Transportation in Las Vegas
Are you ready to see everything Las Vegas has to offer? We’re excited that you’re thinking about a trip to Las Vegas and we want to help with some stellar info on transportation options in Las Vegas.
The Las Vegas Monorail is a great option, but we’ve also included some other transportation option to make your travel seamless!
Getting to Las Vegas
Most Las Vegas visitors will arrive by plane. There is just one airport for Las Vegas Visitors: McCarran International Airport (it’s the one with slot machines in the terminal).
Don’t worry! We haven’t forgotten our California fans. Just under 20% of U.S. Las Vegas visitors will visit from Southern California. If you’re part of this group, don’t miss parking info below!
How to get to your Las Vegas Hotel
Las Vegas Ride Shares
Anyone familiar with any recent airport travel will likely have used rideshares to get to or from the airport. Las Vegas is no different when it comes to ride-shares. Rideshare is an excellent choice for traveling to your Las Vegas hotel.
You’ll need to meet your driver in at a specific pick-up point. Rideshare for Terminal 1 is located at level 2M of the parking garage. Terminal 3 Ride Share Pick up is located at the valet level of the terminal 3 parking garage. Just be sure that you have the right vehicle and driver. We recommend asking your driver to tell you when there are there to pick up.
Las Vegas Taxis
Over ten taxis companies offer service to and from McCarran airport. Some will not accept credit cards, so confirm before getting inside. You’ll find the taxi queue just outside the doors for baggage claim. They are also available at the Rent-A-Car Center.
Las Vegas Airport Shuttles
McCarran accommodates the use of group and private shuttles. Shuttles are available at both Terminal 1 and Terminal 3. We recommend checking with your hotel to see if they offer a shuttle from McCarran airport. If you are traveling to Las Vegas for a special event, be sure to mention that to the hotel representative as well.
Rent-A-Car at McCarran Airport
Rental cars are available at McCarran Airport, and the rental center is located just three miles south of the airport. Shuttles are available to take guests to the rental center. Cars are available from all the major rental companies. We recommend making a reservation in advance if you plan on renting a car.
Renting a car might be the right choice if you’re planning on exploring the surrounding areas or if you’re not planning on staying or spending time on the Strip. If you are spending the majority of your time on the Las Vegas Strip, a rental car will likely be more of a hassle than a benefit.
Public Bus Transporation
The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) provides bus service to and from McCarran International Airport. For more information, read about the routes available.
Driving to Las Vegas
Are you ready for a road trip? Driving two and from Las Vegas is doable, but you want to make sure you plan and consider timing and traffic.
Always be sure to have plenty of water with you. You’re driving through the desert after all. Watch your speed. It can be tempting to fly, especially with no traffic, but it’s also a great place to get a ticket.
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Keep traffic in mind, especially on holiday weekends. On a holiday weekend, you can easily spend 7 to 11 hours traveling in one direction. If you can plan to leave late or early, or even better, stay an extra day and avoid some of that traffic.
Parking in Las Vegas
Heads up, parking fees have become more prevalent in Las Vegas so it helps to know ahead of time if your hotel will charge yours for parking. Thankfully, Vegas.com has a full run-down on parking at each of the hotels in Vegas.
The key is knowing where you’re going, what your parking options are, and if another transportation option is better.
Hotels with Free Parking in Las Vegas
- SLS Las Vegas
- Treasure Island
- Westgate Las Vegas
- Wynn Las Vegas
TOP TIP: SLS Las Vegas and the Westgate Las Vegas both offer free parking. From there, hop on the Las Vegas Monorail and make your way to any of our stations.
Getting around the Las Vegas Strip
A lot is happening on the Las Vegas Strip and making your way through it can be a little hectic. Lucky for you, there are options! Keep reading to get the download on some of the transportation options available.
Las Vegas Monorail
The Las Vegas Monorail is an excellent option for traveling along the Las Vegas Strip. The Las Vegas Monorail is ideal for traveling during for large events, conventions and for avoiding the hassles of traffic and parking. We have both single-ride and unlimited ride passes available, and we have extended hours on the weekends.
One-Ride Ticket $5
Unlimited 24-Hour Pass $13
Unlimited Two-Day Pass $23
Unlimited Three-Day Pass $29
Unlimited Four-Day Pass $36
Unlimited Five-Day Pass $43
Unlimited Seven-Day Pass $56
Monday: 7 am – 12 midnight
Tuesday: 7 am – 2 am
Wednesday: 7 am – 2 am
Thursday: 7 am – 2 am
Friday: 7 am – 3 am
Saturday: 7 am – 3 am
Sunday: 7 am – 3 am
Trains arrive every 4-8 minutes.
Las Vegas Monorail Stations
- SLS Las Vegas Station (station entrance located via SLS Las Vegas Bridge and at street level on Sahara Avenue & Paradise Rd.)
- Westgate Las Vegas Station
- Las Vegas Convention Center Station
- Harrah’s/The LINQ Station (station entrance located at Harrah’s & The LINQ connector)
- Flamingo/Caesars Palace Station (station entrance located at Flamingo)
- Bally’s/Paris Las Vegas Station (station entrance located at Bally’s)
- MGM Grand Station
Free Shuttles at Las Vegas Monorail Stations
Tourists who travel the Las Vegas Strip have one more reason to ride the Las Vegas Monorail. For guests interested in utilizing one of the shuttles operated by our partners, we recommend contacting the concierge desk at the hotel and casinos for the most current information on their shuttle offerings.
Ride Shares on the Las Vegas Strip
Yes, ride shares are available on the Las Vegas Strip but there a few things you need to know before requesting a ride. Most places on the Strip have a designated area where you must meet your driver (no pickups in the middle of Las Vegas Blvd.).
If there is a high demand for a ride, you will most likely encounter surge pricing. You can also expect surge pricing before, during, and after significant events or on holidays. Keep in mind that it will be difficult to avoid traffic in these circumstances if you choose to travel via a ride share.
Welcome to Las Vegas
We’re glad you are planning a trip to Las Vegas, and we hope the Monorail can be a part of your transportation plans.
We’re happy to answer any additional questions you have about traveling in Las Vegas. Give us a call or find us on social media. Happy traveling!