Planning a trip to the Reno/Tahoe area? If you’ve never been here, it might help to get some insiders’ tips on the best Reno/Tahoe transportation options. Read on.
Reno-Tahoe International Airport
This expanding hub, located in Reno, is the airport you’ll choose when coming to Reno, Tahoe or Carson City. A recent upgrade brought new restaurants, stores, free WiFi and an updated look. You can now book a number of non-stop flights in and out of Reno-Tahoe International Airport, which serves more than 3 million travelers annually. Additionally, JSX (a hop-on jet service) recently announced an expansion to its regular flight service between ariports in Oakland and Las Vegas to Reno-Tahoe International. On-site are national car rental companies, and shuttles to hotels and casinos make regular trips. Check in advance if your accommodation offers a shuttle. If you’re a big roller at the casino of your choice, you might be met with a stretch. The Reno bus service is also a transportation option as are cabs, Lyft and Uber. If you have your own plane, Reno-Tahoe International Airport’s General Aviation services are at the ready to serve you.
Lake Tahoe Airport
Located in South Lake Tahoe, Lake Tahoe Airport is a general aviation airport that provides full services for private pilots. The single runway facility, at an elevation of 6,264 feet, offers fuel, tie-downs, line services, pilot supplies, hangar space and car rentals.
Transportation to and from Reno and Lake Tahoe
If you arrive at the Reno-Tahoe International Airport and want to get to Lake Tahoe, there are a number of shuttle services you can take. Many of the casinos and ski resorts offer complimentary shuttles, so check with yours if that’s why you’re in town. But there are other paid shuttles that make multiple trips a day to and from Tahoe towns and Reno, and they provide discounts for groups. There are also national car rental companies if you prefer to go that route. All of these transportation providers are near baggage claim.
Reno transportation options are varied, as you would expect with a city that serves more than 5 million visitors a year and has a permanent population of more than 500,000. A city-wide bus system connects you to points all around the municipality, and there are lots of companies that provide car or limo services. Cab service is extensive, and Lyft and Uber rides are popular as well.
Lake Tahoe Transportation
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If you’re in the Tahoe area without a car, you still can get around pretty easily. The local bus services connect you to other towns, resorts and casinos cheaply and on convenient schedules. During the winter, there are also free ski shuttles. Most of these shuttles also accommodate bicycles, which also points to the bike-friendly nature of the Lake Tahoe area. Throughout Tahoe, there are bike paths, but even when you’re not on the paths, the local expectation of car drivers is that you definitely share the road. Other forms of Lake Tahoe transportation are taxis, limos and personal car services.