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.

Recommended option

Burner Express Bus, bus  •  6 h 29 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

Cheapest option

BART, bus  •  7 h 28 min

  1. Take the BART from Civic Center/UN Plaza to Pleasant Hill/Contra Costa Centre
  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

$38 - $56

6 alternative options

Train, bus  •  6 h 47 min

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

$55 - $102

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 1 min

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

$123 - $514

Fly San Francisco to Reno, bus  •  5 h 9 min

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

$164 - $791

Caltrain to San Jose, fly to Reno, bus  •  6 h 4 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 - MontBleu

$114 - $466

Fly San Francisco to Sacramento, bus  •  7 h 17 min

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

$102 - $237

Questions & Answers

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

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

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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 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.

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Map of how to get from San Francisco to South Lake Tahoe.
Launch map view
  • Distance: 155.2 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 29 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 US HW 50/ Stateline Ave. in around 6 h 29 min.

Airlines
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
Flights from San Francisco to Sacramento
Ave. Duration
57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $250
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
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 Sacramento Amtrak
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 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
Website
bart.gov
Subway from Civic Center/UN Plaza to Pleasant Hill/Contra Costa Centre
Ave. Duration
42 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$4 - $6
Schedules at
bart.gov
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
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
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Contact Details
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
Fairfield and Suisun Transit
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
$10 - $14
Schedules at
fasttransit.org

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