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Transportation

Getting to the Conference or Workshops

Most people will want to fly into Reno International Airport, located in Reno, Nevada. Reno is the nearest large airport.

For complete details download the flyer: http://media.nips.cc/Conferences/2013/NIPS2013-destination-tahoe-transportation.pdf

Transportation to/from Reno Airport to Lake Tahoe

We highly recommend you reserve a private bus or shuttle seat with our transportation partner, Destination Tahoe. Please make your reservation by Monday, November 18 - after this date seating is not guaranteed but is distributed as available.

Make your reservations with Destination Tahoe:
http://www.prestoregister.com/cgi-bin/order.pl?ref=dtmetours&fm=7
Deadline: Monday, November 18

Transportation to/from San Francisco Airport to Lake Tahoe

Important: We recommend attendees fly to Reno because a bus from SF airport will take ~5.5 hours. Depending on flight times it's likely faster to fly to Reno. In addition, in the case of bad weather, roads from California are significantly more likely to be closed than roads from Reno.

Buses departing from the SFO Airport:

  • Wednesday, December 4 at 3:00pm
  • Thursday, December 5 at 3:00 pm

Returning to SFO airport:

  • Wednesday, December 11 at 3:00 am
  • Wednesday, December 11 at 7:00 am

Make your reservations with Destination Tahoe:
http://www.prestoregister.com/cgi-bin/order.pl?ref=dtmetours&fm=7
Deadline: Monday, November 18

Transportation from Sir Frances Drake Hotel to Lake Tahoe

Departing, Thursday, Dec. 5 at 9:00 am

Returning to SFO airport on Wednesday, December. 11 at 3:00 am and 7:00 am

Make your reservations with Destination Tahoe:
http://www.prestoregister.com/cgi-bin/order.pl?ref=dtmetours&fm=7
Deadline: Monday, November 18

Early Transportation back to Reno

Destination Tahoe is offering a shuttle to Reno on Tuesday, December 10 for those with early flight departures for December 11. You will have time to enjoy the farewell reception; the shuttle will leave around 8:30 pm that will take you to either Harrahs or The Peppermill Hotel. Both hotels have free shuttle service to the airport. We suggest you make your Reno hotel reservations now for best pricing.

Make your reservations with Destination Tahoe:
http://www.prestoregister.com/cgi-bin/order.pl?ref=dtmetours&fm=7
Deadline: Monday, November 18

Destination Tahoe Details

If you've made your reservation, you will be met in the baggage claim area by Destination Tahoe. They schedule either a bus, van, town car, or SUV depending on how many passengers are arriving at a given time. So it's important to let them know your flight details. If your flight is delayed they will track your arrival time so you won't be left behind.

The longest anyone should wait for transportation is 45-50 minutes and most people will wait less than that. The shuttle drive to Lake Tahoe will take about an hour, depending on the weather.

You may schedule your pickup and drop-off anytime between December 1 - December 9.

Driving

We do not recommend driving to the venue since the roads may be snowy or icy. Driving conditions can be quite poor in Winter; the author has personal experience driving in Lake Tahoe during Winter.

If you are going to rent a car, please be comfortable driving in snowy or icy conditions, and be prepared to put snow chains on the tires.

Driving from Reno

Driving from Reno is relatively easy, and the roads from Reno are better able to handle snow and ice. If you have to drive yourself, we recommend driving from Reno.

Rental Cars in Reno

A list of rental car companies may be found here: http://renoairport.com/tofrom-airport/rental-cars

Driving from San Francisco or Sacramento in California

This is a much longer drive than from Reno, Nevada and the roads are much less tolerant of bad conditions. In case of bad weather, the road from Sacramento might be closed. For this reason we recommend coming from Reno.

Transportation / Skiing Desk Hours in Harveys Convention Center Floor.

  • Dec 4th 4:00-8:00pm
  • Dec 5th 12-8:00pm
  • Dec 6th 8am-11am & 3pm-6pm
  • Dec 7th 8am-11am & 3pm-6pm
  • Dec 8th 8am-11am & 3pm-6pm
  • Dec 9th 8am-11am & 3pm-6pm
  • Dec 10th 8am-12:00pm