Driving to Lake Tahoe

Getting to the Lake Tahoe ski resorts is easier than you think. From the Reno-Tahoe International Airport, it’s approximately an hour’s drive to most area ski resorts on all season highways.

Three major arteries – Interstate 80 and U.S. Highways 50 and 395 – access the Lake Tahoe region. These all-weather freeways branch out to reach resorts and lodging properties throughout Reno, North Lake Tahoe, and South Lake Tahoe, so it’s easy to get from one destination to another.

Note: For directions to specific ski resorts, please visit their websites directly.

From Reno

To North Lake Tahoe

Take I-80 west to Truckee (approximately 34 miles)

Exit #185 to Hwy 89 south (approximately 10 miles)

Follow to Tahoe City

To South Lake Tahoe

Take Hwy 395 South (approximately 31 miles)

(Note: Hwy 395 will take you through Carson City)

Right on Hwy 50 to South Lake Tahoe (approximately 25 miles)


From Sacramento/Bay Area

To North Lake Tahoe

From Sacramento Take I-80 east (approximately 98 miles)

Exit #185 to Hwy 89 South

Follow to Tahoe City

To South Lake Tahoe

From Sacramento Take Hwy 50 east (approximately 100 miles)

Right on Lake Tahoe Blvd/Hwy 50


Rental Car

Renting a car provides flexibility and is a great way to visit all the Ski Lake Tahoe resorts in one visit. If you rent a car, you’ll need to be prepared for the possibility of snow and driving in snow conditions.

Rental car companies don’t typically provide chains. That said rental cars are not exempt from chain requirements. An AWD/4WD vehicle with all-weather tires is one way to ensure you’re able to get to the ski resorts without stopping to put on chains – or paying someone to do it for you.

If you plan to drive, be sure to check out winter driving tips.

Reno-Tahoe International Airport Rental Car Companies

Alamo 877-222-9075 www.alamo.com

Avis 800-230-4898 www.avis.com

Budget 800-527-0700 www.budget.com

Dollar 800-800-3665 www.dollar.com

Enterprise 800-261-7331 www.enterprise.com

Hertz 800-654-3131 www.hertz.com

National 877-222-9058 www.nationalcar.com

Payless 800-729-5377 www.paylesscar.com

Thrifty 800-847-4389 www.thrifty.com