Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (All Transportation)

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Getting to Reno:

By Air:

The following airlines service the Reno-Tahoe International Airport (airport code: RNO): Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta, Horizon Airlines, Northwest Airlines, Southwest Airlines, United, U.S. Airways.

You probably have your own method to search for flights, but, in the USA/ Canada, I love Kayak, it has a funny name but is a great tool for finding good fares, and good schedules.  The only domestic US airline that it does not include is Southwest Airlines. You'll have to create a free login, but it's worth it.

For Europe-USA flights, I recommend trying Kayak or SkyScanner. (Please note, if you're thinking of doing some other traveling within the US while here for the conference, please check Southwest Airlines, they only fly domestically, but I'd say they're like a deluxe version of EasyJet (not quite as cheap though), and as of January, 2010, you can still check 2 bags onto the plane for free.)

By Train:

The Amtrak train provides service to Reno via the California Zephyr line. This line goes from Chicago all the way to Emeryville, CA (Bay Area) with service to Reno. The train station is approximately 2 blocks from the Silver Legacy conference hotel.

By Car:

Reno, Nevada is approximately this far (by car) from:

Lake Tahoe (Incline Village) - 49 minutes / 37.48 miles

San Francisco - 3 hours 42 minutes / 217.85 miles

Las Vegas - 7 hours 11 minutes / 448.48 miles

Portland, Oregon - 9 hours 14 minutes / 547.10 miles

While in Reno:

Airport - Hotel Shuttle:

The Silver Legacy Hotel shuttle departs from the hotel at the top of the hour from 5 am to 11 pm and departs from the airport on the bottom of the hour from 5:30 am to 11:30 pm. Upon your arrival at the Reno-Tahoe International Airport, proceed to the baggage claim area and follow the signage directing you to the general airport shuttle area to board the Silver Legacy shuttle. (The airport is 4.12 miles (about 12 minutes) from the Silver Legacy Hotel. If you instead chose to take a taxi, it would cost $10-$15 one-way.)


Parking at the Silver Legacy Hotel is convenient and free in their 11-story self-parking garage; complimentary valet service is also available. In addition, Silver Legacy's valet can accommodate oversized vehicles such as RV’s and boats at an off property location.

You can park at the UNR campus on the top level of the Brian J Whalen Garage (building #083 on this map or this map) for $5 for all day. Other visitor Parking at the University of Nevada, is available for 2 hours at a time at paid metered parking on campus ($1.50 per hour). You can park at any meter on campus for free on Saturday and Sunday.

Directions for campus parking

Please plan to use our conference shuttle service, or the city's free Sierra Spirit shuttle.

City Shuttle - Sierra Spirit:

Sierra Spirit Route Map
This is a free public bus that you can ride, every 10 minutes, between the University and downtown (where the Silver Legacy Hotel is) between 7:00am and 7:00pm every day.

Conference Shuttle:

The conference hotel and conference venue are about 1.5 miles apart, therefore we are offering a free shuttle between the hotel (Silver Legacy Valet area) and the University before and after conference & 2-day workshop events.

Busing will begin at 7:45am each morning, and will finish at approximately 9:15/9:30am.  We will have multiple coaches and shuttles looping in the morning. If you do your math, you'll see that if you catch the shuttle bus after 8:45am, you'll be late!  This also means that if everyone attending the conference tries to catch the bus at the exact same time, you all won't make it.  Please consider this when planning for the shuttle.  As early as 8:00am we'll have coffee & tea up at the university for you and you'll have access to the conference bookstore if you'd like to take that time to peruse the books (the bookstore will be closed in the morning on Saturday & Monday).

We will have shuttles in the evening to take you back to the hotel after events at the JCSU.

Reno City Buses:

City bus information is available on the RTC website.

Car Rental:

You can rent with Hertz at the Silver Legacy. All other car rentals can be obtained at the airport.

Traveling to San Francisco:

A number of people have already told me that they are planning to go to San Francisco after the conference.  San Francisco is a terrific city and I highly recommend it.  You can take the Amtrak train, or I would recommend taking Southwest Airlines into Oakland, or another airline into the San Francisco Airport.  From the Oakland Airport you can get a shuttle to the BART (San Francisco's public transportation train system).  If you fly into the San Francisco Airport, you can directly access the BART, but it's just a few minutes farther away than Oakland. You can drive to San Francisco, but be prepared to pay $20-$30 per day for parking. When I go there, I try to stay in the "Union Square" area.  It's a nice area and fairly central, although there are other great areas to stay in.  Try or Kayak for hotels and neighborhoods.

(If you live in the area, or have visited recently and have other suggestions, please click "Add new comment" at the bottom of this page, and I'll incorporate your info here.)