There are 6 ways to get from South Lake Tahoe to San Rafael by 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

Bus, train  •  7 h 44 min

  1. Take the bus from South Lake Tahoe Amtrak to Sacramento Amtrak Amtrak Thruway Connecting Service / ...
  2. Take the train from Sacramento Amtrak to Richmond Transit Station Amtrak Capitol Corridor

$56 - $105

Cheapest option

Bus via Fairfield Transportation Center  •  9 h 7 min

  1. Take the bus from South Lake Tahoe Amtrak to Sacramento Amtrak
  2. Take the bus from Sacramento Valley Station to Fairfield Transportation Center
  3. Take the bus from Fairfield Transportation Center to El Cerrito Del Norte BART 90 / ...

$38 - $57

4 alternative options

Bus  •  8 h 23 min

  1. Take the bus from South Lake Tahoe Amtrak to Sacramento Amtrak Amtrak Thruway Connecting Service / ...
  2. Take the bus from Sacramento, Ca to Oakland, Ca 8309 / ...

$51 - $94

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 21 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

Questions & Answers

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.

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

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The distance between South Lake Tahoe and San Rafael is 154 miles. The road distance is 187.4 miles.

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It takes approximately 7 h 44 min to get from South Lake Tahoe to San Rafael, including transfers.

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No, there is no direct bus from South Lake Tahoe to San Rafael. However, there are services departing from US 50/ Brockway Ave and arriving at San Rafael via South Lake Tahoe Amtrak, 3Rd St & J St, Sacramento, Ca and Oakland, Ca. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 8 h 23 min.

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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 South Y Transit Station, South Lake Tahoe Amtrak, Sacramento Amtrak, 3Rd St & J St, Richards Blvd & Sequoia Pacific Blvd, Sacramento, Ca, and Oakland, Ca in around 8 h 23 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
JetSuiteX
Website
x.jetsuite.com
Flights from Reno to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$35 - $320
Train operators
Amtrak
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Contact Details
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
Bus operators
Amtrak Thruway
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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
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Greyhound USA
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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 Oakland, Ca
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$14 - $35
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$14 - $21
Flexible
$25 - $35
Fairfield and Suisun Transit
Website
fasttransit.org
Bus from Sacramento Valley Station to Fairfield Transportation Center
Ave. Duration
1 h 32 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$7 - $10
Schedules at
fasttransit.org
Bus from Fairfield Transportation Center to El Cerrito Del Norte BART
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$3 - $5
Schedules at
fasttransit.org
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
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

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