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.

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Fly from San Francisco, bus  •  3 h 5 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  •  9 h 1 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

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Fly from San Jose, bus  •  4 h 39 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

BART, BART to Oakland, fly, bus, travel  •  4 h 59 min

  1. Take the BART from San Francisco International Airport BART Station to Montgomery St. BART Station
  2. Take the BART from Montgomery St. BART Station to Coliseum BART Station
  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

Train, bus  •  7 h 37 min

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

$60 - $109

Bus Sourcedadventures  •  7 h 57 min

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

$49 - $51

Train  •  8 h 1 min

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

$49 - $114

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from San Francisco Airport (SFO) to Lake Tahoe is to bus which costs $48 - $51 and takes 7 h 57 min.

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The quickest way to get from San Francisco Airport (SFO) to Lake Tahoe is to fly and bus which costs $180 - $800 and takes 3 h 5 min.

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The distance between San Francisco Airport (SFO) and Lake Tahoe is 165 miles.

The best way to get from San Francisco Airport (SFO) to Lake Tahoe without a car is to train and bus which takes 7 h 37 min and costs $60 - $110.

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It takes approximately 3 h 5 min to get from San Francisco Airport (SFO) to Lake Tahoe, including transfers.

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The best way to get from San Francisco Airport (SFO) to Lake Tahoe is to bus which takes 7 h 57 min and costs $48 - $51. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $45 - $120 and takes 8 h 1 min.

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The quickest flight from San Francisco Airport to Reno Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 6 min.

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United Airlines offers flights from San Francisco Airport to Reno Airport.

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There are 1378+ hotels available in Lake Tahoe. Prices start at $71 USD per night.

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The best way to get from San Francisco Airport (SFO) to San Jose Airport is to shuttle which takes 45 min and costs $45.

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Map of how to get from San Francisco Airport (SFO) to Lake Tahoe.
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  • Distance: 164.6 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 5 min

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

operates a bus from San Francisco Airport (SFO) to Lake Tahoe twice daily. Tickets cost $38 and the journey takes 4 h. Alternatively, 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.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from San Jose to Reno
Ave. Duration
58 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $650
Flights from Oakland to Reno
Ave. Duration
52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $550
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
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $850
Train operators
BART
Website
bart.gov
Subway from San Francisco International Airport BART Station to Montgomery St. BART Station
Ave. Duration
30 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$6 - $9
Schedules at
bart.gov
Subway from Montgomery St. BART Station to Coliseum BART Station
Ave. Duration
21 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$3 - $4
Schedules at
bart.gov
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 Richmond Transit Station to Sacramento Amtrak
Ave. Duration
1 h 46 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 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 5 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$49
Schedules at
northlaketahoeexpress.com
Amtrak Thruway

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 Thruway
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
Website
amtrak.com
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 Sacramento Amtrak to Stateline Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
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

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 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

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