Palm Springs can be reached by air, auto, bus and rail. Its international airport that has been called one of the most stress-free in the US although it handles over 1.5 million travelers a year. It is about two miles ( 3 km) or five minutes from the main downtown strip. Most convention and full-service hotels offer free shuttle service.
Palm Springs is a city made for walking, but if you want to explore the natural beauties and other attractions of the Coachella Valley, you'll need wheels with or without a guide. Major rental car agencies have offices at the airport and in town if you want to explore on your own.
Because of climate and topography, biking is both transportation and sport, particularly during the cooler winter months. Downtown Palm Springs is particularly accessible by bicycles, which are available through many hotels and bike shops. The city has mapped out five in-town bike tours between 3.5 to 13 miles (roughly 6 - 20 km) on the flat. More ambitious rides are in the Coachella Valley along the San Andreas Fault or into the mountains. Each January the Tour de Palm Springs Race attracts riders from around the world in an event benefitting local charities, including the Desert AIDS project and LGBT Community Center of the Desert. It has options varying in distance and difficulty for everyone from novice to pro.
Public bus services in Palm Springs, run by the SunLine Transit Agency, was established in 1977 and cost $1 a ride with the option of a $3 day-pass. A free trolley - Palm Spring BUZZ - operates Thursday through Sunday from 11 am to 1 am on a loop around downtown and uptown. Many hotels also offer complimentary shuttles service to downtown, south Palm Springs and the Uptown Design District.
More than 20 taxi companies operate out of the international airport with fares varying according to distance. Downtown Palm Spring, a short ride away, runs around $20, other destinations as much as $80. Taxis in Palm Springs and throughout Coachella Valley are available 24/7. Uber also operates in the area.