Getting to North Lake Tahoe

Find information on getting to North Lake Tahoe, such as travel distance, where to park, and public transportation schedules here. Fly into three different international airports or Truckee-Tahoe Airport, or drive or take the train into the mountains. Travel Safe!


Nestled in the Sierra Nevada mountain range at an elevation of 5,900 feet, Truckee Tahoe Airport District is twelve miles from Lake Tahoe, and one of the most scenic flight and visiting experiences in the world. Reno-Tahoe International Airport is a 45 minute drive and the closest international airport to North Lake Tahoe. Sacramento International Airport is a 2 hour drive, while San Francisco Airport is 3.5 hours away.

Driving to Kings Beach
(approx. distance in miles)
  • Carnelian Bay – 4
  • Crystal Bay – 2
  • Tahoe Vista – 1.5
  • Tahoe City – 8
  • Incline Village – 5
  • Northstar California – 6
  • Truckee – 13
  • Reno/Tahoe Airport – 46
  • South Lake Tahoe – 33
  • Squaw Valley – 17
  • Alpine Meadows – 16
Travel Information
Aviation Information

Truckee Tahoe Airport District is located in California’s majestic Sierra Nevada mountains, so pilots flying to the area should be prepared for the potential for turbulence, downdrafts, wind shear and winter storm conditions. During summer months the air thins considerably, density altitudes can exceed 9,000 feet. Visit the website for current information and quick links to the 360 degree KTRK airfield webcam, National Weather Service forecast, snow removal efforts, runway and other airfield operational status’ and more.

Regional Transit

Explore Tahoe by foot, bike, bus, or water with Linking Tahoe. This travel information hub provides people information on how to get to, through, and around Lake Tahoe. Offering a first-class transportation system that prioritizes bicycling, walking, and transit, and serves residents and visitors while contributing to the environmental and socioeconomic health of the Tahoe Region.

Road Information

Visit the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) website for current information on travel and safety conditions. Road Closure and detour information around Tahoe as well as up-to-date information on chain control. Check current highway conditions and live traffic cams and get winter driving tips.

Transportation Services

Keep Tahoe Blue and reduce your carbon footprint while in North Lake Tahoe by utilizing public transportation. Tahoe Truckee Area Regional Transit (TART) provides a safe and direct means of transportation service for Truckee-Tahoe residents and visitors. Visit the website for schedules, an interactive map, and rates.


With 275 days of sunshine, North Lake Tahoe can be enjoyed year-round. Lake Tahoe is in an alpine setting, so dress in layers. Visit our Weather & Road Conditions page for weather information as well as up-to-date webcams.


California does have wildfires during certain seasons, but wildfires in one location can have little or no impact outside a limited area. Fires burning in rural California regions means the state remains a safe, accessible destination. For the latest information on wildfires, visit CalFire.

Parking in Kings Beach
Public Parking Lot Locations (available year-round) from 7am-10pm

Neighborhood street parking available from May 1 – October 31. Highway 267 street parking available year round.