Lake Tahoe airports make it easy to get to this destination in the Sierras. There are a few airports in the area to choose from, but depending on your budget and where you’re traveling from, your options might be limited. The most popular choice is the Reno Tahoe Airport. Located about an hour’s drive from most of the main ski resorts in Lake Tahoe, this airport is used by most travelers who choose to arrive on domestic and international flights. If you’re looking for alternative options to fly to Tahoe, choices include Lake Tahoe Airport and an airport in Truckee.
The biggest and most popular of all Lake Tahoe Airports is Reno. This international airport is located three miles from the city of Reno, and it is the closest commercial airport to the ski resorts and lakeside towns of Lake Tahoe. The Reno Tahoe Airport is the second-busiest airport in the state, after the airport in Las Vegas. A handful of airlines offer service to this airport, including American Airlines, American Eagle, Delta, Horizon Air, Southwest, United Airlines, and US Airways. Of all these airlines, American Airlines is has developed a strong relationship with Reno Tahoe Airport.
If you want to fly to Tahoe on a budget, this is the best choice for finding cheap flights, and transportation to the Lake Tahoe ski resorts is available from the airport as well. City bus service is one option (with connections into Reno), but shuttles are a popular way to go. There are two types of shuttles at Reno Tahoe airport: shuttles run by private companies and complimentary shuttles for hotels. One bonus of staying at a big hotel, resort, or casino is this shuttle service that brings you door to door. Hotels that offer this service include Atlantis, Harrahs, and Silver Legacy, among others. When making reservations with individual hotels, inquire as to whether or not they provide shuttle service to and from the airport, and what hours these shuttles operate.
Another option for Lake Tahoe airports is Tahoe Valley Airport, also called Lake Tahoe Airport. Located three miles from South Lake Tahoe, this small airport has one runway. In the past, this airport offered some commercial service, but this stopped in the early 21st century. If you plan on flying your own plane to Lake Tahoe, this small airport might be an option. Many travelers who frequently visit Lake Tahoe miss the good old days of cheap flights connecting San Jose or Los Angeles to this airport for low fares. Unfortunately, neither Tahoe Air nor Allegiant Air continued offering these services.
One last option if you want to fly to Tahoe is the airport in Truckee. For more than 50 years, this airport has served both visitors and locals alike in the Truckee area and beyond. Some travelers choose to arrive in their own planes or to fly charter to minimize the travel time and maximize their time enjoying the sights and sounds of Lake Tahoe. This airport is open seven days a week, and though there are no strict rules on the time you can take off or land, pilots are asked to be good neighbors and abide by the suggested curfew of not flying between 11 pm and 6 am.