There are 6 ways to get from Sunnyvale to South Lake Tahoe by train, bus, 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

Train, bus  •  7 h 46 min

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

$57 - $115

5 alternative options

Amtrak Thruway, bus  •  9 h 20 min

  1. Take the Amtrak Thruway from San Jose, CA to Stockton, CA
  2. Take the bus from Stockton San Joaquin Street Station Amtrak to Sacramento Amtrak
  3. Take the bus from Sacramento Amtrak to South Lake Tahoe Amtrak

Drive  •  4 h 2 min

  1. Drive from Sunnyvale to South Lake Tahoe 216.8 miles

$21 - $35

Fly from San Jose, bus  •  5 h 2 min

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

$108 - $458

Caltrain to San Francisco, fly, bus  •  5 h 52 min

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

$165 - $793

Train to Oakland, fly, bus  •  6 h 35 min

  1. Take the train from Santa Clara Amtrak to Oakland Coliseum Station Amtrak
  2. Fly from Oakland (OAK) to Reno (RNO) OAK - RNO
  3. Take the bus from Reno-Tahoe International Airport to Stateline, NV - MontBleu

$145 - $558

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Sunnyvale to South Lake Tahoe is to drive which costs $21 - $35 and takes 4 h 2 min.

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The quickest way to get from Sunnyvale to South Lake Tahoe is to drive which costs $21 - $35 and takes 4 h 2 min.

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The distance between Sunnyvale and South Lake Tahoe is 156 miles. The road distance is 216.8 miles.

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It takes approximately 7 h 46 min to get from Sunnyvale to South Lake Tahoe, including transfers.

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No, there is no direct bus from Sunnyvale to South Lake Tahoe. However, there are services departing from El Camino & Hollenbeck and arriving at US HW 50/ Carson Ave via 1St & Santa Clara, San Jose, CA, Stockton San Joaquin Street Station Amtrak, Sacramento Amtrak and South Y Transit Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 9 h 20 min.

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

You can take a bus from Sunnyvale to South Lake Tahoe via Santa Clara & 2Nd, 1St & Santa Clara, San Jose Caltrain Station, San Jose, CA, Stockton, CA, Stockton San Joaquin Street Station Amtrak, Sacramento Amtrak, South Lake Tahoe Amtrak, and South Y Transit Station in around 9 h 20 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from San Jose to Reno
Ave. Duration
56 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $650
Flights from Oakland to Reno
Ave. Duration
51 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $550
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Francisco to Reno
Ave. Duration
1 h 9 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,500
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from San Jose to Reno
Ave. Duration
58 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $850
JetSuiteX
Website
x.jetsuite.com
Flights from Oakland to Reno
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$40 - $370
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.

Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak
Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Santa Clara Amtrak to Sacramento Amtrak
Ave. Duration
3 h 3 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $75
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$30 - $50
Flexi Coach Seat
$55 - $85
Business Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Room
$170 - $240
Train from Santa Clara Amtrak to Oakland Coliseum Station Amtrak
Ave. Duration
49 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$22 - $45
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$22 - $35
Flexi Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Business Coach Seat
$30 - $45
Room
$130 - $190
Caltrain
Website
caltrain.com
Train from Sunnyvale Caltrain to Millbrae Caltrain
Ave. Duration
52 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$5 - $8
Schedules at
caltrain.com
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.

Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak
Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Sacramento Amtrak to South Lake Tahoe Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from San Jose, CA to Stockton, CA
Ave. Duration
1 h 55 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Stockton San Joaquin Street Station Amtrak to Sacramento Amtrak
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
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 Sacramento, CA to S. Lake Tahoe, CA
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Schedules at
amtrak.com
South Tahoe Express
Website
southtahoeexpress.com
Bus from Reno-Tahoe International Airport to Stateline, NV - MontBleu
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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