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There are 8 ways to get from San Francisco to South Lake Tahoe by bus, train, subway, car 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.

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Burner Express Bus, bus  •  6 h 47 min

  1. Take the Burner Express Bus from San Francisco to Reno Airport Black Rock City to San Francisco
  2. Take the bus from Reno-Tahoe International Airport to Stateline, NV - Harvey's

$135 - $140

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Caltrain to San Jose, fly to Reno, bus  •  6 h 32 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 Stateline, NV - Harvey's

$114 - $469

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Train, bus  •  7 h 2 min

  1. Take the train from Richmond Transit Station to Sacramento Amtrak Capitol Corridor / ...
  2. Take the bus from Sacramento Amtrak to South Lake Tahoe Amtrak Amtrak Thruway Connecting Service

BART, bus  •  7 h 43 min

  1. Take the BART from Civic Center/UN Plaza BART Station to Pleasant Hill/Contra Costa Centre BART Station
  2. Take the bus from Pleasant Hill BART Station to Sacramento Valley Station
  3. Take the bus from Sacramento Amtrak to South Lake Tahoe Amtrak

Drive  •  3 h 31 min

  1. Drive from San Francisco to South Lake Tahoe 191.1 miles

$18 - $27

Fly Oakland to Reno, bus  •  5 h 13 min

  1. Fly from Oakland (OAK) to Reno (RNO) OAK - RNO
  2. Take the bus from Reno-Tahoe International Airport to Stateline, NV - Harvey's

$123 - $514

Fly San Francisco to Reno, bus  •  5 h 21 min

  1. Fly from San Francisco (SFO) to Reno (RNO) SFO - RNO
  2. Take the bus from Reno-Tahoe International Airport to Stateline, NV - Harvey's

$164 - $791

Fly San Francisco to Sacramento, bus  •  6 h 57 min

  1. Fly from San Francisco (SFO) to Sacramento (SMF) SFO - SMF
  2. Take the bus from Sacramento Amtrak to South Lake Tahoe Amtrak

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The cheapest way to get from San Francisco to South Lake Tahoe is to drive which costs $18 - $27 and takes 3 h 31 min.

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The quickest way to get from San Francisco to South Lake Tahoe is to drive which costs $18 - $27 and takes 3 h 31 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from San Francisco to South Lake Tahoe. However, there are services departing from San Francisco and arriving at Al Tahoe/US 50 via Reno-Tahoe International Airport and Stateline Transit Center. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6 h 47 min.

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The distance between San Francisco and South Lake Tahoe is 155 miles. The road distance is 191.1 miles.

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The best way to get from San Francisco to South Lake Tahoe without a car is to Burner Express Bus and bus which takes 6 h 47 min and costs $135 - $145.

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It takes approximately 6 h 47 min to get from San Francisco to South Lake Tahoe, including transfers.

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San Francisco to South Lake Tahoe bus services, operated by , depart from San Francisco station.

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The quickest flight from Oakland Airport to Reno Airport is the direct flight which takes 50 min.

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San Francisco to South Lake Tahoe bus services, operated by South Tahoe Express, arrive at Stateline, NV - Harvey's station.

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Yes, the driving distance between San Francisco to South Lake Tahoe is 191 miles. It takes approximately 3 h 31 min to drive from San Francisco to South Lake Tahoe.

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Map of how to get from San Francisco to South Lake Tahoe.
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  • Distance: 155.2 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 47 min

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

You can take a bus from San Francisco to South Lake Tahoe via Reno Airport, Reno-Tahoe International Airport, Stateline, NV - Harvey's, and Stateline Transit Center in around 6 h 47 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Oakland to Reno
Ave. Duration
53 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $550
Flights from San Jose to Reno
Ave. Duration
57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $650
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Francisco to Reno
Ave. Duration
1 h 6 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,500
Flights from San Francisco to Sacramento
Ave. Duration
51 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $250
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
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
+1 215-856-7924
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
BART
Phone
94604-2688
Website
bart.gov
Subway from Civic Center/UN Plaza BART Station to Pleasant Hill/Contra Costa Centre BART Station
Ave. Duration
42 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$4 - $6
Website
bart.gov
Caltrain
Phone
+1 650-508-6200
Website
caltrain.com
Train from San Francisco Caltrain to Santa Clara Caltrain
Ave. Duration
1 h 28 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$9 - $12
Schedules at
caltrain.com
Bus operators
Burner Express Bus
Bus from San Francisco to Reno Airport
Ave. Duration
4 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$108
Schedules at
burningman.org
Book at
burnerexpress.burningman.org
South Tahoe Express
Website
southtahoeexpress.com
Bus from Reno-Tahoe International Airport to Stateline, NV - Harvey's
Ave. Duration
1 h 23 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$27 - $30
Schedules at
southtahoeairporter.com
Book at
southtahoeairporter.betterez.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
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Sacramento Amtrak to South Lake Tahoe Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com
Fairfield and Suisun Transit
Phone
(707) 422-2877
Website
fasttransit.org
Bus from Pleasant Hill BART Station to Sacramento Valley Station
Ave. Duration
2 h 13 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$4 - $6
Website
FAST

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Southwest Airlines offers flights from Oakland Airport to Reno Airport.

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There are 988+ hotels available in South Lake Tahoe. Prices start at $69 USD per night.

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The best way to get from San Francisco to San Francisco Airport is to BART which takes 28 min and costs $6 - $9.

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