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About Reno

Reno is a city in the U.S. state of Nevada. With a population of 233,294 people, it is the third largest city in the state. Reno is the city that creates winners as it is renowned for its casinos. Tourist attractions of this contrasting city, includes the Peppermill hotel casino, National Automobile Museum and Burning Man.

Cheap flights to Reno are now available for a limited period of time, so do not miss out on being enchanted by this lively dessert city. Reno is home of Reno - Tahoe International Airport (RNO), which is located a short 7 minute drive from the city centre. Reno – Tahoe International Airport serves a multitude of airlines – including United Airlines, Alaska Airlines and Delta Air Lines. Popular international flights depart from Cape Town and Johannesburg.

Why visit Reno

blue water lake

Nature

Lake Tahoe provides a beautiful escape from the city mayhem that can be experienced in the casino haven. The lake is ideal for boating, fishing and water skiing.

flying reno airplane

The Reno Air Races

The Reno Air Races is an annual event, occurring in September, it hosts demonstrations by stunt pilots. It is a thrilling showcase of the world’s fastest motor sport.

vintage reno car

National Automobile Museum

The museum is a must-see for car enthusiasts. It boasts the best vintage and modern cars. The eye-popping cars on display will excite your inner child.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Country United States of America
Currency Dollar
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 0.078 USD
Language English
Hub Airport Reno–Tahoe International Airport
Airline United Airlines
Time Zone GMT - 8
Travel Adaptor Type A and B

Best time to visit Reno

To avoid the Reno mayhem consider going during the low seasons from April to May and October to November. You may not be able to experience Lake Tahoe at its finest but the city makes up for it with the gambling shenanigans at the casinos, seen on American films including The Muppets and Sister Act.

Weather & Climate in Reno

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low °C -8°C -5°C -4°C -2°C 2°C 7°C 8°C 7°C 4°C -1°C -4°C -7°C
High °C 7°C 11°C 13°C 17°C 21°C 27°C 32°C 32°C 28°C 21°C 13°C 8°C
Rainfall (mm) 26 26 19 12 12 13 5 6 9 13 21 26

Overview

Reno is known as “The Biggest Little City in the World”, painted with the very best casinos for your entertainment. Reno is the perfect getaway for people looking to get the best of both worlds. Enjoy the serenity of Reno’s soothing outdoor activities. From hiking up Hunter Creek Trail to fishing at Lake Tahoe, you are blessed with a variety of opportunities to soak up the Reno sun.

For those going to the city to win a few dollars, Reno’s casinos are there to be exploited. Majestically lavish, Downtown Reno dazzles visitors with flashy neon signs and the sounds of slots machine melodies. It is easy to get caught up in the casino bliss as the charm of Reno is to make you feel as if you are transported to a world beyond responsibilities and any worries. Remember, the house always wins.

Visa & Customs

South African Passport holders will have to provide information of their intended travel and other facts to apply for a visa. This information will determine what type of visa is required under U.S immigration law. Applicants need to apply and pay for an appointment to be interviewed.

There are two ways to pay for an appointment:

• Go online and make an application online at ceac.state.gov/genniv. • Get a pre-printed bank deposit slip at southafrica.usvisa-info.com. Prepare to wait up to 4 hours for payment to be processed before you are able to continue with your application. • Continue by visiting http://southafrica.usvisa-info.com / or by calling 0800980444, 021-300-9700, 031-100-3000 or 010-500-8800.

Health & Safety

Healthcare in Reno is generally of a high standard but be advised that over the counter medication normally requires a prescription. Only emergency cases are treated without prior payment. It is advised to ensure that your medical insurance is thoroughly checked before leaving for Reno. There are no mandatory vaccination requirements required to enter the city. However, it is encouraged to get a tetanus shot to be on the safe side, should an incident occur during your holiday.

The emergency number to contact is 911, if you experience any serious incidents. To report non-emergency incidents, call 334-2121. For your safety, please be advised of the following helpful tips:

• Do not store your luggage in your vehicle • Use the parking at the hotel where you are staying • Place valuables in a hotel room safe • Inquire at the front desk about safe places to dine • Be mindful of your belongings at all times • Do not carry large sums of money on you • Use automatic teller machines in well lit areas

Cost of Living

Item Cape Town Johannesburg Reno
Meal, inexpensive restaurant R100.00 R100.00 R159.54
Domestic Beer (0.5 litre draught) R25.00 R25.00 R38.29
Cappucino (regular) R22.65 R22.25 R15.86
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) R10.00 R10.00 R15.86
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