Transportation Options from the Airport to the Vegas Strip

There are several transportation options from the Vegas Aiport to the Strip.

Should you take a taxi, Uber/Lyft, shuttle, or Limo?

So which is the cheapest, most reliable, fastest service, and the best for larger groups?

Read below as we break down the different choices for getting to the strip from the Vegas airport.

Taxi transportation from the airport Vegas

Vegas Aiport to Strip by Taxi

Like most other places, taking a taxi in Las Vegas is a viable option for getting you from point A to point B.

Instead of hailing a cab as you would in New York City, when arriving at Harry Reid International Airport (formally McCarran International Airport), there are curbside taxi lines organized by airport attendants who expedite taxi pickup.  There are many different cab companies to choose from, and there’s not much difference between one company over another.

Generally, the base prices are consistent among taxi competitors.

Taxi Cost Las Vegas Aiport to the Strip

The cost of taking a taxi costs around $25 to $35 to hotels located on the Las Vegas strip. The cost will vary based on the location of your hotel and how busy the traffic is. Remember to mention to take the shortest route to your hotel.

You do not want to be stuck in the infamous taxi tunnel; only to then hop on the freeway, and winding up with a whopping $35+ fare. This loop is essentially the long way to get anywhere. Be in the know and be sure to report a driver if they take the tunnel unnecessarily.

Taxi Pickup Locations at Harry Reid LAs Vegas Airport

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 west end of the building to serve domestic travelers and 10 loading positions on the east side of the building to accommodate international travelers.

Taxi Driver Tips

It is customary to tip the taxi driver about 15% of the cab fare.  From the airport to the strip about $3-5 or so will be fine.

Rideshare lyft and Uber in Vegas

Uber and Lyft From Aiport to the Vegas Strip

Over the past few years, Las Vegas finally welcomed rideshare options already implemented in thriving metropolises such as Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and Seattle.

Getting a ride from either Uber or Lyft is simple as they are both authorized to provide services at the airport.

Vegas Uber

Rideshare (Lyft and Uber) Pickup Locations

Terminal 1 pickup: Located in the parking structure on level 2M. Designated rideshare pickup areas are marked.

Terminal 3 pickup: Located in the parking structure on V Level (Valet Level) This area is also well marked, but if you get confused, just contact your rideshare driver. They will direct you where to go.

It’s a slightly longer walk to rideshare pickup areas vs. cab pickup, but you will likely arrive at your rideshare driver minutes sooner than getting to the front of the cab line.

Uber, Lyft, and taxis all drop off curbside at your designated airline, making your trip home as smooth as possible.

LYFT Las Vegas

How much is Lyft from the Las Vegas Airport to the Strip

  • Shared: $10-$15
  • Lyft: $12-$15
  • Lyft XL: $21-$24
  • Lux: $27+

Airport fee – there is an additional airport fee as well.

**Prices above are estimates from Lyft that do not consider discounts, traffic delays, or other factors.

How much is Uber from the Las Vegas Airport to the Strip

Pricing starts from $14. Here is an estimate for 2022, traveling from the airport to Caesars Palace, which is mid-strip.

Uber X$14
Uber Comfort$16
Uber XL$21
Uber Premier$28
Uber Premier SUV$34

**Prices above are estimates from Uber that do not consider discounts, traffic delays, or other factors.

Vegas Aiport to Strip Transportation by Shuttle

Shuttles use to be the cheapest way to get to the strip, but rideshare is sometimes the same if not cheaper. 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: $10.00-$20.00 ($13.00 round trip)

Recommendation: Most people try to avoid shuttles and usually vote against it; just stick to rideshare. 

Vegas liomo options from the airport

Vegas Airport to the Strip Limo Transportation

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

The size of the limo depends on the number of people you are traveling with.  The smallest limos fit about six people depending on luggage, so it might be almost as cheap as getting two taxis 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.

What are the Limo costs from the airport to the Vegas Strip?

  • Round Trip: $105
  • Towncar Roundtrip: $60

Prices do not include tips and vary from limo service, but these are typically lower rates.


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 limo 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.

Popular Limo Providers

Here are the typical walk-up rates for Limo, SUV, and 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.

Getting to the Strip from the Las Vegas Airport
Rental Car Map

Airport to Strip by Rental Car

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

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 Uber, 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.

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

Las Vegas rental cars at the airport

Getting a rental car at Harry Reid Airport

The Harry Reid 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 Harry Reid 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 Harry Reid 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.

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