Getting to the Strip from the Airport in Las Vegas

There are several transportation options to get to the strip from McCarran Airport in Las Vegas. So which is the cheapest, most reliable, fastest service, and the best for larger groups? Read below as we breakdown the different choices for getting to the strip from the airport.

Transpiration Options from the Airport to the Strip

Getting to the Strip by Taxi

Taxi is the most frequent and popular choice to get to your hotel on the strip. Each taxi can hold up to 5 passengers.

Not all taxis take credit card so mention this to the taxi attendant so they can locate a cab that does.

There can be quite a long taxi long and wait times of over 30 minutes during peak times.  To avoid any waits just grab a limo or Towncar instead.

Taxi Cost

Typical taxi cost is around $17 to strip hotels. The cost will vary based on the location of your hotel and how busy the traffic is.

Always mention to take the shortest route to your hotel. You do not want to be stuck taking the freeway and tunnel and pay over $25. Be sure to report the driver if he does take the tunnel since they are not suppose to.

Taxi Driver Tips

Is is customary to tip the taxi driver about 15% of the cab fare.  From the airport to the strip about $3 or so will be fine.

Taxi Pickup Locations

Terminal 1

Taxicabs are available on the east side of baggage claim, outside door exits 1 – 4.

Terminal 3

At Terminal 3, taxis are conveniently located outside on Level Zero. There are 20 taxi loading positions on the on the west end of the building to serve domestic travelers and 10 loading positions on the east side of the building to accommodate international travelers.

Limo Transportation from Airport to Strip

Popular Limo Providers

Strip to Airport Shuttle Service

Shuttles are the cheapest way to the strip but the slowest option to get your las vegas hotel. There usually is a wait, as much as an hour, for the shuttle and it will make multiple stops along the way to your hotel.

Typical Shuttle Rates

  • Strip Hotels: $7.00 ($13.00 round trip)
  • Downtown Hotels: $8.50 ($15.00 round trip)

Recommendation:  Most people try to avoid shuttles and usually vote against it, so I would just take  a taxi instead.

Limousine Services

Limos are a great means of transportation if you are looking to travel VIP style, impress your wife or date, or traveling with a group of people.

The size of limo depends on the amount of people you are traveling with.  The smallest limos fit about 6 people depending on luggage so it might be almost as cheap as getting two limos for your group.

The great thing about limo service is there is no waiting, you can make a stop along the way to your hotel, and it makes a great start to your vacation.

Towncar/SUVs

A Towncar or SUV is a great choice if you want to avoid the taxi line and have a more comfortable ride to your hotel on the strip. It is also less expensive than a limo but still offers the same type of service.

Limo Service Reservations

You can reserve your lomo in advance or get one when you arrive. There should not be more than a 5 minute wait if you just walk up and get a limo, Towncar, or SUV when you arrive.

Here are the typical walk up rates for Limo, SUV, Sedan service at the airport:

  • Walk-up Sedan: $40 first hour
  • Walk-up SUV: $49 first hour
  • Walk-up 6-Passenger Limousine: $55 first hour
  • Walk-up Ultra Stretch Limousine: $75 first hour
  • Walk-up Stretch SUV Limousine: $95 first hour

Limo, Towncar, and SUV pickup locations

Terminal 1

Limousines are available on the west side of baggage claim, outside door exits 7 – 12.

Terminal 3

At Terminal 3, shuttles and limousines are conveniently located outside on Level Zero on the west end of the building to serve domestic travelers and on the east side of the building to accommodate international travelers.

Rental Cars

Rental car is another option to get to the strip, although if you are not planning on leaving the strip it is probably not the best option.

You will not need a car if you are planning on staying on the strip or even visiting a few places off the strip.  Take a cab, walk, or ride a bus on the strip instead of driving.  The strip can be so packed with traffic and parking can be a pain, you will not want to deal with it.

If you do plan on day trips or other off strip excursions than a rental car might be the way to go.

Getting a rental car at McCarran Airport

The McCarran Rent-A-Car Center is located at 7135 Gilespie Street, just three miles from the airport with easy freeway access to Interstates 15 and 215 and the Las Vegas Strip.

Rental Car Pick Up from Terminal 1

Arriving car rental customers will be transported to their vehicles by dedicated blue-and-white McCarran Rent-A-Car Center shuttles for the three-mile trip to the Center and the car rental company of your choice.  From Baggage Claim, follow signs to Ground Transportation on Level 1. Proceed to the Rental Car Shuttle located at the center median outside doors 10 and 11.

Rental Car Pick up from Terminal 3

Blue and white McCarran Rent-A-Car Center shuttle buses depart approximately every five minutes for the three-mile trip to the Center and the car rental company of your choice.  Follow signs to Ground Transportation from Baggage Claim on Level Zero. Proceed to the Rental Car Shuttle located outside West doors 1-4 and East doors 5-8.

Rental Car Map

Getting to the Strip from the Las Vegas Airport

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