Getting around


Getting around in Carson City, as a tourist can be an enjoyable and convenient experience, whether you choose to explore by car or use public transportation. Here are the best ways to get around the city:

By Car:

  1. Renting a Car: Renting a car is one of the most convenient ways to explore Carson City and the surrounding areas, especially if you plan to visit nearby attractions like Lake Tahoe or the Sierra Nevada mountains. Major car rental companies operate at the Reno-Tahoe International Airport, which is the closest major airport to Carson City.
  2. City Streets: Carson City is relatively easy to navigate by car, with well-maintained roads and a simple grid layout in the downtown area. Parking is generally available and often free, making it convenient to visit local attractions, restaurants, and shops.

By Public Transportation:

  1. Public Bus: Carson City offers a public bus system called JAC (Jump Around Carson) Transit. JAC provides several bus routes that cover the city and connect to nearby communities. It’s an affordable way to get around, and schedules are available on the JAC Transit website.
  2. Taxis and Rideshares: Taxis and rideshare services like Uber and Lyft are available in Carson City, providing on-demand transportation within the city and to nearby areas. They are convenient options for short trips or when you prefer not to drive.

Biking, walking, tours:

  • Biking: Carson City has bike-friendly streets and scenic trails, making it a pleasant place to explore on two wheels. You can rent bicycles from local shops or bring your own.
  • Walking: The downtown area of Carson City is pedestrian-friendly, with sidewalks and crosswalks. Many attractions, shops, and restaurants are within walking distance of each other, making it a great way to explore the city center.
  • Tours and Shuttles: Consider guided tours or shuttle services if you want a hassle-free way to explore specific attractions or areas. These services often provide insights into the history and culture of the region.
  • Regional Transportation: If you plan to explore beyond Carson City, regional transportation options like Amtrak and Greyhound can take you to nearby cities and attractions.