I travel from England via Schipol Airport to San Francisco, and get an internal flight from there.
I have found that KLM have the best fares, try to book about 8 or 9 months in advance to get the best 'V Class' fares (a V Class return last May cost just 230 pounds sterling!) needless to say I just missed that fare, and got a Q Class for 330! still a bargain when you think of the diatance! Theres a shuttle service from SFO to Reno, so you could really just turn up and take a chance on the next flight.. One really cool thing...on the Northwest Airlines shuttle, you can listen in to the pilot and control towers through headphones, all through the flight.
plane. or if coming from California, auto.
Cab though expensive. If you stay downtown, you can walk everywhere. Pepermill and Atlantis So of downtown but they have shuttle busses to take you downtown.
I recommend flying into Reno. Coming into Reno at dusk is the best view you can find. (make sure to have a window seat.) The lights of Reno are beautiful.
While in Reno, I found the tour busses and trips to be the most informative transportation. Most narrate as you travel to and from the sites, giving you a more 'in-depth' understanding.
For a classic experience, you can't beat travel from the San Francisco Bay Area to Reno and back by Private Railroad Passenger Car! You'll experience the best of vintage rail travel just like the rich and famous. All of your needs aboard are met by uniformed staff in the traditions of the famed Pullman Company. Enjoy a classic cocktail as the miles roll by or enjoy a sit-down meal served on vintage china and linen in railroad tradition. Surprisingly affordable, a group of 16 can travel in this elegant style. Travel to Reno one day, spend the evening enjoying Nevada style entertainment and travel back to the Bay Area the next day. Check out the web page for more info!
Reno's Citifare bus system runs 24 hours a day for only $1.25 a ride. Taxi's are also plentiful. Most of downtown Reno is in easy walking distance from all of the major hotels!
Downtown Reno is quite small, and reasonably safe even late at night. So just park the car for the duration of your stay and walk. It's a good walking city.
You can fly into the local airport, or drive, or take a bus, or ride a motorcycle.
Reno has a good bus system and taxi services, most of the hotels have shuttles to the airport and major attractions