Photo: Tahoe Truckee Area Regional Transit
Why It Matters
Fine sediment runoff from roads and urban areas is one of the biggest threats to Lake Tahoe’s clarity. Auto emissions fuel climate change which is destabilizing the Lake’s natural ecology, making room for harmful invasive species. Do your part to Keep Tahoe Blue by using alternative forms of transportation.
As the only Tahoe-wide independent authority, the League to Save Lake Tahoe is leading the charge to improve alternative transportation in Tahoe. Please donate to support our work.
We also encourage you to:
- Organize your own carpool, or sign up for a service like Zimride that connects members of businesses or universities to ride together.
- Come early (Thursday instead of Friday) and stay late (Monday, not Sunday) to avoid congestion.
- When chain controls are not in place, remove your tire chains and cables as soon as you leave chain control areas. Chains gouge out the asphalt, dislodging dust and debris that flows into the Lake.
Linking Tahoe should be your first stop when determining how to get to, from and around Tahoe without your car.
If you’re feeling brisk, this Tahoe bike path map shows which of the Lake’s many paths are plowed during the winter.
Heavenly offers free parking lot shuttles for both its Nevada and California Base parking areas.
The Tahoe Transportation District offers daily service from the South Lake Tahoe “Y” to Carson City, and across the South Shore.
Sierra-at-Tahoe runs a free South Shore shuttle including stops around South Lake Tahoe.
Homewood runs a free, book-in-advance shuttle for those skiing there.
Northstar allows you to book a private shuttle, or request a shuttle on-demand through the Northstar Transportation app for iOS and for Android.
Diamond Peak also has a free local shuttle running daily during the winter.
Tahoe Area Rapid Transit (TART) buses provide regular service to Squaw, Northstar and locations across the North and West Shores. Beginning December 12, 2019 for the winter season, TART is offering free service on all routes, extended winter hours on the Truckee local route and new night service connections from North Lake Tahoe to Truckee.
Squaw Valley has a range of local transportation options, including the free, app-based Mountaineer shuttle operating between Alpine Meadows and Squaw Valley.
SnowPals is a grassroots ridesharing organization that connects Bay Area skiers and snowboarders looking for rides to and from Lake Tahoe. The costs of the carpool are shared among riders.
The Bay Area Ski Bus will pick you up at nine locations across the Bay Area for a one- or two-day roundtrips to most Tahoe resorts.
Sourced Adventures has weekly ski bus service with convenient round-trip transportation from San Francisco and Oakland to Squaw Valley every Saturday.
Sports Basement Tahoe Ski & Snowboard Bus runs every Saturday and Sundays from five Bay Area locations, including San Francisco, Sunnyvale, Novato, Redwood City and Berkeley.
Tahoe Convoy is a Bay Area to Lake Tahoe weekend shuttle service picking up in San Francisco, the East Bay, and the Central Valley and dropping off across the North Shore.
Alpine Adventures has round-trip bus service every Wednesdays in January and February to a rotating selection of Tahoe ski areas.
The South Tahoe Airporter will pick you up terminal-side at Reno-Tahoe International Airport and drop you at a number of South Shore hotels. There are multiple routes to and from the South Shore daily.
North Lake Tahoe Express offers scheduled service between Reno-Tahoe International Airport and the North Lake Tahoe/Truckee region with local transit connections. Stops include Incline Village, Tahoe Vista, Truckee, Northstar, Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows and Tahoe City.