Silver State Mainline, a Nevada bus service, recently began a new route that offers service from Reno to Las Vegas, stop-ping in Hawthorne along the way.
For the first time in more than a decade, Mineral County residents can buy a ticket, hop on the bus and travel to Las Vegas or Reno any day of the week, a great option for those that don’t have other modes of transportation.
“We’re very excited about it, it’s going very well so far,” said Jerry Hagan, general manager of Silver State Trailways (Silver State Mainline’s parent company). “We’ve been running since the last week of June, and ridership has been up as of late.”
The daily bus line runs two busses every day, one going north and one south, with multiple stops in between. The north portion of the ride originates in North Las Vegas at 7:45 a.m. and makes its final two stops in Reno at 5:30 p.m. and Doyle Calif., 45 minutes north of Reno, at 6:15 p.m.
If you’re travelling south, you could pick up the bus in Reno at 9 a.m. and arrive at one of three Las Vegas locations around 6:30 p.m.
Stops at each location typically only last between 10 to 15 minutes, but with Hawthorne (El Capitan) being the only meal stop, the bus is here for over half an hour.
The price is very reasonable too.
Riders wanting to get to Reno from Hawthorne would pay $34 for a one way ticket departing the El Capitan at 2:20 p.m. daily, while those wanting to go to Las Vegas would leave at 12:45 p.m. with the cost being $57.
“It’s a great option for those living in rural Nevada that need to get to the bigger cities,” Hagan said. “We tried to do the best we could as far as times go for them if they (riders) need to get to a doctor’s appointment or anywhere else. Now they have another way of getting to those places.”
Other stops on the route include Pahrump, Beatty, Tonopah, Fallon and Carson City. To purchase tickets and to get a full schedule, visit their website at silverstatemainline.com.