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The reserved automobile parking area, located within the main gate (L5 on the site map), is within easy walking distance of the grandstands, box seating and pit entrance. Season parking reservations may be purchased in advance. Partial week or pro-rated payments are not accepted for pre-purchased reservations; however, you may purchase non-reserved auto parking on site for $10/day. Vehicles may not remain in any automobile parking lot overnight.
Handicap parking is available for vehicles displaying official handicap plates or placards. Shuttle service is provided from the handicap parking lot to the main gate.
There are two reserved parking areas for recreational vehicles. The Optimist Lot is located north of Echo Avenue, east of Mt. Vida St. and across from Gate 2. The West Lot is located at the far west end of the field, west of the RARA hangar. RV permits are for the entire event only. No daily permits for RVs are available. More information on recreational vehicles can be found here.
Shuttle buses are available, operating daily from Thursday through Sunday of Race Week in September between downtown Reno and Sparks and Reno Stead Field. A pass is required for all passengers over the age of 5. You may purchase a shuttle bus pass at the following locations: John Ascuaga's Nugget, Grand Sierra, Atlantis Casino and Spa, Peppermill, Harrah's Reno and the El Dorado Casino or through our office before
Shuttle service runs approximately every 30 minutes, for the Grand Sierra and Eldorado, they run approximately every 15 minutes. Departures are from 7:00am to 1:00pm. Returns are from 2:00pm to one hour after the last race.
Shuttle tickets may be purchased at the pick up/drop off locations and at Stead Field. Tickets prices are $12.00 one way, $20.00 round trip, $51.00 for a weekend pass (Thursday-Saturday or Friday-Sunday) and $69.00 for a 4-day pass (Thursday-Sunday). Children ages 5 and under are free.
Every inch of the Reno-Stead Airport is occupied by participants and vendors during the week of the National Championship Air Races. All non-participating aircraft should choose Reno-Tahoe Airport, Carson City Airport, Truckee Airport, or other Northern Nevada/California airports as their destination, with surface transportation from your arrival airport to the Reno-Stead Airport. Those landing in Reno-Tahoe Airport can take a short cab ride to the Grand Sierra Resort and catch the shuttle bus from there. If you plan to drive to the Races, use Route 395 North from the Reno/Sparks area.
Contact information for Reno-Tahoe International Airport Fixed Base Operators [FBOs]:
From downtown Reno, take Interstate 395 North about 11 miles. Exit on Stead Blvd and follow the signs to airport.