tramway is closed they were also working on improvements and construction to make it an evan better experience! It looks like we have a lot to look forward to once everything is completed and safe again-can't wait!
Evan though the Tram is on hold be sure to stop into the Palm Springs Visitors center nearby for information and souvenirs of your trip!
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Written October 3, 2020
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figueroa4x
Anaheim, United States16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
We took friends and family to experience snow in So Cal; however, the day of our visit the snow flakes were absent. The trees and floor were covered by a white snow blanket, and it was cold. We usually visit during summer time for hiking, but we decided to try it during winter.
Overall a great day without the crowds.
One of the highlights of the day was riding the aerial tram back to mountain base. Gil, the aerial tram conductor, had music playing and it was like karaoke. Just about all passengers onboard were happy singing and it was an enjoyable; he made all passengers feel welcome and had fun in the process.
Written February 18, 2020
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NebraskaFan71
Kansas City, MO510 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
We enjoyed a trip on the tram with two young children. The best part was the actual tram journey up and down the mountain. The trails at the top were either packed snow or mud so we decided to skip the hike. Food options were available but limited in the lodge. It was not as cold at the top as we expected and the website helps prepare you weather-wise for the conditions at the top.

Advice - Order your tickets early. This was a Friday before President’s Day weekend. Tickets were sold out for the actual weekend about a week in advance and Friday was our only option.
Written February 21, 2020
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Ravi H
Irvine, CA11 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
Had planned to go up for our first time, but we weren't quite ready as we didn't realize how far up it actually went.

From Palm Desert - a solid 30-35 minute drive. They have several parking lots (for a fee), and there's a free tram that takes you from each parking lot to the base center about every 10 minutes or so. You can park, leave, and return, if your wait times are very long.

At the base, there is a small snack/lunch bar and several places to sit and eat while you wait. There is a very small museum/historical display about the creation of the site. There is also a gift shop with a myriad of items.

The tram will take you up pretty high, so some people with altitude sickness or are susceptible to it may need to check if this will be ok. At the top, there is a restaurant and several hiking trails, so you could conceivably spend several hours up there, or shorter if you want.

We can't wait until we're ready the next time we're in the area. This seems to be a definite "thing to do" in the Palm Springs area.

Tip: Recommend purchasing tickets in advance. BUT, don't get discouraged if the site shows they are sold out: they never turn people away. We didn't get our tickets in advance and if we purchased on-site, the average wait time was about 2 hours.
Written April 6, 2022
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cborgst
Fayetteville, AR3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 • Couples
The Ariel tramway is a well run machine (no pun intended). From the parking lot shuttle to the frequency of gondola rides, to the information about what is seen and experienced, they have figured out how to make this an enjoyable and seamless PS experience. Not only the ride on the tramway but the hiking and scenery were worth the money and you can spend all day if you want on the mountain. Take note that the temperature is 40 degrees lower at the top while hiking than in the valley. You can pre-book a ticket on the hour but there are tickets available at the station as the tram was running every 12 minutes. We had no trouble buying a ticket upon arrival.
Written November 13, 2021
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Jen H
Kissimmee, FL14 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 • Family
It was worth the trip. Steep walk up from middle of parking lot A but my 81 year old mom was able to do it and there are plenty of places to sit and rest for those who need it. Worth the views. Anyone with fear of heights may not want to do it but consider it’s a very sturdy car ride and you can stand in the middle of the tram car and just look straight out. Rotating car and you see all views on the way up and down. Top of the park is a bar, a sit down restaurant which may not be open during Covid and little walk up cafe you can get soup, chile, nachos, fries and coffee and bottled beverages. Nice bathrooms on the upper level. Lockers to store items if you plan to spend several hours. At top of tram station mountain walkway is concrete with railings. It’s a steep and winding path but benches along the way make it doable. Very scenic. Worth it in my opinion. We went early like 9 am. When we were leaving the station about 11:30/12 noon there was a huge line out the door so even though it was MLK holiday On a Monday I’d recommend get up early to go to beat the long wait in line. Go on a clear day
Written January 22, 2022
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Amber L
Minneapolis, MN179 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
Rise up was nice, we don't like heights but it wasn't as bad as we thought. Ride down was way too fast and far too many people inside, they need to limit the number of people inside at a time. Elevators had sings that they were out of service, this is completely unacceptable. We had someone in the group that couldn't do stairs and to have these out of service is absurd. It doesn't take long to service an elevator !
Parking at $10 is also completely unnecessary when your already buying tickets.
Overall something nice to do in Palm Springs at an average cost.
Written March 15, 2022
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Jim M
Greater Manchester, UK258 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Friends
We went in summer but just realised now I didn’t review it at the time. The tramway to the top is good and I’d definitely recommend it, it’s value for money and the staff at the centre are really polite and enthusiastic. What surprised us was the walk at the top. We decided to stroll around for 15 mins and it turned into an hour at least. There’s about 5 points that look out of Palm Springs and surrounding area that have to be seen to be believed. It’s not difficult terrain but I’d wear comfortable footwear.
Written January 19, 2020
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Ohtobeinsandiego
California478 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Well organized, easy to get to and the rotating floor is a good feature to ensure everyone gets views front and back. Recommend trying to find discounts since parking is $8.00 and then the tramway is another $25. But, getting to the top and making use of the many trails on the top of Mt. San Jacinto make it worth it.
Written March 2, 2020
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