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  •  5 h 38 min

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

$120 - $316

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Fly to Sacramento, bus  •  7 h 26 min

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

Bus  •  18 h 55 min

  1. Take the bus from Portland, Or to Sacramento, Ca 1439 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Sacramento Amtrak to South Lake Tahoe Amtrak Amtrak Thruway Connecting Service

Train, bus  •  19 h 23 min

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

Drive  •  11 h 53 min

  1. Drive from Portland to South Lake Tahoe 691.1 miles

$65 - $100

Questions & Answers

No, there is no direct bus from Portland to South Lake Tahoe. However, there are services departing from Portland, Or 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 18 h 55 min.

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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 18 h 55 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 5 h 38 min 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 1 h 28 min.

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Portland to South Lake Tahoe bus services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at South Lake Tahoe Amtrak station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Portland to South Lake Tahoe is 691 miles. It takes approximately 11 h 53 min to drive from Portland to South Lake Tahoe.

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Alaska Airlines, Inc. and Southwest Airlines offer flights from Portland Airport to Reno Airport.

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There are 936+ hotels available in South Lake Tahoe. Prices start at $71 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Portland to South Lake Tahoe.
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  • Distance: 478.4 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 38 min

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 Amtrak, South Lake Tahoe Amtrak, and South Y Transit Station in around 18 h 55 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Portland to Reno via Oakland
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $420
Flights from Portland to Sacramento
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $600
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from Portland to Reno
Ave. Duration
1 h 31 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $550
Flights from Portland to Reno via Seattle
Ave. Duration
3 h 51 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $550
Flights from Portland to Sacramento
Ave. Duration
1 h 38 min
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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Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Portland Union Station to Sacramento Amtrak
Ave. Duration
15 h 50 min
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 Stateline, NV - MontBleu
Ave. Duration
1 h 13 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$27 - $30
Schedules at
southtahoeairporter.com
Book at
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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.

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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
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.

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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
15 h
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$60 - $150
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$60 - $100
Flexible
$110 - $150

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The best way to get from Portland to Portland Airport is to tram which takes 35 min and costs .

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