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Explore with a car rental from Reno Airport

If “Sin City” isn’t your thing but you’d like a taste of that neon-lit desert extravagance, head to Reno. It has its share of big casinos, buffets, and flashing signs, but there’s more to this small yet mighty city. The Sierra Nevada range serves as a backdrop to Reno and, along with the many nearby parks and recreation areas, offers plenty of outdoor recreation to locals and visitors.

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15 May 2022 - 15 June 2022
Minimum hire period: 3 days

Reno Airport car rental locations

Rental car counters at Reno-Tahoe International Airport can be found in the baggage claim area, and vehicles are picked up from the parking structure outside.

Need-to-know info for your car rental from Reno Airport

Airport guide

Reno Tahoe International Airport (RNO) is a joint public and military airport and is located three miles southeast of the city. It has three runways and one terminal which is named after former US Senator Howard Cannon. Flight destinations include cities across the USA with the occasional international flight.

There are numerous restaurants and bars in the terminal to suit all tastes, as well as newsstands, gift shops, and retail stores. There’s a paid lounge available to all passengers, a range of ATMs, free WiFi, and free local calls. If you want to get into the Nevada spirit immediately, you can even make use of the airport gaming machines.

Car rental counters are located at the airport baggage claim area. Parking options include short-term and long-term garage spots and a long-term surface lot.

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Tips for driving in Reno and beyond

For a memorable and enjoyable road trip, you’ll need to stay safe on the roads. The following are our top tips for driving in and around Reno. With these pointers and some of your own research on local road rules, you can fly in and drive away with no worries.

  • In the USA, always drive on the right-hand side of the road. If you are arriving from overseas accustomed to driving on the left, it is a good idea to set aside some time to get used to the new arrangement.

  • Speed limits in Nevada reach up to 75 miles per hour. The default in residential and built-up areas is 30 mph. School zones have a limit of 15 mph. Always check the posted signs.

  • It is illegal to use a cellphone while driving in Nevada.

  • When driving long distances in the desert, ensure your car is stocked with water, food, and warm clothes in case of a breakdown in a remote spot. It can get both very warm and very cold!

  • Always look out for wildlife on the roads.

  • It is a crime to drive a vehicle in Nevada with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08% or higher.

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Destination ideas for your Reno rental car adventure

It’s a hop skip and a jump in your Reno Airport car rental to the Californian border, the lovely Lake Tahoe, Yosemite National Park, and many other iconic locations. With your own set of wheels, it’s easy to enjoy an epic journey in the western USA. Reno is a fantastic place to start!

If you are planning to head out on a lengthy road trip from Reno, you won’t be lacking end-point options. You could head to California and see San Jose, Los Angeles or San Francisco in your hire car. A road trip to John Wayne Airport (Santa Ana-SNA) is also becoming a popular route to take. If you do want a bit more razzle dazzle, then head to Las Vegas, or go for the complete opposite and drive to hipster-friendly Portland, or any number of other cities and regions in the western USA.

Sticking close to Reno won’t limit the possibilities much, either. There’s so much to see and do within half a day’s drive of the city; here are a few ideas to help you start putting together an unforgettable itinerary.

Reno’s Riverwalk

One of the best ways to enjoy downtown Reno is to stroll the Riverwalk, which ambles alongside the Truckee River taking in some great scenery and passing by a plethora of galleries and restaurants.

Nevada Museum of Art

While you’re in Reno, a trip to the Nevada Museum of Art is well worth the time spent. This is the only accredited art museum in the state and a world-class facility with many exhibits, installations, and events to enjoy. Free parking is available in the museum lot.

Lake Tahoe 

In less than an hour’s drive with your rental car from Reno Airport, you can be on the shore of Lake Tahoe, one of the country’s most beautiful spots. This crystal-clear lake framed by mountain peaks is a well-known winter skiing destination and offers all manner of opportunities for outdoor recreation and watersports in the summer. 

Carson City 

Depart Reno and head south for about 35 minutes to arrive in Carson City, Nevada’s state capital. There are a lot of museums to visit here as well as the State Capitol building, and it is known as a hub for outdoor activity.

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Car rentals Reno Airport: Frequently asked questions

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Is it cheaper to get a car rental at the airport?

Car rental rates at the airport rental counter are similar to those elsewhere. For travelers arriving by air, renting from the airport is much more convenient and can cut costs spent on other transport to reach the city depots; free pick up service is usually by appointment and availability.

How much does it cost to rent a car at Reno airport?

The daily rate of a car rental Reno airport will vary according to the time of year, the rental supplier, and the vehicle itself. As a guide, a compact car may cost as little as USD$35 per day during the winter months, while a luxury vehicle rental from Reno during summer could cost more than USD$400 per day.

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How do I return my rental car to Reno airport?

RNO rental car return is conveniently located in the same area as pick up. Proceed to the parking garage / structure at the airport to return the vehicle. You should fill the rental car with gas before returning it. If coming from a different airport location as in one-way car rentals, just follow what is stated on your rental agreement.

Which car rental companies in Reno have updated their vehicle cleaning and safety policies because of Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

This is not only true for Reno Tahoe airport car rentals, but many car hire companies in the USA have made adjustments to their procedures and policies in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

What is the cheapest car rental company in Reno?

Prices for rental car Reno airport will vary amongst the companies according to their supply and any specials or deals that they have on. Hertz is a reliably affordable option at Reno Airport and often the cheapest.

What do I need to know before booking a car rental in Reno?

For a safe and enjoyable trip, you should know a bit about the local road rules and customs. Take a look at the driving tips provided above. Always take with you your official documents and identification, including but not limited to the valid driver's license for the entire rental period and remember that only permitted additional driver or additional authorized driver may drive the rental car.

You should also read over the terms and conditions of a rental before booking it, particularly the cancellation policy. Take note of the minimum financial responsibility limits of your insurance coverage, specially about the use or operation of company / owner rental vehicle. The rental agreement both serves as protection of you being the renter and the renting supplier.

What type of car is recommended for driving in Reno?

Any compact car or sedan is fine for driving in and around Reno. For long road trips or if you are heading into nearby national parks like Yosemite, you might prefer an SUV for space and comfort.

How old do you have to be to rent a car in Reno?

Most suppliers of Reno airport rental cars will rent to customers aged 20+ or 21+ who have a valid driver's license. Some will also charge a young driver fee for anyone aged under 25.

To ensure you are seeing the right options, enter your age into the search field.

Can I rent a car for a month or longer in Reno?

Yes, most car rental Reno NV airport companies will allow rentals for longer than a month. Long term rentals usually have cheaper daily rates and are great for extended vacations. Find a great deal when you book with GoSee and explore more of Nevada and the rest of USA. Make sure to check the rental agreement for terms and conditions and other details.

How do I get from Reno Airport to South Lake Tahoe?

Reno Tahoe Intl Airport (RNO) is approximately 59 miles from South Lake Tahoe. Secure a car rental at the airport and drive away for a little over an hour to reach this beautiful spot. If you're looking for other transport options, South Tahoe Airporter is a popular choice. Taking the bus or rideshare, such as Uber or Lyft, can also get you there.