Palm Springs International Airport (PSP) Review, Shuttle, Car Rental


For your travel planning convenience, Shuttle, Limousine Service, Car Rental, and Driving Directions to your favorite desert playground destinations can all be found, swiftly identified, and immediately accessed via this customized travel transportation and review page. Considering this high profile hot spot is situated in a unique geographical location which is conducive to a blanket of constant sunshine coupled with intermittent, random bursts of refreshing rainfall, the experienced traveler realizes securing adequate and reliable transportation for your Palm Springs California vacation is absolutely essential. Unlike Las Vegas, where the vast majority of main attractions and restaurants are conveniently situated within the boundaries of two major arteries, Las Vegas Blvd ( The Strip ) and Fremont Street ( Downtown), hot places of interest, golf courses, and entertainment venues in Palm Springs and sister Desert Cities Resorts encompass a wide geographical area while spreading generously into immensely popular sub-communities which include La Quinta, Palm Desert, San Jacinto, and several other prime locations.

The city and surrounding suburbs are designed and engineered in the traditional simplified Southern California grid style so it's relatively easy to map and navigate the entire area with minimal effort and proper street identification tools. Once you arrive at Palm Springs International Airport, the essential shuttle, car rental, and limousine services options will be readily available on site or customized arrangements can be made with the simple touch of a phone. Everyone I've had the pleasure of conversing with recommends a rental or privately owned vehicle to be used for the duration of your visit to get the most out of your stay. A menu of services is included at the bottom of this page.

 

REVIEW

Palm Springs International Airport is located in the blossoming picturesque Coachella Valley within Riverside County, a low desert region of Southern California which is served by approximately 10 airlines that accommodate hundreds of cities worldwide. Non stop flights are currently available from the following cities.

  • Bellingham, WA (BLI) - Calgary, Alberta (YYC) - Dallas / Fort Worth, TX (DFW) - Denver, CO (DEN) - Edmonton, Alberta (YEG) - Las Vegas, NV (LAS) - Los Angeles, CA (LAX) - Minneapolis / St. Paul, MN (MSP) - O'Hare / Chicago , IL (ORD) - Phoenix, AZ (PHX) - Portland, OR (PDX) - Sacramento, CA (SMF) - Salt Lake City, UT (SLC) - San Francisco, CA (SFO) - Seattle, WA (SEA) - Vancouver, British Columbia (YVR)

 


Palm Springs International Airport is within reasonable proximity and driving distance to Riverside, San Bernardino, Orange, Los Angeles, and San Diego Counties - Although many visitors travel through this facility en route to Los Angeles County, the commute can be more time consuming depending on your destination -

Photo courtesy of Florian
Photo courtesy of Florian

The airport resembles a large restaurant or shopping center from a distance and it's unquestionably one of the most quaint facilities I have ever seen, experienced, and traveled through. The architecture closely matches certain areas of the inner city that have maintained a distinct 1960s and 70's retro look over the years. The runways parallel the majestic San Jacinto Mountain Range just off in the distance, and when weather conditions strike just the right harmonic chord, amber or luscious bright pink colored clouds on the horizon accentuated by the somber, fading evening sun can be observed at sunset. The interior facilities are conveniently compact to match the size of the airport and just about everything you could possibly need to ensure a comfortable flight is within reasonable walking distance. The airline traffic flow in and out of the runways seems to be managed to perfection and I was informed that it's a very rare occurrence to see, encounter, or experience a backlog of flights waiting to access or leave the airport. Airline congestion seems to be successfully managed and mitigated by the airport operations staff. Once you step off the plane, baggage pick up is located in a convenient area which is easily identifiable.

Security is comfortably tight and efficient as should be with all airports, a safety expectation and precaution which provides a comforting, ease of mind experience. Currently, the restrictive policy only allows for vehicles that contain baggage designated for immediate loading or unloading, to park at the curb in front of the terminal ticketing and baggage areas, and only passengers who possess a ticket are permitted beyond designated checkpoints. Additionally, to establish and ensure precise identification considerations, a valid photo ID is required to board a flight. In my opinion, it's an acceptable security policy that strikes the proper balance by protecting the rights of legitimate passengers and visitors to the maximum extent possible without inviting an infringement issue.


RESTAURANTS at PSP

There are a total of 6 Restaurants, Bistros & Bars (listed below) situated within the airport grounds, all are very well maintained and "Fit for a Celebrity" clean. A little pricey for the budget minded but the food and spirits are tasty:

  • Celebrity Bistro Cafe & Bar - Starbucks - La Brea Bakery & Palm Springs Tap Room Bar - Springs Tap Room Bar - 12th Fairway Bar & Grill - Zia's Smoothie Shop - California Vintages Wine Bar -


Maps / Directions:

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Palm Springs International Airport (PSP), 3400 E Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262, USA
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AIR TRAVEL TO PALM SPRINGS

If you're not a Southern California resident who is endowed with the option of driving the one or two hour scenic commute to get to the terminals, air travel is certainly the next best and most popular alternative mode of transportation. The occasional light rain or thunder shower, or intermittently occurring brisk balmy desert wind can indeed cause minor distraction from the anticipated and expected pristine reputation, however, despite these occasional pesky intrusions by mother nature, year round weather in Palm Springs is always near perfection for any kind of travel. Spring and summers are typically hot and favor the dry or arid side with temperatures averaging in the 100 degree range. Fall and winter months typically cool off considerably to a delightfully balmy mid 70 degree average. Temperatures can change significantly with the seasons but the dry, mild, soothing climate still dominates from November thru February and that is good news not only for the visitor. but the air traveler as well.


GOLF COURSE HEAVEN

If you're not familiar with the rich history or wealth of outdoor entertainment choices this Southern California desert capitol has to offer, shortly after landing and driving around the region to discover the highlights, you'll immediately realize Palm Springs is world-renowned for many things including prestigious designation as an attractive venue for Spring Break activities, hiking the "Joshua Tree National Forest Trails" and "San Jacinto Mountains", premier boutique shopping, fine American and ethnically diverse restaurants, tanning endlessly by the pool, and of course, the numerous, meticulously designed and maintained golf courses. A mainstay and extremely profitable industry for the entire region. Palm Springs is home to more 18 hole courses per square mile than any other location in the world, and odds are favorable that they get more year round use and considerably less down time as well. The PGA holds many tournaments here and the pros always give Palm Springs, La Quinta, Palm Desert, and other host cities a big thumbs up.


Please see below for an extensive menu of Shuttle / Limousine Services& Car Rental providers -

SHUTTLE / LIMOUSINE SERVICE:

 
 
 
Airport & Taxi Transportation 
Limousine Service Palm Springs 
Good Life Transportation PS 
(760) 328-2227 
(760) 320-0044 
(760) 766-1442 
Airport Taxi 
Classic Sedan,Service,Rates,Luxury 
R Limo & Shuttle Service PS 
(760) 328-2227
(760) 416-8888
(760) 416-8888
Desert Limo
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(760) 416-2500
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CAR RENTAL:

 
 
Hertz Rent A Car
Dollar Rent A Car 
(760) 778-5100 
(760) 325-7334 
Budget 
A Luxury Rent Car 
(760) 416-3993
(760) 318-9468
Palm Springs Airport (PSP)
Alamo Rent A Car 
(760) 283-0898
(888) 826-6893 
Avis Rent A Car (PSP)
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(760) 778-6300
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