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

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Train, bus  •  8 h 6 min

  1. Take the train from Santa Clara Amtrak to Sacramento Valley Station Capitol Corridor
  2. Take the bus from Sacramento Valley Station to South Lake Tahoe Amtrak Bus Stop Amtrak Thruway Connecting Service

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Fly from San Jose, bus  •  5 h 44 min

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

$109 - $463

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Amtrak Thruway, bus  •  9 h 28 min

  1. Take the Amtrak Thruway from San Jose, CA to Stockton, CA
  2. Take the bus from Stockton Amtrak Station to Sacramento Valley Station
  3. Take the bus from Sacramento Valley Station to South Lake Tahoe Amtrak Bus Stop

Drive  •  4 h 3 min

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

$21 - $35

Fly from San Francisco, bus  •  6 h 41 min

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

$168 - $798

Train to Oakland, fly, bus  •  7 h 16 min

  1. Take the train from Santa Clara Amtrak to Oakland Coliseum/Airport Amtrak
  2. Fly from Oakland (OAK) to Reno (RNO) OAK - RNO
  3. Take the bus from Reno-Tahoe International Airport to Ltrh

$146 - $560

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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.

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

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No, there is no direct bus from Mountain View to South Lake Tahoe. However, there are services departing from El Camino & Castro and arriving at US 50/ Carson Ave via San Jose, CA, Stockton Amtrak Station, Sacramento Valley Station and South Y Transit Center. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 9 h 28 min.

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The distance between Mountain View and South Lake Tahoe is 157 miles. The road distance is 217.8 miles.

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The best way to get from Mountain View to South Lake Tahoe without a car is to train and bus which takes 8 h 6 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 8 h 6 min to get from Mountain View to South Lake Tahoe, including transfers.

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Mountain View to South Lake Tahoe bus services, operated by Amtrak, depart from San Jose, CA station.

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The quickest flight from San Jose Airport to Reno Airport is the direct flight which takes 55 min.

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Mountain View 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 Mountain View to South Lake Tahoe is 218 miles. It takes approximately 4 h 3 min to drive from Mountain View to South Lake Tahoe.

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Map of how to get from Mountain View to South Lake Tahoe.
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  • Distance: 157.2 miles
  • Duration: 8 h 6 min

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 & Montgomery, San Jose, CA, Stockton Amtrak Station, Sacramento Valley Station, and South Y Transit Center in around 9 h 28 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from San Jose to Reno
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $650
Flights from Oakland to Reno
Ave. Duration
53 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $550
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Francisco to Reno
Ave. Duration
1 h 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,500
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from San Jose to Reno
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $850
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 Santa Clara Amtrak to Sacramento Valley Station
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/Airport 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

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
Bus from Sacramento Valley Station to South Lake Tahoe Amtrak Bus Stop
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from San Jose, CA to Stockton, CA
Ave. Duration
1 h 55 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Stockton Amtrak Station to Sacramento Valley Station
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Website
amtrak.com
South Tahoe Express
Website
southtahoeexpress.com
Bus from Reno-Tahoe International Airport to Ltrh
Ave. Duration
1 h 33 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$27 - $30
Schedules at
southtahoeairporter.com
Book at
southtahoeairporter.betterez.com

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Alaska Airlines, Inc. and Southwest Airlines offer flights from San Jose Airport to Reno Airport.

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