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Cheap train tickets from San Francisco to South Lake Tahoe

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Schedule & Pricing Info

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

Lowest Price£47.65
Fastest Train4h 55m
Trains Per Day2
Train Lines1
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train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for San Francisco to South Lake Tahoe
4.8
Based on 4 reviews

Based on 4 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled with Amtrak report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 50 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
4.3
Staff
4.8
Value
3.3
Condition
4.0
Richard
5.0
17 February 2020Vacation
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.
Kevin
5.0
23 December 2019Vacation
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.
Sadia
5.0
27 July 2019Vacation
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.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you find cheap train tickets from San Francisco to South Lake Tahoe?

The most surefire way to find the lowest-priced train tickets from San Francisco to South Lake Tahoe is to plan ahead and book your train travel earlier. In the past 30 days, the cheapest average price users have found for trains from San Francisco to South Lake Tahoe was £47.65. Trying to save on a last-minute fare and have a bit of flexibility on what day to travel? Take a look at midweek schedules, as these tend to be less busy and are often cheaper than buying tickets to travel on Friday, or a weekend departure.

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

The distance between San Francisco and South Lake Tahoe is approximately 154.96 miles, or 249.32 kilometers. The average travel time for a train between these two cities is around 5 hours and 11 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 4 hours and 55 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.

What is the busiest day for trains from San Francisco to South Lake Tahoe?

On Saturday trains from San Francisco to South Lake Tahoe are the busiest. If you are looking for a great deal on your train tickets or to have extra room to stretch out, you might consider traveling on Tuesday instead, as that tends to be the least traveled day of the week.

What train companies travel from San Francisco to South Lake Tahoe?

Typically there are 2 schedules to compare for your trip to South Lake Tahoe. One train carrier operates regular service on the San Francisco to South Lake Tahoe route. Amtrak offers the most scheduled departures between San Francisco to South Lake Tahoe, usually offering 2 trips per day. On this route there are no direct schedules. This means that along your journey from San Francisco to South Lake Tahoe, you will need to disembark from the first train and board a connecting train. Depending on the carrier's policy, you may be responsible for transferring your own checked luggage, but you will definitely need to bring your hand luggage.

One train company connects San Francisco to South Lake Tahoe

Amtrak

Amtrak train tickets from San Francisco to South Lake Tahoe start from £47.65, and on average cost £47.65. Daily there are 2 Amtrak schedules to South Lake Tahoe. Amtrak in San Francisco leaves from 425 Mission St, 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 12 minutes. If you are looking to get to South Lake Tahoe faster, Amtrak offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 4 hours and 55 minutes.

If you're considering a weeked trip, Amtrak offers 2 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay £47.65 for a one-way train ticket to South Lake Tahoe.

Avg. Time
5h 12m
Avg. Price
£47.65

Plan your next adventure

There is one train station from which trains depart San Francisco on their way to South Lake Tahoe:
  • 425 Mission St
There are 2 different stations where trains from San Francisco arrive in South Lake Tahoe. You can review and use the directions feature on Wanderu to see which station is closest to your final destination. These are the busiest arriving train stations in South Lake Tahoe:
  • Transp Ctr
  • South Y Transit Ctr - 1000 Emerald Bay Rd

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