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Commercial airline flights to/from Reno

RTAI route mapThe Reno-Tahoe International Airport site now features an interactive map and search page that can help you plan your flights to Reno for the Air Races [opens in a new browser window].

getting to Stead Field by car

The National Championship Air Races are held at Reno Stead Field, approximately eight miles North of the city of Reno off Route 395. Click on the map at right to open a larger map of the Reno/Tahoe Area in a new browser window.

Map of the Reno/Tahoe area.

 

 

 

 

From Northern California via US395:

Upon entering Nevada from California stay on US395 for approximately 4.5 miles to the fourth (4) exit, Stead Boulevard. Turn left onto Stead Blvd and follow the signs to the Air Races.

From the East via I80:

Take I80 west to US395 North. Proceed north on US395, about 8 miles, to Stead Boulevard. Turn right onto Stead Blvd. and follow the signs to the Air Races.

From the South, Carson City and Nevada side of Lake Tahoe via US395:

Take the best route to US395, a new freeway route is open about 8 miles south of Reno, and go north through Reno (395 bypass) to the Reno Stead Airport. Turn right onto Stead Blvd. and follow the signs to the Air Races.

From the West, California Bay Area and Sacramento via I80:

Stay on I80 east for about 10 miles after entering Nevada from the west to US395 North. Proceed north on US395, about 8 miles, to Stead Boulevard. Turn right onto Stead Blvd. and follow the signs to the Air Races.

From Downtown Reno

If you are staying in the downtown core area of Reno:

Proceed north for 7 blocks on either Virginia Street or Center Street and turn right to I80 east for about 1.5 miles to US395 North (Susanville) about 8 miles, to Stead Boulevard. Turn right onto Stead Blvd. and follow the signs to the Air Races.

If you are travelling from the Reno Hilton or the Reno/Tahoe International Airport, take northbound US395 about 9 miles, to Stead Boulevard. Turn right onto Stead Blvd. and follow the signs to the Air Races.

If you are coming from downtown Sparks and John Ascuaga's Nugget, take I80 west to US395 North. Proceed north on US395, about 8 miles, to Stead Boulevard. Turn right onto Stead Blvd. and follow the signs to the Air Races.

The Reno/Stead Airport is approximately 1.5 miles North of US395 on Stead Boulevard. Public access areas lie to the South of Stead Airport's main East-West runway (Runway 8-26).

The reserved automobile parking area, located within the main gate (L5 on the site map), is within easy walking distance of the grandstands, box seating and pit entrance. Season parking reservations may be purchased in advance. Partial week or pro-rated payments are not accepted for pre-purchased reservations; however, you may purchase non-reserved auto parking on site for $10/day. Vehicles may not remain in any automobile parking lot overnight.

 

Handicap parking is available for vehicles displaying official handicap plates or placards. Shuttle service is provided from the handicap parking lot to the main gate.
 
There are two reserved parking areas for recreational vehicles. The Optimist Lot is located north of Echo Avenue, east of Mt. Vida St. and across from Gate 2. The West Lot is located at the far west end of the field, west of the RARA hangar. RV permits are for the entire event only. No daily permits for RVs are available. More information on recreational vehicles can be found here.

Shuttle service

Shuttle buses are available, operating daily from Thursday through Sunday of Race Week in September between downtown Reno and Sparks and Reno Stead Field. A pass is required for all passengers over the age of 5. You may purchase a shuttle bus pass at the following locations:
Shuttle service runs approximately every 30 minutes. Departures are from 7:00am to 1:00pm. Returns are from 2:00pm to one hour after the last race.
Service location
Address
Pick up/drop off location
Atlantis Casino Resort and Spa
3800 S. Virginia St., Reno
Main entrance on Virginia Street
Eldorado Hotel & Casino
345 N. Virginia St., Reno
On 4th St. between Virginia and Sierra Streets
Harrah's Hotel & Casino
219 N. Center St., Reno
Outside west entrance on Center Street
John Ascuaga's Nugget
1100 Nugget Ave., Sparks
Between the Hotel and the parking garage on 11th Street
Grand Sierra Resort
2500 East 2nd Street, Reno
Motor coach transportation area, south side of hotel
Peppermill Hotel Casino
2707 S. Virginia St., Reno
Motor coach boarding area
Sands Regency Casino Hotel
345 N. Arlington Ave.
3rd Street, mid-block, near signs

 

Shuttle tickets

Shuttle tickets may be purchased at the pick up/drop off locations and at Stead Field. Tickets prices are $11.00 one way, $18.00 round trip, $51.00 for a weekend pass (Thursday-Saturday or Friday-Sunday) and $68.00 for a season pass (Thursday-Sunday)