Directions from San Francisco to South Lake Tahoe

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Recommended option

Burner Express Bus, bus  •  6 h 29 min

  1. Black Rock City to San Francisco

$135 - $140

Cheapest option

Train, Amtrak Thruway  •  6 h 46 min

  1. Capitol Corridor / ...
  2. 3424

$55 - $102

4 alternative options

Drive  •  3 h 31 min

  1. 191.1 miles

$18 - $27

Fly from San Francisco, bus  •  5 h 2 min

  1. SFO - RNO

$164 - $791

Fly from Oakland, bus  •  5 h 1 min

  1. OAK - RNO

$123 - $514

Caltrain to San Jose, fly, bus  •  5 h 59 min

  1. SJC - RNO

$114 - $466

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 US HW 50/ Stateline Ave. in around 6 h 29 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 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
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
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
Bus from Reno-Tahoe International Airport to Stateline, NV - MontBleu
Ave. Duration
1 h 13 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$27 - $30
Schedules at
southtahoeairporter.com
Book at
southtahoeairporter.betterez.com
Amtrak Thruway
Phone
+1 800 872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Sacramento, CA to S. Lake Tahoe, CA
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Schedules at
amtrak.com

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Questions & Answers

The distance between San Francisco and South Lake Tahoe is 248 km. The road distance is 306 km.

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.

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

No, there is no direct bus from San Francisco to South Lake Tahoe. However, there are services departing from San Francisco and arriving at US HW50/Bigler Ave. via Reno-Tahoe International Airport and US HW 50/ Stateline Ave.. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6 h 29 min.

It takes approximately 6 h 29 min to get from San Francisco to South Lake Tahoe, including transfers.