There are 6 ways to get from Mountain View to South Lake Tahoe by train, bus, car or plane

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

Recommended option

Train, Amtrak Thruway  •  7 h 51 min

  1. Take the train from Santa Clara Amtrak to Sacramento Amtrak Capitol Corridor
  2. Take the Amtrak Thruway from Sacramento, CA to S. Lake Tahoe, CA 3424

$57 - $116

5 alternative options

Bus  •  10 h 51 min

  1. Take the bus from San Jose, CA to San Francisco, CA
  2. Take the bus from San Francisco - Townsend St & 5th St to Reno, NV
  3. Take the bus from Reno-Tahoe International Airport to Stateline, NV - Harvey's

$71 - $111

Drive  •  4 h 3 min

  1. Drive from Mountain View to South Lake Tahoe 217.8 miles

$21 - $35

Fly from San Jose, bus  •  5 h 2 min

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

$108 - $459

Fly from San Francisco, bus  •  5 h 37 min

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

$167 - $796

Train to Oakland, fly, bus  •  6 h 39 min

  1. Take the train from Santa Clara Amtrak to Oakland Coliseum Station Amtrak
  2. Fly from Oakland (OAK) to Reno (RNO) OAK - RNO
  3. Take the bus from Reno-Tahoe International Airport to Stateline, NV - MontBleu

$145 - $559

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

You can take a bus from Mountain View to South Lake Tahoe via Santa Clara & 2Nd, 1St & Santa Clara, San Jose Caltrain Station, San Jose, CA, San Francisco, CA, San Francisco - Townsend St & 5th St, Reno, NV, Reno-Tahoe International Airport, Stateline, NV - Harvey's, and US HW 50/ Stateline Ave. in around 10 h 51 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from San Jose to Reno
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $650
Flights from Oakland to Reno
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $550
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Francisco to Reno
Ave. Duration
1 h 4 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,500
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from San Jose to Reno
Ave. Duration
57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $850
Train operators
Amtrak
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Santa Clara Amtrak to Sacramento Amtrak
Ave. Duration
3 h 3 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $75
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$30 - $50
Flexi Coach Seat
$55 - $85
Business Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Room
$170 - $240
Train from Santa Clara Amtrak to Oakland Coliseum Station Amtrak
Ave. Duration
48 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$22 - $45
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$22 - $35
Flexi Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Business Coach Seat
$30 - $45
Room
$130 - $190
Bus operators
Amtrak Thruway
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
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Megabus
Phone
877-462-6342
Website
us.megabus.com
Bus from San Jose, CA to San Francisco, CA
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$7 - $16
Schedules at
us.megabus.com
Bus from San Francisco - Townsend St & 5th St to Reno, NV
Ave. Duration
4 h 20 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$15 - $35
Schedules at
us.megabus.com
Book at
us.megabus.com
South Tahoe Express
Website
southtahoeexpress.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
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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Questions & Answers

The distance between Mountain View and South Lake Tahoe is 252 km. The road distance is 349 km.

The cheapest way to get from Mountain View to South Lake Tahoe is to drive which costs $21 - $35 and takes 4 h 3 min.

The quickest way to get from Mountain View to South Lake Tahoe is to drive which takes 4 h 3 min and costs $21 - $35.

It takes approximately 7 h 51 min to get from Mountain View to South Lake Tahoe, including transfers.