There are 5 ways to get from Walnut Creek to South Lake Tahoe by bus, train, car, subway or plane

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Bus  •  5 h 46 min

  1. Take the bus from Pleasant Hill BART Station to Sacramento Valley Station Blue
  2. Take the bus from Sacramento Amtrak to South Lake Tahoe Amtrak Amtrak Thruway Connecting Service / ...

$34 - $51

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Train, bus  •  6 h 15 min

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

$51 - $89

Drive  •  3 h 11 min

  1. Drive from Walnut Creek to South Lake Tahoe 174.5 miles

$17 - $25

BART to San Francisco, fly, bus  •  5 h 49 min

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

$167 - $795

Fly from Oakland, bus  •  5 h 21 min

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

$124 - $515

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The cheapest way to get from Walnut Creek to South Lake Tahoe is to drive which costs $17 - $25 and takes 3 h 11 min.

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The quickest way to get from Walnut Creek to South Lake Tahoe is to drive which costs $17 - $25 and takes 3 h 11 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Walnut Creek station to South Lake Tahoe. However, there are services departing from Pleasant Hill BART Station and arriving at US HW 50/ Carson Ave via Sacramento Amtrak and South Y Transit Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5 h 46 min.

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The distance between Walnut Creek and South Lake Tahoe is 134 miles. The road distance is 174.5 miles.

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The best way to get from Walnut Creek to South Lake Tahoe without a car is to bus which takes 5 h 46 min and costs $30 - $55.

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It takes approximately 5 h 46 min to get from Walnut Creek to South Lake Tahoe, including transfers.

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Walnut Creek to South Lake Tahoe bus services, operated by Fairfield and Suisun Transit, arrive at Pleasant Hill BART Station.

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The quickest flight from San Francisco Airport to Reno Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 6 min.

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Walnut Creek to South Lake Tahoe bus services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at South Lake Tahoe Amtrak station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Walnut Creek to South Lake Tahoe is 175 miles. It takes approximately 3 h 11 min to drive from Walnut Creek to South Lake Tahoe.

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  • Distance: 133.9 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 46 min

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

You can take a bus from Walnut Creek to South Lake Tahoe via Sacramento Valley Station, Sacramento Amtrak, South Lake Tahoe Amtrak, and South Y Transit Station in around 5 h 46 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Oakland to Reno
Ave. Duration
52 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
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 Martinez Amtrak to Sacramento Amtrak
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$25 - $50
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$25 - $40
Flexi Coach Seat
$40 - $65
Business Coach Seat
$35 - $50
Room
$140 - $200
BART
Website
bart.gov
Subway from Walnut Creek BART Station to San Francisco International Airport BART Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 8 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$9 - $13
Schedules at
bart.gov
Bus operators
Fairfield and Suisun Transit
Website
fasttransit.org
Bus from Pleasant Hill BART Station to Sacramento Valley Station
Ave. Duration
2 h 13 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$10 - $15
Schedules at
fasttransit.org
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 Sacramento Amtrak to South Lake Tahoe Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 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.

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

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