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There are 8 ways to get from Palo Alto to South Lake Tahoe by train, bus, subway, 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, bus  •  8h 15m

  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

Cheapest option

Bus  •  9h 54m

  1. Take the bus from Millbrae to Reno FlixBus
  2. Take the bus from Reno-Tahoe International Airport to Stateline, NV - Harvey's

$57 - $78

6 alternative options

Bus, BART, train  •  9h 15m

  1. Take the bus from Palo Alto Transit Ctr-Bay 9 to San Bruno BART-Bay 5 Ecr
  2. Take the BART from San Bruno BART Station to Richmond BART Station Red
  3. Take the train from Richmond Amtrak to Sacramento Valley Station
  4. Take the bus from Sacramento Valley Station to South Lake Tahoe Amtrak Bus Stop

Drive  •  4h 2m

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

$21 - $35

Fly San Jose to Reno, bus  •  5h 54m

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

$110 - $464

Fly Oakland to Reno, bus  •  6h 18m

  1. Fly from Oakland (OAK) to Reno (RNO) OAK - RNO
  2. Take the bus from Reno-Tahoe International Airport to Ltrh

$125 - $517

Fly San Francisco to Reno, bus  •  6h 28m

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

$167 - $797

Fly San Francisco to Sacramento, bus  •  7h 46m

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

Questions & Answers

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

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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 4h 2m.

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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 8h 15m and costs .

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It takes approximately 8h 15m 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 55m.

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Yes, the driving distance between Palo Alto to South Lake Tahoe is 220 miles. It takes approximately 4h 2m 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 923+ hotels available in South Lake Tahoe. Prices start at $125 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: 8h 15m

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, Reno, Reno-Tahoe International Airport, Stateline, NV - Harvey's, and Stateline Transit Center in around 9h 54m.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Francisco to Reno
Ave. Duration
1h 9m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,500
Flights from San Francisco to Sacramento
Ave. Duration
56m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $250
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from San Jose to Reno
Ave. Duration
1h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $650
Flights from Oakland to Reno
Ave. Duration
59m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $550
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from San Jose to Reno
Ave. Duration
1h
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
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Santa Clara Amtrak to Sacramento Valley Station
Ave. Duration
3h 3m
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 Richmond Amtrak to Sacramento Valley Station
Ave. Duration
1h 44m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$27 - $60
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$27 - $40
Flexi Coach Seat
$45 - $70
Business Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Room
$150 - $210
BART
Phone
94604-2688
Website
bart.gov
Subway from San Bruno BART Station to Richmond BART Station
Ave. Duration
1h 3m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$5 - $6
Website
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
+1 215-856-7924
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
SamTrans
Website
samtrans.com
Bus from Palo Alto Transit Ctr-Bay 9 to San Bruno BART-Bay 5
Ave. Duration
1h 36m
Frequency
Every 5 minutes
Estimated price
$2 - $4
Schedules at
samtrans.com
Flixbus USA
Phone
(855) 626-8585
Website
flixbus.com
Bus from Millbrae to Reno
Ave. Duration
4h 50m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$9 - $19
Schedules at
flixbus.com
South Tahoe Express
Website
southtahoeexpress.com
Bus from Reno-Tahoe International Airport to Stateline, NV - Harvey's
Ave. Duration
1h 23m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$27 - $30
Schedules at
southtahoeairporter.com
Book at
southtahoeairporter.betterez.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

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