Getting Around Truckee During the Holidays

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Navigating the charming town of Truckee during the holiday season brings forth a unique blend of festive cheer and winter wonder. As the region transforms into a snow-cloaked landscape adorned with holiday lights and spirited events, getting around this picturesque mountain town becomes essential to the experience. Join us as we delve into the essential tips, transportation insights, and local guidance to help you traverse and revel in the holiday magic of Truckee.


Parking in Truckee varies across downtown areas, shopping centers, and residential spots, often with time limits and regulations. Ski resorts offer designated lots, some free and others with fees, particularly during peak times. Arriving early is advisable; some resorts provide shuttle services or premium parking options. This 2023/2024 ski season, Northstar California and Palisades Tahoe have created a new parking reservation system for all parking lots on the weekends, select holidays, and peak periods.


In Truckee, several shuttle services offer convenient transportation options for both locals and visitors. Northstar Resort also provides shuttles within its facilities. Northstar has a transportation app available to help you dial-a-ride. They also offer shuttles to rent for special events like festivals or events, providing transportation to and from venues. These shuttle services cater to various needs, ensuring easy access to different parts of Truckee and nearby attractions without relying solely on personal vehicles.

Public Transportation

Truckee offers public transportation services primarily through the Tahoe Truckee Area Regional Transit (TART). TART operates a network of bus routes connecting Truckee with surrounding areas, including North Lake Tahoe, ski resorts, and neighboring towns. The service covers several key destinations within Truckee, making it convenient for locals and visitors to access various parts of the town without a car. The buses typically run year-round, with more frequent services during peak seasons, especially in winter, to accommodate skiers and snowboarders heading to the nearby slopes. TART schedules, routes, and fares can be accessed through their website or by contacting their customer service.

Driving Tips and Safety

Winter driving in Truckee demands special attention due to snowy and icy conditions. Here are key tips to drive safely during this season:

  • Prepare your vehicle by ensuring it's winter-ready with adequate antifreeze, good windshield wipers, and enough washer fluid.
  • Use winter tires or carry chains, as they may be required in heavy snow or icy conditions.
  • Stay updated on weather forecasts and road conditions.
  • Drive slowly, smoothly, and cautiously, accelerating, braking, and steering gently to avoid skidding.
  • Keep headlights on for better visibility, especially in low-light conditions.
  • Avoid abrupt maneuvers and sudden braking, as they can reduce traction on snow-covered or icy roads.
  • Carry emergency supplies in your vehicle, such as a flashlight, blankets, food, water, and a shovel, in case of unexpected delays or emergencies.
  • Plan your route in advance and allow extra time for travel, considering potential delays due to weather or road conditions.
  • Respect chain controls and follow guidelines, as ignoring them can lead to fines and pose safety risks.

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Our vacation rentals in Truckee and North Lake Tahoe offer the best spot for getting around during the winter. Nearly all our vacation rentals offer parking and are accessible by shuttles and public transportation. No matter your plans this winter in Truckee, there is a way to get you there! Browse our Truckee Vacation Rentals to start planning your next winter getaway!