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LT Dec 5th, 2007 10:08 AM

Palm Springs - SNA - 12/27 - 12p. Departure . . . When Should I Leave??

I have to drive a rental car from Palm Springs to Orange County Airport (SNA) in order to make a noon departure on 12/27 (Thursday) . . . How bad will the traffic be? When should I leave Palm Springs? What's the best/fastest route? Thanks!

jbass Dec 5th, 2007 10:25 AM

If it were me-I'd be on the road at 9:00am. You will take I10 for the better part-perhaps someone from the Orange Cty area can fine tune it. Also, not sure where the rental car return is with respect to the SNA.

mlgb Dec 5th, 2007 11:01 AM

I second what jbass recommends, maybe even a little earlier. I think freeway traffic fairly will be light at that day and time, but it may be quite busy around the airport.

It seems to take about two hours Palm Springs to Long Beach, maybe slightly less to Orange County but you also have to return the car.

The combination of shortest and simplest would be to take 10 to the 91 to the 55.

I would check the Caltrans info line before leaving to be sure there are no closures or major accidents.

mlgb Dec 5th, 2007 11:03 AM

Way off topic, jbass, what hole are you on at Monterey? I used to have a unit at 5E, ladies tee. I think my neighbors were Bass.

dawnnoelm Dec 5th, 2007 11:06 AM

LT I live in Orange County about 20 minutes from SNA and the traffic can be VERY bad to and from Palm Springs. Give yourself at least 2.5-3 hours...

MBnancy Dec 5th, 2007 03:23 PM

If you have a noon departure at SNA, you should be in Orange County by 10am to return car. You should plan on a 2+ hour drive from Palm Springs, so I would leave before the suggested 9am departure time, in fact, I would leave about 7 am or so as it's a work day for most, and they will be on the freeway.

I'd take the 10 to the 60 to the 91 to the 55.

Cali Dec 5th, 2007 05:29 PM

I would spend the night at a hotel near SNA before I would try to drive in from Palm Springs on a Thurs. a.m. Just not worth it in my opinion I have done it once - never again.

mlgb Dec 5th, 2007 06:32 PM

Actually the earlier you leave the more traffic you have because you're mixed in with the commuters head in to town. By 9AM they are mostly at work. Although there are going to be a lot of people off that week, and most of those going away for vacation for NYE are going to be headed the opposite direction.

I would normally recommend the 10 to the 60 (to the 215) but its very confusing and often difficult to get over to the 91. I think it would be easier for a novice to just go 10 to 91.

Cali Dec 5th, 2007 11:15 PM

The 10 doesn't go to the 91 - instead you will have to take the10 w to the 215 S and that will turn into the 91. There is so much construction in the 91/215/60 area that it is a mess. I really would not try to do it that morning.

mlgb Dec 6th, 2007 07:28 AM

Cali is right, you will need to take the 10 and then use the 15 for a stretch to connect to the 91. The 15 southbound exits just before Ontario airport. Then go to the westbound 91 to the 55.

mlgb Dec 6th, 2007 07:30 AM

Cali is right, that you can't go direct from the the 10 to the 91. You take the 10 out thru San Bernardino and then use the 15 for a stretch to connect to the 91. The 15 southbound exits just before Ontario airport. Then go to the westbound 91 to the 55.

I don't recommend taking the 10 to the 215. That puts you right back into the Riverside mess.

janisj Dec 6th, 2007 09:43 AM

It may sound ridiculous, but w/ a noon departure and a rental car, you would be much better off leaving PS the evening before and staying near SNA.

The commute traffic, construction messes, having to return the car, and advance check in all mean leaving PS at 0 dark thirty.

Have a nice dinner in Palm Springs and drive to Orange County that night.

mlgb Dec 6th, 2007 11:03 AM

While that might be true in a regular week, half the world is off work the week between Christmas and New Years.

mlgb Dec 6th, 2007 11:08 AM

If you want to be ridiculously cautious, you can still leave at 7 am. That's 3 hours for drive time, 1 hour to return the car, and 1 hour to wait around at the airport.

janisj Dec 6th, 2007 11:54 AM

yes - lots are off - but the airport will be busy and the road construction will go on . . . .

LT Dec 6th, 2007 06:59 PM

Many, many thanks to those who responded. Yes, I was wondering if, since it's right after Christmas, there might be a chance that the traffic would be a little less than normal.

I need to be in Palm Springs until the 27th, so staying near SNA the night before is not an option. I have done the drive before, but on the weekend, when traffic wasn't as bad.

I was thinking I would take the 10 to the 60 to the 91 to the 55. It seems as though if I leave around 7 or 8, I should have enough time to get there, drop off the car, and get to the gate.

Anyone else have any opinions? Thanks!

jamesr3939 Dec 6th, 2007 08:12 PM

Drop off for the rental car should be on site and a short walk from the lot to the terminal. Just check to make sure your company is on airport property. You should not have to ride a shuttle.

Cali Dec 6th, 2007 10:22 PM

If you have to drive in the a.m. you should skip taking the 10 to the 60 as the 60 /215/91 construction in Riverside is terrible. Take the 10 to the 15 and go south to the 91 and go west to the 55 and then south. There will be traffic tho, even if you leave early - and I would!! Don't even think about leaving as late as 9 a.m.

mrwunrfl Dec 7th, 2007 12:56 AM

I'd go 10 - 15 - 91 - 55 and leave at 9AM. You should leave at 8AM.

Pilates Dec 16th, 2007 04:25 PM

I live in P.S. and spent many a day this summer going back and forth to Anaheim Hills (near 91 and 55 fwys)

It sounds like you've done the 10/60/91/55 route before. If you have, that's what I'd do. It is still congested there but it's the most direct. If you've driven it before, it's not bad (I think).

I would be pulling out of the driveway by 8. I'd give myself 2 hours to get there, one hour to find and deliver the car and one hour at the gate before my flight leaves. But that's just me. I don't like to be stuck in a traffic jam wondering when it will end and if I'll get there on time. I hate feeling anxious like that so I give myself plenty of time. Leaving at 9 is too late, IMO.

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