Ground Transportation 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.  

Rental Cars

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

Avis 800-230-4898

Budget 800-527-0700

Dollar 800-800-3665

Enterprise 800-261-7331

Hertz 800-654-3131

National 877-222-9058

Payless 800-729-5377

Thrifty 800-847-4389


Shuttles & Public Transportation

Prefer to leave the driving to someone else?  A variety of ground transportation – including taxis, limos, buses, and resort shuttles – is conveniently available to carry to your accommodations. All highways are carefully maintained to ensure that your ride is quick and comfortable.  

Airport to Lake Tahoe

North Lake Tahoe Express
Regular daily service from Reno-Tahoe International Airport to North Lake Tahoe locations including Tahoe City, Alpine Meadows, Squaw Valley, Carnelian Bay, Tahoe Vista, Kings Beach, Northstar, Truckee, Crystal Bay, and Incline Village.

South Tahoe Express
10 daily departures from Reno-Tahoe International Airport to South Lake Tahoe locations including MontBleu, Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel, Harrah’s, Harveys, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, and Lakeside Inn.

Public Busses and Shuttles

Regular scheduled public bus service and winter ski shuttles along the South Shore of Lake Tahoe.

Tahoe Area Regional Transit (TART)
Regular scheduled bus service along the North Shore of Lake Tahoe.

Ski Resort Shuttles

Many ski resorts offer free or low-cost shuttles from the resort to various local accommodations. Please click on the below links for details, timetables, and additional information.

Mt. Rose-Ski Tahoe
Northstar California
Squaw Valley| Alpine Meadows

Private Shuttle Services

A few individual companies offer additional resort shuttle services to the Lake Tahoe ski resorts.

Demo Tours – Private shuttles to Kirkwood and Northstar
Tahoe Ski Shuttle – Private shuttles to Kirkwood, Mt. Rose, and Northstar

Ground Transportation to Lake Tahoe