Tahoe City to/from Reno Airport
If you want to use all public transit, you options may be more limited.
From the airport, you can take RTC bus to downtown. Greyhound and Amtrak service Reno to/from Truckee.
From there, take the TART. Running 7 days a week, from about 6:30am to 6:00pm, TART buses connect the north, west and south shores of Tahoe; from Incline Village to Kings Beach, Tahoma, Tahoe City, Truckee and all points in between.
Alternatively, here are the more budget shuttle buses that service the airport.
For all transport to/from the Lake, as well as around the lake, check out this consolidated map with links to the respective providers:
We noticed these wonderful modes of transportation all over the Lake. They serving Tahoe City, Squaw Valley, Tahoe Vista, Kings Beach, Crystal Bay and Incline Village. They even have a special FREE Trolley Shuttles 10am to 5pm every 30 minutes between Tahoe Vista. It would be a great way to see the lake!
- Historical Travel
- Family Travel
- Road Trip
Public Transport between North and South Shores
The TART (Tahoe Area Regional Transit) operates buses between all towns on the north and west coast of Tahoe.
BlueGo offers public transit in the South Lake Tahoe Area:
If you want to stay on public transportation, you can take BlueGo on the south to/from the town of Tahoma. (take the Trolley, route 30)
TART will then be your option on the north to/from anywhere else between Truckee, Tahoe City and Incline Village.
This will take you around the long way of the lake, but if you have the time, is a beautiful drive!!
T.A.R.T. Bus (Tahoe Area Regional Transit)
Running 7 days a week, from about 6:30am to 6:00pm, TART buses connect the north, west and south shores of Tahoe; from Incline Village to Kings Beach, Tahoma, Tahoe City, Truckee and all points in between.
Service also starts at the Greyhound and Amtrak terminals in Truckee.
They have bike racks in summer and ski racks in the winter. Sorry, but no pets
Boating around the Lake
Traveling around by boat is a wonderful way to see Lake Tahoe. Numerous places all around the lake offer a variety of rentals - sailboats, catamarans, ski boats, canoes and kayaks.
Boating in the morning is safest. The wind picks up in the afternoon and an occasional afternoon thundershower is not uncommon. One beautiful sunny day I rented a ski boat and we motored out to Emerald Bay. The weather suddenly turned on us in the afternoon. Lightening started striking the mountains around us and I had visions of capsizing as the waves splashed over the bow and into the boat.
My passengers started getting grumpy (none of whom knew how to operate a boat so they had no basis for complaint). Nonetheless, I started feeling a bit like Captain Queeg in the Caine Mutiny, and only started relaxing when, thanks to my nerves of steel at the helm, I got the boat safely back to the marina without a mutiny by my passengers.
For those who want to be out on the lake, but the thrill of boating in a tiny exposed boat while lightening is striking all over the lake, is not their cup of tea, they should try the Tahoe Queen, a fake steamboat that can be boarded at Tahoe City.
- Sailing and Boating
Network of Bicycle Paths
The North Lake Tahoe area has paved a network of bike paths, allowing a bicyclist to safely ride from Tahoe City to Squaw Valley to the northwest, past Dollar Point to the east, and past Homewood to the south.
Hop on your bike and peddle to Squaw Valley in the summer for an afternoon jazz concert, or ice skating at the top of the cable car.