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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  •  6h 1m

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

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Fly from Oakland, bus  •  6h 2m

  1. Fly from Oakland (OAK) to Reno (RNO) OAK - RNO
  2. Take the bus from Reno-Tahoe International Airport to Ltrh

$124 - $515

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Train, bus  •  6h 25m

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

Drive  •  3h 11m

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

$17 - $25

BART to San Francisco, fly, bus  •  6h 26m

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

$167 - $795

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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 3h 11m.

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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 3h 11m.

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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 50/ Carson Ave via Sacramento Valley Station and South Y Transit Center. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6h 1m.

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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 6h 1m and costs .

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It takes approximately 6h 1m 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 1h 6m.

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

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

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Map of how to get from Walnut Creek to South Lake Tahoe.
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  • Distance: 133.9 miles
  • Duration: 6h 1m

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 and South Y Transit Center in around 6h 1m.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Francisco to Reno
Ave. Duration
1h 9m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,500
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Oakland to Reno
Ave. Duration
59m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $550
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
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Martinez Amtrak Station to Sacramento Valley Station
Ave. Duration
1h 16m
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
Phone
94604-2688
Website
bart.gov
Subway from Walnut Creek to San Francisco International Airport
Ave. Duration
1h 8m
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$9 - $13
Website
bart.gov
Bus operators
Fairfield and Suisun Transit
Phone
(707) 422-2877
Website
fasttransit.org
Bus from Pleasant Hill BART Station to Sacramento Valley Station
Ave. Duration
2h 13m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$4 - $6
Website
FAST
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
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Sacramento Valley Station to South Lake Tahoe Amtrak Bus Stop
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com
South Tahoe Express
Website
southtahoeexpress.com
Bus from Reno-Tahoe International Airport to Ltrh
Ave. Duration
1h 33m
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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There are 954+ hotels available in South Lake Tahoe. Prices start at $185 USD per night.

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