Drive to Lake Tahoe
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Lake Tahoe is located in the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range sitting both in California and Nevada, roughly 2 hours from San Francisco and 440 miles from Los Angeles and 30 miles from Reno, Nevada.

Getting to Lake Tahoe is pretty simple in both the Summer and Winter Months. Of course, during the winter your trip could take a little longer due to snow.

Below you will find different ways on getting to Lake Tahoe. Also, be sure to check out Lake Tahoe weather and road conditions page to further help plan your trip to Lake Tahoe.

Drivin to Lake Tahoe

Driving From The San Francisco Bay Area

Getting to Incline Village or North Lake Tahoe. I-80 east from the San Francisco Bay Area to Highway 267 South.

Getting to Tahoe City or Squaw Valley. West Shore Lake Tahoe. I-80 East from the San Francisco Bay Area to Highway 89 South.

Getting to South Lake Tahoe. South Shore. The main highway you’ll want to take is Highway 50.

By Plane

The closest airport to Lake Tahoe is the Reno-Tahoe International Airport.

From the Reno-Tahoe International Airport:

South Lake Tahoe – Take I-80 East to Carson City. Take Highway 50 West into South Lake Tahoe

North Lake Tahoe – Take U.S.395 South/Interstate 580 South, towards Carson City.

Exit 24 to NV-431 West/Mt. Rose Hwy.

When at the end of Mt. Rose Hwy (traffic circle) that will be Tahoe Blvd. From that point you will be on the North Shore.

Sacramento International Airport. Roughly 2 hours away.

If you’re heading to the North or West Shores of Lake Tahoe. Take I-80 East to Highway 89 South.

Sacramento Airport to South Lake Tahoe. Highway 50 to South Lake Tahoe.

By Bus / Charter Bus

There are really not many options when it comes to bus services such as Grey Hound. The majority of bus service are Charter buses.

There is one option if you need to bus to Lake Tahoe and that would be via Amtrak Bus Services.