Surrounded by lush parks and forests, Reno is a unique oasis that provides plenty of opportunity for outdoor exploration. Deciding to rent a car during your time in Reno will be a worthwhile decision, opening up the ability to discover the beauty of Lake Tahoe, the Sierra Nevada mountain range, Truckee River, and the valleys and desert of Nevada. By hiring a car and maximizing your time in town you will be able to explore the amazing natural landscapes and still check out the funky and eclectic nightlife of downtown Reno.
Reno-Tahoe International Airport is located only 3 miles from the downtown district, meaning you can pick up your rental car and be in the city in no time at all. Survey the best list of rental options available at Reno-Tahoe International Airport using KAYAK and organize your rental before you arrive. Major global rental companies such as Alamo, Avis, Hertz, Thrifty, and Budget have counters located within the baggage claim area of the airport terminal.
If you plan on traveling to the many mountainous areas surrounding the valley that Reno sits in, keep in mind that the weather at high elevations is unpredictable and thus the road conditions can change quickly. Ensure that you regularly check local weather reports and take extra precautions when driving on snow or ice.
Rush hour is a relative piece of cake in Reno compared to other major cities across the United States. While there is increased congestion on the roads between 7 am and 9 am and between 5 pm and 6:30 pm, most of the city is reachable within 45 minutes -- even if you are coming from the opposite side of town!
25% of our users found rental cars in Reno for C$ 45 or less
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Compact rental cars in Reno are around 33% cheaper than other car types, on average
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Some car rental companies in Reno which have updated their car rental health and safety policies due to COVID-19 to make sure vehicles are clean and disinfected include Thrifty, Dollar and Hertz
On average a hire car in Reno costs C$ 58 per day.
In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at Dollar (C$ 100/day), Avis (C$ 111/day) and Enterprise (C$ 124/day). In the last 72 hours the cheapest rental car price was found at Avis 5485 Meadowood Mall Circle 89511 (7 kilometers from city center).
Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car rental companies in Reno are Alamo (9.1, 269 reviews), Enterprise (8.6, 213 reviews), and Dollar (8.2, 157 reviews).
The average gas price in Reno is C$ 4.23 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between C$ 51 and C$ 68, depending on the car size.
Intermediate (Hyundai Elantra or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Reno.
A Intermediate car rental in Reno costs C$ 56 per day, on average.
A Compact car rental in Reno costs C$ 57 per day, on average.
A Economy car rental in Reno costs C$ 45 per day, on average.
In Reno, cars are most frequently rented at Dollar 2001 East Plumb Lane (5 km from city centre ).
On average a rental car in Reno costs C$ 408 per week (C$ 58 per day).
On average a rental car in Reno costs C$ 1,748 per month (C$ 58 per day).
There is adequate space on roads and in parking spots throughout the downtown district of Reno, meaning that you do not have to make any sacrifices for space or comfort when choosing your rental car. An all-wheel drive is, however, recommended if you are visiting Reno during the winter months and plan on driving to any of the nearby mountain ranges.
Unless otherwise indicated, the speed limit on residential roads and within urban areas is 30 mph. Urban freeways have a maximum speed of 65 mph, while primary undivided roads can have a speed limit of between 55-70 mph. On rural divided highways the speed limit can vary from 65 to 75 mph, while rural freeways, such as the I-95 that connects to Arizona, can range between 70-80 mph.
You can expect to pay approximately $3.09 per gallon of gas in Reno, which is slightly above the American average. If you are required to return your car with a full tank of gas, consider stopping at the Silver State Food Mart on E Plumb Lane, which is only a mile from Reno-Tahoe International Airport.
On-street parking is relatively easy to find, even in the city center; however, there is normally a 2-hour limit unless you park after 6pm. Make the most of free on-street parking available throughout the city on Sundays -- this is the perfect day to plan an adventure through the downtown area.