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Driving Distances to Lake Tahoe

Updated: Sep 28, 2022

Driving to Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe is surrounded by other beautiful areas in Northern California and northern Nevada.

Lake Tahoe's north and south shores are easily accessible by car, especially in the summer.

Here is some information on driving distances from surrounding areas to Tahoe's north and south shores.

Reno to South Lake Tahoe

In terms of driving distance, South Lake Tahoe is just under 60 miles from Reno-Tahoe International Airport.

Reno is your best bet if you decide to fly to the Tahoe area.

Whether you're planning to ski at Heavenly Valley in the winter or boat at Zepher Cove in the summer, driving through Carson City is the fasted driving route.

If you're visiting Tahoe's north shore, take I-80 West from Reno.

Sacramento to Tahoe City

A popular driving route to Lake Tahoe's north and west shores is from Sacramento to Tahoe City along Interstate 80.

The driving distance from Sacramento International Airport to Tahoe city is 120 miles.

Tahoe City is at the northern edge of Lake Tahoe's West Shore.

San Francisco to Lake Tahoe

Traveling from the San Francisco Bay area to Tahoe involves the well-known I-80 / Highway 50 split in West Sacramento.

If you take the I-80 exit, you will end up in Truckee. From Truckee, head south on Highway 89 to Tahoe City. The distance from downtown San Francisco is 199 miles.

If you stay straight on Highway 50 (also Business 80), you'll end up in South Lake Tahoe. The distance is 188 miles.

Yosemite to Lake Tahoe

If you're planning an extended trip to Northern California in the summer, you may be wondering how far Yosemite Valley is from Lake Tahoe.

The distance from Yosemite's east gate at Tioga pass to South Lake Tahoe is 123 miles.

With a destination over 6,000 feet of elevation, summer drive times are much more predictable than winter drive times.

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