Airport shuttle Palm Springs service is available from a couple convenient sources. However, it is airport limo Palm Springs companies that are in the vast majority of transportation options. One of the reasons for this is that this region is a magnet for the merely well-heeled and for the truly rich and famous from around the world. The history of the Coachella Valley reflects its status as a star-studded desert playground beginning in the 1930s and 1940s when movie stars like Ralph Bellamy, the Gabor sisters, Bing Crosby, Cary Grant, Lucille Ball, and Bob Hope made their vacation homes here. Many lived here permanently and were active in local politics, including Sonny Bono who gave up his entertainment career and became a United States Congressman for his California District in 1994. Herbert Hoover also vacationed here, followed by other presidents including Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, and Gerald Ford who died here in 2006. One of the terminals at the Palm Springs Airport is the Bono Terminal.
The Palm Springs Film Festival is only one of the international events drawing more famous visitors, and these people generally do not use a Palm Springs Airport taxi or hop in a minivan with other members of the public.
For this reason, there are very few companies offering the kind of publicly accessible airport shuttle Palm Springs service that you find in the larger metropolitan areas like New York City. The kind of vehicles used for this service are generally shared minivans holding seven to ten passengers. They do provide individual door-to-door service, stopping en route at other people’s homes and hotels. An advance reservation is suggested, especially in the highest season during the balmy winter weather. However, there are some “floater” vans circling the airport on fairly regular schedules, so you should be able to catch an airport shuttle Palm Springs van at the airport on arrival without a reservation after a reasonable wait. There is also scheduled service to LAX in Los Angeles (about two hours away and Ontario Airport (about 90 minutes away).
On the other hand, you have many choices for an airport limo Palm Springs service. These range from discreet chauffeured luxury sedans holding only two or three people to over-the-top stretch limousines for ten to twenty people) with full bars, widescreen video, and a stereo sound system. Several of the airport limo Palm Springs companies also offer party buses with giant video screens, state-of-the-art surround sound, plush discotheque décor, and several cocktail bar stations. These are often used by small groups arriving for special events like weddings and bachelor or spring break parties.
Palm Springs Airport taxi and public bus service is limited to only a handful of companies. This is for the same reasons that there are so few public shuttle services and so many luxury limo services. The largest percentage of people who arrive at this airport can afford more and/or have made advance arrangements. If you choose the Palm Springs Airport taxi option, expect the fares to be relatively expensive—$50 to $150 dollars flat rate, depending on the destination. There are taxi queues just outside the baggage claims area. A fairly large number of the luxury hotels and resorts offer complimentary shuttle service. You should check the information with your particular property to see if you need to advise the hotel in advance of your arrival details. You will also find the desks of several of the major franchises for car rentals inside the airport terminal.