Palm Springs Tram Discount Tickets + Visitor Tips

Avail of Palm Springs Tram Discount Tickets and ride the world’s largest rotating tramcar during your visit to Palm Springs, California. See details below.

Palm Springs Tram

Palm Springs Tram Tickets (Full Price)

Palm Springs Tram ticket prices are $29.95 for adults, $17.95 for kids ages 3 to 10, and $27.95 for seniors (65+). Plus, a $2 service fee will be charged per ticket purchased. Kids 2 and under can ride the Palm Springs Tram for free.

Palm Springs Tram Summer Passes are also available for $85 for adults & seniors (65+) and $45 for kids (ages 3-10).

Palm Springs Tram Annual Passes are $165 for adults & seniors (65+) and $95 for kids (ages 3-10).

To save, buy discount Palm Springs Tram tickets below.

Palm Springs Tram Discount

Palm Springs Tram Discount Tickets are available for $30 for a $1.95 discount per ticket as you won’t be charged a service fee unlike if you buy directly from Palm Springs Tram’s website.

On top of the saving, these Palm Springs Tram Groupon discount will reward you with a $10 Groupon Bucks that you can use for a future purchase of another discount attraction or event.

Note: No Palm Springs Tram Coupon needed to avail of discount deals.

Palm Springs Tram View

Palm Springs Tram Hours

Monday – Friday – First Tram up 10:00 am
Saturday, Sunday and Holidays – First Tram up 8:00 am
Daily – Last Tram up at 8:00 pm. Last Tram down at 9:45 pm

Tram departs at least every half hour.

Palm Springs Tram Snow

Things to do at Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

The world’s largest rotating tramcars carry visitors from an elevation of 2,643 feet to a Mountain Station located at the 8,516-foot level of Mt San Jacinto State Park and Wilderness. It has the steepest vertical cable rise in the U.S. and the second steepest in the world.

During the approximately ten-minute journey, tram cars rotate slowly, offering spectacular vistas of the valley floor below and cliffs up above.

At the Mountain Station, you can walk from the car into the large, 3-story facility which has a cocktail lounge, dining facilities, gift shop, and observation decks.

The station theater features “Building on a Dream”, an 18-minute film on the history of the history and construction of the Tramway.

At the top, you can also explore the 14,000-acre Mt. San Jacinto State Park and Wilderness Area, which has 54 miles of hiking trails, rustic campgrounds, and granite outcroppings providing clear views of the cities below.

Riding the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway is quite an experience. I couldn’t help but admire the snowy rocky cliffs of the Chino Canyon as we ascend to 8516 feet and how the Palm Springs Tram was able to transport towers into those cliffs to support cables of the tram. It’s quite an engineering feat.

If you’re looking for fun things to do in Southern California this Holiday, I would suggest visiting the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. The Palm Springs Tram travels over two-and-one-half miles along cliffs of the Chino Canyon, transporting riders to the wilderness of the Mt. San Jacinto State Park.

Palm Springs Tramway opened in 1963 but the rotating tramcars only began in September 2000 after going through modernization programs. The original tram cars are now on static display at the grounds of Palm Springs Aerial Tramway.

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway Exhibit

Palm Springs Tram Restaurant

There are two dining options at the top of the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. Peaks, a fine dining experience with a breathtaking view of the Coachella Valley and Pines Café, a cafeteria-style restaurant. Both restaurants are open for lunch and dinner.

The Lookout Lounge – A full cocktail bar offering a variety of alcoholic beverages and appetizers is also located on the same level as the restaurants. Open 11:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Palm Springs Tram Restaurants

5 Tips for Visiting Palm Springs Aerial Tramway:

Tip #1: Purchase Palm Springs Tramway Tickets in Advance

When you purchase tickets on-site, you will be issued tickets to the next available set time. If there’s already a bigger crowd ahead of you when you arrive, you risk not riding soon enough or you risk not even getting any tickets.

I would suggest getting your tickets in advance as during one of our visits, we weren’t able to ride and there were like 15 of us. We ended up at the Living Desert Zoo, which is also great but the kids were all excited about the snow on top of the tramway.

Buy Palm Springs Aerial Tramway Discount Tickets in advance – Save $1.95 plus get a $10 credit.

Discount Palm Springs Tram Tickets

Tip #2: Check the Palm Springs Tram Weather before Going – Bundle Up

Winter for me is the best time to go because the snow is just beautiful against the rocky cliffs and the pine trees and the kids can play in the snow but it is freezing even just at the parking area on the bottom of the Valley Station.

Biggest Tip: bundle up. We didn’t prepare during our 1st visit and got really cold. It’s already cold at the Valley Station (parking area, ticketing, riding the tram area) below and all the more at the snowy Mountain Station above.

Also, be careful when walking at the terrace just outside the cafeteria, it’s icy and slippery.

Palm Springs Tram Weather:

The weather at the Mountain Station is typically 30-40 degrees cooler than on the desert floor. To make sure you get to enjoy the snow when visiting the Palm Springs Tram, be sure to check the weather beforehand.

You can shop at the outlet mall near Palm Springs for your winter clothes before your visit, if time permits.

Palm Springs Tram Must-Bring during the winter:

Tip #3: Bring a Gum

Ascending to 8516 feet can really put pressure in your ear. It’s especially uncomfortable for kids. The trick is to bring a pack of gum and chew it as the tram climbs to the Mountain Station. Get this non-mint gum for the kids.

The Palm Springs Tram Elevation is 2,643 feet at Valley Station where parking, ticketing, and tram station is located and 8,516-foot level at Mountain Station where the tram lands at Mt San Jacinto State Park and Wilderness.

Tip #4: Arrive Early for Better Palm Springs Tram Parking

There are tons of parking at Palm Springs Aerial Tramway but the closest parking lot to the Valley Station where you will be riding the tram is parking “A”.

If you wish to avoid walking the steep path or waiting for a shuttle to bring you to the Valley Station, park at parking lot A.

There is parking in 13 paved lots near Valley Station. There is free shuttle service from parking lots to Valley Station entrance available weekends and holiday periods

Tip #5: Free Parking at Palm Springs Tram for Coachella Valley Residents: Bring I.D. 

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway Parking is $12 per car. Free parking is offered for residents of the Coachella Valley from the following cities: Mecca, Thermal, Coachella, Indio, La Quinta, Indian Wells, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, Cathedral City, Palm Springs, Thousand Palms and Desert Hot Springs. If you’re a Coachella Valley resident, make sure to bring an ID indicating so.

Know before you go:

Wheelchair Accessible – The Valley Station, the tramcar and the Mountain Station are all fully wheelchair accessible and A.D.A. compliant.

Tramway cars hold 80 people each and there are no seats. Passengers remain standing throughout the journey up the mountain with about 15 minute travel time one way.The tramway is known as a double reversible type of aerial tramway. Each car remains on one pair of track cables moving up and down without turning around. Each car serves as a counter balance to the other, the descending car is helping pull the ascending car up the mountain

Strollers are allowed.

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway address: 1 Tram Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262.

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