Tips For Getting Around Lake Tahoe Without A Car

Paddleboarding Lake Tahoe

No car? No problem! Lake Tahoe is a great vacation destination to explore on foot, or by bus, trolley, water taxi… The list goes on and on! Here are some of our favorite options for exploring Lake Tahoe without a car.

Walk, Bike, or Scoot your Way Around Town

It’s easy to explore this amazing area on foot! We have over 50 miles of walking and biking paths around the lake. We even plow some of them in the winter for year-round access! If you’re looking for something a little speedier, you can rent a bike or get in on the seasonal scooter-share action through Lime!

Take a Trolley

The Nifty 50 Trolleys are such a cool way to get around Lake Tahoe! Trolley service runs from June – September with pickup and drop off right here at Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel!

Lakeside Water Taxi

Beat the summertime traffic by catching a water taxi! Catch the Lakeside Water Taxi from Camp Richardson, Lakeside, Round Hill Pines, or Timber Cove and you’ll enjoy your trip as much as you will getting to your destination! Please note, the Lakeside Water Taxi is currently not operating, but will be a great transportation option again in the future! 

Lake Tahoe Water Trail

With 72-miles of shoreline at our disposal, you can bet that traveling around Lake Tahoe by water is a great way to explore! There are 20 public launch/landing sites on the Lake Tahoe Water Trail and Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel is comfortably nestled between two access points, the Nevada Beach & Campground – LTWT Trailhead and the El Dorado Beach & Boat Ramp/Lakeview Commons – LTWT Trailhead.

Hop on a Sightseeing Shuttle

Discover Lake Tahoe Sightseeing Tours offers scenic bus tours and shuttle services in and around Lake Tahoe, including major Tahoe-area ski resorts like Kirkwood and Northstar. They are a locally owned tour and charter shuttle bus company and can get you around Lake Tahoe and the Sierra as well as northern California and Nevada.

Lake Tahoe Bus Options

The Tahoe Transportation District (TTD) runs bus transit routes throughout Lake Tahoe’s South Shore with regular connections to the Carson Valley and Carson City, Nevada, providing easy access for locals and visitors alike! Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel is located just a few minutes from Stateline Transit Center, a perfect hub for catching the bus and exploring all Lake Tahoe has to offer! TART (Tahoe Truckee Regional Transit) also offers bus service along the North and West shores for even more options!

With a convenient pick up just minutes from Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel, we wanted to give you some great options for exploring our area on TTD busses. TTD is currently offering zero-fare service on all transit routes to make travel safer in response to COVID-19 by eliminating fare exchanges between transit operators and riders. All passengers are required to wear a face covering on transit buses and in transit facilities to help slow the spread of COVID-19. All face coverings must cover the passenger’s nose and mouth. Explore the routes below, and learn more about how to ride the Lake Tahoe bus system before you arrive!

  • Route 19X – Valley Express Daily
    • Runs: Daily, Monday – Sunday from Stateline Transit Center to Washington/Plaza
    • Stops include: Stateline Transit Center, SR 207/Foothill Rd. (Foothill Park and Ride), Douglas County Community/Senior Center (Herbig Park), Carson Valley Inn, South Curry Street (Galaxy Theatres/Fandango Casino), Washington/Plaza (near Federal Building and Bureau of Indian Affairs), Old Clear Creek Rd./Fuji Park (Costco)
    • Great spots to check out along the way:
      • The Shops at Heavenly Village
      • Heavenly Gondola
      • Van Sickle Bi-State Park
      • Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course
      • Douglas County Skate Park
      • Minden Village Shopping Mall
      • Galaxy Theatres
      • Fandango Casino
      • Children’s Museum of Northern Nevada
  • Route 22 – South Shore Service & Lake Express Daily
    • Runs: Daily, Monday – Sunday from Stateline Transit Center to Douglas County Community & Senior Center
    • Stops include: Stateline Transit Center, Kingsbury Transit Center, Tramway Drive/Tina Court (in front of house), Quaking Aspen Ln/Ridge Club Dr, SR 207/Foothill Rd. (Foothill Park and Ride), Kimmerling Rd./Tillman Ln. (Tillman Center), Douglas County Community/Senior Center (Herbig Park)
    • Great spots to check out along the way:
      • The Shops at Heavenly Village
      • Heavenly Gondola
      • Van Sickle Bi-State Park
      • Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course
      • Lam Watah Nature Trail to Nevada Beach
      • Trailhead – Tahoe Rim Trail / East Peak / Monument Peak
      • Lampe Park
      • Balloon Nevada
  • Route 28 – East Shore Express
    • Runs: Every 30 Minutes from 10 AM – 6 PM
      • Weekends: June 12, 13 and June 19, 20
      • Daily: June 26 – September 6
    • Enjoy a day at Sand Harbor, without dealing with parking or traffic! Check out the full route for your best access point!
  • Route 50 – South Shore Daily
    • Runs: Daily, Monday – Sunday from South Y Transit Center to the Stateline Transit Center
    • Stops include: South Y Transit Center, South Ave/3rd St (Barton Hospital), US 50/Al Tahoe Blvd (US Bank), Lake Tahoe Community College, US 50/Tallac Ave (Visitor/Senior Center), US 50/Johnson Blvd (Safeway), Stateline Transit Center, US 50/Wildwood Ave, US 50/Takela Dr (Beach Retreat), US 50/ Brockway Ave (Jack in the Box)
    • Great spots to check out along the way:
      • South Y Center Shopping Mall
      • Lake Tahoe Demonstration Garden
      • Nordic Ski Trails at the Lake Tahoe Community College
      • Bijou Street Park
      • Heavenly Gondola
      • Van Sickle Bi-State Park
      • Tahoe Heritage Foundation
      • Lake Tahoe Historical Museum
      • South Lake Tahoe Ice Arena
  • Route 55 – South Shore Daily
    • Runs: Daily, Monday – Sunday from South Y Transit Center to the Kingsbury Transit Center
    • Stops include: South Y Transit Center, South Ave/3rd St (Barton Hospital), US 50/Al Tahoe Blvd (US Bank), Lake Tahoe Community College, Johnson Blvd/Fairway Dr., Spruce Ave/Herbert Ave, Ski Run Blvd/Spruce Ave (Terry), Stateline Transit Center, Kingsbury Transit Center, Pioneer Trail/Moss Rd (7-11), Ski Run Blvd/Willow Ave, Spruce Ave/Herbert Ave (Bijou Woods Apartments), Johnson Blvd/Fairway Dr (Safeway), Julie Ln/B St
    • Great spots to check out along the way:
      • South Y Center Shopping Mall
      • Lake Tahoe Demonstration Garden
      • Nordic Ski Trails at the Lake Tahoe Community College
      • Bijou Municipal Golf Course
      • Bijou Center Shopping Mall
      • Heavenly Gondola
      • The Shops at Heavenly Village
      • Van Sickle Bi-State Park
      • Lam Watah Nature Trail to Nevada Beach

We can’t wait to help you plan the perfect Lake Tahoe vacation! No matter how you get here, you’re going to love exploring this area. Book your stay at the Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel, we’ll help you discover all of our favorite attractions and we’ll help you get there!