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Getting To and Around Lake Tahoe
Getting To and Around Lake Tahoe

Getting here is easy...

The miles melt away in the blink of an eye as your journey carries you toward an unforgettable alpine adventure ... Getting away from it all has never been easier. The pioneers used horses, wagons, even snowshoes to access our mountain paradise. Luckily, today's travelers enjoy many fast, convenient transportation options to and through the beautiful Lake Tahoe region.

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When you get here .... Check out The Most Beautiful Drive in America
Click Here for's exclusive Virtual Tour Map of the Lake Tahoe Basin.

By air from all major cities
The Reno Tahoe International Airport (RNO) -- about 60 miles northeast of South Lake Tahoe -- offers more than 100 flights daily, with non-stop departures to 23 cities served by 10 national airlines. For reservations and information, call the numbers listed below or your local travel agent.

Alaska Airlines
America West Airlines
American Airlines
Continental Airlines
Frontier Airlines
Northwest Airlines
Skywest Delta Connection
Southwest Airlines
United Airlines
Reno Tahoe International Airport
The Lake Tahoe Airport
The Lake Tahoe Airport (TVL) is located three miles southwest of town.


Local Tours & Sightseeing

You are about to embark on a scenic journey unlike any in the world. This map is designed to guide you through many of the natural and man-made wonders in the Lake Tahoe Basin, all on The Most Beautiful Drive in America.

At 22 miles long and 12 miles wide, Lake Tahoe is North America's largest alpine lake. The lake contains an estimated 39.75 million gallons of (very blue) water, enough to cover the entire state of California to a depth of 14 inches. The water is 99.99 percent pure, and a white dinner plate can be seen to a depth of 67 feet!! Lake Tahoe's altitude is 6,225 feet above sea level. The California/Nevada state line bisects the lake.

You'll start this 72-mile drive at the South Shore casino area featuring restaurants, showroom entertainment, spas and shopping. From Stateline, follow Highway 50 west. Click here to begin your Virtual Tour of America's Most Beautiful Drive. Please be patient while it loads.

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Ground transportation

Rental Car Agencies located at the Reno/Tahoe International Airport:


Getting around town
Information? For schedules, fares, routing assistance or any other information on transportation services, call the numbers listed below:

NIFTY "50" TROLLEY 530-541-7548
Operating daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. (summer only), the Trolley provides narrated trips throughout the South Shore from Zephyr Cove to Emerald Bay. Passengers can travel all day for only $3 and get on and off as often as they like. Trolleys roll by every 60 minutes.

Major ski resorts in the South Shore area provide free shuttle service daily (during ski season) to and from motels, hotels, lodges and numerous designated roadside stops.

    (530) 541-7548;
    (530) 541-7548.

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Getting to town by car
Arriving from the Bay Area or Sacramento, South Lake Tahoe is six miles north of the intersection of Highways 50 and 89. Seven highways connect the lake with major cities in California and Nevada. From the San Francisco area, the most direct route to South Lake Tahoe is up all-weather Highway 50. Click here for a Driving Directions Map to Lake Tahoe.

Mileage to South Lake Tahoe from...

  • Sacramento - 100
  • San Francisco - 198
  • Yosemite - 211
  • Las Vegas - 463
  • Los Angeles - 474
  • Reno - 58
  • Virginia City - 43
  • Carson City - 24
  • New York City - 2768
  • Seattle - 730
  • Phoenix - 730
  • London - 5190
  • Tokyo - 5198
  • Sydney - 7596
  • Toronto - 2094
  • Drive around the Lake - 72

All-Weather Highways to South Lake Tahoe

  • 50 East over Echo Summit
  • 88 North from Stockton
  • 207 Over Kingsbury Grade
  • 395 to 50 West at Carson City
  • Interstate 80 East from Sacramento
  • 89 and 267 South from 80
  • 431 Over Mount Rose from Reno

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