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There are 5 ways to get from Portland to South Lake Tahoe by plane, bus, train or car

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Fly to Reno, bus  •  6h 17m

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

$120 - $316

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Fly to Sacramento, bus  •  7h 40m

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

Bus  •  16h 43m

  1. Take the bus from Portland, Or to Sacramento, Ca 1431 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Sacramento Valley Station to South Lake Tahoe Amtrak Bus Stop Amtrak Thruway Connecting Service

Train, bus  •  19h 38m

  1. Take the train from Portland Union Station to Sacramento Valley Station Coast Starlight
  2. Take the bus from Sacramento Valley Station to South Lake Tahoe Amtrak Bus Stop Amtrak Thruway Connecting Service

Drive  •  11h 53m

  1. Drive from Portland to South Lake Tahoe 691.1 miles

$65 - $100

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The cheapest way to get from Portland to South Lake Tahoe is to drive which costs $65 - $100 and takes 11h 53m.

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The quickest way to get from Portland to South Lake Tahoe is to fly and bus which costs $120 - $320 and takes 6h 17m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Portland to South Lake Tahoe. However, there are services departing from Portland, Or and arriving at US 50/ Carson Ave via Richards Blvd & Sequoia Pacific Blvd, Sacramento Valley Station and South Y Transit Center. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 16h 43m.

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The distance between Portland and South Lake Tahoe is 478 miles. The road distance is 691.1 miles.

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The best way to get from Portland to South Lake Tahoe without a car is to bus which takes 16h 43m and costs .

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It takes approximately 6h 17m to get from Portland to South Lake Tahoe, including transfers.

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Portland to South Lake Tahoe bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from Portland, Or station.

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The quickest flight from Portland Airport to Reno Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 30m.

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Portland 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 Portland to South Lake Tahoe is 691 miles. It takes approximately 11h 53m to drive from Portland to South Lake Tahoe.

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  • Distance: 478.4 miles
  • Duration: 6h 17m

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

You can take a bus from Portland to South Lake Tahoe via Sacramento, Ca, Richards Blvd & Sequoia Pacific Blvd, J St & 4Th St, Sacramento Valley Station, and South Y Transit Center in around 16h 43m.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Portland to Reno via Oakland
Ave. Duration
3h 33m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $420
Flights from Portland to Reno via San Jose
Ave. Duration
3h 50m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$140 - $420
Flights from Portland to Sacramento
Ave. Duration
1h 29m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $600
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from Portland to Reno
Ave. Duration
1h 33m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $550
Flights from Portland to Reno via Seattle
Ave. Duration
3h 55m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$90 - $550
Flights from Portland to Sacramento
Ave. Duration
1h 38m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $500
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 Portland Union Station to Sacramento Valley Station
Ave. Duration
15h 50m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$90 - $260
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$90 - $140
Flexi Coach Seat
$160 - $240
Business Coach Seat
$180 - $260
Room
$380 - $550
Bus operators
South Tahoe Express
Website
southtahoeexpress.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
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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
Greyhound USA

Greyhound is a leading bus company based in Dallas, Texas, serving over 3800 destinations across North America, Mexico and Canada. Greyhound carries around 18 million passengers a year who travel 5.4 billion miles (8.6 billion km) a year on their fleet of around 1700 vehicles. For travel flexibility, you can board or get off a Greyhound bus at official Greyhound stations, partner stations and curbside stops. There are around 230 Greyhound stations across the US where you can both catch your bus and buy tickets, that are also available on the official website and via the mobile app.

Rome2rio's guide to Greyhound USA
Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Portland, Or to Sacramento, Ca
Ave. Duration
12h 35m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$55 - $150
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$55 - $95
Flexible
$110 - $150

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Alaska Airlines, Inc. and Southwest Airlines offer flights from Portland 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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The best way to get from Portland to Portland Airport is to tram which takes 35m and costs $3.

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