There are 7 ways to get from South Lake Tahoe to San Rafael by taxi, 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.

Recommended option

Taxi, bus, train  •  7 h 30 min

  1. Take a taxi from South Lake Tahoe to Safeway Plaza
  2. Take the bus from Placerville Station Transfer Center to 8th St. at I St. C
  3. Take the train from Sacramento Amtrak to Richmond Transit Station Amtrak

$267 - $353

Cheapest option

Bus  •  9 h 33 min

  1. Take the bus from Stateline, NV - MontBleu to Reno-Tahoe International Airport
  2. Take the bus from Reno, NV to San Francisco - Townsend St & 5th St

$67 - $98

5 alternative options

Taxi, train  •  8 h 48 min

  1. Take a taxi from South Lake Tahoe to Truckee Amtrak
  2. Take the train from Truckee Amtrak to Richmond Transit Station Amtrak California Zephyr

$265 - $366

Bus, Amtrak Thruway, train  •  11 h 48 min

  1. Take the bus from Stateline, NV - Harvey's to Reno-Tahoe International Airport
  2. Take the Amtrak Thruway from Sparks, NV to Sacramento, CA
  3. Take the train from Sacramento Amtrak to Richmond Transit Station Amtrak

Drive  •  3 h 27 min

  1. Drive from South Lake Tahoe to San Rafael 187.4 miles

$18 - $27

Line 50 bus, bus, fly to Oakland  •  6 h 21 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

$148 - $536

Bus, fly to San Francisco  •  6 h 23 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

$181 - $806

What companies run services between South Lake Tahoe, CA, USA and San Rafael, CA, USA?

You can take a bus from South Lake Tahoe to San Rafael via US HW 50/ Lake Parkway, Stateline, NV - MontBleu, Reno-Tahoe International Airport, Reno, NV, San Francisco - Townsend St & 5th St, and 7th St & Market St in around 9 h 33 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Reno to Oakland
Ave. Duration
57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $550
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Reno to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 14 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,500
Train operators
Amtrak
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Sacramento Amtrak to Richmond Transit Station Amtrak
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
Train from Truckee Amtrak to Richmond Transit Station Amtrak
Ave. Duration
6 h 22 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $100
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Flexi Coach Seat
$70 - $110
Business Coach Seat
$70 - $100
Room
$190 - $280
Bus operators
El Dorado Transit
Website
eldoradotransit.com
Bus from Placerville Station Transfer Center to 8th St. at I St.
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$1 - $5
Schedules at
eldoradotransit.com
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
Bus from Stateline, NV - Harvey's to Reno-Tahoe International Airport
Ave. Duration
1 h 43 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$27 - $30
Schedules at
southtahoeairporter.com
Book at
southtahoeairporter.betterez.com
Megabus
Phone
877-462-6342
Website
us.megabus.com
Bus from Reno, NV to San Francisco - Townsend St & 5th St
Ave. Duration
4 h 20 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$15 - $35
Schedules at
us.megabus.com
Book at
us.megabus.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
Other operators
Taxi from South Lake Tahoe to Safeway Plaza
Ave. Duration
1 h 3 min
Estimated price
$230 - $280
BlackJack Taxi
Phone
+1 530-543-0330
Website
blackjacktaxi.com
Elite Tahoe Taxi
Phone
+1 530-580-8294
Website
tahoetaxi.net

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Questions & Answers

How far is it from South Lake Tahoe to San Rafael?

The distance between South Lake Tahoe and San Rafael is 246 km. The road distance is 300 km.

What is the cheapest way to get from South Lake Tahoe to San Rafael?

The cheapest way to get from South Lake Tahoe to San Rafael is to drive which costs $18 - $27 and takes 3 h 27 min.

What is the fastest way to get from South Lake Tahoe to San Rafael?

The quickest way to get from South Lake Tahoe to San Rafael is to drive which takes 3 h 27 min and costs $18 - $27.

How long does it take to get from South Lake Tahoe to San Rafael?

It takes approximately 7 h 30 min to get from South Lake Tahoe to San Rafael, including transfers.