The shuttle service that runs between the Reno/Tahoe airport and South Lake Tahoe costs about $27 one way, or $49 round trip and is based in the far corner of the airport baggage claim area of the Reno airport. The ride takes about seventy minutes and lets you off at the casinos in Stateline, Nevada, one and a half miles from Black Bear Inn. Taxis can be called from any casino. Once you're at Black Bear, public buses, casino shuttles and ski resort shuttles stop in front of the lodge. Car rentals are also available at the Reno airport. Be advised that it is best to have a four wheel drive vehicle if you come during the winter months.
There is a new shuttle service that runs between Sacramento International Airport and South Lake Tahoe. Currently, a round-trip costs $99 and one-way is $65. The shuttle will stop at four South Shore casinos, where taxis are readily available. We recommend you depart at Horizon. For more information, please call Super Shuttle at (800) 258-3826.
A new highway from Reno is under construction. For the next couple of years, as you drive this route you will be getting on and off the elevated highway/bypass. This is I-580.
It's a seventy minute drive from the Reno airport to Black Bear Inn. Just beyond the airport exit, take Highway 395 south (left turn lane) out of Reno. (To those who have driven this in the past, you no longer take exit 57B in order to stay on 395). Highway 395/580 takes you into Carson City. Where the new highway ends, take the final exit and turn right onto Fairview Drive. Fairview dead ends at Hwy 50/395, where you turn left.
If you took the 395 Business exit when you got to Carson, you will still end up in the right place. In fact, all of the old roads are still there, it's just a longer drive that way.
When 50 and 395 split (at the south end of Carson City), turn to the right and stay on 50. You will immediately begin to ascend the Carson mountain range. In twenty miles or so you will see the only high rise buildings on the road: the casinos. They are located right on the California/ Nevada border at the Stateline Street traffic light. Four lights further south is Ski Run Boulevard. Turn left onto Ski Run. Black Bear is one-half mile up on the right: 1202 Ski Run Blvd.
It takes approximately two hours to drive from Sacramento to Black Bear Inn. (If starting at the Sac airport, add 15 minutes to drive south on Interstate 5 to Highway 50). Take Highway 50 east out of Sacramento. Continue into the Lake Tahoe area until you reach the traffic light at Pioneer Trail, about one-half mile past the point where Highway 89 merges into 50 from the right. Turn right onto Pioneer Trail. Once on Pioneer, drive seven and one-half miles to the Ski Run Boulevard traffic light (the third light). Turn left onto Ski Run. Black Bear is one block down on the left: 1202 Ski Run Blvd.
If you are driving up 395 through Nevada, you'll want to take Highway 207 over the mountain rather than going further north to Carson City. Highway 88 is the short link between the two roads; Highway 88 hits Highway 395 at a traffic light in Minden. Make a sharp left onto 88. After two miles on 88, turn right at the light onto Mottsville Lane. This road becomes 207/ Kingsbury Grade. Kingsbury will take you up and over the mountain and dead end at Highway 50 near the lake. Turn left onto 50. Soon you will see the only high rise buildings on the road: the casinos. They are located right on the California/ Nevada border at the Stateline Street traffic light. Four lights further south is Ski Run Boulevard. Turn left onto Ski Run. Black Bear is one-half mile up on the right: 1202 Ski Run Blvd.