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Travel Tips

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When traveling to or from Reno-Tahoe International Airport, here are a few helpful tips to remember.

  • Hours of Operation - The airport is a public building that is open 24/7.  However, the airline hours of operation vary from air carrier to air carrier.  Some airline ticket counters open as early as 4:15 am for passenger check-in.  The Airport Authority recommends contacting your airline directly for the most accurate and up-to-date information. 
  • The airlines advise travelers to arrive early, at least 90 minutes to 2 hours prior to flight departure time. Check with your airline for their recommended check-in time.
  • Per the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), liquids, gels and aerosols are limited to 3 oz per container in carry-on baggage and must fit in one quart-sized plastic bag per passenger.  (For more details, please visit for the “3-1-1” Policy.)
  • Do not pre-wrap holiday gifts you plan to carry on board the airplane. Security personnel may be required to unwrap and open wrapped packages.
  • Limit your carry-on baggage. FAA directives dictate that all passengers are limited to one carry-on bag and one personal item (examples include: purse, briefcase, computer/case, backpack). Pack light, as fewer check-in and carry-on items will speed up the screening process.
  • Have photo identification ready upon check-in at the ticket counter and at security checkpoints (example: driver’s license, passport).
  • Curbside SkyCap service at Reno-Tahoe International Airport is provided by the following airlines: American and Southwest.  (American Airlines charges a fee for this service. Please visit the individual air carrier websites for more specific information.)
  • Only ticketed passengers are allowed through security checkpoints. Please see airline ticket counter personnel if you have any special needs, such as accompanying a minor or the elderly.
  • Call the airline prior to departure to ensure flight information is correct, and that the flight is on time. For specific flight information, contact the airline directly.
  • Help us keep wait times down at the security checkpoints by not packing sharp items. Minimize wearing of jewelry and other metal items when passing through the checkpoints. Be prepared to place all items in a plastic tub for x-ray as well as laptop computers.
  • Pack your patience, and enjoy your travel experience.


  • Parking Fees: Click here for more parking information.
  • To drop off or pick passengers up, use short-term parking. Passengers may also be dropped off or picked up at the front curb. The curbside is for active loading and unloading only. Do not leave your vehicle unattended while using the curbside for drop off.


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Burning Man Welcome Table

Air Playa Info will be a welcome area at the entrance to Baggage Claim. Staffed by Burning Man volunteers, Air Playa Info will offer up travel information, maps, transportation info and more.

Air Playa Info Welcome Area is open Thursday, August 21-August 28 from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Stop by and sign our guest book and tell us where you’re from and let Burning Man experts provide answers to your questions.

Burner Express Bus Service

Advanced ticket sales have ended. However, a limited number of tickets will be for sale at Reno-Tahoe International Airport. One-Way tickets start at $68 from the Reno Airport to Black Rock City. Additional charges may apply depending on luggage and Round-Trip tickets are also available.

Burner Express will pick up outside Door D (at the end of baggage claim).

Departures to the Playa begin on Saturday, August 23.  Return trips begin Friday, August29.

Bike Drop-Off

The RTIA is partnering with the local Kiwanis club to offer a space where bikes can be collected. Upon your return, a gated area staffed by Kiwanis members will be available for any unwanted bikes. Kiwanis will then refurbish the bikes and give them to children in need.

Bike Drop-Off area will be on the center curb, south of the terminal Watch for signage at the entrance to the airport to guide you.

depARTures Gallery

Burning Man:  Igniting Nevada's Creative Fire will be on display on the second floor of the airport terminal, past security, from August to October 2014. This free art exhibit celebrates the art and culture of Burning Man and includes painting, photography, video and sculpture. Stop by and enjoy it as you travel through Reno-Tahoe International Airport.

Rental Car Service

If you are in need of a car, the RTIA has rental car service on-site.  These include: Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National, and Thrifty.

We encourage you to call ahead to reserve your vehicle, as Burning Man is the single largest event each year at Reno-Tahoe International Airport.

Please be aware that most car rental companies will charge a hefty cleaning fee for all vehicles going to the Playa.

Hotel Deals

Many hotels are offering “Burner Deals” before and after Burning Man.  Please click the link for more details.