Cheap Flights to Palm Springs
An oasis of retro cool in the heat of the California desert, Palm Springs, made famous as a hangout for the rich and famous in the last century, has once again established itself as the place to be.
Lying 100 miles east of Los Angeles, Palm Springs is the main city in the Coachella Valley. Its bohemian vibe, vintage boutiques, mid-century architecture and year-round sunshine lend the city an unmistakable class.
The city is surrounded by stunning mountain ranges, there are golf courses and the Joshua Tree National Park lies nearby. Major events like the gargantuan Coachella Music Festival and the Indian Wells tennis tournament have put the area firmly on the map.
When to Book Flights to Palm Springs
The sun shines for 354 days a year on average, so booking a cheap flight to Palm Springs makes sense at any time of the year.
The busiest time is from November to March, when temperatures drop from summer highs, that reach above 100°F, to a more manageable 80°F during the day.
The shoulder seasons of spring and fall are generally cheaper for flights, although events like the Indian Wells tennis tournament in March and Coachella in April can send demand and prices soaring.
Low season comes in the summer, when the temperatures soar. But you can still cool off at the pool or escape the heat by taking the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway 2,000m up to the San Jacinto Mountains.
How to Find the Best Deals to Palm Springs
There are plenty of departure airports to choose from if you are flying to Palm Springs. And when you search for flights with Orbitz there are many other ways to increase your chance of grabbing a bargain.
Flexibility is key. You can check deals from other departure and arrival points by using the ‘Nearby airports’ option. Another great way to find a lower-priced air fare is to adjust your dates of travel. Click in the ‘My dates are flexible’ tick box when making your search to see when the best deals are for your outbound and return flight.
Filter and sort your results on the left-hand side of the results page or by using the ‘Show options’ drop-down. You can list fares by price or duration, check direct or connecting flights, filter by airline and airport, limit your results to refundable flights and look for flights at certain times of the day.
US Departures to Palm Springs
Optimal flight times from US cities include:
Main Airports at Palm Springs
Palm Springs flights arrive at the Palm Springs International Airport just two miles east of the city. It is served by several airlines, many offering low-fares from around the country. There are shops, bars and food outlets on the Bono Concourse, and Palm Springs’ reputation as a golf hotspot is enhanced by the presence of a PGA Tour shop.
You can hire a limo to arrive in the city center in style – or just settle for the regular shuttle buses. Eight car rental firms can be found on site at the airport.
Palm Springs is within striking distance of the sprawl of Los Angeles, meaning that John Wayne International Airport in Orange County and Ontario International Airport in San Bernardino are just over an hour’s drive away.
Which Airlines Fly to Palm Springs?
Airlines that fly to Palm Springs from US cities include:
- Alaska Airlines
- American Airlines
- Delta Air Lines
- United Airlines
How to Get Around Palm Springs
Palm Springs International is just two miles from downtown but many of the resorts are further out of town. You can catch the Sun Bus to various destinations in the city, but it’s actually possible to explore the center on foot or by bike – just remember to wear a hat.
If you want to visit the Joshua Tree National Park and Coachella Valley, then hiring a car is the best option: there are plenty of companies to choose from at the airport and downtown.
What Are the Must-Sees in Palm Springs?
The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway is a great way to escape the heat of the city in the summer, but the experience is unmissable all year round. The rotating tramcars rise 2,000m from the desert floor to the cool, and sometimes snowy, pine forests atop the San Jacinto Mountains. The views are phenomenal.
The Living Desert is a zoo and botanical gardens devoted to the fauna and flora of the African and North American deserts. There are mountain lions, cheetahs and zebras plus recreations of deserts from Baja to Madagascar.
The Coachella Music and Arts Festival has established itself as one of the biggest and coolest festivals in the world. It takes place 20 miles from Palm Springs each April.
Tips for Traveling in Palm Springs
As one of the coolest resorts in SoCal, Palm Springs has a vibrant gay community and is LGBT-friendly.
If you visit in the summer months be aware that temperatures can reach 120°F. Try to avoid going out about in the middle of the day, play your golf early in the morning or late in the afternoon and make sure you wear loose clothing and a hat when walking.