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Sacramento - South Lake Tahoe Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

There are 9 daily trains from Sacramento to South Lake Tahoe. Traveling by train from Sacramento to South Lake Tahoe usually takes around 8 hours and 15 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak train can make the trip in 2 hours and 20 minutes.

Distance85 mi (137 km)
Fastest train2h 20m
Lowest price$34.00
Trains per day2
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines1

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Sacramento to South Lake Tahoe

(Based on 5 ratings and reviews)

4.8

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 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽❤️

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.

Pros: Relaxing time. Cons: Nothing.

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

In the last month, $65.15 was the average price of a train ticket from Sacramento to South Lake Tahoe. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 20 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $4.36 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

$90$60$30MayMay

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Sacramento to South Lake Tahoe will vary between $58 and $82. Planning a train trip to South Lake Tahoe within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Sacramento over the next 7 days is $64. Make sure to book your trip as soon as possible as train fares tend to go up as you get closer to your travel date.

Monthly average prices

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If you are trying to decide when to travel from Sacramento to South Lake Tahoe by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for December. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just $34 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Sacramento to South Lake Tahoe in June, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to $81 at that time of year. However, if you book your trip ahead of time, you have a high chance of scoring a ticket at a lower price.

Prices as travel date approaches

$100$80$60$40$203020100

If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 20 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to South Lake Tahoe from Sacramento will be about $4.36 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

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. However, there are 9 trains per day to choose from.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak98h 15m$69.18
  • Amtrak

    Amtrak

    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 9 Amtrak trains from Sacramento to South Lake Tahoe every day, as well as 30 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $34.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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

Our train 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, train 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.

In addition, federal law requires all train passengers to wear a face covering for the entire duration of the trip. Please make sure you are wearing a face mask or you may not be allowed to board the train.

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.

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

While the train is the main method of transportation from Sacramento 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.

How long is the train journey 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 8 hours and 15 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 2 hours and 20 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.

When are trains the most crowded?

Trains from Sacramento 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 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 Sacramento at 12:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 11:00pm. 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 Sacramento to South Lake Tahoe?

There are 9 scheduled trains on most days. 2 of these are direct connections to South Lake Tahoe. While direct trains may still make stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains at any point. If you're looking to get to your destination faster, a direct train is the convenient and time-efficient choice.

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?

Main departure station: Salesforce Plaza

Behind a modern curved façade lies San Francisco’s commuter hub, the Salesforce Transit Center. This gateway to downtown San Francisco and the entire Bay Area welcomes tens of thousands of passengers every day. Finding your way around is easy thanks to more than 270 digital displays with transit information. The Salesforce Transit Center serves as a bus station for Greyhound and Amtrak Thruway buses, as well as several public transit options for convenient connections. A standout feature of the Salesforce Transit Center is a public five-acre rooftop park which gives travelers an open space to relax. Rotating food trucks, cafés, carts, and pop-up retail make this a dynamic and vibrant destination in itself.

All train stations in Sacramento:

  • Salesforce Plaza

  • Diridon Caltrain Station - 65 Cahill St

  • Union Station

  • Glendale Transp Ctr - 400 W Cerritos Ave

  • 5885 Horton St

  • Valley Station - 401 I St

  • Santa Fe Depot - 1050 Kettner Blvd

  • 601 Truxtun Ave - Transit Station

  • Anaheim Stadium Parking - 2626 E Katella Ave

  • Santa Fe Station - 2650 Tulare St

  • 245 Second St

  • Reg Transp Ctr - 1000 E Santa Ana Blvd

  • BART Station - 1700 Nevin Ave

  • 450 Orange St

  • King St Station - 303 S Jackson 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

Need a return trip from South Lake Tahoe to Sacramento?

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