Any suggestions for a private shuttle/car service from LAX to Palm Springs, based on your personal experience?

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SC010101

Member since 03 Jun 2015

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Any suggestions for a private shuttle/car service from LAX to Palm Springs, based on your personal experience? (Aside from Uber, that is!)

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wilsoni Banned

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 28 Sep 2011

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It's 120 miles (200km). You can fly it if you wish. United has one flight a day, dep. LAX around 8pm (10.30 on Sats). 55 mins.

A private transfer (Lincoln Town Car or similar) should  cost US$300 approx plus tax and tip, say $425 all up. Quotes will vary, be sure to deal with a well regarded firm known to be reliable. Some of the limo quotes in LA are one or two car guys who bite off a lot more than they can chew.

To rent say a Chevy Impala from Hertz for a drive yourself one day one way trip would be around US$110 plus insurance and gas.

Hope this all helps.

 

SC010101

Member since 03 Jun 2015

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Thanks wilsoni, I don't want to fly for a number of reasons and I don't want to drive because I've never driven in the US before and don't feel like doing so for the first time with my nervous sister in the car! I've looked into private transfers and it seems like AM\PM or Prime Time are probably the most legitimate options, I was just hoping someone in the ausbt family had some first-hand experience. I think you're spot-on with the price. Certainly not the cheapest option, but possibly the most relaxing! Thanks again.

Tracie

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

Member since 30 Oct 2015

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Another option - Amtrak Sunset Limited. Takes just over 2.5 hours, but only runs certain days. Catch the Fly Away bus to Union Station and board the train. 

hotwog4all

Singapore Airlines - KrisFlyer

Member since 02 Sep 2014

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Greyhound has very frequent services and it's probably about US$40 for a one way trip.  The town car even if it's about US$300 is still cheaper than the direct one way fare on United. They have the monopoly on direct flights so charge a fortune for it!

 

greyhound honestly isn't bad at all and services are never crammed so you'll have a comfortable journey

Gpoltash

Member since 10 Mar 2016

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I am an L.A. native who came across this site looking for best options to fly from Singapore to Melbourne or Sydney in Jan. 2017.  A more economical way for you to get to Palm Springs from LAX than a private car is to 1) take a taxi or Uber if you are Uber savvy from LAX to Los Angeles Union Train Station in downtown L.A..

 

 From the train station, to u would take the Amtrak train to Fullerton, and catch an Amtrek bus (called the thruway bus) from the same station in Fullerton to downtown Palm Springs.  Cost for one way train and busfare (one ticket for both) is $19USD.  uber to downtown L.A.may cost $20-25.  Taxi would be higher.  The Amtrak train/bus combination from Union Station to Palm Springs runs 3 times a day, leaving Union Station at 9:55, 11:15, and  17:10.  Ride from Union to Palm Springs is under 3 hours.  Driving is a bit more than 3 hours, assuming ultimate driving conditions, I.e., midnight!   (Google "buses from Los Angeles to Palm Springs" since I am writing this post on a tablet and can't post link.) 

Once you are in Palm Springs, I think you would be more comfortable driving a rental car.  Lots of desert roads to practice turning right and left on!

 

Hope this post reaches you in time to be of assistance.

dokken

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Member since 05 Apr 2014

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I have used A&E Limo Service from LAX to Santa Monica and similar area destinations. 

They're not the cheapest, but very professional and on time. 

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