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Oakland-South Lake Tahoe Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

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

Lowest Price$55.00
Fastest Train4h 28m
Trains Per Day3
Train Lines1

Frequently Asked Questions

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

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

In the last month, $55.00 was the average price of a train ticket from Oakland, 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 Oakland to South Lake Tahoe?

The distance between Oakland and South Lake Tahoe is approximately 147 miles, or 236 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 4 hours and 43 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 4 hours and 28 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 Oakland 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 Oakland at 7:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 7:00am. 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 Oakland to South Lake Tahoe?

There are 3 scheduled trains on most days. Unfortunately, none of them are direct connections, so you will need to disembark from your original train and board a connecting train during your journey. Don't forget to bring your carry-on luggage when you switch trains. In some instances, 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 Oakland.

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

Amtrak is the one and only train line which connects Oakland, California to South Lake Tahoe, California. However, there are 3 trains per day to choose from.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak34h 44m$55.00

Where is the train station in Oakland?

There are two stations in Oakland where you can board the train to South Lake Tahoe:

  • Across San Leandro Blvd from BART station - 700 73rd Ave
  • 245 Second St

Where is the train station in South Lake Tahoe?

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

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

Price trends for trains from Oakland to South Lake Tahoe

Average prices by travel date

$60$40$20NovDec

Monthly average prices

$75$60$45$30$15JFMAMJJASOND

Prices as travel date approaches

$75$60$45$30$153020100

train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Oakland, CA to South Lake Tahoe, CA
4.5
Based on 2 ratings and reviews

Based on 2 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled with Amtrak report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 100 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
2.0
Staff
5.0
Value
3.0
Condition
5.0
William
4.0
September 19, 2019Couples trip
Pros
Over all it's easy and nice. Both train and bus has bathroom.
Cons
1. At train station it's very confusing to find the correct track to get on train. 2. Bus seats are very narrow/small
Tips
Need to arrive early to find some strain station staff to ask which track to wait for train. From Sac to Tahoe some area the road is under construction, expect some waiting time(adds together total 40-60minites)
Alexander
5.0
June 14, 2019Visiting friends
Pros
The comfort and ease of travel
Cons
Amtrak was a bit late.

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