There are 6 ways to get from San Francisco to Lake Tahoe by bus, train or plane

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What companies run services between San Francisco, CA, USA and Lake Tahoe, CA, USA?

operates a bus from San Francisco to Lake Tahoe twice a week, and the journey takes 4 h. Alternatively, Amtrak operates a train from San Francisco to Lake Tahoe once daily. Tickets cost $40 - $100 and the journey takes 5 h 16 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Oakland to Reno
Avg. Duration
53 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $550
Flights from San Jose to Reno
Avg. Duration
51 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $650
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Francisco to Reno
Avg. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,500
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from San Jose to Reno
Avg. Duration
57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $850
Train operators
Amtrak
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Richmond Transit Station Amtrak to Sacramento Amtrak
Avg. Duration
1 h 41 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$27 - $60
Website
amtrak.com
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Coach Seat
$27 - $40
Flexi Coach Seat
$45 - $70
Business Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Room
$150 - $210
Train from Richmond Transit Station Amtrak to Truckee Amtrak
Avg. Duration
5 h 16 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $100
Website
amtrak.com
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Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Flexi Coach Seat
$70 - $110
Business Coach Seat
$70 - $100
Room
$190 - $280
Caltrain
Website
caltrain.com
Train from San Francisco Caltrain to Santa Clara Caltrain
Avg. Duration
1 h 12 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$8 - $11
Schedules at
caltrain.com
Bus operators
bus
Bus from Safeway @ Marina to Squaw Valley, CA
Avg. Duration
4 h
Frequency
Twice a week
Schedules at
sourcedadventures.com
Amtrak Thruway
Phone
+1 800 872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Sacramento, CA to State Line, NV
Avg. Duration
2 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$24 - $35
Schedules at
amtrak.com
North Lake Tahoe Express
Phone
+1 866.216.5222
Website
northlaketahoeexpress.com
Bus from Reno Tahoe International Airport to Tahoe City Inn
Avg. Duration
1 h
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$49
Schedules at
northlaketahoeexpress.com

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Questions & Answers

How far is it from San Francisco to Lake Tahoe?

The distance between San Francisco and Lake Tahoe is 254 km.

What is the cheapest way to get from San Francisco to Lake Tahoe?

The cheapest way to get from San Francisco to Lake Tahoe is to train which costs $75 and takes 7 h 32 min.

What is the fastest way to get from San Francisco to Lake Tahoe?

The quickest way to get from San Francisco to Lake Tahoe is to fly and bus which takes 4 h 40 min and costs $260.

How long does it take to get from San Francisco to Lake Tahoe?

It takes approximately 4 h 23 min to get from San Francisco to Lake Tahoe, including transfers.