There are 10 ways to get from Bakersfield to South Lake Tahoe by train, bus, car, plane or night bus

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Train, bus  •  8 h 48 min

  1. Take the train from Bakersfield Amtrak to Sacramento Amtrak San Joaquins
  2. Take the bus from Sacramento Amtrak to South Lake Tahoe Amtrak Amtrak Thruway Connecting Service

Cheapest option

Bus to Los Angeles, fly to Reno, bus  •  8 h 38 min

  1. Take the bus from Bakersfield Amtrak to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak
  2. Fly from Los Angeles (LAX) to Reno (RNO) LAX - RNO
  3. Take the bus from Reno-Tahoe International Airport to Stateline, NV - MontBleu

$109 - $341

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Bus Greyhound USA  •  9 h 15 min

  1. Take the bus from Bakersfield, Ca to Sacramento, Ca 1420 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Sacramento Amtrak to South Lake Tahoe Amtrak Amtrak Thruway Connecting Service

Bus Flixbus USA  •  13 h 30 min

  1. Take the bus from Bakersfield to Sacramento FlixBus
  2. Take the bus from Sacramento Amtrak to South Lake Tahoe Amtrak Amtrak Thruway Connecting Service

Drive  •  6 h 28 min

  1. Drive from Bakersfield to South Lake Tahoe 370.8 miles

$35 - $55

Fly Bakersfield to San Francisco, train, bus  •  8 h 59 min

  1. Fly from Bakersfield (BFL) to San Francisco (SFO) BFL - SFO
  2. Take the train from Richmond Transit Station to Sacramento Amtrak
  3. Take the bus from Sacramento Amtrak to South Lake Tahoe Amtrak

Night bus to Burbank, fly to Sacramento, bus  •  8 h 29 min

  1. Take the night bus from Bakersfield Amtrak to Burbank Amtrak
  2. Fly from Burbank (BUR) to Sacramento (SMF) BUR - SMF
  3. Take the bus from Sacramento Amtrak to South Lake Tahoe Amtrak

Night bus to Long Beach, fly to Reno, bus  •  9 h 4 min

  1. Take the night bus from Bakersfield, Ca to Los Angeles, Ca
  2. Fly from Long Beach (LGB) to Reno (RNO) LGB - RNO
  3. Take the bus from Reno-Tahoe International Airport to Stateline, NV - MontBleu

$131 - $333

Amtrak Thruway to Ontario/San Bernardino, fly to Sacramento, bus  •  10 h 13 min

  1. Take the Amtrak Thruway from Bakersfield, CA to Ontario, CA
  2. Fly from Ontario/San Bernardino (ONT) to Sacramento (SMF) ONT - SMF
  3. Take the bus from Sacramento Amtrak to South Lake Tahoe Amtrak

Bus to Los Angeles, fly to Sacramento, bus  •  10 h 34 min

  1. Take the bus from Bakersfield Amtrak to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak
  2. Fly from Los Angeles (LAX) to Sacramento (SMF) LAX - SMF
  3. Take the bus from Sacramento Amtrak to South Lake Tahoe Amtrak

Questions & Answers

No, there is no direct bus from Bakersfield to South Lake Tahoe. However, there are services departing from Bakersfield, Ca and arriving at US HW 50/ Carson Ave via Richards Blvd & Sequoia Pacific Blvd, Sacramento Amtrak and South Y Transit Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 9 h 15 min.

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The distance between Bakersfield and South Lake Tahoe is 253 miles. The road distance is 370.8 miles.

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The best way to get from Bakersfield to South Lake Tahoe without a car is to train and bus which takes 8 h 48 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 8 h 48 min to get from Bakersfield to South Lake Tahoe, including transfers.

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Bakersfield to South Lake Tahoe bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from Bakersfield, Ca station.

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The quickest flight from Los Angeles Airport to Reno Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 15 min.

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Bakersfield to South Lake Tahoe bus services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at South Lake Tahoe Amtrak station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Bakersfield to South Lake Tahoe is 371 miles. It takes approximately 6 h 28 min to drive from Bakersfield to South Lake Tahoe.

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United Airlines, American Airlines and Southwest Airlines offer flights from Los Angeles Airport to Reno Airport.

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There are 936+ hotels available in South Lake Tahoe. Prices start at $71 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Bakersfield to South Lake Tahoe.
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  • Distance: 253.1 miles
  • Duration: 8 h 48 min

What companies run services between Bakersfield, CA, USA and South Lake Tahoe, CA, USA?

You can take a bus from Bakersfield to South Lake Tahoe via Sacramento, Ca, Richards Blvd & Sequoia Pacific Blvd, J St & 4Th St, Sacramento Amtrak, South Lake Tahoe Amtrak, and South Y Transit Station in around 9 h 15 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Los Angeles to Reno
Ave. Duration
1 h 21 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $600
Flights from Los Angeles to Reno via Oakland
Ave. Duration
3 h 5 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$110 - $600
Flights from Los Angeles to Reno via San Jose
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$110 - $600
Flights from Los Angeles to Reno via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$110 - $600
Flights from Burbank to Sacramento
Ave. Duration
1 h 17 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $550
Flights from Long Beach to Reno via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Flights from Ontario/San Bernardino to Sacramento
Ave. Duration
1 h 17 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $600
Flights from Ontario/San Bernardino to Sacramento via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$180 - $600
Flights from Los Angeles to Sacramento
Ave. Duration
1 h 26 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Los Angeles to Reno
Ave. Duration
1 h 44 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $750
Flights from Bakersfield to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$390 - $800
Flights from Los Angeles to Sacramento
Ave. Duration
1 h 36 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $470
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Los Angeles to Reno
Ave. Duration
1 h 27 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Flights from Los Angeles to Sacramento
Ave. Duration
1 h 27 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $450
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Los Angeles to Sacramento
Ave. Duration
1 h 29 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $450
JetBlue Airways
Website
jetblue.com
Flights from Long Beach to Reno
Ave. Duration
1 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $470
Train operators
Amtrak

Amtrak is a rail service that connects the US and three Canadian provinces. Covering 21,000 route miles (34,000km) Amtrak operates more than 300 trains daily. These medium and long distance intercity services operate at speeds of up to 240km/h, to more than 500 destinations. Founded in 1971, it is based in Washington, D.C. and offers four classes of travel: First Class, Sleeper, Business and Coach. Ticket fares are divided into five subclasses: Saver, Value, Flexible, Business and Premium. Amtrak trains are known for their wide seats, plug-in power, big windows and storage capabilities.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Bakersfield Amtrak to Sacramento Amtrak
Ave. Duration
5 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$50 - $130
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Flexi Coach Seat
$90 - $130
Business Coach Seat
$90 - $130
Room
$230 - $330
Train from Richmond Transit Station to Sacramento Amtrak
Ave. Duration
1 h 46 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$27 - $60
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$27 - $40
Flexi Coach Seat
$45 - $70
Business Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Room
$150 - $210
Bus operators
Amtrak

Amtrak is a rail service that connects the US and three Canadian provinces. Covering 21,000 route miles (34,000km) Amtrak operates more than 300 trains daily. These medium and long distance intercity services operate at speeds of up to 240km/h, to more than 500 destinations. Founded in 1971, it is based in Washington, D.C. and offers four classes of travel: First Class, Sleeper, Business and Coach. Ticket fares are divided into five subclasses: Saver, Value, Flexible, Business and Premium. Amtrak trains are known for their wide seats, plug-in power, big windows and storage capabilities.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Sacramento Amtrak to South Lake Tahoe Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Bakersfield Amtrak to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Website
amtrak.com
Night bus from Bakersfield Amtrak to Burbank Amtrak
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Bakersfield, CA to Ontario, CA
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Website
amtrak.com
Greyhound USA

Greyhound is a leading bus company based in Dallas, Texas, serving over 3800 destinations across North America, Mexico and Canada. Greyhound carries around 18 million passengers a year who travel 5.4 billion miles (8.6 billion km) a year on their fleet of around 1700 vehicles. For travel flexibility, you can board or get off a Greyhound bus at official Greyhound stations, partner stations and curbside stops. There are around 230 Greyhound stations across the US where you can both catch your bus and buy tickets, that are also available on the official website and via the mobile app.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Bakersfield, Ca to Sacramento, Ca
Ave. Duration
5 h 20 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$30 - $80
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$30 - $50
Flexible
$60 - $80
Night bus from Bakersfield, Ca to Los Angeles, Ca
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$17 - $40
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$17 - $26
Flexible
$30 - $40
Flixbus USA
Phone
(855) 626-8585
Website
flixbus.com
Bus from Bakersfield to Sacramento
Ave. Duration
7 h 55 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$14 - $26
Schedules at
flixbus.com
South Tahoe Express
Website
southtahoeexpress.com
Bus from Reno-Tahoe International Airport to Stateline, NV - MontBleu
Ave. Duration
1 h 13 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$27 - $30
Schedules at
southtahoeairporter.com
Book at
southtahoeairporter.betterez.com

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The best way to get from Bakersfield to Bakersfield Airport is to taxi which takes 11 min and costs .

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