How to Have the Best Trip From San Francisco to Lake Tahoe

Do you need an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city? A trip from San Francisco to Lake Tahoe is an easy getaway for Bay Area residents. Lake Tahoe is a three-hour drive from San Francisco, which makes it the perfect choice for a hassle-free getaway. The Lake Tahoe area boasts a crystal clear lake, sandy beaches, outdoor recreation, and more! It’s the peaceful retreat you deserve and, better yet, it’s in your own backyard!

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Plan Your Trip From San Francisco to Lake Tahoe

Travel Time & Method 

There are a couple of options available when it comes to traveling from San Francisco to Lake Tahoe. Our lakeside destination is located less than 200 miles from the big city, so visitors usually opt to drive or take public transportation. Here are the details on each travel method: 

Road Trip From San Francisco to North Lake Tahoe

A road trip from San Francisco to Lake Tahoe is a great option for Bay Area residents with a car! The journey driving from San Francisco is less than 200 miles or about three hours. The route travels northeast through the state and passes through Tahoe National Forest. Be sure to pack a camera because you’re sure to want to stop at great North Lake Tahoe photography spots on the latter portion of the trip!

Take the Train from San Franciso to North Lake Tahoe

Public transportation is a great eco-friendly travel method for your trip to Lake Tahoe! Take the train from San Francisco to North Lake Tahoe for an affordable price, about $30 for a one-way ticket. Train rides to Lake Tahoe take a bit longer than the average road trip time, but save on cash and help the environment. It’s also a popular travel method for non-car owners.

North Lake Tahoe vs. South Lake Tahoe

If it’s your first time visiting Lake Tahoe, you need to decide between a stay in North Lake Tahoe or South Lake Tahoe. The two are located about a 45-minute drive away from one another, so it’s possible to visit both during an extended getaway. However, we recommend the North Shore for a quieter, more laid-back getaway. North Lake Tahoe is less congested than South Lake Tahoe while still showcasing incredible things to do, see, and eat! 

Reference our North Lake Tahoe Guide for local insight about what makes this area so special!

Stay With Tahoe Moon Properties

Choose from more than 50 vacation rental homes in the North Lake Tahoe area when you book with Tahoe Moon Properties. We have spectacular rental properties across Carnelian Bay, Kings Beach, Olympic Valley, Squaw Valley, and Tahoe City. If you don’t know what particular region of North Lake Tahoe you want to stay in, browse by amenity to find your perfect rental! Whether you want views of the lake or a dog-friendly home, we have a home for you.

Browse a full inventory of our rental properties to start planning your trip from San Francisco to Lake Tahoe! We can’t wait to welcome you.