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Reno Airport Mini Guide
How Would you Describe Reno?
Reno is a unique city, billed as ‘the biggest little city in the world’, the soubriquet is screamed at you as you enter the Reno. In many ways it’s justified, for in a small city there is so much to do and so much that is reminiscent of other cities, all rolled into one. Found in Nevada, on the border between the Sierra Nevada Mountains and the Nevada Desert, you have the best of both worlds, cool alpine terrain with snow, allowing skiing in winter – it is bidding for the 2022 Winter Olympics - and the warm desert air making the city hot in summer. This makes the city unusual for Nevada in having four distinct seasons. It’s a little like Las Vegas
in places as its fortunes were built on gambling way before Las Vegas came to prominence. Today it still tries to compete but aims at a different geographical clientele.
How do I get to Reno?
Reno-Tahoe International Airport is your best choice but it’s recommended that you avoid travel to Reno at weekends if you want to save money as flight prices are bumped up for that period. Currently, despite its name, there are no international flights, simply domestic ones from across the States. Flying to Reno from abroad requires a stopover in Seattle
. Only four miles out of Reno, You can get there by bus, taxi or hire car and Reno is unusual in putting on a free shuttle for people with mobility issues, subject to them meeting certain criteria.
What is the Airport Like?
It’s modern and attractive, especially in the recently refurbished ticket hall. Renovations are due to extend to the baggage reclaim at the end of this year whilst security will move into the current slot machine area to save two lots of security checks for arriving and departing passengers.
What can I Expect When I Arrive at Reno?
The airport has air bridges for larger planes to discharge their passengers into the terminal. The airport is compact and has no lengthy concourses like other airports. Whether arriving at Terminal B or Terminal C you’ll pass through security before going down the escalator to find your reclaim belt. Information on this is available on the screens at the end of the terminal gates. You’ll then be in the slot machine area so even before you’ve collected your cases you’ll have the chance to win back the cost of your stay or more!
Passing through the slots, you’ll turn right into the reclaim area and to your left are the car rental companies and the airport information desk. The staff there can help with airport questions or offer advice on accommodation and onward travel. There are no banks or currency exchange facilities but there is an ATM in arrivals and near the departure gates.
What About on my Return Journey?
You need to go to the right hand side of the terminal building to check in and once that’s completed you can look around the good selection of airport shops. These range from language software sales to gifts under $10 and from clothing to electronic equipment. The airport has a good range of places to eat and while most of them serve only snacks or take away meals, Brew Brothers serve good pub-style food in a nice setting. Wi-Fi is available in parts of the airport for a small fee.