Las Vegas Transportation Guide

Shuttles and Trams

Visitor's guide to Las Vegas shuttles, trams and monorails.

Hotels and Parking Garages

An insider's guide to Las Vegas hotel parking garages. Where to park, what level has direct access to the hotel-casino and more.

Limousines

There are many companies around Vegas that provide limousine service. They are available for hourly rental around town. Rate for a basic limousine vary per company but usually begin at approximately $35 per hour up to $57 per hour. Sedan rental ranges from $30 to $40 per hour and super stretches usually run $80 per hour. Travel in style. A complete list of Las Vegas limousine companies.

Taxis

Every casino has a line of taxis waiting at its front entrance. For 2012, standard fares are $3.30 for cab entry, and $2.60 for each additional mile, but the meter continues to run when you're caught in traffic. A $1.80 surcharge is added for trips to the airport. Tip the driver between fifteen and twenty percent. A complete guide to Las Vegas taxi companies.

Las Vegas Monorail

Navigate the Las Vegas Strip with the help of the Las Vegas Monorail which runs from the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino at the south end of the Strip to the Sahara Hotel and Casino at the north end of the Strip.

Las Vegas Strip Trolley

The Strip Trolley runs along the Strip between Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino and the Stratosphere Hotel, Casino and Tower, stopping in front of major Strip hotels. It runs a bit slow but is a great place to get in some people watching. The draw back is that it does not go downtown. The low cost fare is enticing after the slots have taken all of your change. Cost is $2.50 per person (must have exact change) or $6.50 for an all-day-pass. The trolley runs from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. daily, approximately every 15-20 minutes. Phone 386-7429. Map.

The similar Downtown Trolley (tel 229-6024) circles between downtown and the Stratosphere Hotel at thirty-minute intervals between 7am and 11pm daily, for a flat fare of 50.

Rental Cars

You can rent exotic cars (Ferrari, Porsche, Corvette, Mercedes, Viper) at Las Vegas Exotic Car Rentals (866-871-1893) or Rent-a-Vette (800-372-1981). For two-wheel fun try Las Vegas Motorcycle Rentals (800-742-2044 or 702-944-3600). For more traditional rental options try one of the following links to compare and save.

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Freeway Traffic Alert is a service for your mobile device which offers up to the minute alerts and information regarding I-15, 215, and US-95 traffic incident reports to help you plan your trip before you get in your car. Within seconds you can receive alerts via email and text message on your cell phone.

Buses

The Regional Transportation Commission (or RTC) operates the Citizens Area Transit (CAT) bus system in Las Vegas. Look for their London-inspired double decker buses along the Strip. These buses are known as The Deuce, a winking acknowledgement to the gambler's term for two. The bus service has 40 routes throughout the Las Vegas Valley and Henderson. Cost for a 2-hour pass is $6. A 24-hour pass is available for $8. This pass allows unlimited rides on all CAT routes, including the Strip, for a 24-hour period. A 3-day pass is $20. A 30-day pass is available for $65. General operating hours are between 5:30 a.m. and 1:30 a.m. for residential routes, seven days a week. Nine routes run 24 hours a day. Telephone: (702) 228-7433 or CAT-RIDE.

Children five years of age and under ride FREE and must be accompanied by a responsible person.

Intercity bus service to Las Vegas is provided by traditional intercity bus carriers, including Greyhound; many charter services, including Green Tortoise; and several Chinatown bus lines.

Utilize the RTC Ride Tracker mobile website to help you find the nearest bus stop and how long till the next bus arrives at your stop. The RTC mobile website can be accessed via any internet enabled smartphone.Type in rtcsnv.com on your smart phones web browser, click on the transit icon and you will have access to Ride Tracker.

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McCarran International Airport

McCarran International Airport is the primary airport serving Vegas. In 2000, 36.9 million people flew through the airport. McCarran Airport (LAS) is almost on the Strip - just 1 mile (2 km) from the south end of the Strip to be exact. Main Phone Number: (702) 261-5211 Lost and Found: (702) 261-5134

McCarran International Airport Flightstats is where you can see a record of on-time departures and cancellations.

Check the status of your flight at the avoid delays website, brought to you by the nation's air traffic controllers.

1.  If at all possible avoid traveling into or out of Las Vegas on Thursday, Friday or Sunday.  These are by far the busiest travel days at the airport.  If you must travel on these days then plan ahead and try to schedule your flight as early in the day as possible. Remember, the earlier the better when flying on Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays.

2.  Special conventions and events bring extra volume to Las Vegas.  If at all possible avoid traveling during these event weekends. Some examples would be: CES and MAGIC conventions, as well as New Year’s Eve and Cinco de Mayo weekends.  If you will be attending these events the same rule applies as listed above, travel as early in the day as possible, because by 9:00 a.m. on these weekends the airport becomes very busy.

3.  If at all possible plan to arrive or depart on Tuesdays and/or Saturdays.  The lines at check-in and security are a fraction of what you’ll see on other days. If you don’t like waiting in line, these are the days to travel.

4.  Be prepared for security and know ahead of time what you’re not allowed to carry onto the plane.  Read the signs posted in the security lines and know what to do when it’s your turn.  If possible wear slip on shoes and dont forget to take that cell phone out of your pocket.

McCarran Airport Short & Long Term Parking

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Short Term Parking fee at McCarran Airport is $0.25 per 10 minutes. The maximum stay is 3 hours, which is charged at $4.50.

Long term Parking is $3.00 for the first hour, and $1.00 for each hour thereafter. The daily maximum is $10, and there is a maximum stay period of 30 days.

Remote Parking is also available, with a shuttle bus to transport passengers to the terminal building. The first hour is $2.00, with each hour thereafter being charged at $1.00. the daily maximum is $8.00.

Parking Garage - Follow the colored roadway signs to get to your final parking destination in the Parking Garage.
YELLOW - Passenger Pick-Up Area and Short-Term Metered parking (3 hours or less)
GREEN - Long-Term garage parking
RED - Short-Term metered parking (3 hours or less) and Valet parking (no time limit).

Economy Parking - McCarran International Airport's public parking lot on Russell Road.

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McCarran Airport Transfers

By shuttle van: this is the cheapest way from McCarran to your hotel. The ride is shared with 8-12 people, and costs $4-$5 per person to the Strip, $5-$7 to downtown, and $5-$21 to outlying "local" casinos. The vans wait for passengers outside the terminal in a marked area, near the cabs. The vans stop at many of the major hotels, so it is not the best mean of transportation if you're in a hurry. Bell Trans, 702 385-5466 and Gray Line, 702 739-5700 offer rides to the strip, downtown and hotels.

A little-known bonus for big-time savings (though it'll take a long time): When you leave the airport terminal, catch the free shuttle to the airport's rental-car center. From there, you can catch the Deuce ($2 a ride or 24-hour pass for $7 or 3-day pass for $15) across the street and ride to your Strip hotel. The reverse works when you want to go back to the airport, too.

By taxi: the metered taxi waiting for your arrival at McCarran Airport are the quickest and the most convenient way of getting to your destination. For 2012, the fare is $3.30 on the meter when you get in and $2.60 for every mile, plus an airport surcharge of $1.80. The trip to most hotels on the Strip should cost $11-$18; the trip downtown should be about $20-$25.

When you get in the taxi, tell the driver you want to be taken to your hotel via Swenson Avenue, NOT the airport tunnel. The airport tunnel may seem faster because it connects to the freeway and has fewer lights, but the route is several miles longer resulting in cab fares that are $5 to $10 more. This is called "long-hauling," and taxi drivers can be ticketed and fined if they are caught. Besides, if you hit the airport tunnel route during rush hour (8 a.m. - 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.), any time savings you gain using the freeway will disappear in the exhaust of the morning or evening commute.

McCarran Airport Shuttles

Teminal 2 Shuttle Free shuttle bus service between Terminal 1 and 2 is available during all hours of flight operations at Terminal 2. The bus stop at Terminal 1 is located on the Zero Level below baggage claim. At Terminal 2, the bus stop is located directly in front of the ticketing lobby entrance. Service is provided approximately every 12-15 minutes.

Remote Parking Shuttle Courtesy shuttle service operates approximately every 10 -15 minutes to transport passengers between remote parking and Terminals 1 and 2. The shuttle stop has been relocated to Zero Level at Terminal 1. Passengers returning to the Remote Parking Lot will now follow the signs to Zero Level from the baggage claim area. The shuttle pick-up point will be located immediately outside the doors. Please allow an additional 30 minutes to your travel plans when using remote parking.

Walking

If you're staying on the Strip and planning to stick close to it, don't get talked into renting a car. The needless hassle of pulling into one parking garage after another will make you wish you'd just hoofed it. If you drive to Vegas, however, nearly all the casinos have free parking.

The Las Vegas Strip is over 4 miles long from one end to the other and walking the strip will take some time. Wear comfortable, good fitting shoes. Summer months are very hot so during daytime walks take bottled water with you and stop often at the casinos to get out of the heat.

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