There are 6 ways to get from San Francisco to Lake Tahoe by bus, train or plane

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

Bus Sourcedadventures  •  4 h 24 min

  1. Squaw Valley

Cheapest option

Bus Greyhound USA  •  7 h 1 min

  1. 8306 / ...

$27 - $60

4 alternative options

Train  •  7 h 30 min

  1. California Zephyr

$44 - $105

Fly from San Francisco, bus  •  4 h 41 min

  1. SFO - RNO

$185 - $807

Fly from Oakland, bus  •  4 h 41 min

  1. OAK - RNO

$144 - $530

Caltrain to San Jose, fly, bus  •  5 h 39 min

  1. SJC - RNO

$135 - $482

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

operates a bus from San Francisco to Lake Tahoe twice a week, and the journey takes 4 h. Alternatively, Amtrak operates a train from San Francisco 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 Oakland to Reno
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $550
Flights from San Jose to Reno
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $650
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Francisco to Reno
Ave. Duration
1 h 4 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
Amtrak
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
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
Caltrain
Website
caltrain.com
Train from San Francisco Caltrain to Santa Clara Caltrain
Ave. Duration
1 h 12 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$8 - $11
Schedules at
caltrain.com
Bus operators
bus
Bus from Safeway @ Marina to Squaw Valley, CA
Ave. Duration
4 h
Frequency
Twice a week
Schedules at
sourcedadventures.com
Greyhound USA
Phone
+1 214-849-8100
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from San Francisco, Ca to Truckee, Ca
Ave. Duration
5 h 40 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$24 - $60
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$24 - $40
Flexible
$45 - $60
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

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Questions & Answers

The distance between San Francisco and Lake Tahoe is 254 km.

The cheapest way to get from San Francisco to Lake Tahoe is to bus which costs $26 - $60 and takes 7 h 1 min.

The quickest way to get from San Francisco to Lake Tahoe is to fly and bus which takes 4 h 41 min and costs $140 - $550.

It takes approximately 4 h 24 min to get from San Francisco to Lake Tahoe, including transfers.