Getting to Reno

This page contains information on ways of getting to and from Reno. We have provided a separate page with details of local transport options while you're in town. We have also provided some useful maps of the Reno area.

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By Air

Reno has over 140 daily flights to and from the Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO). Information on the airport is available from or from the airport's own site.

A route map is provided below. Airlines servicing Reno-Tahoe include: Alaska Airlines, American, Delta (including Northwest), Horizon, Southwest, United and US Airways.

The Reno Airport Web Site also includes a search page which shows all the flights available between Reno and any other location - you give it a starting city, and it lists everything, on all airlines. You can find this page here.

The Reno terminal is very easy to use - the layout is shown on this terminal map. Even more usefully for incoming fans, the airport is very centrally located, just a couple of miles from the convention center and our chosen hotels. FREE airport shuttles are available to the Peppermill and the Atlantis, with a travel time of under 10 minutes.

By Rail

Another great way to get to Reno-Tahoe is by rail. The main Amtrak station is in downtown Reno, approximately 3 miles (5 km) north of the convention center. (Map). It's a short taxi ride or a $2 bus ride down Virginia Street from the station to the convention center. The Amtrak web information for Reno can be found here.

The highlight Amtrak route servicing Reno (and also nearby Sparks) is the California Zephyr. The Zephyr runs daily between Chicago and San Francisco, coursing through the plains of Nebraska to Denver, across the Rockies to Salt Lake City, and then through Reno and Sacramento into Emeryville/San Francisco. Experienced travelers say it is one of the most beautiful train trips in all of North America. In addition to the daily east- and west-bound California Zephyr trains, Amtrak dedicated motor coaches serve the Reno station from Sacramento, with connections to Amtrak's Capitol Corridor, San Joaquin, and Coast Starlight trains from the Bay Area, Southern California, and the Pacific Northwest. If you have the time (and live near the route) why not add this to your vacation plan?

By Road

Reno is within easy driving distance from the Bay Area and manageable driving distance from most of California and up into Oregon. Some key driving distances are listed below. One thing to bear in mind, if you're thinking about driving, is that Reno is an easy place to drive in. With around 350,000 citizens, traffic is light, and there is little in the way of a rush hour - and of course we have free parking at both our hotels.

From RenoMilesMinutes
Auburn, CA9995
Sacramento, CA132131
Stockton, CA182173
San Francisco, CA219215
San Jose, CA251242
Fresno, CA298290
Boise, ID423439
Las Vegas, NV448474
Los Angeles, CA518470
Salt Lake City, UT524431
Portland, OR577570
Phoenix, AZ769778

Advice for International Travellers

For international travelers who are not citizens of the US or Canada and are coming to Renovation under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP):

Please note that the United States Department of Homeland Security is implementing a change to the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA), which is required for all visitors travelling under the VWP. Effective September 8, 2010, there will be a $14 application charge for new ESTAs, including getting one put into a new passport because the old passport expired (ESTAs are not valid if the passport on which they’re issued has expired).

While this may not seem like a lot, if there are two or three members of your household coming to Renovation, that can cost you a book or two! However, if your passport will be valid for a few years yet, you can apply before September 8 and get a free ESTA that will be valid for two years. This would allow you to attend both Renovation and the 2012 Worldcon without having to get a new ESTA, if the timing works out for you.

Additional information on this program is available from the Department of Homeland Security website.