Photo: Tahoe Truckee Area Regional Transit
All transportation options listed have been vetted for COVID-responsible traveling. Pandemic conditions are constantly evolving, which may impact transportation services. Please check with the service provider before making your travel plans.
Why It Matters
Even during the pandemic, the Lake is still threatened by traffic impacts. 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.
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:
- Always remember to observe COVID safety precautions when traveling.
- Organize your own carpool, or sign up for a service like SnowPals that connects members of businesses or universities to ride together - as long as it’s safe to do so. 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.
- Avoid endangering others and landing yourself a parking ticket by following these parking guidelines.
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.
The Tahoe Transportation District offers daily service from the South Lake Tahoe “Y” to Carson City, and across the South Shore.
Heavenly offers a free shuttle and free parking through out the winter season.
South Shore Management Association has trip planning tools, current road conditions, webcams, and ski resort updates.
Diamond Peak has a free local shuttle running daily during the winter.
Tahoe Truckee Area Rapid Transit (TART) buses provide regular service to Squaw, Northstar and locations across the North and West Shores.
Squaw Valley has a range of local transportation options, including the free, app-based Mountaineer shuttle operating between Alpine Meadows and Squaw Valley starting December 17, 2020 and running through April 11, 2021.
Northstar will be operating shuttle services around their resort. Need to be picked up from their parking lot? Schedule a shuttle to come pick you up!
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.
Sourced Adventures has weekly ski bus service with convenient round-trip transportation from San Francisco and Oakland to Squaw Valley every Saturday.
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 Wednesday 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.