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South Lake Tahoe-San Diego Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

How much are train tickets from South Lake Tahoe to San Diego?

Lowest Price$88.50
Fastest Train14h 55m
Trains Per Day1
Train Lines1

Frequently Asked Questions

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

While the train is the main method of transportation from South Lake Tahoe to San Diego, 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 South Lake Tahoe to San Diego?

In the last month, $89.13 was the average price of a train ticket from South Lake Tahoe, CA to San Diego, 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 South Lake Tahoe to San Diego?

The distance between South Lake Tahoe and San Diego is approximately 458 miles, or 737 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 15 hours and 3 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 14 hours and 55 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 South Lake Tahoe to San Diego are the most crowded on Tuesday. 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 Friday 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 South Lake Tahoe at 2:00pm and arrives in San Diego around 14 hours later.

Is there a direct train from South Lake Tahoe to San Diego?

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 San Diego to South Lake Tahoe.

Which train should you take from South Lake Tahoe to San Diego?

Amtrak is the one and only train line which connects South Lake Tahoe, California to San Diego, 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
Amtrak115h 3m$101.60

Where is the train station in South Lake Tahoe?

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

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

Where is the train station in San Diego?

San Diego has one train station:

  • 1050 Kettner Blvd

Price trends for trains from South Lake Tahoe to San Diego

Monthly average prices


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