How Safe Is Reno for Travel?

Reno, United States
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Reno, the “Biggest Little City in the World,” is located in the beautiful north-west region of the State of Nevada, right at the base of the Sierra Nevada mountain range and about an hour from Lake Tahoe.

Reno is the second largest tourist destination in Nevada.

Activities available in Reno include gaming, family entertainment, outdoor events, festivals, museums, fantastic cuisine, shows for everyone, art, and culture.

Reno is an exciting city, with plenty to see and do day and night; many attractions which should be considered “must-see” are located 30 – 60 minutes outside of town by car.

Therefore, renting a car is a good idea when visiting Reno.

Warnings & Dangers in Reno

Overall Risk


Reno is not the safest city, but using common sense and looking after your things, you will remain secure. Keep valuables in the hotel safe; carry only the necessary amount of money and expensive items with you. Park the car in a guarded parking lot.

Transport & Taxis Risk


Public transport is quite safe, but it is better to use a taxi in the evening. Taxis are a safe and convenient means of transportation. Use only licensed taxi services. Call it from the application on your phone or use the taxi service number that you would recommend at the hotel.

Pickpockets Risk


Pickpockets are not very common in Reno. However, in tourist and public places you can meet them. Keep track of your belongings and pockets. Be careful with those who offer or ask for help.

Natural Disasters Risk


Floods, wildfires, and earthquakes are the biggest natural disaster concerns in the Reno region. A couple of others - blizzards and high winds - can be hazardous at the time, but are usually of lesser interest than the first three.

Mugging Risk


The risk of serious robberies exists in Reno. Especially in areas remote from the city center and in the dark. Do not walk the streets of the city late at night or are in the company of like-minded people. Do not pay attention to those who are aggressive towards you.

Terrorism Risk


There is a medium risk of terrorism in this region. It can occur here due to international conflicts and the global threat of terrorists by forgiving the United States. Stay up to date on your trip to this city.

Scams Risk


Fraud is not too common in Reno. However, if it happens, it is fraud by SMS and phone. The goal of scammers is to fetch your personal information and your credit card information. Be careful not to share this information with anyone.

Women Travelers Risk


Women can safely travel to Reno if they observe the usual precautions, do not attract unwanted attention with their appearance and behavior and do not walk around the city late at night. Use a taxi to return to the hotel at night.

So... How Safe Is Reno Really?

Reno is ranked as an average secured city.

The crime index here ranges from medium to low.

The main problems in the city are related to hacking and theft of things, robberies, vandalism, and car theft.

There are also problems with drug trafficking.

To avoid any troubles in Reno, follow safety precautions while you are out and about in the Reno Tahoe area.

Be mindful of your belongings.

Thieves look for opportunities in busy areas.

Carry shoulder bags or handbags under your arm, not by the handle.

Don’t place your purse over the back of a chair.

Wear a wallet in a front pocket.

Use automatic teller machines in well-lighted areas and banks.

In the daytime, the city is almost everywhere safe, and you can walk freely.

However, walking in the dark can be unsafe.

Try to use a taxi or your car if you return to the hotel late at night.

Do not get involved in drunken fights and ignore those who are aggressive towards you.

The regular use of common sense is sufficient. Always keep an eye on your belongings and surroundings. Do not shine with a lot of cash and jewelry.

If traveling by car – always carefully lock it and park in a guarded parking lot.

How Does Reno Compare?

CitySafety Index
St Louis58
Los Angeles56
Sao Paulo (Brazil)45
Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)43
Sofia (Bulgaria)73

Useful Information

  • Visas - Visitors to the United States must obtain a visa from one of the United States diplomatic missions unless they come from one of the visa-exempt countries or Visa Waiver Program countries. A valid passport is a must.
  • Currency - The United States dollar is the official currency of the United States. It has a sign: $ and a code: USD. Also, it abbreviated US$. One dollar is divided into 100 cents (Symbol: ¢).
  • Weather - The best times to visit Reno for ideal weather are April 30th to July 8th or August 6th to October 7th. The average temperatures in Reno vary drastically. Considering humidity, temperatures feel cold for about half of the year and otherwise nice with a very low chance of rain or snow throughout the year.
  • Airports - Close to Reno, there are two airports. Reno–Tahoe International Airport is a public/military airport 6 km southeast of downtown Reno. Reno/Stead Airport is a large public and military general aviation airport located in the North Valleys area, 19 km northwest of the central business district of Reno.
  • Travel Insurance - The travel insurance policy is a must when visiting a foreign country. Make sure you got it before starting your journey, the customs officer may ask for it.
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Reno Weather Averages (Temperatures)

Jan 2° C
Feb 4° C
Mar 7° C
Apr 10° C
May 15° C
Jun 20° C
Jul 24° C
Aug 22° C
Sep 18° C
Oct 12° C
Nov 6° C
Dec 2° C
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2 Reviews on Reno

  1. H
    Harriet Jones says:

    Great Town With Fabulous Outdoor Recreation Opportunities

    We moved here from the DC area 10 years ago and love the place. The city offers lots of entertainment, shopping, cultural venues, and dining opportunities. The outdoor recreational possibilities and myriad; from hiking, camping, mountain biking, swimming, and just about anything else you can think of, in the summer to world-class downhill skiing, snow-shoeing, sledding, and any other winter sport you may be interested in.

    In your review you mentioned “humidity”. You are aware, of course, that Reno is in high desert and has exceedingly low humidity and very little rain. I have a friend from back East who lived here for a few years and said it was wonderful weather. Specifically, her actual quote was, “The best weather in the world.” We have four seasons and they’re all lovely.

    Downtown along the Truckee River is a great place for a walk. If you would like, you can swim in one of the swimming holes and picnic in the park which follows the river. The Truckee River is the only outlet for Lake Tahoe and the water is crystal clear. People kayak and go tubing right through downtown. There are many restaurants and shops lining the river walk, if you should get hungry or just want another diversion.

    We love it here and friends who have visited us from back East have, to a person, been amazed and thrilled with our little city in a spectacular landscape.

  2. S
    Samuel G. says:

    Had loads of fun

    Reno is known as a big, little city for a reason: it’s just that. This is the city that seems so small that it won’t have many attractions but it actually has almost everything you’d want. For some attractions you’ll have to travel for 30 minutes or so with your card but you are getting a great package from this city.

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