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 38 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 via Sacramento, Ca  •  15 h 40 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 - $183

3 alternative options

Train, bus  •  16 h 47 min

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

Bus Flixbus USA  •  20 h 45 min

  1. Take the bus from San Diego, Ca to Anaheim, Ca
  2. Take the bus from Anaheim to Reno
  3. Take the bus from Reno Tahoe International Airport to Sunnyside Resort Red

$89 - $129

Train  •  22 h 50 min

  1. Take the train from San Diego Santa Fe Depot 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 distance between San Diego and Lake Tahoe is 472 miles.

The best way to get from San Diego to Lake Tahoe without a car is to bus which takes 15 h 40 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 4 h 38 min to get from San Diego to Lake Tahoe, including transfers.

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The best way to get from San Diego to Lake Tahoe is to bus which takes 15 h 40 min and costs . Alternatively, you can train, which costs and takes 22 h 50 min.

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The quickest flight from San Diego Airport to Reno Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 30 min.

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American Airlines and Southwest Airlines offer flights from San Diego Airport to Reno Airport.

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There are 1461+ hotels available in Lake Tahoe. Prices start at $75 USD per night.

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The best way to get from San Diego to San Diego Airport is to line 992 bus which takes 9 min and costs .

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Map of how to get from San Diego to Lake Tahoe.
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  • Distance: 471.9 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 38 min

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 - Depart, and Tahoe City Transit Center - Arrive in around 15 h 40 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 50 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from San Diego to Reno
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $700
Flights from San Diego to Reno via Oakland
Ave. Duration
3 h 5 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$180 - $700
Flights from San Diego to Reno via San Jose
Ave. Duration
3 h 5 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$180 - $700
Flights from San Diego to Reno via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
3 h 21 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$180 - $700
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from San Diego to Reno via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
3 h 28 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $550
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 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from San Diego Santa Fe Depot to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 h 58 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 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 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
Bus from Reno Tahoe International Airport to Sunnyside Resort
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$49
Schedules at
northlaketahoeexpress.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 San Diego, Ca to Los Angeles, Ca
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
Frequency
Every 10 minutes
Estimated price
$18 - $45
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$18 - $27
Flexible
$30 - $45
Bus from Los Angeles, Ca to Sacramento, Ca
Ave. Duration
7 h 15 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
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 San Diego, Ca to Anaheim, Ca
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$15 - $35
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$15 - $23
Flexible
$27 - $35
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 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to Bakersfield Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 h 40 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Sacramento Amtrak to Stateline Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com
Flixbus USA
Phone
(855) 626-8585
Website
flixbus.com
Bus from Anaheim to Reno
Ave. Duration
13 h 40 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$22 - $40
Schedules at
flixbus.com

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