Most visitors to Las Vegas come for one reason: to see the nightlife on the Strip. Part of South Las Vegas Boulevard, The Las Vegas Strip is roughly 4.2 miles long and sits right below the Las Vegas city limits in the towns of Winchester and Paradise. Most of the large resorts and casinos are located on the Strip, which is also crammed with restaurants and other entertainment options. The lights never go out on the Strip!
If you are coming to Vegas, you probably have questions about how to get around, including which is the least expensive option. We’ve provided the information you are looking for below.
Yes. For a while, Uber was prohibited from operating at McCarran Airport. However, all that changed around October 2015. You can now use Uber or Lyft to pick you up once you land at the airport. When you open your app, remember to select the terminal you landed at and head to the appropriate pick up location, which is typically a parking garage. Uber and Lyft are still not allowed to pick you up curbside, but the short trip to the parking garage should be manageable for most people.
Yes, taking an Uber is cheaper than riding in Vegas taxis. We have found that it costs roughly $10 to get to the Strip and around $15 to be taken to downtown Las Vegas. The cost of a taxi ride is roughly double that, so Uber is an excellent choice for the budget-savvy consumer.
According to Trip Advisor, 49 Las Vegas hotels have a shuttle (as of March 2020). Some of the more popular include:
When booking a room, be sure to check whether there is a shuttle and the times when it runs. You don’t want to book a flight to leave, for example, if the shuttle is not running at the time.
The cost of the Uber will depend on where you are headed. Travelling around the Strip will cost about $10. If you want to go farther away, then you will pay more. You can receive a quote when you open the Uber app. Remember to also include your tip.
Las Vegas taxi rates are as follows:
If you choose to pay with a credit or debit card, there is an additional $3 fee. A 3% excise tax is also added to all fares. A typical taxi ride from the airport to the Strip is about $20, all told.
Yes, there are free shuttles that go to the Las Vegas Strip. They operate on a first come, first served basis, so you should plan accordingly. If they fill up with people, then you will be out of luck and will have to spring for the cost of a taxi.
Sam’s Town shuttle is one option that provides free trips from hotels to downtown Las Vegas and the Strip. You should check with your bell desk for the pickup and drop off times.
Another option is Gold Coast Shuttle, which runs to The Orleans Hotel & Casino as well as to the Strip. It runs 7 days a week from 9:00 am to 12:30 am and makes a pick-up every 30-45 minutes. The last shuttle leaves the Strip at 12:30 am, so plan accordingly. If the last shuttle is full, you’ll need to get a cab or rideshare.
Your hotel should run a shuttle to and from the airport. You should check with your hotel to check whether it offers a complimentary shuttle.
You can. Depending on where you are headed, the walk will be 2-3 miles, typically. There are good sidewalks that run the entire way, so you should be able to roll a carry case with you.
Of course, this is a long haul for many people. It can take 30-40 minutes to walk the entire way. You also need to consider where you are headed to on the Strip, which itself is over 4 miles long. It makes little sense to walk 7 miles and be exhausted when you could pay for an Uber or cab.
Yes. It is expected, and drivers make most of their money on tips. Typically, you should tip around 10-15%. If your fare is $20, then tip $2-3. Of course, if you believe the service is substandard—or the cab was a smelly mess—then you might withhold a tip and tell the driver why.
The Strip is generally safe because there are so many people out at night. There is also a strong police presence along with security cameras, because visitors to The Strip account for so much economic activity. If crime got out of control, then people would stop coming to the area, hurting everyone economically.
However, it is always best to be smart. Stay with your group and remain aware of your surroundings. Never follow someone you don’t know to a hotel or to a location off the Strip.
The Strip is roughly 4.2 miles long. If you walk a mile in 15 minutes, it can take a full hour to walk from one end to the other, probably longer for rest breaks. Many people take taxis to get up and down the Strip. You can also take a bus, but it makes so many stops along the Strip that many people opt for their own taxi or Uber for the sake of convenience and speed.
Yes, there are several shuttles that run from the airport to the Strip. Options include Airline Shuttle, Bell Trans, Showtime, and SuperShuttle. The prices depend on the shuttle you choose, but you can expect to pay around $10 for a one-way trip to the hotels on the Strip.
No. The monorail was designed to travel to the airport but was never completed. Low ridership sunk the project, and we do not expect the Monorail to connect with the airport any time soon.
Many hotels offer their shuttle service for free. Often, this is a selling point for getting people to book a room with a hotel. However, shuttles are usually booked on a first-come, first-serve basis, which might not work with your travel schedule. No one wants to miss a flight, after all!
Call ahead to check whether a hotel has a free shuttle. Hotel Guides lists the following Vegas hotels as offering free shuttles as of March 2020:
Again, call ahead of time and check how often the shuttle runs and whether it is free. The list changes.
Yes. McCarran airport is serviced by the city’s buses. This is not always the best option, however. For example, if you are on the Strip, then the city bus makes a lot of stops. It might be faster to take a taxi or an Uber.
You can check the city’s bus maps and schedules to find the appropriate bus to take. Bus 109 services McCarran airport; look for a bus that connects you to 109.
It depends on where you are on the Strip when you are picked up. Roughly, consumers can expect to pay around $10 for a trip from the Strip to the airport. When you schedule a ride, you should be shown the price.
The Deuce is the cheapest option for getting from the Strip to Fremont Street downtown. The Deuce runs 24/7, so it is incredibly convenient. You can hop on the Deuce on the Strip and ride to Fremont Street.
You can buy a two-hour pass ($6), a 24-hour pass ($8), or a 3-day pass ($20). These prices are good as of March 2020.
The Deuce does not stop at the airport. You will need to take the Route 109 bus, which stops in Terminal 1. You can transfer from the Deuce to the Route 109 bus at the South Strip Transfer Station before heading on to the airport.
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