Palm Springs International Airport is less than 15 minutes by car from all venues and is served by the following carriers:
- Sun Country
- US Airways
- Virgin America
For those arriving from the western US, Alaska often has the most competitive fares. Also, you can sometimes save money by flying into Ontario, the nearest regional airport, which is an hour’s drive away. Ontario is served by most of the same major airlines as Palm Springs, plus AeroMexico and Southwest. Many more carriers serve LAX (Los Angeles), the nearest mega-scale airport. When making travel plans, keep in mind that LAX is two-plus hour drive away and weekend traffic from LA to Palm Springs can be very congested.
Should I rent a car?
The host resort is located approximately 8 miles from the bulk of the other participating resorts, so you may want to rent a car.
We do offer a shuttle that will go from the host hotel to the resorts on the accommodations page. The shuttle will run during the night parties, not the BBQs, and will run every 45 minutes to an hour, starting at 7:30 PM and ending at 2:00 AM. The van holds 6 passengers, so you may have to wait. You will want to take that into consideration when deciding whether to rent a car or not.
We are a friendly bunch and you can usually find someone at your participating resort to hitch a ride with.
If you fly into Palm Springs, you may be able to get by without a car by taking taxis between the airport and your hotel and catching rides to the party and other parts of the city with other guys at your resort. If you intend on using taxis as your principal means of transportation, you should take into account that cab fare in Palm Springs is relatively expensive compared to that of most major cities. It’s amazing how quickly the money that you spend on cab rides can overtake the cost of an inexpensive car rental!
If you fly into Ontario or LAX, you should definitely plan on renting a car, as shuttle transportation to Palm Springs from those airports is very expensive.