The average price of a 7-day trip to South Lake Tahoe is $1,866 for a solo traveler, $3,351 for a couple, and $6,283 for a family of 4. South Lake Tahoe hotels range from $68 to $308 per night with an average of $95, while most vacation rentals will cost $300 to $1060 per night for the entire home. Average worldwide flight costs to Reno/Tahoe International Airport (RNO) are between $557 and $876 per person for economy flights and $1,748 to $2,749 for first class. Depending on activities, we recommend budgeting $60 to $113 per person per day for transportation and enjoying local restaurants.

See below for average, budget, and luxury trip costs. You can also look up flight costs from your airport for more tailored flight pricing.

 

 

The Cheapest Times to Visit South Lake Tahoe, CA, US

On average, these will be the cheapest dates to fly to RNO and stay in a South Lake Tahoe hotel:

  • January 8th to March 4th
  • April 16th to May 6th
  • August 13th to November 18th

The absolute cheapest time to take a vacation in South Lake Tahoe is usually mid to late September.

 

Average South Lake Tahoe Trip Costs

Average Solo Traveler

The average cost for one person to visit South Lake Tahoe for a week is $1,298-$3,061($185-$437 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $60 to $113 per day for one person’s daily expenses

Flights: $362 to $710 for economy

Lodging: $86 to $97 per night for one 2 or 3-star hotel room

or $213 to $260 per night for a 1-bed vacation rental

Average Couple’s Trip

The average cost for a couple to visit South Lake Tahoe for a week is $2,470-$4,894($353-$699 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $120 to $226 per day for two people’s daily expenses

Flights: $724 to $1,420 for economy

Lodging: $86 to $97 per night for one 2 or 3-star hotel room

or $213 to $260 per night for a 1-bed vacation rental

Average Family Vacation

The average cost for 4 people to visit South Lake Tahoe for a week is $4,160-$8,500($594-$1,214 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $240 to $452 per day for four people’s daily expenses

Flights: $1,448 to $2,840 for economy

Lodging: $172 to $194 per night for two 2 or 3-star hotel rooms

or $298 to $416 per night for a 2-bed vacation rental

Traveling Cheap to South Lake Tahoe

How cheap can you make a vacation to South Lake Tahoe? The cheapest trip to South Lake Tahoe is about $96 per person per day for travelers willing to take standby flights, deal with inconvenience, and otherwise limit travel expenses. About 1% of rentals are available in the $0 to $100 range for an entire place, and vacation rentals can be booked for as low as $21 per night. These inexpensive rentals must be booked as early as possible and may not be in the most desirable areas. 1-star hotels are more likely to be available, with rooms starting at around $57.

Even cheaper trips are possible depending on where you live and whether you can drive. Check the cheapest times to fly for more saving ideas.

Budget Solo Traveler

The lowest cost for one person to visit South Lake Tahoe for a week is $670-$1,475($96-$211 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $26 to $51 per day for one person’s daily expenses

Flights: $362 to $710 for economy

Lodging: $57 to $68 per night for one 1-star hotel room

or $21 to $61 per night for a 1-bed vacation rental

Budget Couple’s Trip

The lowest cost for a couple to visit South Lake Tahoe for a week is $1,214-$2,542($173-$363 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $52 to $102 per day for two people’s daily expenses

Flights: $724 to $1,420 for economy

Lodging: $57 to $68 per night for one 1-star hotel room

or $21 to $61 per night for a 1-bed vacation rental

Budget Family Vacation

The lowest cost for 4 people to visit South Lake Tahoe for a week is $2,380-$5,084($340-$726 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $104 to $204 per day for four people’s daily expenses

Flights: $1,448 to $2,840 for economy

Lodging: $114 to $136 per night for two 1-star hotel rooms

or $34 to $92 per night for a 2-bed vacation rental

Overall it is very difficult to travel to South Lake Tahoe cheaply.

The Cost of a Luxury South Lake Tahoe Trip

There is no true ceiling on the cost of a luxury trip, so our estimates are based on what most people do in South Lake Tahoe.

Luxury Solo Traveler

The high-end price for one person to visit South Lake Tahoe for a week is $2,536-$16,303($362-$2,329 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $108 to $237 per day for one person’s daily expenses

Flights: $862 to $1,924 for first class

Lodging: $153 to $308 per night for one 4 or 5-star hotel room

or $1,060 to $2,120 per night for a preferred vacation rental

Luxury Couple’s Trip

The high-end price for a couple to visit South Lake Tahoe for a week is $4,154-$19,886($593-$2,841 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $216 to $474 per day for two people’s daily expenses

Flights: $1,724 to $3,848 for first class

Lodging: $153 to $308 per night for one 4 or 5-star hotel room

or $1,060 to $2,120 per night for a preferred vacation rental

Luxury Family Vacation

The high-end price for 4 people to visit South Lake Tahoe for a week is $8,308-$32,140($1,187-$4,591 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $432 to $948 per day for four people’s daily expenses

Flights: $3,448 to $7,696 for first class

Lodging: $306 to $616 per night for two 4 or 5-star hotel rooms

or $1,590 to $2,968 per night for a preferred vacation rental

 

South Lake Tahoe Hotel Prices

The cost of staying in South Lake Tahoe is much higher than the average city. On average hotels are less expensive than vacation rentals. Luxury vacation rentals are more expensive in South Lake Tahoe due to very high property costs. The graphs below show how much cost can vary depending on the type of experience you’re looking for.

South Lake Tahoe Lodging Cost by Star Status

The average price for the class of hotel is on the (y) axis. The hotel class (out of 5 stars) is on the (x) axis.

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Hotel Price

Prices are based on South Lake Tahoe hotel averages and may not reflect current prices. In some cases, we extrapolate prices to estimate costs, and hotels with your desired star rating may not be available.

Vacation Rental Prices

The percent of vacation rentals in the price range is on the left (y) axis. Price range is on the bottom (x) axis.

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Percent of rentals

There are a healthy amount of vacation rentals serving all budgets in South Lake Tahoe.

 

Flight Costs to South Lake Tahoe

Averaging flights around the world, prices go from a high of $876 average in late December to a low of $557 in mid to late September. Median flight price is $548. These prices are based on millions of flights. For South Lake Tahoe our data includes 472 originating airports, and 106 airlines. The area has more variance in price compared with other locations. Flying to South Lake Tahoe from an airport like Shevchenko (SCO) in Aktau (Kazakhstan) for an average $7,032 trip fare will obviously cost a lot more than from an airport like Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International (SJC) in San Jose, CA (the United States) at an average of just $166.

 

Average Flight Cost by Season

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Worldwide Flight Prices

Average Flight Cost by Day of Week

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Departure Day Prices
Return Day Prices

 

The cheapest day to fly in is typically Tuesday, and the cheapest day to fly back is usually Tuesday. Click here to see data for the cost of flights from your airport. In South Lake Tahoe, the difference between the cheapest and the most expensive week is about $319, so you can easily save about 57% simply by using our free flight guides and booking in advance.

 

Daily Expenses Budget

Daily vacation expenses vary more based on what you’re interested in doing. A fine dining restaurant with drinks around South Lake Tahoe can easily cost $380 per person or more, while a standard nice meal might be about $26 per person. Private tours can cost $768 per day, but self-guided tours to see the outdoor sights can be free. Costs vary wildly, so recommendations are made based on the cost of living and averages we see for this type of vacation.

 

 

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