Lake Tahoe Travel & Local Transportation

One of the best things about Lake Tahoe is its accessibility and the variety of transportation options. Whether you're flying, driving, looking for local transit information or shuttle services to and from the airport, we have you covered. The local bus services connect you conveniently to most places you’ll want to go. They even run ski shuttles during the winter season, and they accommodate bikes during the summer as well. The Town of Truckee has an additional public bus system that offers Dial-A-Ride and fixed-route service. Check out all your transportation options here.

Travel and Transportation

  • Driving

    Driving

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    Getting To and Around Lake Tahoe

    Lake Tahoe transportation options are plentiful, and that’s a good thing since this area is the stage for roughly 15 towns. Split down the middle and separating Nevada and California, the Lake Tahoe area takes up a lot of land and encompasses many miles. With so many wonderful outdoor recreation opportunities interwoven between the communities, it is important to have a way to negotiate Lake Tahoe travel with ease. Although things become much easier if you have your own transportation, there are other alternatives. Here's a gathering of Lake Tahoe's travel options.Getting to the Lake Tahoe ski resorts is easier than you think. From the Reno-Tahoe International Airport, it’s approximately an hour’s drive to most area ski resorts on all season highways. Three major ways – Interstate 80 and U.S. Highways 50 and 395 – access the Lake Tahoe region. These all-weather freeways branch out to reach resorts and lodging properties throughout Reno, North Lake Tahoe, and South Lake Tahoe, so it’s easy to get from one destination to another.

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  • Flying

    Flying

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    Getting here to North Lake Tahoe is a mere 3-hour drive from the Bay Area, or an hour-long drive from the Reno-Tahoe International Airport, with more than 120 daily nonstop flights it's a lot easier to enjoy your vacation once you step off the airplane. Convenient express shuttle service from Reno is available multiple times per day from the North Lake Tahoe Express. Also, New Door to Door shuttle service from the Reno-Tahoe International Airport to Lake Tahoe with Amador Stage Lines. Another option for travelers is the Sacramento International Airport; a two-hour drive, offering 145 nonstop flights.  Here are some airlines and options to help you pick the right way to travel to Lake Tahoe.

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  • Shuttles & Taxis

    Shuttles & Taxis

    These airport and bus shuttles provide safe, private transportation to and from any destination in the Reno or Lake Tahoe area.  Their services provide you with the most convenient service possible while making sure that your transportation is smooth, safe and affordable. Paid Shuttle Service is provided by the following companies listed here. The Airport Mini Bus counter can be found inside the A and B Doors located West of Baggage Claim.  North Lake Tahoe Express is near Door C and  South Tahoe Airporter is located adjacent to Door D in Baggage Claim.

    Airport Shuttles

    North Lake Tahoe Express

    Regular daily service from Reno-Tahoe International Airport to North Lake Tahoe locations including Tahoe City, Alpine Meadows, Squaw Valley, Carnelian Bay, Tahoe Vista, Kings Beach, Northstar, Truckee, Crystal Bay, and Incline Village. Visit their website or call:(866) 216-5222

    South Tahoe Express

    South Tahoe Express has 10 daily departures from Reno-Tahoe International Airport to South Lake Tahoe locations including MontBleu, Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel, Harrah’s, Harveys, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, and Lakeside Inn. Visit their website or call: 1-866-89-TAHOE. 

    Airport Mini Bus

    Airport Mini Bus provide private limo service to the airport, corporate events, weddings, conventions, nightclubs, cruising the Reno-Sparks, Lake Tahoe, and outlying areas or where ever your needs take you. Bell Limo strives to exceed your expectations in all aspects of transportation. Visit their website or call: (775) 786-3700

    South Tahoe Airporter

    South Tahoe Airporter is a Green Award Winning Reno Tahoe Shuttle from Reno International Tahoe Airport to Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe, Harrah's Lake Tahoe, Harveys Lake Tahoe, Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel, Lakeside Inn and Casino and MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa. Visit their website or call:(866) 898-2463


    Bus Shuttles

    Bay Area Ski Bus

    Bay Area Ski Bus is the premier shuttle-bus service from the San Francisco Bay and Stockton areas since 1996! Trips are open to the public and private groups. Sleep in the am, breakfast when you wake up, grab your ticket as you exit, ski or ride all day, return to the bus for the apres ski party, then watch movies on the way home! Pure convenience and fun! With over 1500 bus trips under their belt, they have it dialed. Enjoy all this and more for not much more than a lift ticket. Please call 925.680.4386 or visit Bay Area Ski Bus website for pricing and dates! 

    Enjoy all that's involved with basb's service to the slopes:
    • Sleep in our luxury bus seats on the way
    • Wake up to continental breakfast
    • Grab your lift ticket and a Red Bull before heading for shredding
    • Enjoy complimentary snacks, hot drinks and wine during the apres-ski at the buses
    • Unwind on the way back with movies, trivia, or just more sleep!

    North American Charter Ski

    North American Charter Ski is offering ski bus trips from South Bay, Mid-peninsular, San Francisco and East Bay on multiple weekends throughout the season. Besides discounted lift tickets, you can also book various rentals, beginners package, group lessons, etc. Please visit www.nacski.com/sierra to reserve your seat. Please call 925.230.2086, email info@nacski.com or visit North American Charter Ski website for more information. Attention College Students! - NAC SKI offers campus pickups from the below locations. Get out of bed, hop on the bus!
    • UC Berkeley

    • US Davis

    • Sac State University

    • SF State University

    • Santa Rosa Ski and Sports

    Santa Rosa Ski and Sports

    Ride with Santa Rosa Ski and Sports on one of their many premiere shuttle bus trips serving the Greater North Bay and Wine Country for 25+ yrs. Join scheduled public trip dates or book a private excursion for your group throughout the season. Take a nap on the way up, wake to your choice of multiple breakfast options, upon arrival enjoy the multiple amenities Sierra-at-Tahoe has to offer, rendezvous back at the shuttle for movies, trivia, prizes/giveaways before touching back down in Santa Rosa. To sign up, please call Santa Rosa Ski and Sports at 707.578.4754 or stop by 1125 W. Steele Lane, Santa Rosa, CA 95403. Scheduled dates and rates can also be found Santa Rosa Ski and Sports website.

    Tahoe Tech Bus

    Tahoe Tech Bus, serving San Francisco + Silicon Valley, is a planning and transportation platform for Bay Area residents looking to spend the weekend in Lake Tahoe without the hassle of driving. They use premium Wi-Fi enabled buses so you can stay connected on the ride. They also have a user-friendly booking interface that lets you book transportation and lift tickets all in one place. Ride with friends, stay all weekend, and let us drive! More info, visit Tahoe Tech Bush website.

    Tahoe Snow And Sun Tours

    TSAST is a South Lake Tahoe based company specializing in planning and hosting bus trips from the Bay Area. They offer affordable pay-by-seat trips to Sierra-at-Tahoe. Private groups can also take advantage of their well-organized all-inclusive trips. What makes them different? TSAST is family owned and operated by Tahoe locals committed to providing unmatched customer service, resort guidance and end of day cookouts at the bus. Day trips depart from San Jose, San Francisco, and Berkeley. Details and dates are available on Tahoe Snow And Sun Tours website or call 530.318.8821.

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  • Public Transit & Schedules

    Public Transit & Schedules

    Leave the driving to someone else and enjoy a variety of public transportation including buses and resort shuttles that are conveniently available to carry to your accommodations. All highways are carefully maintained to ensure that your ride is quick and comfortable.

    TART (Tahoe Truckee Area Regional Transit)

    TART, or Tahoe Truckee Area Regional Transit, is the public bus service that connects the North Tahoe areas with Truckee. TART has routes connecting the West Shore, Tahoe City, Squaw Valley, Northstar, Incline, Truckee and all of the places in between! During both winter and summer, TART offers free night service along the West Shore between Squaw Valley and Crystal Bay as well as connections to Northstar. During the winter months, free ski shuttle service is also provided connecting guests from anywhere on the North and West Shores to Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows, and Homewood. TART’s Truckee local route offers service in the winter months throughout Truckee with connections to Donner Summit ski resorts daily. The Truckee local route offers service throughout the remainder of the year within the Town of Truckee Monday-Saturday as well as Dial-A-Ride service year round.There is a Tahoe City Transit Center that acts as a transfer station as well as a bus route and times information center, waiting area, bike lockers, bathrooms and automated TART pass vending machines. One-way tickets cost less than $2, making TART a cost-effective way to get around Tahoe.

    Contact Info: Truckee Depot, 10183 Truckee Airport Road, Truckee, CA (530) 582-4964 Tahoe City Transit Center, 165 West Lake Boulevard, South of Fanny Bridge and the Y, Tahoe City, CA (530) 582-4964

    Schedules and Maps

    • Local South Shore Services Schedule and Map
    • Valley & Lake Express Service REVISED - NEW SCHEDULE 10-2-16
    • Winter Skier Shuttles 2016-17 Season starts Friday, November 18!
    • Summer Services - have ended for the 2016 season
    • East Shore Express - Service from Incline Village to Sand Harbor
    • Emerald Bay Trolley - West shore service from the South Shore to Tahoe City


    Town of Truckee Transit Services

    Whether you’re on a budget, sick of driving or have had a few too many adult beverages, the Town of Truckee offers public transportation that, depending on the season, can get you close to home, drop you off on the slopes and maybe even keep you out of the drunk tank. Winter time fixed routes generally run mid-December through mid-March from near the new Truckee Community Center with stops downtown, Donner Lake and the Donner Summit ski resorts of Donner Ski Ranch, Sugar Bowl, Soda Springs, and Boreal. Non-winter time fixed routes don’t go up Donner Summit but do include the Truckee-Tahoe Airport, community center, downtown, the Deerfield Drive area, Donner State Park and the west end of Donner Lake. For senior citizens and those with disabilities, the town offers a dial-a-ride service for trips within town limits.

    Contact Info: 10183 Truckee Airport Road, Truckee, CA (530) 582-2489

    BlueGo

    The BluGo public bus service for Tahoe’s South Shore has three lines that provide service on the south end of Lake Tahoe. Route 50 is appropriately named, as it runs almost exclusively on U.S. Highway 50 (which is also Lake Tahoe Boulevard through most of the City of South Lake Tahoe) from the South Y Transit Center through South Lake Tahoe and Stateline to the Kingsbury Transit Center. Route 53 is similar but departs from Lake Tahoe Boulevard at Al Tahoe Boulevard and zigzags its way to Johnson and Glenwood and then along Ski Run to meet up with Pioneer Trail, which it follows back to the junction with Highway 50 and on over to the Kingsbury Transit Center. Route 23 has its base in the Heavenly Village and Stateline Transit Center area and follows Highway 50 through Stateline to Kingsbury Grade where it climbs up the hill to the Heavenly Stagecoach Lodge and the Ridge Resorts at the top of the mountain and then back down again. For bus travel farther into Nevada, the 20x line runs from the Stateline Transit Center up over Kingsbury Grade and into Carson Valley, while the 21x line travels from the Stateline center along U.S. Highway 50 along the East Shore up over Spooner Summit and into Carson City. Travel between Carson City and Minden/Gardnerville in the Carson Valley is available on the 19x.

    Contact Info: 128 Market Street #3F, Stateline, NV (775) 589-5500

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  • Rental Cars Services

    Rental Cars Services

    With so many wonderful outdoor recreation opportunities interwoven between the communities, it is important to have a way to negotiate Lake Tahoe travel with ease. Things become much easier if you have your own transportation, here are some other alternatives. Grab the nearest rental car, taxi, limo, bus, or ski resort shuttle…and get here soon.

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