There are 8 ways to get from Palo Alto to South Lake Tahoe by train, bus, subway, car or plane

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Train, bus  •  8 h

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

$59 - $118

Cheapest option

Bus  •  9 h 2 min

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

$34 - $56

6 alternative options

BART, bus  •  9 h 10 min

  1. Take the BART from Millbrae BART Station to Pleasant Hill/Contra Costa Centre BART Station
  2. Take the bus from Pleasant Hill BART Station to Sacramento Valley Station
  3. Take the bus from Sacramento Amtrak to South Lake Tahoe Amtrak

$49 - $72

Drive  •  4 h 2 min

  1. Drive from Palo Alto to South Lake Tahoe 219.8 miles

$21 - $35

Fly San Jose to Reno, bus  •  5 h 16 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

$110 - $461

Fly San Francisco to Reno, bus  •  5 h 20 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

$164 - $793

Bus, BART to Oakland, fly to Reno  •  5 h 36 min

  1. Take the bus from Middlefield Rd:Lytton Av to Union City BART
  2. Take the BART from Union City BART Station to Coliseum BART Station
  3. Fly from Oakland (OAK) to Reno (RNO) OAK - RNO
  4. Take the bus from Reno-Tahoe International Airport to Stateline, NV - MontBleu

$125 - $517

Fly San Francisco to Sacramento, bus  •  6 h 58 min

  1. Fly from San Francisco (SFO) to Sacramento (SMF) SFO - SMF
  2. Take the bus from Sacramento Amtrak to South Lake Tahoe Amtrak

$102 - $239

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Palo Alto to South Lake Tahoe is to drive which costs $21 - $35 and takes 4 h 2 min.

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The quickest way to get from Palo Alto to South Lake Tahoe is to drive which costs $21 - $35 and takes 4 h 2 min.

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The distance between Palo Alto and South Lake Tahoe is 157 miles. The road distance is 219.8 miles.

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The best way to get from Palo Alto to South Lake Tahoe without a car is to train and bus which takes 8 h and costs $55 - $120.

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It takes approximately 8 h to get from Palo Alto to South Lake Tahoe, including transfers.

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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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Yes, the driving distance between Palo Alto to South Lake Tahoe is 220 miles. It takes approximately 4 h 2 min to drive from Palo Alto to South Lake Tahoe.

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Alaska Airlines, Inc. and Southwest Airlines offer flights from San Jose 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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Map of how to get from Palo Alto to South Lake Tahoe.
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  • Distance: 157 miles
  • Duration: 8 h

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

You can take a bus from Palo Alto to South Lake Tahoe via El Camino Real & Linden Ave, Millbrae, Sacramento, University/65th Street Station, Sacramento Valley Station, Sacramento Amtrak, South Lake Tahoe Amtrak, and South Y Transit Station in around 9 h 2 min.

Airlines
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
Flights from San Francisco to Sacramento
Ave. Duration
54 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $250
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from San Jose to Reno
Ave. Duration
58 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $650
Flights from Oakland to Reno
Ave. Duration
52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $550
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.

Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak
Contact Details
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
BART
Website
bart.gov
Subway from Millbrae BART Station to Pleasant Hill/Contra Costa Centre BART Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$9 - $13
Schedules at
bart.gov
Subway from Union City BART Station to Coliseum BART Station
Ave. Duration
20 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$3 - $5
Schedules at
bart.gov
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.

Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak
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
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.

Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak Thruway
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
Flixbus USA
Phone
(855) 626-8585
Website
flixbus.com
Bus from Millbrae to Sacramento
Ave. Duration
2 h 40 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$5 - $13
Schedules at
flixbus.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 - $15
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
AC Transit
Website
actransit.org
Bus from Middlefield Rd:Lytton Av to Union City BART
Ave. Duration
33 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$3
Schedules at
actransit.org
Book at
actransit.org

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