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Car Hire from Reno / Tahoe Airport

Car Hire from Reno Airport

The city of Reno sits on the border between two states. Located in Nevada but close to California, there’s a rich and varied landscape to explore. From the sun scorched plains of Nevada to the foggy mornings of San Francisco, all is within easy reach when you hire a car from Reno Airport.

Where to hire a car at Reno Airport

There are a number of car hire office located at Reno Airport including Alamo, Hertz, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Thrifty and National. All of the offices are located opposite the baggage claim area in the terminal building. Cars are picked up from the car park just outside.

Petrol Stations near Reno Airport

Depending on the car hire fuel policy you may be required to refuel the car before returning it to the airport to avoid any fuel surcharges being made. The closest petrol station to Reno Airport belongs to Silver State Food Marts. It is located on the 653, less than five minutes’ drive from the airport.

Driving around Reno Airport

Reno Airport is located next to interstate 80 and highway 395, meaning getting into the city and beyond is easy. As with all cities, there can be some congestion during morning and evening rush hours.

Drivers should check with their car hire company that there are no restrictions of additional fees associated with taking the car from one state to another.

Getting to your destination

Around Reno Airport, there is lots to see and do. It’s all easily accessed with a rental car.

Reno

Reno is a relatively small city but it has a big personality. With numerous casinos, adventure sports and a vibrant downtown, it’s an exciting place to visit. There are nearby ski resorts, white water rafting adventures and wide open desert to explore.

Reno city is just 10 minutes’ drive from Reno Airport, taking route 580 into the centre. Street parking is free on Sundays and on all other days after 6pm. There are a number of big car parks and all of the big casinos have their own parking lots.

San Francisco

Known as the place where the hippy movement started, San Francisco is still a home for alternative and bohemian culture. Visitors can head over the water to Alcatraz, one of the most infamous prisons in the world, view the majesty of the Golden Gate Bridge or head to Haight-Ashbury for a taste of the city’s psychedelic 60s past.

San Francisco is around four hours’ drive from Reno Airport. Drivers should take route 580 north from the airport and then route 80 west into California. Navigating San Francisco’s steep streets and one way system can prove tricky. There is also a shortage of parking in the centre so it’s best to opt for a park and ride option available at a number of train stations on the outskirts. It’s also worth noting that all of the bridges around San Francisco, including the Golden Gate Bridge, charge a toll for vehicles, some of which need to be paid in advance of travel.

Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park covers over 3000 square kilometres and is home to a variety of wildlife (including black bears) and giant sequoia trees. There are countless outdoor activities to enjoy in the park including hiking, horse riding, fishing, rafting, skiing and rock climbing. Ranger-led tours give you a great overview of the amazing landscape. At Yosemite Village you’ll also find shops, restaurants and the Ansel Adams Gallery.

Yosemite National Park is around three hours’ drive from Reno Airport, taking route 580 south. Arriving early in the day and leaving late avoids the worst of the traffic. There are a couple of free car parks available for visitors.

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