There are 9 ways to get from Los Angeles to South Lake Tahoe by plane, bus, tram, train or car

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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Fly Los Angeles to Reno, bus  •  5 h 20 min

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

$109 - $341

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Bus Flixbus USA  •  13 h 55 min

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

$44 - $68

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Tram to Long Beach, fly to Reno, bus  •  6 h 54 min

  1. Take the tram from 7th Street / Metro Center Station - Metro Blue & Expo Lines to Pacific Coast Hwy Station
  2. Fly from Long Beach (LGB) to Reno (RNO) LGB - RNO
  3. Take the bus from Reno-Tahoe International Airport to Stateline, NV - MontBleu

$107 - $277

Fly Los Angeles to Sacramento, bus  •  7 h 11 min

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

$102 - $277

Fly Burbank to Sacramento, bus  •  7 h 15 min

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

$141 - $356

Bus Xe Do Hoang Transportation  •  11 h 8 min

  1. Take the bus from Los Angeles, CA to Sacramento, CA Southern CA-Northern CA
  2. Take the bus from Sacramento Amtrak to South Lake Tahoe Amtrak Amtrak Thruway Connecting Service / ...

$94 - $107

Bus, train  •  12 h 28 min

  1. Take the bus from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to Bakersfield Amtrak
  2. Take the train from Bakersfield Amtrak to Sacramento Amtrak
  3. Take the bus from Sacramento Amtrak to South Lake Tahoe Amtrak

$75 - $166

Train, bus  •  17 h 22 min

  1. Take the train from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to Sacramento Amtrak Coast Starlight
  2. Take the bus from Sacramento Amtrak to South Lake Tahoe Amtrak Amtrak Thruway Connecting Service / ...

$106 - $261

Drive  •  8 h 10 min

  1. Drive from Los Angeles to South Lake Tahoe 446.1 miles

$40 - $65

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The cheapest way to get from Los Angeles to South Lake Tahoe is to drive which costs $40 - $65 and takes 8 h 10 min.

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The quickest way to get from Los Angeles to South Lake Tahoe is to fly and bus which costs $100 - $350 and takes 5 h 20 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Los Angeles to South Lake Tahoe. However, there are services departing from Los Angeles, CA and arriving at US HW 50/ Carson Ave via 65Th St & Sky Pkwy, Sacramento Amtrak and South Y Transit Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 11 h 8 min.

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The distance between Los Angeles and South Lake Tahoe is 353 miles. The road distance is 446.1 miles.

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The best way to get from Los Angeles to South Lake Tahoe without a car is to bus which takes 11 h 8 min and costs $90 - $110.

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It takes approximately 5 h 20 min to get from Los Angeles to South Lake Tahoe, including transfers.

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Los Angeles to South Lake Tahoe bus services, operated by Xe Do Hoang Transportation, depart from Los Angeles, 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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Los Angeles 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 Los Angeles to South Lake Tahoe is 446 miles. It takes approximately 8 h 10 min to drive from Los Angeles to South Lake Tahoe.

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  • Distance: 352.9 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 20 min

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

You can take a bus from Los Angeles to South Lake Tahoe via Sacramento, CA, 65Th St & Sky Pkwy, 8Th St & H St, Sacramento Amtrak, South Lake Tahoe Amtrak, and South Y Transit Station in around 11 h 8 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Los Angeles to Reno
Ave. Duration
1 h 26 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $600
Flights from Los Angeles to Reno via Oakland
Ave. Duration
3 h
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $600
Flights from Los Angeles to Reno via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
When
Sunday
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 Long Beach to Reno via Oakland
Ave. Duration
3 h
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Flights from Long Beach to Reno via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
3 h 22 min
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Flights from Los Angeles to Sacramento
Ave. Duration
1 h 24 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Flights from Burbank to Sacramento
Ave. Duration
1 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $550
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 26 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $450
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 Los Angeles to Sacramento
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $470
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Los Angeles to Sacramento
Ave. Duration
1 h 27 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
Metro Los Angeles
Website
metro.net
Tram from 7th Street / Metro Center Station - Metro Blue & Expo Lines to Pacific Coast Hwy Station
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$2
Schedules at
metro.net
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 Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to Sacramento Amtrak
Ave. Duration
13 h 49 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$80 - $230
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$80 - $120
Flexi Coach Seat
$140 - $210
Business Coach Seat
$160 - $230
Room
$340 - $480
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
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 Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to Bakersfield Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 h 40 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Website
amtrak.com
Amtrak Thruway

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
+1 800 872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Sacramento, CA to S. Lake Tahoe, CA
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Website
amtrak.com
Xe Do Hoang Transportation
Phone
+1 408-729-7885 / +1-888-834-9336
Website
xedohoang.com
Bus from Los Angeles, CA to Sacramento, CA
Ave. Duration
6 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$67
Schedules at
xedohoang.com
Flixbus USA
Phone
(855) 626-8585
Website
flixbus.com
Bus from LA Downtown to Sacramento
Ave. Duration
9 h 45 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$16 - $29
Schedules at
flixbus.com

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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 935+ hotels available in South Lake Tahoe. Prices start at $73 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Los Angeles to Los Angeles Airport is to train which takes 30 min and costs $6 - $8.

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