There are 6 ways to get from Santa Barbara to South Lake Tahoe by bus, train, 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

Bus, train  •  13 h 55 min

  1. Take the bus from Santa Barbara Amtrak to Emeryville Amtrak
  2. Take the train from Emeryville Amtrak to Sacramento Amtrak
  3. Take the bus from Sacramento Amtrak to South Lake Tahoe Amtrak

$49 - $62

5 alternative options

Bus  •  14 h 19 min

  1. Take the bus from Santa Barbara, Ca to Oakland, Ca
  2. Take the bus from Oakland, Ca to Sacramento, Ca
  3. Take the bus from Sacramento Amtrak to South Lake Tahoe Amtrak

$79 - $165

Train, bus  •  14 h 52 min

  1. Take the train from Santa Barbara Amtrak to Sacramento Amtrak Coast Starlight
  2. Take the bus from Sacramento Amtrak to South Lake Tahoe Amtrak Amtrak Thruway Connecting Service / ...

$94 - $225

Drive  •  8 h 40 min

  1. Drive from Santa Barbara to South Lake Tahoe 495.7 miles

$45 - $70

Fly from Santa Barbara, bus  •  8 h 37 min

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

$178 - $785

Bus to Los Angeles, fly, bus  •  7 h

  1. Take the bus from Santa Barbara, CA to Los Angeles Airport, CA
  2. Fly from Los Angeles (LAX) to Reno (RNO) LAX - RNO
  3. Take the bus from Reno-Tahoe International Airport to Stateline, NV - MontBleu

$147 - $388

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Santa Barbara to South Lake Tahoe is to drive which costs $45 - $70 and takes 8 h 40 min.

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The quickest way to get from Santa Barbara to South Lake Tahoe is to bus and fly which costs $140 - $390 and takes 7 h.

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The distance between Santa Barbara and South Lake Tahoe is 314 miles. The road distance is 495.7 miles.

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It takes approximately 13 h 55 min to get from Santa Barbara to South Lake Tahoe, including transfers.

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No, there is no direct bus from Santa Barbara to South Lake Tahoe. However, there are services departing from Santa Barbara, Ca and arriving at US HW 50/ Carson Ave via Oakland, Ca, Richards Blvd & Sequoia Pacific Blvd, Sacramento Amtrak and South Y Transit Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 14 h 19 min.

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What companies run services between Santa Barbara, CA, USA and South Lake Tahoe, CA, USA?

You can take a bus from Santa Barbara to South Lake Tahoe via Oakland, Ca, Sacramento, Ca, Richards Blvd & Sequoia Pacific Blvd, J St & 4Th St, Sacramento Amtrak, South Lake Tahoe Amtrak, and South Y Transit Station in around 14 h 19 min.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Santa Barbara to Reno via San Francisco
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $750
Flights from Santa Barbara to Reno via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
5 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $750
Flights from Santa Barbara to Reno via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 49 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $950
Flights from Santa Barbara to Reno via Los Angeles, San Francisco
Ave. Duration
5 h 52 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $800
Flights from Los Angeles to Reno
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $750
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Los Angeles to Reno
Ave. Duration
1 h 23 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $600
Flights from Los Angeles to Reno via Oakland
Ave. Duration
3 h
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $600
Flights from Los Angeles to Reno via San Jose
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $600
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Santa Barbara to Reno via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
5 h 48 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $800
Flights from Santa Barbara to Reno via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
8 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $1,000
Flights from Los Angeles to Reno
Ave. Duration
1 h 27 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from Santa Barbara to Reno via Seattle
Ave. Duration
7 h 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $850
Flights from Los Angeles to Reno
Ave. Duration
1 h 27 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Train operators
Amtrak
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Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Emeryville Amtrak to Sacramento Amtrak
Ave. Duration
1 h 56 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$25
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$25
Train from Santa Barbara Amtrak to Sacramento Amtrak
Ave. Duration
11 h 19 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$70 - $190
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$70 - $110
Flexi Coach Seat
$120 - $180
Business Coach Seat
$130 - $190
Room
$300 - $420
Bus operators
Amtrak
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Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Santa Barbara Amtrak to Emeryville Amtrak
Ave. Duration
7 h 40 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Sacramento Amtrak to South Lake Tahoe Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.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
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 Santa Barbara, Ca to Oakland, Ca
Ave. Duration
8 h 25 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $90
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$35 - $60
Flexible
$70 - $90
Bus from Oakland, Ca to Sacramento, Ca
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$14 - $35
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$14 - $21
Flexible
$25 - $35
South Tahoe Express
Website
southtahoeexpress.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
Santa Barbara Airbus
Website
sbairbus.com
Bus from Santa Barbara, CA to Los Angeles Airport, CA
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$40 - $55
Schedules at
sbairbus.com

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