Lake Tahoe's world-famous clarity is threatened by endless traffic from private automobiles. A constant stream of cars crush Tahoe's roads into fine dust and debris that enter the Lake in a gray, murky stream called stormwater pollution. Those tiny particles of asphalt, tires, sand and motor oil degrade Tahoe's brilliant blue waters.
Keep Tahoe Blue this summer by getting to and around the Lake without a car! Check out all your options below.
A MENU OF OPTIONS: Linking Tahoe shows smart transportation options for travel to and around Lake Tahoe, with links to shuttles, bus service and more.
RENO TO INCLINE VILLAGE & SAND HARBOR: Lake-lovers leaving Reno can book a seat on Reno Transportation Commission shuttles bound for Incline Village and Sand Harbor. Tickets are $5 one way, with an additional $2 fee to get you to San Harbor. Feel free to bring your summer beach gear with you. Shuttles run seven days a week, 7 am – 9 pm. Book your tickets 24 hour to 72 hours in advance by calling (775) 335-0035. Reservations are required.
RIDE A BIKE: Tahoe has an extensive bike trail system that winds through scenic meadows and forests, and meanders through quiet neighborhoods. Many hotels and businesses offer bike rentals, or bring your own from home. Visit the Lake Tahoe Bicycle Coalition for more information on cycling in Tahoe. Use the Tahoe bike map to find trails and bike parking, and to plan your route.
AMTRAK: The Amtrak California Zephyr Train will take you to Truckee where you can take the TART bus to explore Truckee and the north shore.
GREYHOUND: Take a Greyhound from Northern California or Nevada to the downtown Truckee Station and pick up a bike, a bus, or carpool with a friend down to Tahoe.
REAL-TIME TRAFFIC & ROAD CONDITIONS: If you must drive yourself to Tahoe, check traffic conditions from live streaming web cams found on the South Shore Transportation Management Association's website. Once you arrive, park the car once and use the other options on this page.
RIDE AN E-SCOOTER: Download the Lime smartphone app (App Store, Google Play) to find a scooter anywhere in South Lake Tahoe during the summer. You must be 18 to ride, you cannot ride on sidewalks, must pay attention to the restricted areas like Heavenly Village, and be safe and courteous to pedestrians, bikes, and cars. Be a roll model!
TRY THE BUS: Use the Tahoe Transportation District's public bus service. TTD offers daily service across Tahoe’s south shore with regular connections to the Carson Valley and Carson City, Nevada. If you're headed to Sand Harbor, avoid the parking nightmare and take the bus from the Kingsbury depot on the south shore. You can find out when your bus will arrive with real-time information on Transit.
TO & FROM THE RENO AIRPORT: The South Tahoe Airporter operates daily shuttle service to and from the Reno Tahoe International Airport. Tickets can be purchased on southtahoeairporter.com and season passes for frequent travelers are available. Shuttles pick up and drop off at Hard Rock Lake Tahoe, Edgewood Tahoe, Harveys Lake Tahoe, Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel, Harrah’s Lake Tahoe and Montbleu Resort Hotel Casino and Spa.
TRY THE BUS: Ride a Tahoe Truckee Area Regional Transit (TART) bus between Donner Lake in Truckee, Tahoma on the west shore, and Incline Village on the north shore, with dozens of stops in between. TART runs at hourly and 30-minute service intervals. Hop on the bus to be car-free and carefree.
FREE, APP-BASED, ON-DEMAND RIDES: Ride a free, on-demand, door-to-door shuttle from June 24 through Labor Day weekend 2021. The TART Connect smart phone app can be used to request a rideshare van in three service areas: Kings Beach, Tahoe City to Sugar Pine, and Crystal Bay-Incline Village. This “microtransit” service is like Uber or Lyft – they pick up within 15 minutes or less and go anywhere within the service area – but with shared rides and no cost to you.
TO & FROM THE RENO AIRPORT: Take advanatge of regular, scheduled service between Reno-Tahoe International Airport and the North Lake Tahoe-Truckee region with easy access to local transit connections. Check out North Lake Tahoe Express for details.
Keep this handy flyer with you to know your north shore travel options.