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Journey Information

There are 14 intercity buses per day from Reno to South Lake Tahoe. Traveling by bus from Reno to South Lake Tahoe usually takes around one hour and 33 minutes, but the fastest FlixBus US bus can make the trip in just one hour and 16 minutes.

Distance42 mi (67 km)
Shortest duration1h 16m
Cheapest price$32.75
Trips per day14
Most frequent serviceSouth Tahoe Airporter
Bus lines2

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from Reno to South Lake Tahoe

(Based on 2 ratings and reviews)




June 3, 2019- Couples trip

South Tahoe Airporter

Pros: Gave us the chance to enjoy the stunning scenery. Cons: Nothing! Tips: A fuss free way to get around - book a bus!

Pros: Gave us the chance to enjoy the stunning scenery. Cons: Nothing! Tips: A fuss free way to get around - book a bus!

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What bus companies travel from Reno to South Lake Tahoe?

There are two bus lines that have daily service from Reno to South Lake Tahoe that you can compare and book on Wanderu. Of these two carriers, South Tahoe Airporter usually offers more choice, with 11 scheduled trips per day.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
FlixBus US51h 33m$32.75
South Tahoe Airporter111h 33m$32.75
  • FlixBus US

    FlixBus US

    FlixBus US is the American branch of German bus company FlixBus, known for providing sustainable, affordable, and modern bus travel. The company offers cheap bus tickets to popular urban destinations throughout the United States. FlixBus US buses include many amenities, including comfortable seats, free WiFi, power outlets at every seat, and an online portal for free entertainment. On average, FlixBus US operates 5 trips per day from Reno to South Lake Tahoe, and the average ticket for this route costs only .

  • South Tahoe Airporter

    South Tahoe Airporter

    Book South Tahoe Airporter from Reno to South Lake Tahoe from $33. There are 11 trips per day offered by South Tahoe Airporter from Reno to South Lake Tahoe and you can expect on average to pay for a South Tahoe Airporter ticket to South Lake Tahoe. In Reno, South Tahoe Airporter departs to South Lake Tahoe from Reno-Tahoe International Airport . In South Lake Tahoe, South Tahoe Airporter arrives at Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel and one other station.

    An average trip on South Tahoe Airporter from Reno to South Lake Tahoe takes 1 hours and 33 minutes , while the fastest available South Tahoe Airporter trip will get you to South Lake Tahoe in 1 hours and 16 minutes .

    On weekends, South Tahoe Airporter offers 11 trips per day. A one way ticket costs for a weekend trip to South Lake Tahoe.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

Our bus 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, bus 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.

Although masks are no longer required on public transportation, we stand behind CDC guidelines that encourage passengers to wear a mask over their nose and mouth while on the bus or in stations.

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.

How long is the bus ride from Reno to South Lake Tahoe?

The bus takes an average of one hour and 33 minutes to cover the 42 miles from Reno to South Lake Tahoe. However, the fastest bus only takes an hour and 16 minutes. You'll have just enough time for a small nap on this relatively short bus trip. Keep in mind that your actual bus may arrive earlier or later than scheduled, depending on whether there is more or less traffic than usual.

What is the busiest day of the week to travel by bus?

Sunday tends to be the busiest day for buses, as many passengers take the bus to South Lake Tahoe at the end of the week. If you are planning to travel on a Sunday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

On the other hand, Thursday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you’re looking for a little extra space, a Thursday ticket is the way to go.

When do the earliest and latest buses leave Reno?

The first bus leaves at 12:00am and the last bus leaves at 8:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Reno to South Lake Tahoe, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many bus departures serve South Lake Tahoe each day?

There are 14 scheduled buses that travel from Reno to South Lake Tahoe every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. Furthermore, all of these are direct buses which you can take the entire route from Reno to South Lake Tahoe without transferring.

City Information


Dazzling with neon lights and bustling through the night, Reno is a great destination for those seeking top-class entertainment. Though considerably outshined by Las Vegas, Reno still brings unique attractions to the table. Among the most notable destinations for non-gamblers is an independent art scene down at Riverwalk, where indie galleries as well as restaurants abound. Fans of the great outdoors should not miss out on nearby Lake Tahoe, which stands among the most beautiful vacation destinations in the country.

At its core, Reno is still a city for gamblers, and it certainly does not disappoint. Slot machines, table games and cabaret shows are available at the local casinos, ready to tempt risk-takers who wish to court Lady Luck.

Right in the heart of downtown Reno, you will find the Reno Amtrak station from where you can take a train to Northern California and beyond. The local Reno-Tahoe International Airport is located outside of the city and it provides quick access to international flight routes. The main bus stop that serves Reno is also located at the airport.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in Reno?

Main departure station: Reno-Tahoe International Airport

Reno has two bus stations with service to South Lake Tahoe.

All bus stations in Reno:

  • Reno-Tahoe International Airport

  • Reno-Tahoe Intl Airport

Where does the bus arrive in South Lake Tahoe?

Main arrival station: Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel

Buses arrive in South Lake Tahoe at 3 stations, depending on which bus line you are traveling with.

All bus stations in South Lake Tahoe:

  • Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel

  • Harrah's Lake Tahoe

  • Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel

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