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Sacramento - South Lake Tahoe Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

On most days, there is one scheduled train that travels from Sacramento to South Lake Tahoe. The train trip from Sacramento to South Lake Tahoe is usually about 2 hours and 40 minutes long. However, traveling on the fastest Amtrak train can get you there in as little as 2 hours and 30 minutes.

Distance85 mi (137 km)
Fastest train2h 30m
Lowest price$34.00
Trains per day2
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines1

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Average score for trains from Sacramento to South Lake Tahoe

(Based on 7 ratings and reviews)

4.6

4.0

Donna

March 23, 2024- Visiting friends

Amtrak

Pros: Easy ride, friendly driver and other riders. Cons: Bathroom in Placerville, terrible! Tips: Don't use restroom on route!

5.0

Robert

March 2, 2022- Couples trip

Amtrak

Both drivers safety first,especially during the road work going on.Both drivers were caution during the entire trip 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽❤️

5.0

Carolyn

February 3, 2022- Visiting friends

Amtrak

Pros: Relaxing time. Cons: Nothing.

What is the price of a train ticket from Sacramento to South Lake Tahoe?

In the last 30 days, the average cost of a train ticket from Sacramento to South Lake Tahoe was $34.00. At this price, taking the train is the cheap and easy way to go. You have the best chances of scoring the cheapest ticket to South Lake Tahoe if you book your train tickets at least 10 days in advance. Waiting to purchase until the day of your trip could end up costing you an extra $0.19.

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Ticket prices for the train from Sacramento to South Lake Tahoe often fluctuate based on the time of year. For the best prices on this route, book in October when the average ticket price is only $29. If you're thinking of traveling from Sacramento to South Lake Tahoe during June, keep in mind that train ticket prices may be higher than usual, with an average price of $48 during this time of year. The best way to score a cheap deal, even in June, is to book your trip well in advance.

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Planning ahead pays off when it comes to booking your train trip from Sacramento to South Lake Tahoe. By reserving your ticket on Wanderu at least 10 days before departure, you can save around $0.19. Don't miss out on these savings — book in advance!

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

Amtrak is the one and only train line which connects Sacramento to South Lake Tahoe. 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
Amtrak12h 40m$34.14
  • 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 1 Amtrak trains from Sacramento to South Lake Tahoe every day, as well as 2 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $34.

Frequently Asked Questions

Currently there is not a train that travels the entire distance without requiring you to switch onto a connecting vehicle. However, there are direct buses from Sacramento to South Lake Tahoe.
The distance between Sacramento and South Lake Tahoe is approximately 85 miles, or 137 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 2 hours and 40 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 2 hours and 30 minutes. Although it takes a couple of hours each way, it's still possible to make a round trip in a single day. Since most trains are equipped with Wi-Fi, you should be able to browse the Internet or get some work done during your journey.

Trains from Sacramento to South Lake Tahoe are the most crowded on Monday. 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 Wednesday instead, as it tends to be the least crowded day of the week.

Most days, there is only one train which leaves Sacramento at 10:00am and arrives in South Lake Tahoe around 2 hours later.

Typically there is only one scheduled train per day. Luckily, this train will get you to South Lake Tahoe with direct service. While there might still be stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains.

You can also take a train for your return trip from South Lake Tahoe to Sacramento.

City Information

Sacramento

As the long-held capital city of California, Sacramento has a rich and vibrant history that is reflected in its historic buildings and quarters. The Old Sacramento Waterfront quarter is the best place to explore the city’s rich heritage. Boasting ages-old constructions and a quaint vibe that is reminiscent of the Wild West, the area allows visitors to travel back in time and relive the Gold Rush era. Among the most interesting destinations in the area is the California State Museum, located at the northern edge of the quarter. It offers numerous restored locomotives as well as exhibitions on the United States’ westward expansion. If history is not really your thing, then the Midtown quarter, which boasts a vibrant and expanding art scene, will be a great alternative.

Sacramento is famous for its vast tracts of farmland, so it makes sense that the best dishes are the ones made from locally-grown produce. Among the best places to try out homemade dishes are The Firehouse and The Kitchen. For a bit of an Asian taste, visit Mikuni in Midtown Sacramento.

The busiest bus station in Sacramento is located right in the heart of the city and offers bus service to Portland, Reno, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, among many other places. The main Amtrak train station is the nearby Sacramento Valley Station, which also serves the Gold Line of the local transit light rail. The principal regional airport is the Sacramento International Airport, located 10 miles northwest of Downtown.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Sacramento?

Valley Station - 401 I St  - SACAMT-0

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Valley Station - 401 I St  - SACAMT-1

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Main departure station: Valley Station - 401 I St

Sacramento Valley Station is the second busiest transport hub in California and is used by more than one million people every year. Originally constructed in 1926, it now serves as a major center for Amtrak trains traveling within California, northwards along the West Coast, and eastwards into the American Southwest. The station also falls along four Amtrak Thruway bus routes and operates as the western terminus for the Sacramento Light Rail network. Located between Old Sacramento and Downtown, the station is within walking distance of several Gold-Rush era historical monuments as well as an ultra-modern retail district filled with shops and restaurants.

All train stations in Sacramento:

  • Valley Station - 401 I St

Where is the train station in South Lake Tahoe?

Main arrival station: Transp Ctr

South Lake Tahoe receives travelers from Sacramento at its two active train stations.

All train stations in South Lake Tahoe:

  • Transp Ctr

  • South Y Transit Ctr - 1000 Emerald Bay Rd

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