Trains from Sacramento to South Lake Tahoe

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Sacramento - South Lake Tahoe Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

There are 6 daily trains from Sacramento to South Lake Tahoe. Traveling by train from Sacramento to South Lake Tahoe usually takes around 7 hours and 45 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak train can make the trip in 2 hours and 20 minutes.

Distance85 mi (137 km)
Fastest train2h 20m
Lowest price$43.54
Trains per day2
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines1

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Sacramento to South Lake Tahoe

(Based on 5 ratings and reviews)

4.8

5.0

Robert

March 2, 2022- Couples trip

Amtrak

Both drivers safety first,especially during the road work going on.Both drivers were caution during the entire trip 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽❤️

Both drivers safety first,especially during the road work going on.Both drivers were caution during the entire trip 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽❤️

5.0

Carolyn

February 3, 2022- Visiting friends

Amtrak

Pros: Relaxing time. Cons: Nothing.

Pros: Relaxing time. Cons: Nothing.

Price trends for trains from Sacramento to South Lake Tahoe

Average prices by travel date

$115$77$38AugAug

Monthly average prices

$96$77$58$38$19SONDJFMAMJJA

Prices as travel date approaches

$96$77$58$38$193020100

Which train should you take from Sacramento to South Lake Tahoe?

Amtrak is the one and only train line which connects Sacramento to South Lake Tahoe. However, there are 6 trains per day to choose from.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak67h 46m$87.01
  • Amtrak

    Amtrak

    Amtrak is the largest passenger railroad service in America, offering daily intercity trains to hundreds of destinations across the contiguous United States, as well as several cities in Canada. Every Amtrak train comes equipped with comfortable seats with extra legroom, as well as several four-seat areas with tables in the middle. In addition, each car has a freshly cleaned restroom, free WiFi and power outlets at every seat. There are also snack bars where you can purchase drinks or food during your journey. On average, there are 6 Amtrak trains from Sacramento to South Lake Tahoe every day, as well as 10 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $44.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Sacramento to South Lake Tahoe during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Our train partners have implemented several different policies to keep you safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. From limiting vehicle capacity to enhancing cleaning protocols and upgrading air filters, train carriers are committed to maintaining a safe environment. For details on what each company is doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

In addition, federal law requires all train passengers to wear a face covering for the entire duration of the trip. Please make sure you are wearing a face mask or you may not be allowed to board the train.

Please visit our COVID-19 Travel Guide for more information on all carrier policies and the latest travel advisories issued by every U.S. state, Canadian province, and European country.

Can you take a train all the way from Sacramento to South Lake Tahoe?

While the train is the main method of transportation from Sacramento to South Lake Tahoe, it will only take you part of the way there. Please note that part of your trip will be on a different vehicle, most commonly a bus or express shuttle.

How long is the train journey from Sacramento to South Lake Tahoe?

The distance between Sacramento and South Lake Tahoe is approximately 85 miles, or 137 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 7 hours and 45 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 2 hours and 20 minutes. Although it takes a couple of hours each way, it's still possible to make a round trip in a single day. Since most trains are equipped with Wi-Fi, you should be able to browse the Internet or get some work done during your journey.

When are trains the most crowded?

Trains from Sacramento to South Lake Tahoe are the most crowded on Saturday. Tickets also tend to be more expensive then. If you are looking for a great deal on your train tickets or just want extra room to stretch out, consider traveling on Monday instead, as it tends to be the least crowded day of the week.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Sacramento at 12:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 10:00pm. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

Is there a direct train from Sacramento to South Lake Tahoe?

There are 6 scheduled trains on most days. 2 of these are direct connections to South Lake Tahoe. While direct trains may still make stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains at any point. If you're looking to get to your destination faster, a direct train is the convenient and time-efficient choice.

You can also take a train for your return trip from South Lake Tahoe to Sacramento.

City Information

Sacramento

As the long-held capital city of California, Sacramento has a rich and vibrant history that is reflected in its historic buildings and quarters. The Old Sacramento Waterfront quarter is the best place to explore the city’s rich heritage. Boasting ages-old constructions and a quaint vibe that is reminiscent of the Wild West, the area allows visitors to travel back in time and relive the Gold Rush era. Among the most interesting destinations in the area is the California State Museum, located at the northern edge of the quarter. It offers numerous restored locomotives as well as exhibitions on the United States’ westward expansion. If history is not really your thing, then the Midtown quarter, which boasts a vibrant and expanding art scene, will be a great alternative.

Sacramento is famous for its vast tracts of farmland, so it makes sense that the best dishes are the ones made from locally-grown produce. Among the best places to try out homemade dishes are The Firehouse and The Kitchen. For a bit of an Asian taste, visit Mikuni in Midtown Sacramento.

The busiest bus station in Sacramento is located right in the heart of the city and offers bus service to Portland, Reno, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, among many other places. The main Amtrak train station is the nearby Sacramento Valley Station, which also serves the Gold Line of the local transit light rail. The principal regional airport is the Sacramento International Airport, located 10 miles northwest of Downtown.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Sacramento?

Main departure station: Salesforce Plaza

Behind a modern curved façade lies San Francisco’s commuter hub, the Salesforce Transit Center. This gateway to downtown San Francisco and the entire Bay Area welcomes tens of thousands of passengers every day. Finding your way around is easy thanks to more than 270 digital displays with transit information. The Salesforce Transit Center serves as a bus station for Greyhound and Amtrak Thruway buses, as well as several public transit options for convenient connections. A standout feature of the Salesforce Transit Center is a public five-acre rooftop park which gives travelers an open space to relax. Rotating food trucks, cafés, carts, and pop-up retail make this a dynamic and vibrant destination in itself.

All train stations in Sacramento:

  • Salesforce Plaza

  • Diridon Caltrain Station - 65 Cahill St

  • Union Station

  • Valley Station - 401 I St

  • 601 Truxtun Ave - Transit Station

  • Glendale Transp Ctr - 400 W Cerritos Ave

  • 5885 Horton St

  • Union Station

  • Amtrak Klamath Fls

  • 1700 Held Dr

  • 10040 Old Depot Plaza Rd, Chatsworth

  • Amtrak Station - 840 Second St

  • BART Station - 1700 Nevin Ave

  • 4921 Vanden Road

  • 120 East Santa Fe Ave - Fullerton Transp Ctr

Where is the train station in South Lake Tahoe?

Main arrival station: Transp Ctr

South Lake Tahoe receives travelers from Sacramento at its two active train stations.

Train stations in South Lake Tahoe:

  • Transp Ctr

  • South Y Transit Ctr - 1000 Emerald Bay Rd

Need a return trip from South Lake Tahoe to Sacramento?

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