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Getting around (and to) Las Vagas
By Airport Shuttle
If you haven't booked an all-inclusive package that includes
airport shuttles, you will need transportation to your hotel.
But no worries, there are several shuttle companies operating
from the McCarren International Airport to the Las Vegas strip,
downtown Las Vegas, Boulder Highway and the outlying hotels.
On your arrival to the airport terminal, your travel arrangements
can be made outside the baggage claim area for one-way or
round-trip transport. Round trip fares are slightly less than
double the one-way fare. Approximate round trip fares per
person are as follows:
Off strip hotels--$13.50
Reservations are recommended for timely return to airport.
A fairly new option to go around in Las Vegas, Yes the Limo
service exist to pick you up and/or drop you off at McCarren
Airport, or anywhere else and is especially helpful if you
are getting married in Las Vegas or attending a wedding during
An interesting thing, you can have several companies bid on
providing you with limo service, without you having to pay
Prices for limousine service range between $35/hr for a basic
limo up to $80/hr for a super-stretch limo. Limousines also
offer shuttle service between McCarren Airport and Strip hotels
from about $4.00 per person and downtown hotels from about
$5.00 per person, be aware that for this price it is more
likely that you will be placed in a shuttle bus or van operated
by the limo company.
It is fun and cheap to travel by the citizen's area transit
or CAT in Las Vegas. The 2 routes that most Las Vegas visitors
will be concerned with are the #301 and #302 which both run
the Strip from the south to Fremont Street. The 301 stops
are available at every stop along the strip while the 302
are the express bus and stops at fewer locations.
Fare to use the CAT bus system is $2.00 with exact fare required;
drivers will not make change for you
Comfortable Taxis running around the city is governed by the
Nevada Taxicab Authority and have just one fair between all
the 16 companies operating in the Las Vegas valley.
The taximeter starts at $2.80 or $3.00 if the fuel surcharge
is in effect and when your taxi is not moving or going less
than 8-12 MPH during business hours, the meter continues to
accumulate charges at the "waiting time" rate, currently
this waiting time is charged at $22/hour. While traveling
at speeds above 8-12 MPH the rate is $1.80 per mile, which
is broken down into 1/9th of mile segments of $0.20 each.
There is also an additional $1.20 fee for all trips that begin
at McCarran Airport; this will result in trips to your hotel
from the airport costing more than your return trip to the
First 1/9th of a mile = $2.80 or $3.00
Each additional mile = 0.20
Waiting time = $22.00 per hour
McCarran Airport pickup fee = $1.20
From McCarren Airport the approximate fares are as follows:
South Strip (Luxor, Mandalay, Tropicana)--$9.50-$12.00
Center Strip (Caesars, Mirage, Harrah's)--$11.00-$14.00
Cabs are best alternative for a quick trip. Even though fares
add up quickly, car in Las Vegas is recommended if you are
going to be doing a lot of traveling around town. The major
car rental companies have booths at McCarren Airport but we
suggest that you book your car before you leave home. Having
a car at your disposal will give you more time to enjoy your
Las Vegas vacation without transportation worries.