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Ride the Palm Springs Aerial Tram to the top of Palm Springs

Cable Car Info - Palm Springs Tram - Most Popular Palm Springs Attraction
Featuring The World's Largest Rotating Tram & Cable Cars

While enjoying your Palm Springs Vacation, experience The Palm Springs Tram, one of the best local favorites and the most popular Palm Springs Tourist Attraction.

Open year-round, the Palm Springs Tram's world-famous rotating cable cars provide an amazing scenic adventure ride to the top of the beautiful and seasonally snow-capped Palm Springs mountains, Mt San Jacinto. This year, more than 400,000 will visit the awesome inspiring sights from the world's largest rotating cable cars at the Palm Springs Tram, the area's most popular year-round tourist attraction. Here you'll find complete information about things to do and see atop the mountain at the Palm Springs Aerial Tram.

Palm Springs Tram

The Aerial Tramway

Cable Car Ride
Open 7 Days a Week

Open Year-Round, Including Holidays

Palm Springs Tram
Cable Cars
Location & Directions:

Driving directions to Palm Springs Tram Cable Cars: Take North Palm Canyon Drive (Highway 111), north of Racquet Club Road, west to Tramway Road, Palm Springs, California, 92262.

Tram info updated January, 2017

For more information on the Palm Springs Tram
Phone: (760) 325-1449
(888) 515-TRAM

For Palm Springs Tram Restaurant Info
Phone: (760) 325-4537

Palm Springs Tramway Cable Cars Ride

Address: 1 Tram Way,
Palm Springs, Ca, 92262
Phone:(760) 325-1391

Palm Springs Tramway - Tram Cable Cars - Open to the Public-Now Open Daily-7 Days!

Palm Springs Tram - Things to do in Palm Springs

Hours of Operation

Palm Springs Tram rotating cable cars (the worlds largest rotating tramway cars) depart at least every half hour

Monday - Friday Hours: 10:00am - 9:45pm
Weekend and Holiday Hours: 8:00am - 9:45pm 
Last car up is 8 p.m., with the last car down at 9:45 p.m.

Tram Prices and Hours of Operation are Subject to Change Without Notice.

Want to ride the Palm Springs cable car tramway? For more info, phone number: (760) 325-1449

Palm Springs Tram Rates-Fares

Tickets for Admission

Prices as of January, 2017

Fares/prices shown are round trip fares.

  • Adults $25.95
  • Children $16.95 (ages 3-12)
  • Seniors $23.95 (62+)
  • 10% military discount with valid military ID.
  • Children under 2 free.

Twilight Special Rate:

The Palm Springs Tram offers a special Twilight discounted Ticket available after 4 p.m. daily. Twilight Admission is $20.95 for adults and seniors and $13.95 for children ages 3-12. These tickets are not available online.

Palm Springs Tram "Ride 'n' Dine " Prices

Available starting at 4 p.m.
Price includes dinner atop the Tram at the Pines Cafe

  • Adults $36.00
  • Children $23.50

Includes dinner at the Pines Cafe, a cafeteria-style restaurant at the top of the Tram.

Palm Springs Tram - Annual Passes

Annual Tramway Passes available for

  • $160.00 adults
  • $90 children
  • $70 summer unlimited pass

Cool Off with a Summer Pass

Unlimited Summer Tramway Passes available for May 1 - August 31, 2017

  • $75 adults and seniors
  • $40 children (3-12)
Palm Springs Tram History

Opened to the Public: 
Year built in, completed in September 1963.

Since opening in 1963, more than 13 million people have made the trip to the top of the mountain in the Palm Springs Tram's rotating cable cars ride! Before opening in 1963, the only way to the top of the Tram was by hiking several hours from Idyllwild, Ca.

A vintage cable car displayed at the Tram entrance.

The Tram's Cable Cars:

Featuring two 80-passenger rotating enclosed cars providing breathtaking views

The Trip and The Elevation:
Valley Station - 2,643'
Mountain Station - 8,516'

The Palm Springs Tram's Architecture:
Both tramway stations (the valley floor station and the mountain-top lodge) were designed by notable mid-century modern architects!

The Palm Springs Tramway Valley Station, constructed between 1949?1963, was designed by architects Albert Frey & Robson C. Chambers.

The Tramway Mountain Station, built in 1961, was designed by E. Stewart Williams.

Distance Traveled to top:
Approximately 12,800' with vertical ascent of 5,873' - 15 minutes travel time one way

Interesting Tram Visitor Info:

Helpful Tip: It's much cooler at the top of the Palm Springs Tram, so consider taking a jacket with you. In fact, it's often 20-30 degrees cooler at the mountain station (8,516 feet) than at the valley station.

The ride to the top of the tram is two and one half miles from the valley station, up Chino Canyon, 15 minutes travel time each way - with breathtaking views stretching as much as 50 miles in all directions as your car rotates to provide optimal views.

Five towers support four 1-7/8" steel cables as well as four hauling cables, two auxiliary cables and a communications cable.

The first tower is the tallest at 214' high; Tower Number Four is the shortest at 56 1/2' high. The weight of steel in the five towers totals 263 tons; the weight of the 11 cables totals 330 tons. The maximum span between towers is 3,455' between Towers 3 and 4.

The Palm Springs Tram is often referred to as one of the 'wonders of the engineering world' because the towers supporting the cables and the tram cars ascending the mountain were erected with the assistance of helicopters more than 48 years ago, first opening in 1963.

Palm Springs Tram Hours:
Cars depart at least every half hour from 10 a.m., Monday-Friday; 8 a.m. weekends and holiday periods. Last car up is 8 p.m. with the last car down at 9:45 p.m.

Tram Location & Information:
Tram Open Daily including holidays! The Palm Springs Tram Valley Station, where tickets may be purchased daily, is located on the north edge of Palm Springs.

Directions from Palm Springs: Take Tramway Road West from Highway 111, the Tram station is located west on Tramway Road, 3 1/2 miles up the hill at One Tram Way, Palm Springs, Ca 92262.

Palm Springs Aerial Tram
The World Famous Cable Cars
in Palm Springs

Contact Information
Phone: (760)325-1449

Directions: Take North Palm Canyon Drive (Highway 111), past Racquet Club Road, west on Tramway Road, Palm Springs, Ca, 92262. More information? Phone: 760-325-1449

Yes, The Palm Springs Tram is Handicap Accessible!

The Palm Springs Tram's Valley Station, Mountain Station and Tram Cars are all handicap accessible. Tram rates are subject to change without notice.

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Palm Springs Tram: Dining with a View

Dining & Restaurants

The Palm Springs Tram 
Mountain Top Cable Cars

Incredible views combined with great food provide an excellent and memorable Palm Springs dining or vacation experience. Two dining options are available at the top of the Palm Springs Aerial Tram.

Top of the Mountain Dining
Peaks Restaurant - Fine Dining

Palm Springs Peaks Restaurant at the mountain top lodge for the Tram Cars provides a fine dining experience with breathtaking views - the very best available - of the Palm Springs area.Peaks Restaurant features fine contemporary California cuisine. Reservations are suggested. Please phone (760)325-4537 for Tram dining/restaurant information and reservations. (Reservations are not required but can be a good idea during peak season months of March and April and for key holidays.) The chefs have created a menu featuring a variety of fresh vegetables and greens from the Palm Springs area, dry aged meats and poultry along with fresh breads from local bakeries. Additional selections will include market fresh seafood and pastas. Reservations are suggested. Phone for Palm Springs Tram dining reservations: call (760)325-4537

Pines Cafe - Casual Cafeteria Style

A cafeteria-style restaurant, offers a more informal dining option. Both restaurants at the Palm Springs Tram mountain-top lodge are open for lunch and dinner.

The Ride & Dine Ticket Combo

The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway offers a special Ride 'n' Dinner combination ticket for the Pines Cafe. After 3pm the cost of Tram admission and dinner is $36.00 for Adults and Seniors and $23.50 for Children ages 3-12. Dinner is served from 4:30 pm until 8:30 pm. Reservations welcome but not required.

Palm Springs Tram Lounge & Bar

The Lookout Lounge is a full cocktail bar offering a variety of alcoholic beverages and appetizers and is located on the same level as the restaurants.

The Tram's Peaks Fine Dining Restaurant, Pines Casual Dining Restaurant and Lookout Lounge are all under new management.

Palm Springs Tram Weather

Cable Cars - Tram Weather Info

Winter Snow Scene atop the Palm Springs Tram

The weather difference at the top of the tram is often as much as 30 degrees cooler than at the Palm Springs desert area valley floor, so you may want to bring a coat or a jacket in the cooler winter months.

For Weather info for Palm Springs Tram, click on the link below:

Palm Springs Tram
Large Group Ticket Sales

Additional information about group packages, group event opportunities, and meeting facilities. For more information please email the Palm Springs Tram sales department at

Palm Springs Tram Gift Shop

The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway features two gift shops. One is located in the Valley Station (you can visit the Valley Station and gift shop at the Valley Station without purchasing a tram ticket) and the other at the Mountain Station. Each carries a selection of unique Tramway souvenirs. For more information on specialty items please e-mail the Palm Springs Tram gift shops: or phone (760)325-1449 (ask for extension 130).

Palm Springs Tram
Things to Do Info

Restaurant - Scenic Dining - Top of the Tram Dining.

Ride 'n' Dine - Enjoy the most spectacular views in Palm Springs California when you dine at the Palm Springs Top of the Tram Restaurant. After 3:00 p.m. you can purchase Palm Springs Tram Ride 'n' Dine combination ticket which includes the round trip Tram ride and dinner at the Top of the Tram Restaurant. Dinner is available from 4:30 p.m.until 8:30 p.m.

The Tram's Ride 'n' Dine combo prices, as of December 2011, are $36.000, for adults, and $23.50 for children ages 3-12. The combo ticket/package includes round-trip tram transportation plus dinner.Reservations are not taken.

Winter Adventure Center

Cross-country ski and snowshoeing rental equipment will be available for rental during snow season.

Palm Springs Tram Hiking Trails

At the top of the Palm Springs Tram within the Mount San Jacinto State Park and Wilderness are 54 miles of hiking trails which should be sufficient to satisfy the appetite of the most avid outdoor enthusiast. Trails range from the awe-inspiring five and one-half mile trek to the 10,834 foot peak of San Jacinto to the just over one mile nature walk through picturesque Long Valley, located just behind the Tram's Mountain Station.

Palm Springs Tram Camping

Primitive campsites are located in four designated area campgrounds throughout the Wilderness area at the top of the mountain of the Palm Springs tram-way. Wilderness permits are required for any hiking or backpacking. Day permits may be obtained from the Ranger Station located in Long Valley. Requests for advance permits may be made in person or in writing. No phone or fax requests can be accepted.

Guided Nature Walks

Palm Springs Tram guided nature walks are a wonderful way to learn about the natural environment at the Top of the Tram. There is no charge for this one-of-a kind Palm Springs Tramway experience.

Top of the Tram

Palm Springs Cross-Country Skiing
Cross-country ski enthusiasts have found the State Park at the top of the Palm Springs Tram to be unsurpassed in its challenging terrain. You can bring your own equipment or you can rent skis, boots and poles at the Palm Springs Tram Adventure Center.

Family Fun in the Snow

People of all ages can enjoy fun in the snow, and only a few inches of snow are necessary. Sleds and cold weather apparel are available for purchase in the Mountain Gift shop

Snow-Shoeing - Palm Springs

For those wanting to take a walk during the winter into the back country, snowshoe rentals are available. Wilderness permits are required for anyone venturing outside of Long Valley, and may be obtained from the Ranger Station located in Long Valley.

Snow Camping

For the more adventurous and well-experienced, snow camping offers a special way to spend a winter weekend. Requests for advance permits may be made in person or in writing.

Palm Springs Tram

Group Ticket Sales Info
Additional information about group packages, group event opportunities, and meeting facilities. For more information please email: or phone (760)325-1449.