There are 7 ways to get from Palo Alto to South Lake Tahoe by taxi, bus, train, 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

Taxi, Burner Express Bus, bus  •  7 h 6 min

$320 - $358

Cheapest option

Train, Amtrak Thruway  •  8 h

  1. Capitol Corridor
  2. 3424

$58 - $117

5 alternative options

BART, train, Amtrak Thruway  •  8 h 44 min

$61 - $112

Drive  •  4 h 2 min

  1. 219.8 miles

$21 - $35

Fly from San Jose, bus  •  5 h 11 min

  1. SJC - RNO

$109 - $460

Fly from San Francisco, bus  •  5 h 29 min

  1. SFO - RNO

$166 - $795

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

  1. OAK - RNO

$125 - $517

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

There is no direct connection from Palo Alto to South Lake Tahoe. However, you can take the taxi to San Francisco, take the Burner Express Bus to Reno Airport, take the walk to Reno-Tahoe International Airport, take the bus to Stateline, NV - Harvey's, take the walk to US HW 50/ Stateline Ave., then take the line 50 bus to US HW50/Bigler Ave.. Alternatively, you can take a vehicle from Palo Alto to South Lake Tahoe via Santa Clara Caltrain, Santa Clara Amtrak, Sacramento Amtrak, Sacramento, CA, S. Lake Tahoe, CA, and South Y Transit Station in around 8 h.

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 Richmond Transit Station Amtrak to Sacramento Amtrak
Ave. Duration
1 h 44 min
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
Website
bart.gov
Subway from Millbrae to Richmond
Ave. Duration
1 h 7 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$8 - $12
Schedules at
bart.gov
Subway from Union City to Coliseum
Ave. Duration
20 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$3 - $5
Schedules at
bart.gov
Bus operators
Burner Express Bus
Bus from San Francisco to Reno Airport
Ave. Duration
4 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$108
Schedules at
burningman.org
Book at
burnerexpress.burningman.org
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
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
AC Transit
Website
actransit.org
Bus from Middlefield Rd:Willow Rd to Union City BART
Ave. Duration
33 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$3
Schedules at
actransit.org
Book at
actransit.org
Other operators
Taxi from Palo Alto to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
37 min
Estimated price
$180 - $220
Lucky 7 Cab
Phone
+1 408-347-0777
Website
lucky7cab.com

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Palo Alto and South Lake Tahoe is 251 km. The road distance is 352 km.

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.

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

It takes approximately 7 h 6 min to get from Palo Alto to South Lake Tahoe, including transfers.