By Air -- Most major airlines offer service into Reno-Tahoe International Airport (tel. 775/328-6400; www.renoairport.com). A downtown casino shuttle service runs from the airport every half-hour. Look for the white minibuses outside of baggage claim marked DOWNTOWN HOTELS. Fare is $2.65. Rental cars from the major chains are available at the airport.
By Train -- Amtrak (tel. 800/USA-RAIL [872-7245]; www.amtrak.com) trains pull into the station at 280 N. Center St. The California Zephyr connects Reno to Chicago (trip time: 45 hr.), Omaha (35 hr.), Denver (26 hr.), and Salt Lake City (10 hr.).
By Car -- From San Francisco, take I-80 East to Sacramento and on to Reno; from Salt Lake City, take I-80 West. From Los Angeles, take I-5 through central California to Sacramento and then I-80 to Reno. Be prepared for winter snowstorms that can make I-80 a chain-required highway. For road conditions, contact the Nevada Department of Transportation's 24-hour Road Reporting Service (tel. 877/687-6237; http://safetravelusa.com/nv).
For information on lodging, attractions, and more, contact the Reno/Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority (RSCVA), 4590 S. Virginia St., P.O. Box 837, Reno, NV 89502 (tel. 800/FOR-RENO [367-7366] or 775/827-7600; www.visitrenotahoe.com).
Pedestrian-friendly downtown Reno is easily navigable on foot. If you head out of the downtown area and don't want to rent a car, try Yellow Cab (tel. 775/355-5555), Reno-Sparks Cab Co. (tel. 775/333-3333), or Whittlesea Checker Taxi (tel. 775/322-2222). A number of the larger hotels and motels have free courtesy buses on call. Check with your hotel or motel for information.
St. Mary's Regional Medical Center, 235 W. 6th St. (tel. 775/770-3000), is downtown just off I-80 near Circus Circus Reno Hotel Casino. There's a 24-hour Walgreens pharmacy at 750 N. Virginia St. (tel. 775/337-8703). Sales tax in Reno is 7.375%; hotel tax is 13.5%.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.