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How to Get Around Lake Tahoe - Vacation Transportation Guide

Submitted on 2/15/16 | by Lindsey Carlson

So you made it to the mountains - now it’s time to get out and explore the wonders of beautiful Lake Tahoe. Whether you are in town for the world class skiing, the breathtaking scenery, or just to let of a little steam and enjoy a few days away from the rest of the world, Lake Tahoe sure does boast incredible activities. Make the trip hassle-free and figure out the transportation logistics beforehand. We’ve come up with a guide to how to get abound in Lake Tahoe, airport transportation, helpful hints when driving in the snow.

How to get around - public transportation

  • BlueGo: For all South Lake Tahoe transportation, BluGo is a great option. BluGo operates seven days a week, year round. Fixed routes allow passengers to easily navigate their way around South Lake Tahoe, with a $2.00 fare each way.
  • Emerald Bay Trolley: In the summer, travelers can easily get to iconic Emerald Bay by trolley. The Emerald Bay Trolley is in operation in the summer only, ending in early October. One-way fare is $2.00, and children under 5 ride free.
  • TART: The TART is a year round North Lake Tahoe transportation service. It operates a 30 mile area, including Tahoma, Homewood, Tahoe City, Kings Beach and INcline Village. It also provides transportation between Tahoe City and Truckee, and includes stops in Squaw Valley.
  • North Lake Tahoe Water Shuttle: Operating in the summer only, the North Lake Tahoe Water Shuttle allows passengers to easily get from place to place by boat! Stops include West Shore Cafe & Inn, Tahoe City Marina, Gar Woods Grill & Pier in Carnelian Bay, and Captain Jon’s in Tahoe Vista. Shuttle carries 12 people can fit up to 8 bicycles.

Reno - Tahoe Airport transportation made easy

  • Jerry Keys Taxi: Jerry Keys Taxi offers patrons easy access to and from the airport by offering 24/7 service, credit cards accepted, door to door drop off, and all done with a clean and professional service.
  • Reno-Tahoe Airport Shuttle: If you are traveling in a big group, try Reno-Tahoe Airport Shuttle. Rates provide transportation for up to 2 passengers, but each additional passenger is only $5. Shuttle services provide transportation to all over Lake Tahoe, and Northern Nevada.

Road conditions and tips

  • Always check the conditions: In the winter, Lake Tahoe’s roads can get icy, so be sure to check road conditions before driving. Find conditions and weather information here: www.tahoesbest.com/weather.htm
  • Bring chains: It’s always good to be prepared, so be sure to check the chains.
  • Check for road work: Summertime in Lake Tahoe is known for its incredible vacationing, but also is the time for most road construction. Find information and helpful hints about current road construction here: www.tahoesbest.com/transportation/road_work.htm

Have your own car? We recommend taking a drive around the Lake… here are the best places to stop: www.tahoesbest.com/where-are-best-places-stop-while-driving-around-lake-tahoe