There are 7 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, Amtrak Thruway  •  6 h 53 min

  1. Take the train from Santa Clara Amtrak to Sacramento Amtrak Capitol Corridor
  2. Take the Amtrak Thruway from Sacramento, CA to State Line, CA 3424

$57 - $110

Cheapest option

Bus  •  8 h 18 min

  1. Take the bus from San Jose, Ca to Oakland, Ca
  2. Take the bus from Oakland, Ca to Sacramento, Ca
  3. Take the bus from Sacramento, Ca to Truckee, Ca

$45 - $106

5 alternative options

Caltrain, bus  •  8 h 2 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

Train  •  8 h 4 min

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

$62 - $145

Fly from San Jose, bus  •  4 h 14 min

  1. Fly from San Jose (SJC) to Reno (RNO) SJC - RNO
  2. Take the bus from Reno Tahoe International Airport to Pepper Tree Inn

$126 - $471

Caltrain to San Francisco, fly, bus  •  5 h 52 min

  1. Take the Caltrain from Santa Clara Caltrain to Millbrae Caltrain
  2. Fly from San Francisco (SFO) to Reno (RNO) SFO - RNO
  3. Take the bus from Reno Tahoe International Airport to Pepper Tree Inn

$190 - $814

Train to Oakland, fly, bus  •  5 h 4 min

  1. Take the train from Santa Clara Amtrak to Oakland Coliseum Station Amtrak
  2. Fly from Oakland (OAK) to Reno (RNO) OAK - RNO
  3. Take the bus from Reno Tahoe International Airport to Pepper Tree Inn

$164 - $568

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 and Truckee Amtrak in around 8 h 4 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Santa Clara to Lake Tahoe via San Jose Diridon Caltrain, San Jose, Ca, Oakland, Ca, Sacramento, Ca, Truckee, Ca, Truckee Depot, and Tahoe City Transit Center in around 8 h 18 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from San Jose to Reno
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $650
Flights from Oakland to Reno
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $550
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
56 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $850
Train operators
Amtrak
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Santa Clara Amtrak to Sacramento Amtrak
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
Ave. Duration
1 h 46 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 to Truckee Amtrak
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 Station 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
Website
caltrain.com
Train from Santa Clara Caltrain to San Francisco Caltrain
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$8 - $11
Schedules at
caltrain.com
Train from Santa Clara Caltrain to Millbrae Caltrain
Ave. Duration
1 h 2 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$6 - $9
Schedules at
caltrain.com
Bus operators
Amtrak Thruway
Phone
+1 800 872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Sacramento, CA to State Line, CA
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Schedules at
amtrak.com
bus
Bus from Safeway @ Marina to Squaw Valley, CA
Ave. Duration
4 h
Frequency
Twice a week
Schedules at
sourcedadventures.com
Greyhound USA
Phone
+1 214-849-8100
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from San Jose, Ca to Oakland, Ca
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$11 - $24
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$11 - $16
Flexible
$18 - $24
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
Bus from Sacramento, Ca to Truckee, Ca
Ave. Duration
2 h 35 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$16 - $40
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$16 - $24
Flexible
$29 - $40
North Lake Tahoe Express
Phone
+1 866.216.5222
Website
northlaketahoeexpress.com
Bus from Reno Tahoe International Airport to Pepper Tree Inn
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$49
Schedules at
northlaketahoeexpress.com

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Questions & Answers

How far is it from Santa Clara to Lake Tahoe?

The distance between Santa Clara and Lake Tahoe is 256 km.

What is the cheapest way to get from Santa Clara to Lake Tahoe?

The cheapest way to get from Santa Clara to Lake Tahoe is to bus which costs $45 - $110 and takes 8 h 18 min.

What is the fastest way to get from Santa Clara to Lake Tahoe?

The quickest way to get from Santa Clara to Lake Tahoe is to fly and bus which takes 4 h 14 min and costs $120 - $480.

How long does it take to get from Santa Clara to Lake Tahoe?

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