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There are 5 ways to get from Denver to South Lake Tahoe by plane, bus, train, taxi or car

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Fly to Reno, bus  •  6 h 56 min

  1. Fly from Denver (DEN) to Reno (RNO) DEN - RNO
  2. Take the bus from Reno-Tahoe International Airport to Stateline, NV - MontBleu

$147 - $412

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Bus  •  27 h 36 min

  1. Take the bus from Denver, Co to Reno, Nv 1347
  2. Take the bus from Reno-Tahoe International Airport to Stateline, NV - Harvey's

$131 - $287

3 alternative options

Fly to Sacramento, bus  •  8 h 49 min

  1. Fly from Denver (DEN) to Sacramento (SMF) DEN - SMF
  2. Take the bus from Sacramento Amtrak to South Lake Tahoe Amtrak

Bus, train, taxi  •  29 h 59 min

  1. Take the bus from Denver International Airport to Granby, CO
  2. Take the train from Granby Amtrak to Truckee Amtrak
  3. Take a taxi from Truckee Amtrak to South Lake Tahoe

$448 - $768

Drive  •  16 h 41 min

  1. Drive from Denver to South Lake Tahoe 1116.8 miles

$100 - $160

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The cheapest way to get from Denver to South Lake Tahoe is to drive which costs $100 - $160 and takes 16 h 41 min.

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The quickest way to get from Denver to South Lake Tahoe is to fly and bus which costs $140 - $420 and takes 6 h 56 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Denver to South Lake Tahoe. However, there are services departing from Denver, Co and arriving at US HW50/Bigler Ave. via Reno Greyhound 155 Stevenson, Reno-Tahoe International Airport and US HW 50/ Stateline Ave.. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 27 h 36 min.

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The distance between Denver and South Lake Tahoe is 807 miles. The road distance is 1116.8 miles.

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The best way to get from Denver to South Lake Tahoe without a car is to bus which takes 27 h 36 min and costs $130 - $290.

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It takes approximately 6 h 56 min to get from Denver to South Lake Tahoe, including transfers.

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Denver to South Lake Tahoe bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from Denver, Co station.

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The quickest flight from Denver Airport to Reno Airport is the direct flight which takes 2 h 16 min.

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Denver to South Lake Tahoe bus services, operated by South Tahoe Express, arrive at Stateline, NV - Harvey's station.

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South Lake Tahoe is 1 h behind Denver. It is currently 3:33 AM in Denver and 2:33 AM in South Lake Tahoe.

Map of how to get from Denver to South Lake Tahoe.
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  • Distance: 807.3 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 56 min

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

You can take a bus from Denver to South Lake Tahoe via Reno, Nv, Reno Greyhound 155 Stevenson, Reno/Tahoe International Airport, Reno-Tahoe International Airport, Stateline, NV - Harvey's, and US HW 50/ Stateline Ave. in around 27 h 36 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Denver to Reno
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $440
Flights from Denver to Reno via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
4 h 5 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$260 - $440
Flights from Denver to Sacramento
Ave. Duration
2 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $1,400
Flights from Denver to Sacramento via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
4 h 5 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$240 - $1,400
Flights from Denver to Sacramento via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
4 h 21 min
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$240 - $1,400
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Denver to Reno
Ave. Duration
2 h 19 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $430
Flights from Denver to Sacramento
Ave. Duration
2 h 39 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $1,000
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Denver to Reno via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
4 h 4 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $430
Flights from Denver to Sacramento via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
4 h 16 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$180 - $1,300
Frontier Airlines
Website
flyfrontier.com
Flights from Denver to Reno
Ave. Duration
2 h 21 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$110 - $500
Flights from Denver to Sacramento
Ave. Duration
2 h 35 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$100 - $450
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 Granby Amtrak to Truckee Amtrak
Ave. Duration
24 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$140 - $420
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$140 - $220
Flexi Coach Seat
$250 - $370
Business Coach Seat
$300 - $420
Room
$550 - $800
Bus operators
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
Bus from Reno-Tahoe International Airport to Stateline, NV - Harvey's
Ave. Duration
1 h 23 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$27 - $30
Schedules at
southtahoeairporter.com
Book at
southtahoeairporter.betterez.com
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.

Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak
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
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 Denver, Co to Reno, Nv
Ave. Duration
23 h 15 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$100 - $260
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$100 - $170
Flexible
$190 - $260
Home James Transportation
Website
homejamestransportation.com
Bus from Denver International Airport to Granby, CO
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$79
Schedules at
homejamestransportation.com
Book at
homejamestransportation.hudsonltd.net
Other operators
Taxi from Truckee Amtrak to South Lake Tahoe
Ave. Duration
1 h 7 min
Estimated price
$220 - $260
Truckee River Taxi
Phone
+1 530-386-3935
Website
truckeerivertaxi.com

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More Questions & Answers

Yes, the driving distance between Denver to South Lake Tahoe is 1117 miles. It takes approximately 16 h 41 min to drive from Denver to South Lake Tahoe.

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Frontier Airlines, United Airlines, Delta and Southwest Airlines offer flights from Denver Airport to Reno Airport.

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There are 960+ hotels available in South Lake Tahoe. Prices start at $69 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Denver to Denver Airport is to train which takes 37 min and costs $9.

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