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San Francisco-South Lake Tahoe Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

How much are train tickets from San Francisco to South Lake Tahoe?

Lowest Price$74.82
Fastest Train5h 0m
Trains Per Day1
Train Lines1

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from San Francisco 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 San Francisco to South Lake Tahoe?

While the train is the main method of transportation from San Francisco 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.

What is the price of a train ticket from San Francisco to South Lake Tahoe?

In the last month, $74.82 was the average price of a train ticket from San Francisco, CA to South Lake Tahoe, CA. You are more likely to find a ticket at this price or lower if you book online in advance of your travel date.

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

The distance between San Francisco and South Lake Tahoe is approximately 155 miles, or 249 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 5 hours and 21 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 5 hours,

Looking for ways to pass the time? Most trains are equipped with Wi-Fi, which means you can stream music, browse social media or get some work done during your ride. That said, in case your train has a spotty signal, or is among the few without Wi-Fi, we also recommend downloading TV shows and movies to your mobile device in advance of your trip. That way the ride will fly by whatever the Wi-Fi situation.

When are trains the most crowded?

Trains from San Francisco to South Lake Tahoe are the most crowded on Wednesday. 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 Sunday instead, as it tends to be the least crowded day of the week.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

Most days, there is only one train which leaves San Francisco at 7:00am and arrives in South Lake Tahoe around 5 hours later.

Is there a direct train from San Francisco to South Lake Tahoe?

Typically there is only one scheduled train per day. However, it is not a direct train. This means that you will need to disembark from your original train and board a connecting train at some point during your journey. You will need to remember to bring your carry-on luggage with you when you transfer trains. Depending on the carrier's policy, you may also be responsible for transferring your own checked baggage.

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

Which train should you take from San Francisco to South Lake Tahoe?

Amtrak is the one and only train line which connects San Francisco, California to South Lake Tahoe, California. Furthermore, there is only one train per day, so you will have to plan your travel around this limited availability. On the other hand, you won't have to spend a ton of time comparing a bunch of possible options.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak15h 21m$74.82

Amtrak train tickets from San Francisco to South Lake Tahoe start from $75, and on average cost $75. Daily there are 1 Amtrak schedules to South Lake Tahoe. Amtrak in San Francisco leaves from Salesforce Plaza, And in South Lake Tahoe trains arrive at South Y Transit Ctr - 1000 Emerald Bay Rd and one other train station. From San Francisco to South Lake Tahoe train travel on Amtrak takes 5 hours and 21 minutes. If you are looking to get to South Lake Tahoe faster, Amtrak offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 5 hours and 0 minutes. If you are looking to travel to South Lake Tahoe on a weekend there is typically one Amtrak scheduled trip per day, which will cost $75 for a one-way weekend reservation from San Francisco.

Where is the train station in San Francisco?

There is one train station in San Francisco:

  • Salesforce Plaza

Where is the train station in South Lake Tahoe?

South Lake Tahoe receives travelers from San Francisco at its two active train stations:

  • South Y Transit Ctr - 1000 Emerald Bay Rd
  • Transp Ctr

Price trends for trains from San Francisco to South Lake Tahoe

Average prices by travel date

$76$51$25MarMar

Monthly average prices

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Prices as travel date approaches

$95$76$57$38$193020100

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from San Francisco, CA to South Lake Tahoe, CA

(Based on 4 ratings and reviews)

4.8

5.0

Richard

February 17, 2020 - Vacation

Amtrak

Pros: The train ride it was my first ride on Capitol Corridor. It was very pleasant. It gives me a new way to transit to South Lake Tahoe. Cons: Nothing. Tips: Check it out as an option to travel car free. Pros: The train ride it was my first ride on Capitol Corridor. It was very pleasant. It gives me a new way to transit to South Lake Tahoe. Cons: Nothing. Tips: Check it out as an option to travel car free.

5.0

Kevin

December 23, 2019 - Vacation

Amtrak

Pros: Traveled on amtrak from bus transfer to train transfer to bus were pleasant. Tips: Bus or train # may not reflect on booking...double check destination when broading. Pros: Traveled on amtrak from bus transfer to train transfer to bus were pleasant. Tips: Bus or train # may not reflect on booking...double check destination when broading.

5.0

Sadia

July 27, 2019 - Vacation

Amtrak

Pros: Very nice and awesome. Cons: The booking process gave me issues because it sent confirmation email after 1.5 hours instead of 15 minute. I thoufht my tickets were not confirmed and so I booked them again. I did 2 bookings because of the delayed email amd had to c... Pros: Very nice and awesome. Cons: The booking process gave me issues because it sent confirmation email after 1.5 hours instead of 15 minute. I thoufht my tickets were not confirmed and so I booked them again. I did 2 bookings because of the delayed email amd had to cancle one of them. Please fix that. Tips: Please be ready to swtich to the next transit quickly as sometimes there's less than 5 minutes to walk and take the next transit of the trip.More

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