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Fresno-South Lake Tahoe Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

How much are train tickets from Fresno to South Lake Tahoe?

Lowest Price$54.00
Fastest Train6h 8m
Trains Per Day1
Train Lines1

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Fresno to South Lake Tahoe right now?

We stand behind CDC guidelines that caution passengers against non-essential travel during the coronavirus outbreak. That said, we recognize not everyone is in a position to completely abstain. Whether it’s for work, to take care of family or to get back home, some circumstances inevitably require travel. If you’re one of those individuals who still needs to book a trip, you can continue to do so on Wanderu.

Know that most train companies are still running at this time, though some have limited service. Visit our COVID-19 travel guide for resources and daily updates on the coronavirus and COVID travel restrictions.

In order to keep vehicles as clean and sanitized as possible, train companies are taking extra precautions for coronavirus. For details on what various companies are doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

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

While the train is the main method of transportation from Fresno 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 Fresno to South Lake Tahoe?

In the last month, $54.44 was the average price of a train ticket from Fresno, 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 Fresno to South Lake Tahoe?

The distance between Fresno and South Lake Tahoe is approximately 152 miles, or 245 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 6 hours and 35 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 6 hours and 8 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 Fresno 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 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 Fresno at 6:00am and arrives in South Lake Tahoe around 6 hours later.

Is there a direct train from Fresno 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 Fresno.

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

Amtrak is the one and only train line which connects Fresno, 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
Amtrak16h 35m$57.75

Where is the train station in Fresno?

There is one train station in Fresno:

  • Santa Fe Station - 2650 Tulare St

Where is the train station in South Lake Tahoe?

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

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

Price trends for trains from Fresno to South Lake Tahoe

Average prices by travel date

$75$50$25NovNov

Monthly average prices

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Prices as travel date approaches

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