Getting Here + Maps
Located in the beautiful Sierra Nevada mountain range, Truckee is just 200 miles northeast of San Francisco, 100 miles east of Sacramento, and 32 miles west of Reno, Nevada. This highly coveted proximity and centralized location for a mountain town make it an ideal place to live, work and play.
Just off of I-80 and 12 miles to Lake Tahoe, Truckee is a portal to world class recreation in every direction. Adventure and nature lovers arrive via trains, planes, automobiles, and buses, bikes and backpacking trails.
Once arriving in Truckee, there are endless possibilities for outdoor fun, whether a few minutes away at Donner Lake State Recreation area, 12 miles away at Lake Tahoe or at one of many easily accessible Alpine or Nordic ski resorts. Achieving a quiet hike, mountain bike ride, swim or fishing outing is possible even during high seasons by venturing north on 89 to the Pacific Crest Trail toward Jackson Meadows, or to one of many trails, creeks, and lakes off the beaten track in Truckee’s backyard.
Arriving by air has grown increasingly popular with more flights into the Reno Tahoe International Airport (RNO) and the addition of Uber and Lyft driving services from the airport. The Reno-Tahoe International Airport offers 108 daily flights to 23 destinations on 8 airlines. Or you can easily rent a car and drive from the Reno airport to many of the 25 Tahoe/Truckee ski resorts, cross country areas and trailheads in an hour or less.
Flying directly into Truckee is also an option. The Truckee Tahoe Airport is centrally located just off of Hwy 267 in Truckee, serving private planes and charter jet service.
For busy executives or travelers with unique travel needs, Mountain Lion Aviation provides personalized flight schedules directly into the Truckee Airport (or anywhere in the west) featuring Cirrus Aircraft –“the plane with the parachute” known for its “smart safety” engineering. Mountain Lion Aviation is an “on demand” service that focuses on an elite group of clients, providing personal concierge services that cater to each individual's schedule, freeing up their time for what really matters.
Let AirTahoe take you and your family or work associates anywhere in the region in far less time than it takes to drive or fly commercially. AirTahoe provides convenient flights to and from local Tahoe Airports (Truckee, South Lake Tahoe, Reno, Carson City and Minden). Their Piper Meridian plane is a 6 seat, pressurized, turboprop airplane traveling at speeds up to 300 mph.
For frequent regional business and leisure travelers, Surf Air flies in and out of the Truckee Tahoe Airport. Surf Air offers unlimited monthly flights. You can experience Surf Air's service between any of their 12 California destinations to decide if you'd like to become a member, starting at $500. Other charter services include GaryAir Air Taxi (specializing in flights in-between small airports) and Eljet.
Taking the train has also become more popular. Amtrak's California Zephyr offers daily service between San Francisco and Truckee. Along with a lounge car, refreshments for sale, and the ability to sleep or work, riders appreciate breathtaking views--some that are only available from the train.
Downtown Truckee's historic train station is centrally located and also houses the Truckee California Welcome Center. The CWC's experienced staff can help you with lodging, dining and activity choices, catered to the length of your stay.
There are several bus shuttle services between the Bay Area and Sacramento, Truckee, Reno, and some of Truckee-Tahoe's major ski resorts in addition to regular Greyhound bus service and Amtrak bus connections. Many travelers appreciate being able to relax and work or rest, avoiding the hassles of sometimes clogged highways. Bus service runs to and from the historic train / transit station, which also houses the Truckee California Welcome Center. The CWC's experienced staff can help you with lodging, dining and activity choices, catered to the length of your stay.
Once you've arrived in Truckee the Tahoe Area Regional Transit (TART) has regularly scheduled routes in town and to Squaw Valley-Alpine and within North Lake Tahoe. Truckee Dial-a-Ride can get you around within the town limits, and several of the resorts have shuttle buses. Taxis and limousine service are also available along with newly added Lyft and Uber driving services. For those who prefer to commute by bike, there is a growing network of Class 1 paved trails, connecting the Glenshire, Tahoe Donner, Sierra Meadows, and Prosser neighborhoods of Truckee with downtown Truckee.
And if you decide to take advantage of one of Truckee's numerous expert guided adventures, transportation is often included.