There are 7 ways to get from San Francisco Airport (SFO) to Lake Tahoe by plane, bus, subway 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 from San Francisco, bus  •  3 h 20 min

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

$180 - $757

Cheapest option

Bus via Sacramento, Ca  •  8 h 52 min

  1. Take the bus from San Francisco, Ca to Sacramento, Ca 8320 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Sacramento, Ca to Truckee, Ca 8306 / ...

$36 - $80

5 alternative options

BART, BART to Oakland, fly, bus, travel  •  5 h 14 min

  1. Take the BART from San Francisco International Airport to Montgomery St.
  2. Take the BART from Montgomery St. to Coliseum
  3. Fly from Oakland (OAK) to Reno (RNO) OAK - RNO
  4. Take the bus from Reno Tahoe International Airport to Pepper Tree Inn
  5. Travel from Pepper Tree Inn to Lake Tahoe

Fly from San Jose, bus  •  4 h 54 min

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

$169 - $514

Train, bus  •  7 h 35 min

  1. Take the train from Richmond Transit Station Amtrak to Sacramento Amtrak Capitol Corridor / ...
  2. Take the bus from Sacramento, CA to State Line, NV Sacramento - Stateline, NV

$60 - $109

Train  •  8 h 1 min

  1. Take the train from Richmond Transit Station Amtrak to Truckee Amtrak California Zephyr

$49 - $114

Bus Sourcedadventures  •  8 h 3 min

  1. Take the bus from Safeway @ Marina to Squaw Valley, CA Squaw Valley / ...

$49 - $51

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from San Francisco Airport (SFO) to Lake Tahoe is to bus which costs $48 - $51 and takes 8 h 3 min.

More details

The quickest way to get from San Francisco Airport (SFO) to Lake Tahoe is to fly and bus which takes 3 h 20 min and costs $180 - $800.

More details

The distance between San Francisco Airport (SFO) and Lake Tahoe is 263 km.

It takes approximately 3 h 20 min to get from San Francisco Airport (SFO) to Lake Tahoe, including transfers.

More details

What companies run services between San Francisco Airport (SFO), USA and Lake Tahoe, CA, USA?

Amtrak operates a train from San Francisco Airport (SFO) to Lake Tahoe once daily. Tickets cost $40 - $100 and the journey takes 5 h 16 min. Alternatively, operates a bus from San Francisco Airport (SFO) to Lake Tahoe twice daily. Tickets cost $38 and the journey takes 4 h.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Oakland to Reno
Ave. Duration
51 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $550
Flights from San Jose to Reno
Ave. Duration
56 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $650
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Francisco to Reno
Ave. Duration
1 h 9 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
BART
Website
bart.gov
Subway from San Francisco International Airport to Montgomery St.
Ave. Duration
30 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$6 - $9
Schedules at
bart.gov
Subway from Montgomery St. to Coliseum
Ave. Duration
21 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$3 - $4
Schedules at
bart.gov
Amtrak
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
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
Train from Richmond Transit Station Amtrak to Truckee Amtrak
Ave. Duration
5 h 16 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $100
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Flexi Coach Seat
$70 - $110
Business Coach Seat
$70 - $100
Room
$190 - $280
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
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$49
Schedules at
northlaketahoeexpress.com
Amtrak Thruway
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
bus
Bus from Safeway @ Marina to Squaw Valley, CA
Ave. Duration
4 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$38
Schedules at
sourcedadventures.com
Greyhound USA
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from San Francisco, Ca to Sacramento, Ca
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$15 - $35
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$15 - $23
Flexible
$27 - $35
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

Want to know more about travelling around United States

Rome2rio's Travel Guide series provide vital information for the global traveller. Filled with useful and timely travel information, the guides answer all the hard questions - such as 'How do I buy a ticket?', 'Should I book online before I travel? ', 'How much should I expect to pay?', 'Do the trains and buses have Wifi?' - to help you get the most out of your next trip.