There are 8 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.

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Bus  •  14 h

  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

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Bus to Long Beach, fly to Reno, bus  •  8 h 59 min

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

$130 - $331

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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

Drive  •  8 h 40 min

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

$45 - $70

Fly Santa Barbara to Reno, bus  •  8 h 25 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

$198 - $785

Bus to Los Angeles, fly to Reno, 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

Bus to Los Angeles, fly to Sacramento, bus  •  8 h 56 min

  1. Take the bus from Santa Barbara, CA to Los Angeles Airport, CA
  2. Fly from Los Angeles (LAX) to Sacramento (SMF) LAX - SMF
  3. Take the bus from Sacramento Amtrak to South Lake Tahoe Amtrak

Train to Burbank, fly to Sacramento, bus  •  9 h

  1. Take the train from Santa Barbara Amtrak to Burbank Amtrak
  2. Fly from Burbank (BUR) to Sacramento (SMF) BUR - SMF
  3. Take the bus from Sacramento Amtrak to South Lake Tahoe Amtrak

Questions & Answers

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.

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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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The best way to get from Santa Barbara to South Lake Tahoe without a car is to bus which takes 14 h and costs .

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It takes approximately 14 h to get from Santa Barbara to South Lake Tahoe, including transfers.

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Santa Barbara to South Lake Tahoe bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from Santa Barbara, Ca station.

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There is no direct flight from Santa Barbara Airport to Reno Airport. The quickest flight takes 3 h 59 min and has one stopover.

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Santa Barbara to South Lake Tahoe bus services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at South Lake Tahoe Amtrak station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Santa Barbara to South Lake Tahoe is 496 miles. It takes approximately 8 h 40 min to drive from Santa Barbara to South Lake Tahoe.

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Alaska Airlines, Inc., American Airlines and United Airlines offer flights from Santa Barbara Airport to Reno Airport.

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There are 936+ hotels available in South Lake Tahoe. Prices start at $71 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Santa Barbara to South Lake Tahoe.
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  • Distance: 314 miles
  • Duration: 14 h

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.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Los Angeles to Reno
Ave. Duration
1 h 21 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $600
Flights from Los Angeles to Reno via Oakland
Ave. Duration
3 h 5 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$110 - $600
Flights from Los Angeles to Reno via San Jose
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$110 - $600
Flights from Los Angeles to Reno via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$110 - $600
Flights from Los Angeles to Sacramento
Ave. Duration
1 h 26 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Flights from Burbank to Sacramento
Ave. Duration
1 h 17 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $550
Flights from Long Beach to Reno via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$130 - $550
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Santa Barbara to Reno via San Francisco
Ave. Duration
4 h 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $750
Flights from Santa Barbara to Reno via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
5 h 12 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $750
Flights from Santa Barbara to Reno via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 48 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $950
Flights from Santa Barbara to Reno via Los Angeles, San Francisco
Ave. Duration
5 h 59 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $800
Flights from Los Angeles to Reno
Ave. Duration
1 h 44 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $750
Flights from Los Angeles to Sacramento
Ave. Duration
1 h 36 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $470
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Santa Barbara to Reno via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
5 h 47 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $800
Flights from Los Angeles to Reno
Ave. Duration
1 h 27 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Flights from Los Angeles to Sacramento
Ave. Duration
1 h 27 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $450
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from Santa Barbara to Reno via Seattle
Ave. Duration
5 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $850
Flights from Santa Barbara to Reno via Portland
Ave. Duration
7 h 18 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $750
Flights from Los Angeles to Reno
Ave. Duration
1 h 27 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Flights from Los Angeles to Sacramento
Ave. Duration
1 h 27 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $450
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Los Angeles to Sacramento
Ave. Duration
1 h 29 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $450
JetBlue Airways
Website
jetblue.com
Flights from Long Beach to Reno
Ave. Duration
1 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $470
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 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
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
Train from Santa Barbara Amtrak to Burbank Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 h 11 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$28 - $65
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$28 - $45
Flexi Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Business Coach Seat
$40 - $65
Room
$150 - $220
Bus operators
Greyhound USA

Greyhound is a leading bus company based in Dallas, Texas, serving over 3800 destinations across North America, Mexico and Canada. Greyhound carries around 18 million passengers a year who travel 5.4 billion miles (8.6 billion km) a year on their fleet of around 1700 vehicles. For travel flexibility, you can board or get off a Greyhound bus at official Greyhound stations, partner stations and curbside stops. There are around 230 Greyhound stations across the US where you can both catch your bus and buy tickets, that are also available on the official website and via the mobile app.

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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
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$14 - $35
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$14 - $21
Flexible
$25 - $35
Bus from Santa Barbara, Ca to Los Angeles, Ca
Ave. Duration
2 h 5 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$16 - $40
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$16 - $24
Flexible
$29 - $40
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 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Sacramento Amtrak to South Lake Tahoe Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com
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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The best way to get from Santa Barbara to Santa Barbara Airport is to bus which takes 23 min and costs .

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