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Renting a car is a must when you visit Lake Tahoe. While you can fly to places like Reno and then board public transportation or shuttles to get you to the Lake Tahoe area, it is generally much easier and much more convenient to rent a car and make the trip. When you get to wherever you are staying in Lake Tahoe, you will most certainly need a car to get around, especially if you plan on exploring the area. This is going to be especially true if you want to head to some of the more remote areas you will find around Lake Tahoe.
Because the Lake Tahoe area is subject to the driving regulations of two different states, there may be some minor differences depending on where you drive in Lake Tahoe. For the most part, driving here is going to be like driving in any other state in the United States. One of the great things about this area is that you can drive around the entire lake. Be aware that most of the drive is going to be on two and four-lane highways and travel times can be longer because of congestion on these smaller roads, especially during peak travel seasons.
For the most part, most rental car companies will expect renters to be at least twenty one years old to rent a car, although drivers that are less than twenty five years old may pay an additional fee for renting a car. You should also expect that if you are younger than twenty five years old, there may be limits to the type of car you can rent. If you plan on using a debit card rather than a credit card to rent a car, most rental car companies will expect you to be at least twenty five years old to rent the car.
Economy (Mitsubishi Mirage or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Lake Tahoe.
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