Planning to visit Lake Tahoe? Here is a quick guide on how to get to your dream destination.
Lake Tahoe is located on the border between California and Nevada. It is about 200 miles east of San Francisco and 30 miles west of Reno, Nevada. There are many ways to get there. You can take the plane, bus, or even trains. However, before anything else, find out first what part of the lake you want to visit – North Lake Tahoe or South Lake Tahoe. The lake is bigger than you think, and it will take you at least two hours to go around.
North Lake Tahoe is less developed compared with its south shore. However, it is closer to Northstar and Squaw Valley Ski resorts. South Lake Tahoe, on the other hand, is more advanced. It has gambling casinos, more hotels, shops, and restaurants. There are also several ski resorts in the area too.
There are three international airports near Lake Tahoe with door-to-door shuttle service. There are 20 airlines that fly to Reno-Tahoe International Airport with non-stop flights to 17 cities. More than 970 domestic and seven international flights depart here every week. Taking the plane is the easiest and most convenient way to reach Lake Tahoe. From here, you can decide whether you are heading on the northern or southern part of the lake.
Meanwhile, if you go some extra cash, the Truckee-Tahoe Airport is the fastest air option for those going north. Private pilots and charter services are welcomed here. On the other hand, the Lake Tahoe Airport is for south travelers. It is just three miles south of South Lake Tahoe.
Different Amtrak lines will get you close to both North and South Lake Tahoe. However, you still have to drive for the last leg of your trip. You can take the California Zephyr line from San Francisco or the Capital Corridor from Sacramento or San Francisco. Other stops available are Denver, Salt Lake City, Elko, Sparks, Reno, Colfax, Roseville, Davis, Martinez, and Emeryville.
By Bus, Shuttle, or Car
Hotels and resorts usually have shuttle services to take their guests to Lake Tahoe from the Reno-Tahoe International Airport. But if your hotel does not offer such service, you can take the North Lake Tahoe Express Bus for those heading north. The bus will make your way to the North Lake Tahoe and Truckee Regions. Trips start as early as 6:30 in the morning until about midnight.
You can take the South Tahoe Airporter if you are going south. The nearest Greyhound bus station available is in Carson City, Nevada. Greyhound also connects to Las Vegas or Los Angeles. You can also hail a cab. Fare between the airport and South Lake Tahoe costs usually below $200.
Anyways, private cars for hire and transportation companies are also available in both directions.
Lake Tahoe can be easily accessed by cars too, especially for those who love long drives. If you are already in California or Nevada, you can take the US Route 50 and 89. But if you are up for more scenes and driving, you can follow US Route 80 that goes through Nevada.
After your reach North or South Lake Tahoe, ot02her modes of transportation are available to get you around with your tour. Now all you need to do is make the best of your vacation.