There are 5 ways to get from San Diego to Lake Tahoe by plane, bus or train

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

Fly, bus  •  4 h 32 min

  1. Fly from San Diego (SAN) to Reno (RNO) SAN - RNO
  2. Take the bus from Reno Tahoe International Airport to Pepper Tree Inn

$146 - $652

Cheapest option

Bus Greyhound USA  •  15 h 22 min

  1. Take the bus from San Diego, Ca to Los Angeles, Ca
  2. Take the bus from Los Angeles, Ca to Sacramento, Ca
  3. Take the bus from Sacramento, Ca to Truckee, Ca

$76 - $182

3 alternative options

Bus, train  •  15 h 30 min

  1. Take the bus from San Diego, Ca to Los Angeles, Ca
  2. Take the bus from Los Angeles, Ca to Bakersfield, Ca
  3. Take the train from Bakersfield Amtrak to Sacramento Amtrak
  4. Take the bus from Sacramento, CA to State Line, NV

$111 - $248

Bus Xe Do Hoang Transportation  •  17 h

  1. Take the bus from San Diego, CA to Sacramento, CA Southern CA-Northern CA
  2. Take the bus from Sacramento, CA to State Line, NV Sacramento / ...

$109 - $120

Train  •  22 h 51 min

  1. Take the train from San Diego Santa Fe Depot Amtrak to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak
  2. Take the train from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to Sacramento Amtrak
  3. Take the train from Sacramento Amtrak to Truckee Amtrak

$143 - $374

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from San Diego to Lake Tahoe is to bus which costs $100 - $120 and takes 17 h.

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The quickest way to get from San Diego to Lake Tahoe is to fly and bus which costs $140 - $650 and takes 4 h 32 min.

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The distance between San Diego and Lake Tahoe is 472 miles.

It takes approximately 4 h 32 min to get from San Diego to Lake Tahoe, including transfers.

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What companies run services between San Diego, CA, USA and Lake Tahoe, CA, USA?

You can take a bus from San Diego to Lake Tahoe via Los Angeles, Ca, Sacramento, Ca, Truckee, Ca, Truckee Depot, and Tahoe City Transit Center in around 15 h 22 min. Alternatively, you can take a train from San Diego to Lake Tahoe via Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak, Sacramento Amtrak, and Truckee Amtrak in around 22 h 51 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from San Diego to Reno
Ave. Duration
1 h 27 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $700
Flights from San Diego to Reno via San Jose
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$180 - $700
Flights from San Diego to Reno via Oakland
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$180 - $700
Flights from San Diego to Reno via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
3 h 28 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$180 - $700
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Diego to Reno via San Francisco
Ave. Duration
3 h 33 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $1,200
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from San Diego to Reno via San Jose
Ave. Duration
3 h 31 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$190 - $1,200
Train operators
Amtrak
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Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Bakersfield Amtrak to Sacramento Amtrak
Ave. Duration
5 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$50 - $130
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Flexi Coach Seat
$90 - $130
Business Coach Seat
$90 - $130
Room
$230 - $330
Train from San Diego Santa Fe Depot Amtrak to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 h 59 min
Frequency
Every 2 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 Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to Sacramento Amtrak
Ave. Duration
13 h 49 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$80 - $230
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$80 - $120
Flexi Coach Seat
$140 - $210
Business Coach Seat
$160 - $230
Room
$340 - $480
Train from Sacramento Amtrak to Truckee Amtrak
Ave. Duration
3 h 29 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $70
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$30 - $50
Flexi Coach Seat
$55 - $80
Business Coach Seat
$50 - $70
Room
$160 - $230
Bus operators
North Lake Tahoe Express
Phone
+1 866.216.5222
Website
northlaketahoeexpress.com
Bus from Reno Tahoe International Airport to Pepper Tree Inn
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$49
Schedules at
northlaketahoeexpress.com
Greyhound USA
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Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from San Diego, Ca to Los Angeles, Ca
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$17 - $40
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$17 - $27
Flexible
$30 - $40
Bus from Los Angeles, Ca to Sacramento, Ca
Ave. Duration
7 h 15 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$40 - $100
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$40 - $65
Flexible
$75 - $100
Bus from Sacramento, Ca to Truckee, Ca
Ave. Duration
2 h 35 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$16 - $40
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$16 - $24
Flexible
$29 - $40
Bus from Los Angeles, Ca to Bakersfield, Ca
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$17 - $40
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$17 - $26
Flexible
$30 - $40
Amtrak Thruway
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Contact Details
Phone
+1 800 872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Sacramento, CA to State Line, NV
Ave. Duration
2 h 32 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$24 - $35
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Xe Do Hoang Transportation
Phone
+1 408-729-7885 / +1-888-834-9336
Website
xedohoang.com
Bus from San Diego, CA to Sacramento, CA
Ave. Duration
10 h 20 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$80
Schedules at
xedohoang.com

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