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There are 5 ways to get from Seattle to South Lake Tahoe by plane, bus, train or car

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Fly to Reno, bus  •  6 h 9 min

  1. Fly from Seattle (SEA) to Reno (RNO) SEA - RNO
  2. Take the bus from Reno-Tahoe International Airport to Stateline, NV - Harvey's

$131 - $277

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Fly to Sacramento, bus  •  7 h 59 min

  1. Fly from Seattle (SEA) to Sacramento (SMF) SEA - SMF
  2. Take the bus from Sacramento Valley Station to South Lake Tahoe Amtrak Bus Stop

Bus  •  22 h 8 min

  1. Take the bus from Seattle, Wa to Sacramento, Ca 1431 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Sacramento Valley Station to South Lake Tahoe Amtrak Bus Stop Amtrak Thruway Connecting Service

Train, bus  •  24 h 18 min

  1. Take the train from Seattle King Street Station to Sacramento Valley Station Coast Starlight
  2. Take the bus from Sacramento Valley Station to South Lake Tahoe Amtrak Bus Stop Amtrak Thruway Connecting Service

Drive  •  14 h 56 min

  1. Drive from Seattle to South Lake Tahoe 864.6 miles

$80 - $130

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The cheapest way to get from Seattle to South Lake Tahoe is to drive which costs $80 - $130 and takes 14 h 56 min.

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The quickest way to get from Seattle to South Lake Tahoe is to fly and bus which costs $130 - $280 and takes 6 h 9 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Seattle to South Lake Tahoe. However, there are services departing from Seattle, Wa and arriving at US 50/ Carson Ave via Richards Blvd & Sequoia Pacific Blvd, Sacramento Valley Station and South Y Transit Center. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 22 h 8 min.

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The distance between Seattle and South Lake Tahoe is 614 miles. The road distance is 864.6 miles.

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The best way to get from Seattle to South Lake Tahoe without a car is to bus which takes 22 h 8 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 6 h 9 min to get from Seattle to South Lake Tahoe, including transfers.

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Seattle to South Lake Tahoe bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from Seattle, Wa station.

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The quickest flight from Seattle Airport to Reno Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 48 min.

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Seattle to South Lake Tahoe bus services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at South Lake Tahoe Amtrak Bus Stop station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Seattle to South Lake Tahoe is 865 miles. It takes approximately 14 h 56 min to drive from Seattle to South Lake Tahoe.

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Map of how to get from Seattle to South Lake Tahoe.
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  • Distance: 614.3 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 9 min

What companies run services between Seattle, WA, USA and South Lake Tahoe, CA, USA?

You can take a bus from Seattle to South Lake Tahoe via Sacramento, Ca, Richards Blvd & Sequoia Pacific Blvd, J St & 4Th St, Sacramento Valley Station, and South Y Transit Center in around 22 h 8 min.

Airlines
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from Seattle to Reno
Ave. Duration
1 h 51 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $470
Flights from Seattle to Reno via Portland
Ave. Duration
3 h 57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $470
Flights from Seattle to Sacramento
Ave. Duration
1 h 51 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $470
Flights from Seattle to Sacramento via Portland
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $470
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Seattle to Reno via Oakland
Ave. Duration
3 h 57 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $700
Flights from Seattle to Sacramento
Ave. Duration
1 h 52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $650
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Seattle to Reno via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
4 h 33 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $650
Flights from Seattle to Sacramento
Ave. Duration
2 h 3 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $650
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Seattle to Reno via San Francisco
Ave. Duration
4 h 8 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$220 - $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.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Seattle King Street Station to Sacramento Valley Station
Ave. Duration
20 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$110 - $320
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$110 - $170
Flexi Coach Seat
$200 - $290
Business Coach Seat
$230 - $320
Room
$450 - $650
Bus operators
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
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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 South Lake Tahoe Amtrak Bus Stop
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com
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 Seattle, Wa to Sacramento, Ca
Ave. Duration
18 h
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$70 - $190
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$70 - $120
Flexible
$140 - $190

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United Airlines, Delta, Southwest Airlines and Alaska Airlines, Inc. offer flights from Seattle Airport to Reno Airport.

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There are 926+ hotels available in South Lake Tahoe. Prices start at $70 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Seattle to Seattle Airport is to tram which takes 34 min and costs $2 - $4.

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