Updated: May 21, 2015

Palm Springs Airport - PSP:

Palm Springs International Airport is not that big and only handles a small amount of daily air traffic compared to other airports in Southern California. I have been going to the BNP Paribas tennis tournament in Indian Wells for years and finally decided to fly into PSP (that's the airport code for Palm Springs) instead of doing our usual flight into Ontario airport near Riverside. From Portland, Oregon the flight is not that long at all - roughly 2 hours. Flights are limited into the airport as only a select few airlines actually fly into Palm Springs. Arrivals include those on United Express, Delta Connection, American Airlines, Alaska Airlines, US Airways, and WestJet. The terminal is small and easy to navigate with minimal gates to deal with. Security was a breeze in March 2010 for us as very few passengers fly into or out of the Palm Springs airport daily. You can get flights coming into Palm Springs from Portland, Seattle, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Denver, Calgary, Phoenix, and a few others. The airport main homepage can be found online at http://www.palmsprings-ca.gov/index.aspx?page=270.


Palm Springs Airport Map - Get Directions:

You can see the Palm Springs Airport map down below with a decent layout of the terminal, parking, the surrounding roads and more. The airport is easy to find if you are in the Palm Springs area or surrounding cities like Rancho Mirage, Cathedral City, or Palm Desert. It's located just off the Hwy 111. You can get directions online here

I found that the convenience of flying into Palm Springs outweighed the extra fees for the flight as compared to flying into Ontario (ONT airport code). Our flight would normally have cost about $220 to fly from PDX into Ontario on Southwest airlines, then we would have had to drive the extra 1 hour + in a rental car out to Palm Desert. We paid roughly $300 for airfare and saved ourselves the hassles of driving the extra distance.

Palm Springs Airport Car Parking:

Parking at Palm Springs International Airport is relatively easy compared to more crowded airports. They offer 2 short term parking lots and 2 long term lots right on site. Parking rates are $8/day in the long term lot and the short term parking rates are $12/day (that is compared to almost $25/day for us in Portland). You can pay with cash or credit card as you exit the facility. There is also a cellphone waiting lot that you can see via the map above. In terms of ground transportation at PSP airport, there are shuttle buses, taxi companies, limos and sedans that will pick you up and take you to your desired location. I rented a car (see description below) which was quite easy.

Palm Springs Airport Car Rentals:

Like most airports, you can get a rental car from Palm Springs Airport. They offer up major brands like Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Thrifty, Enterprise, National and Hertz. Rates for car rentals will vary by season, we got a premium car for roughly $40/day as it seemed like a slow season on mid-March. At the time of this article, I found Expedia showing weekly rates for economy cars starting near $300 and going up to $900/week for a full size van. Our pick was Enterprise and they offer a shuttle bus that takes you to the offsite location - about a 5 minute ride. Definitely browse the Internet for discounted rates and even call the local office to see what kind of specials they are offering. Many times in slower seasons they will bargain with you right there. The buy who checked us out at Enterprise offered the upgrade to the premium car at a huge discount since no one else was going to rent it.