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

Train, bus  •  6 h 53 min

  1. Take the train from Santa Clara Amtrak to Sacramento Valley Station Capitol Corridor
  2. Take the bus from Sacramento Valley Station to Stateline Amtrak Bus Stop Amtrak Thruway Connecting Service

Cheapest option

Caltrain, bus  •  8 h 16 min

  1. Take the Caltrain from Santa Clara Caltrain to San Francisco Caltrain Local / ...
  2. Take the bus from Safeway @ Marina to Squaw Valley, CA Squaw Valley / ...

$51 - $102

4 alternative options

Train  •  8 h

  1. Take the train from Santa Clara Amtrak to Martinez Amtrak Station Capitol Corridor
  2. Take the train from Martinez Amtrak Station to Truckee Amtrak Station California Zephyr

$62 - $145

Fly from San Jose, bus  •  4 h 38 min

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

$104 - $454

Train to Oakland, fly, bus  •  5 h 23 min

  1. Take the train from Santa Clara Amtrak to Oakland Coliseum/Airport Amtrak
  2. Fly from Oakland (OAK) to Reno (RNO) OAK - RNO
  3. Take the bus from Reno-Tahoe International Airport to Stateline, NV - MontBleu

$142 - $549

Fly from San Francisco, bus  •  5 h 31 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

$202 - $825

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Santa Clara to Lake Tahoe is to Caltrain and bus which costs $50 - $110 and takes 8 h 16 min.

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The quickest way to get from Santa Clara to Lake Tahoe is to fly and bus which costs $100 - $460 and takes 4 h 38 min.

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The distance between Santa Clara and Lake Tahoe is 160 miles.

The best way to get from Santa Clara to Lake Tahoe without a car is to train and bus which takes 6 h 53 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 6 h 53 min to get from Santa Clara to Lake Tahoe, including transfers.

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The quickest flight from San Jose Airport to Reno Airport is the direct flight which takes 55 min.

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Alaska Airlines, Inc. and Southwest Airlines offer flights from San Jose Airport to Reno Airport.

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There are 1440+ hotels available in Lake Tahoe. Prices start at $69 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Santa Clara to San Jose Airport is to line 10 bus which takes 10 min and costs $2 - $5.

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Map of how to get from Santa Clara to Lake Tahoe.
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  • Distance: 160.2 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 53 min

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

You can take a train from Santa Clara to Lake Tahoe via Martinez Amtrak Station and Truckee Amtrak Station in around 8 h.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from San Jose to Reno
Ave. Duration
58 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $650
Flights from Oakland to Reno
Ave. Duration
52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $550
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Francisco to Reno
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,500
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.

Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak
Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Santa Clara Amtrak to Sacramento Valley Station
Ave. Duration
3 h 3 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $75
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$30 - $50
Flexi Coach Seat
$55 - $85
Business Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Room
$170 - $240
Train from Santa Clara Amtrak to Martinez Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 42 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$27 - $55
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$27 - $40
Flexi Coach Seat
$45 - $70
Business Coach Seat
$35 - $55
Room
$150 - $210
Train from Martinez Amtrak Station to Truckee Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
4 h 44 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $90
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$35 - $60
Flexi Coach Seat
$65 - $100
Business Coach Seat
$65 - $90
Room
$190 - $260
Train from Santa Clara Amtrak to Oakland Coliseum/Airport Amtrak
Ave. Duration
48 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$22 - $45
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$22 - $35
Flexi Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Business Coach Seat
$30 - $45
Room
$130 - $190
Caltrain
Phone
+1 650-508-6200
Website
caltrain.com
Train from Santa Clara Caltrain to San Francisco Caltrain
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$9 - $12
Schedules at
caltrain.com
Bus 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.

Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak
Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Sacramento Valley Station to Stateline Amtrak Bus Stop
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com
bus
Bus from Safeway @ Marina to Squaw Valley, CA
Ave. Duration
4 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$38
Schedules at
sourcedadventures.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

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