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There are 2 daily trains from San Jose to South Lake Tahoe. Traveling by train from San Jose to South Lake Tahoe usually takes around 7 hours and 4 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak train can make the trip in 5 hours and 35 minutes.
|Distance||152 mi (244 km)|
|Fastest train||5h 35m|
|Most frequent service||Amtrak|
What is the price of a train ticket from San Jose to South Lake Tahoe?
In the last month, C$80.45 was the average price of a train ticket from San Jose, CA to South Lake Tahoe, CA. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 12 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around C$0.40 more than that for a same-day booking.
Average prices by travel date
Over the next four weeks, the average daily price of train tickets to South Lake Tahoe from San Jose is expected to remain pretty much the same. As a result, a one-way train trip will cost about C$80 regardless of the day you pick to travel.
Monthly average prices
Prices as travel date approaches
Since the average price of train trips from San Jose to South Lake Tahoe remains pretty consistent throughout the year, there’s no need to book your tickets too far in advance. However, we still recommend you purchase your train tickets at least 48 hours ahead of departure time to avoid surprise last-minute surges and the risk of the train selling out.
Which train should you take from San Jose to South Lake Tahoe?
Amtrak is the one and only train line which connects San Jose, California to South Lake Tahoe, California. The schedule is relatively limited as the train only runs twice a day.
|Train||Daily Trips||Avg. Time||Avg. Price|
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 2 Amtrak trains from San Jose to South Lake Tahoe every day, as well as 2 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $80.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it safe to travel by train from San Jose 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 Jose to South Lake Tahoe?
How long is the train journey from San Jose to South Lake Tahoe?
The distance between San Jose and South Lake Tahoe is approximately 152 miles, or 244 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 7 hours and 4 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 5 hours and 35 minutes.
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 Jose 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 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 San Jose at 4:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 6:00am. 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 San Jose to South Lake Tahoe?
Trains leave the station in San Jose twice a day, so there are a couple of options depending on your preferred travel time. However, there are no direct trains. 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 change 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 Jose.
Where is the train station in San Jose?
There is one train station in San Jose:
Other train stations in San Jose:
Diridon Caltrain Station - 65 Cahill St
Where is the train station in South Lake Tahoe?
South Lake Tahoe receives travelers from San Jose at its two active train stations:
Other train stations in South Lake Tahoe:
South Y Transit Ctr - 1000 Emerald Bay Rd
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