There are 8 ways to get from South Lake Tahoe to San Francisco Airport (SFO) by bus, plane, subway, train or car

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Bus to Reno, fly to San Francisco  •  4 h 34 min

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

$159 - $782

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Bus, BART  •  8 h 53 min

  1. Take the bus from South Lake Tahoe Amtrak to Sacramento Amtrak
  2. Take the bus from Sacramento Valley Station to Pleasant Hill BART Station
  3. Take the BART from Pleasant Hill/Contra Costa Centre BART Station to San Francisco International Airport BART Station

$44 - $65

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Bus to Sacramento, fly to San Francisco  •  7 h 24 min

  1. Take the bus from South Lake Tahoe Amtrak to Sacramento Amtrak
  2. Fly from Sacramento (SMF) to San Francisco (SFO) SMF - SFO

$100 - $232

Line 50 bus, bus to Reno, fly to Oakland, BART  •  5 h 42 min

  1. Take the line 50 bus from US HW 50/Al Tahoe Blvd to US HW 50/ Lake Parkway
  2. Take the bus from Stateline, NV - MontBleu to Reno-Tahoe International Airport
  3. Fly from Reno (RNO) to Oakland (OAK) RNO - OAK
  4. Take the BART from Coliseum BART Station to Powell St. BART Station
  5. Take the BART from Powell St. BART Station to San Francisco International Airport BART Station

$130 - $522

Bus to Reno, fly to San Jose  •  6 h 6 min

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

$149 - $497

Bus, train, BART  •  7 h 53 min

  1. Take the bus from South Lake Tahoe Amtrak to Sacramento Amtrak
  2. Take the train from Sacramento Amtrak to Richmond Transit Station
  3. Take the BART from MacArthur BART Station to San Francisco International Airport BART Station

$61 - $112

Bus, line 292 bus  •  8 h 45 min

  1. Take the bus from South Lake Tahoe Amtrak to Sacramento Amtrak
  2. Take the bus from Sacramento, Ca to San Francisco, Ca
  3. Take the line 292 bus from Mission St & 1st St to SFO Airport Terminal A-Lower Level 292 / ...

$45 - $78

Drive  •  3 h 43 min

  1. Drive from South Lake Tahoe to San Francisco Airport (SFO) 202.5 miles

$19 - $29

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The cheapest way to get from South Lake Tahoe to San Francisco Airport (SFO) is to drive which costs $19 - $29 and takes 3 h 43 min.

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The quickest way to get from South Lake Tahoe to San Francisco Airport (SFO) is to drive which costs $19 - $29 and takes 3 h 43 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from South Lake Tahoe to San Francisco Airport (SFO). However, there are services departing from US 50/ Brockway Ave and arriving at SFO Airport Terminal A-Lower Level via South Lake Tahoe Amtrak, I St & 8Th St, Sacramento, Ca and Mission St & 1st St. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 8 h 45 min.

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The distance between South Lake Tahoe and San Francisco Airport (SFO) is 160 miles. The road distance is 202.5 miles.

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The best way to get from South Lake Tahoe to San Francisco Airport (SFO) without a car is to bus and train and BART which takes 7 h 53 min and costs $60 - $120.

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It takes approximately 4 h 34 min to get from South Lake Tahoe to San Francisco Airport (SFO), including transfers.

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South Lake Tahoe to San Francisco Airport (SFO) bus services, operated by Amtrak, depart from South Lake Tahoe Amtrak station.

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The quickest flight from Reno Airport to San Francisco Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 8 min.

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South Lake Tahoe to San Francisco Airport (SFO) bus services, operated by SamTrans, arrive at SFO Airport Terminal A-Lower Level station.

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Yes, the driving distance between South Lake Tahoe to San Francisco Airport (SFO) is 202 miles. It takes approximately 3 h 43 min to drive from South Lake Tahoe to San Francisco Airport (SFO).

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  • Distance: 160 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 34 min

What companies run services between South Lake Tahoe, CA, USA and San Francisco Airport (SFO), USA?

You can take a bus from South Lake Tahoe to San Francisco Airport (SFO) via South Y Transit Station, South Lake Tahoe Amtrak, Sacramento Amtrak, I St & 8Th St, Richards Blvd & Sequoia Pacific Blvd, Sacramento, Ca, San Francisco, Ca, and Mission St & 1st St in around 8 h 45 min.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Reno to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,500
Flights from Sacramento to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 2 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $250
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Reno to Oakland
Ave. Duration
57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $550
Flights from Reno to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $650
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from Reno to San Jose
Ave. Duration
58 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $850
Train operators
BART
Website
bart.gov
Subway from Coliseum BART Station to Powell St. BART Station
Ave. Duration
24 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$3 - $4
Schedules at
bart.gov
Subway from Powell St. BART Station to San Francisco International Airport BART Station
Ave. Duration
29 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$6 - $9
Schedules at
bart.gov
Subway from MacArthur BART Station to San Francisco International Airport BART Station
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$7 - $11
Schedules at
bart.gov
Subway from Pleasant Hill/Contra Costa Centre BART Station to San Francisco International Airport BART Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 11 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$9 - $13
Schedules at
bart.gov
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 Sacramento Amtrak to Richmond Transit Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 26 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$27 - $60
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$27 - $40
Flexi Coach Seat
$45 - $70
Business Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Room
$150 - $210
Bus operators
South Tahoe Express
Website
southtahoeexpress.com
Bus from Stateline, NV - MontBleu to Reno-Tahoe International Airport
Ave. Duration
1 h 13 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$27 - $30
Schedules at
southtahoeairporter.com
Book at
southtahoeairporter.betterez.com
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 South Lake Tahoe Amtrak to Sacramento Amtrak
Ave. Duration
3 h 5 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com
Amtrak Thruway

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 Thruway
Contact Details
Phone
+1 800 872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from S. Lake Tahoe, CA to Sacramento, CA
Ave. Duration
3 h 5 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Website
amtrak.com
Tahoe Transportation
Website
tahoetransportation.org
Bus from US HW 50/Al Tahoe Blvd to US HW 50/ Lake Parkway
Ave. Duration
13 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
tahoetransportation.org
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 Sacramento, Ca to San Francisco, Ca
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$15 - $35
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$15 - $23
Flexible
$27 - $35
SamTrans
Website
samtrans.com
Bus from Mission St & 1st St to SFO Airport Terminal A-Lower Level
Ave. Duration
1 h 26 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$2 - $3
Schedules at
samtrans.com
Fairfield and Suisun Transit
Website
fasttransit.org
Bus from Sacramento Valley Station to Pleasant Hill BART Station
Ave. Duration
2 h 22 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$10 - $15
Schedules at
fasttransit.org

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United Airlines offers flights from Reno Airport to San Francisco Airport.

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