The road leading to Aloka Vihara with sign

Travel Directions via Public Transportation

We look forward to your visit to Aloka Vihara, and we are happy to assist you to travel via public transportation, for the benefit of the planet and all her beings. The vihara is located about 25 minutes southeast of Placerville, California, about half way between Sacramento and South Lake Tahoe.

First step: Determine your days of travel
Second Step: Get to Sacramento
Third Step: Get to the vihara

First step: Determine your days of travel

> From the Bay Area, any day of the week:

The simplest way to get to a pick up point is to take an Amtrak train to the Sacramento Valley Station,  and then transfer to a Gold Line Light Rail train, getting of at the Iron Point Light Rail Station.

> Fridays:

We offer a regular pick up and drop off at the Iron Point Light Rail Station on Friday afternoons. You can get from the Sacramento Airport to the Sacramento University/65th Street Light Rail Station. Take the Gold Line train from that station. This is a very inexpensive way to come to the vihara.

> Wednesday and Thursdays:

We make occasional arrangements for rides to and from the Diamond Springs – Commerce Way Bus Station on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

> Saturdays and Sundays:

There is only one bus, which is run by Amtrak, in each direction between Sacramento and Placerville on the weekends. We make occasional pick ups and drop offs at the Placerville Station Transit Center bus stop on the weekends. The Light Rail trains also run on the weekend.

> Mondays or Tuesdays:

We do not receive guests on these days, as those are our Quiet Days at the vihara.

Second Step: Get to Sacramento

> By Bus

Megabus, Flixbus, and Greyhound all serve the greater San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento.

> By Train

Amtrak provides train service connecting the East Bay and downtown Sacramento.

> By Plane

Sacramento International Airport (SMF) is the closest airport to Placerville.


After you have confirmed your visit with the Guest Coordinator,
she can assist you with planning your trip from Sacramento to the vihara.

Third Step: Get to the vihara

> From the Sacramento University/65th Street Light Rail Station

You can catch the Light Rail Train from this station to the Iron Point Station in Folsom. If you make arrangements in advance, we will make a pick up in Folsom, meeting the trains that arrive in the afternoon. Alternatively, you can get a taxi or car share from Folsom to the vihara.

Also, you can get to the downtown Sacramento, via car share or taxi, and then take the El Dorado commuter bus to Diamond Springs, but not on the weekend. See below.


> From downtown Sacramento

The El Dorado Commuter Bus makes several stops in downtown Sacramento. If you are coming to Placerville during the day, you will need to take a “reverse route” bus. “Eastbound” regular routes from Sacramento to Placerville start at 3:15 pm and end at 6:15 pm. *** NOTE that you will need to tell the bus driver, when boarding the bus, that you want to go to the “Diamond Springs – Commerce Way” stop. We regularly make arrangements for rides to and from Diamond Springs on Wednesdays and Thursdays.


> From the Sacramento Valley Amtrak Train Station (also downtown Sacramento)

Amtrak provides bus service between Sacramento and Placerville 7 days per week, once in each direction each day. The bus to Placerville leaves the Sacramento Valley Amtrak station at 10:20 am. The bus from Placerville to Sacramento leaves at 3:40 pm. The bus ride is about an hour. We can make arrangements for transportation to or from Placerville on Saturdays and Sundays. Purchase a bus ticket in advance on the Amtrak website.


> From Sacramento International Airport (SMF)

Yolobus route 42 travels 7 days a week between Sacramento Airport and downtown Sacramento.  Route 42 A is best from the airport to downtown, as it goes in a clockwise direction. Route 42 B is best from downtown back to the airport, as it goes in a counter-clockwise direction. From downtown Sacramento, you can catch one of the buses mentioned above to Diamond Springs or to Placerville. The 42 A and B routes also stop at the University/65th Street station, if you want to take the Light Rail train to Folsom.


> You can also take a shuttle, taxi, or a car share service from Sacramento to the vihara.