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

$38

Cheapest option

Bus Greyhound USA  •  7 h 39 min

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

$27 - $60

4 alternative options

Train  •  7 h 30 min

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

$44 - $105

Fly from Oakland, bus  •  4 h 26 min

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

$144 - $530

Fly from San Francisco, bus  •  4 h 33 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

$185 - $807

Caltrain to San Jose, fly, bus  •  5 h 29 min

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

$135 - $482

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from San Francisco to Lake Tahoe is to bus which costs $38 and takes 4 h 24 min.

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The quickest way to get from San Francisco to Lake Tahoe is to bus which costs $38 and takes 4 h 24 min.

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The distance between San Francisco and Lake Tahoe is 159 miles.

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

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The best way to get from San Francisco to Lake Tahoe is to bus which takes 4 h 24 min and costs $38. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $40 - $110 and takes 7 h 30 min.

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Map of how to get from San Francisco to Lake Tahoe.
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  • Distance: 159 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 24 min

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

operates a bus from San Francisco to Lake Tahoe twice daily. Tickets cost $38 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
51 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $550
Flights from San Jose to Reno
Ave. Duration
55 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
59 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $850
JetSuiteX
Website
x.jetsuite.com
Flights from Oakland to Reno
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$40 - $370
Train operators
Amtrak
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Contact Details
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
Phone
+1 650-508-6200
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 daily
Estimated price
$38
Schedules at
sourcedadventures.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 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 5 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$49
Schedules at
northlaketahoeexpress.com

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