There are 6 ways to get from South Lake Tahoe to San Rafael by bus, train, car or plane

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Bus, train  •  7 h 49 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 Capitol Corridor

Cheapest option

Bus, fly to Oakland  •  6 h 6 min

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

$148 - $536

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Bus  •  7 h 59 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 San Francisco, Ca 8309 / ...

Bus via Fairfield Transportation Center  •  9 h 9 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 Gx

Drive  •  3 h 27 min

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

$18 - $27

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

Questions & Answers

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 Transit Center Platform C via South Lake Tahoe Amtrak, 3Rd St & J St, Sacramento, Ca and Salesforce Transit Center. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7 h 59 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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The best way to get from South Lake Tahoe to San Rafael without a car is to bus and train which takes 7 h 49 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 7 h 49 min to get from South Lake Tahoe to San Rafael, including transfers.

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South Lake Tahoe to San Rafael bus services, operated by Amtrak, depart from South Lake Tahoe Amtrak station.

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The quickest flight from Reno Airport to Oakland Airport is the direct flight which takes 55 min.

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South Lake Tahoe to San Rafael bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, arrive at San Francisco, Ca station.

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Yes, the driving distance between South Lake Tahoe to San Rafael is 187 miles. It takes approximately 3 h 27 min to drive from South Lake Tahoe to San Rafael.

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JetSuiteX and Southwest Airlines offer flights from Reno Airport to Oakland Airport.

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There are 360+ hotels available in San Rafael. Prices start at $122 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from South Lake Tahoe to San Rafael.
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  • Distance: 153.8 miles
  • Duration: 7 h 49 min

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, San Francisco, Ca, and Salesforce Transit Center in around 7 h 59 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Reno to Oakland
Ave. Duration
59 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

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
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
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
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$15 - $35
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$15 - $23
Flexible
$27 - $35
Fairfield and Suisun Transit
Phone
(707) 422-2877
Website
fasttransit.org
Bus from Sacramento Valley Station to Fairfield Transportation Center
Ave. Duration
1 h 32 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$3 - $6
Website
FAST
Bus from Fairfield Transportation Center to El Cerrito Del Norte BART
Ave. Duration
43 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$0 - $2
Website
FAST
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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