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There are 10 ways to get from Los Angeles to South Lake Tahoe by plane, bus, 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  •  6h 7m

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

$106 - $333

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Fly Long Beach to Reno, bus  •  7h 34m

  1. Fly from Long Beach (LGB) to Reno (RNO) LGB - RNO
  2. Take the bus from Reno-Tahoe International Airport to Ltrh

$107 - $277

Fly Los Angeles to Sacramento, bus  •  7h 30m

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

Fly Burbank to Sacramento, bus  •  7h 29m

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

Bus to Ontario/San Bernardino, fly to Sacramento, bus  •  8h 38m

  1. Take the bus from Spring St and 1st St E to Pomona Transit Center
  2. Fly from Ontario/San Bernardino (ONT) to Sacramento (SMF) ONT - SMF
  3. Take the bus from Sacramento Valley Station to South Lake Tahoe Amtrak Bus Stop

Bus Xe Do Hoang Transportation  •  11h 16m

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

Bus, train  •  12h 43m

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

Bus Flixbus USA  •  13h 39m

  1. Take the bus from LA Downtown to Sacramento FlixBus
  2. Take the bus from Sacramento Valley Station to South Lake Tahoe Amtrak Bus Stop Amtrak Thruway Connecting Service

Train, bus  •  17h 37m

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

Drive  •  8h 10m

  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 8h 10m.

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The quickest way to get from Los Angeles to South Lake Tahoe is to fly and bus which costs $100 - $340 and takes 6h 7m.

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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 50/ Carson Ave via 65Th St & Sky Pkwy, Sacramento Valley Station and South Y Transit Center. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 11h 16m.

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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 11h 16m and costs .

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It takes approximately 6h 7m 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 1h 25m.

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Los Angeles to South Lake Tahoe bus services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at South Lake Tahoe Amtrak Bus Stop station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Los Angeles to South Lake Tahoe is 446 miles. It takes approximately 8h 10m to drive from Los Angeles to South Lake Tahoe.

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  • Distance: 352.9 miles
  • Duration: 6h 7m

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 Valley Station, and South Y Transit Center in around 11h 16m.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Los Angeles to Reno
Ave. Duration
1h 28m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $600
Flights from Los Angeles to Reno via San Jose
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$110 - $600
Flights from Los Angeles to Reno via Oakland
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$110 - $600
Flights from Long Beach to Reno via Oakland
Ave. Duration
3h 40m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Flights from Long Beach to Reno via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
3h 50m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Flights from Los Angeles to Sacramento
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Flights from Burbank to Sacramento
Ave. Duration
1h 21m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $550
Flights from Ontario/San Bernardino to Sacramento
Ave. Duration
1h 22m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $600
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Los Angeles to Reno
Ave. Duration
1h 34m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Flights from Los Angeles to Sacramento
Ave. Duration
1h 33m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $450
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Los Angeles to Reno
Ave. Duration
1h 48m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $750
Flights from Los Angeles to Sacramento
Ave. Duration
1h 39m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $470
Flights from Ontario/San Bernardino to Sacramento via San Francisco
Ave. Duration
3h 21m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,000
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Los Angeles to Sacramento
Ave. Duration
1h 29m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $450
JetBlue Airways
Website
jetblue.com
Flights from Long Beach to Reno
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
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
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Bakersfield Amtrak Station to Sacramento Valley Station
Ave. Duration
5h 15m
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 to Sacramento Valley Station
Ave. Duration
13h 49m
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 Ltrh
Ave. Duration
1h 33m
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.

Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak
Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Sacramento Valley Station to South Lake Tahoe Amtrak Bus Stop
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Los Angeles Union Station to Bakersfield Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
2h 40m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Website
amtrak.com
Foothill Transit
Phone
+1 800-743-3463
Website
foothilltransit.org
Bus from Spring St and 1st St E to Pomona Transit Center
Ave. Duration
1h 2m
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$1 - $5
Schedules at
foothilltransit.org
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
6h 35m
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
9h 30m
Frequency
5 times a week
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 923+ hotels available in South Lake Tahoe. Prices start at $125 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Los Angeles to Los Angeles Airport is to train which takes 30m and costs .

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