TART, or Tahoe Area Regional Transit, runs buses along 30 miles of the Lake Tahoe shoreline as well as shuttles to Tahoe City and Truckee, where it connects with the Greyhound and Amtrak stations. A one-way ride costs $1.50, but pass booklets are available for discounted prices. The lines run 7 days a week, but be sure to catch the last bus; the services stop at 6pm. Another public transportation option is BlueGo, which offers seasonal and fixed shuttle lines. All-day passes are $3 a person. There are even casino shuttles that ferry you across the Nevada state line every night.

There are also sightseeing tour buses that meander through the Lake Tahoe Basin and provide a quick introduction to the area’s major attractions. Discover Lake Tahoe, Inc. is one such company that offers scheduled tours on chartered buses.

During the summer, you may also consider renting or driving to Tahoe. There are car rental agencies in Tahoe as well as at the bus/train stations in Truckee and at the airport in Reno. A car is less useful in the winter (except maybe to get there in the first place), since most resorts have ski shuttles to take you directly to the ski lifts, so check with the one you are staying with.