The closest airport to Lake Tahoe is the Reno Tahoe International Airport, located 35 miles away. It is served by major airlines such as United, US Airways, Delta, Continental Airlines and American, with 240 flights a day to major cities, especially along the Pacific coast and in the Southwest (Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Seattle, Houston, Phoenix, to name a few); there are, however, a few direct flights to cities further east such as Ontario, Baltimore and Chicago. The airport offers a “No Stress Express” shuttle to Lake Tahoe, but it is also possible to get a rental car and drive there yourself, or to take a limousine from Lakeshore Limousine or Lake Tahoe Limousine.

There are also several major highways (such as Interstate 80) leading into Tahoe, and many people drive up for weekend ski trips in the winter from California or Nevada. However, the roads can be extremely icy and the traffic can be a nightmare, especially around major holidays and long weekends. In the summer, though, the scenery along the road is outstanding. In fact, on the Nevada side, the road has been named a National Scenic Byway.

Tahoe is even accessible by rail and bus. There is an Amtrak depot and a Greyhound stop in nearby Truckee.