There are 7 ways to get from Oakland to South Lake Tahoe by bus, train, 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

Bus  •  5 h 24 min

  1. Take the bus from Oakland, Ca to Sacramento, Ca 8320 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Sacramento Amtrak to South Lake Tahoe Amtrak Amtrak Thruway Connecting Service / ...

$42 - $72

Cheapest option

Bus via Pleasant Hill/Contra Costa Centre  •  7 h 13 min

  1. Take the bus from Pleasant Hill BART Station to Sacramento Valley Station Blue
  2. Take the bus from Sacramento Amtrak to South Lake Tahoe Amtrak Amtrak Thruway Connecting Service / ...

$37 - $55

5 alternative options

Train, bus  •  5 h 38 min

  1. Take the train from Oakland Jack London Square Station to Sacramento Amtrak Capitol Corridor
  2. Take the bus from Sacramento Amtrak to South Lake Tahoe Amtrak Amtrak Thruway Connecting Service / ...

$53 - $97

Drive  •  3 h 23 min

  1. Drive from Oakland to South Lake Tahoe 185.2 miles

$18 - $27

Fly from Oakland, bus  •  4 h 46 min

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

$122 - $513

Fly from San Francisco, bus  •  5 h 24 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

$165 - $793

Train to San Jose, fly, bus  •  5 h 52 min

  1. Take the train from Oakland Jack London Square Station to Santa Clara Amtrak
  2. Fly from San Jose (SJC) to Reno (RNO) SJC - RNO
  3. Take the bus from Reno-Tahoe International Airport to Stateline, NV - MontBleu

$128 - $498

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Oakland to South Lake Tahoe is to drive which costs $18 - $27 and takes 3 h 23 min.

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The quickest way to get from Oakland to South Lake Tahoe is to drive which costs $18 - $27 and takes 3 h 23 min.

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The distance between Oakland and South Lake Tahoe is 147 miles. The road distance is 185.2 miles.

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It takes approximately 5 h 24 min to get from Oakland to South Lake Tahoe, including transfers.

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No, there is no direct bus from Oakland to South Lake Tahoe. However, there are services departing from Oakland, Ca and arriving at US HW 50/ Carson Ave via Richards Blvd & Sequoia Pacific Blvd, Sacramento Amtrak and South Y Transit Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5 h 24 min.

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

You can take a bus from Oakland to South Lake Tahoe via Sacramento, Ca, Richards Blvd & Sequoia Pacific Blvd, J St & 4Th St, Sacramento Amtrak, South Lake Tahoe Amtrak, and South Y Transit Station in around 5 h 24 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Oakland to Reno
Ave. Duration
51 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $550
Flights from San Jose to Reno
Ave. Duration
56 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $650
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Francisco to Reno
Ave. Duration
1 h 9 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,500
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from San Jose to Reno
Ave. Duration
58 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $850
JetSuiteX
Website
x.jetsuite.com
Flights from Oakland to Reno
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$40 - $370
Train operators
Amtrak
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Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Oakland Jack London Square Station to Sacramento Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 h 5 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$28 - $60
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$28 - $45
Flexi Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Business Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Room
$150 - $220
Train from Oakland Jack London Square Station to Santa Clara Amtrak
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$23 - $45
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$23 - $35
Flexi Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Business Coach Seat
$30 - $45
Room
$130 - $190
Bus operators
Greyhound USA
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Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Oakland, Ca to Sacramento, Ca
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$14 - $35
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$14 - $21
Flexible
$25 - $35
Amtrak Thruway
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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
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Fairfield and Suisun Transit
Website
fasttransit.org
Bus from Pleasant Hill BART Station to Sacramento Valley Station
Ave. Duration
2 h 13 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$10 - $14
Schedules at
fasttransit.org
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

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