Las Vegas Travel Guide

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By car

Southern Californians crowd Interstate 15 every weekend going back and forth to Vegas. Expect this drive to be crowded and frustrating, unless you can come and go at off-peak hours. However, many find the 280 mile (450 km) drive along I-15 restful and scenic. Attractions along the I-15 include the California towns of Barstow and Baker; the Mojave Desert; and small hotel-casinos in Nevada at Primm (at the California border) and Jean, respectively. Those who traverse the I-15 should remember that they are crossing a desert, and should carry (and drink) ample amounts of water, especially on hot summer days where temperatures can reach 110°F (43°C).

From east of Las Vegas, travelers typically drive on I-40 through Arizona, and then head north toward Vegas on US-93 in Kingman, before finally picking up I-15. This route will take you along the Lake Mead National Recreation Area and directly through Boulder City, near the Hoover Dam. Traffic there can be extremely congested and slow-going; usually the slowest part of an otherwise sparsely populated desert area.

From the North I-15 meets the Arizona border at the more relaxed town of Mesquite, NV and shortly goes into Utah. The junction of I-70 and I-15 is where most people driving from the east will take. Those from further north may meet I-15 from I-80 in Salt Lake City.

Those traveling from the north drive on US-95 from Reno and Tonopah. This is a two lane highway until it reaches the community of Mercury, where US-95 is a four lane highway. The route is sparsely populated and travelers should ensure that their fuel tank is full.

By bus
Greyhound200 S Main StOperates buses between Salt Lake City (Utah), Kingman (Arizona), Los Angeles (California), and Phoenix (Arizona) and Las Vegas.
Megabus6675 Gilespie StreetOffers service from Los Angeles and Riverside. The bus stop offers RTC local bus service to the Strip and Downtown Las Vegas.
BoltBus200 S Main StOffers service from Los Angeles and Barstow.
LuxBusOperates four daily trips to and from Los Angeles, Anaheim, and San Diego.
Starline ToursOperates tour bus service to the Grand Canyon.
TUFESA Bus LinesOffers bus service to various points in Mexico.
By plane

McCarran International Airport is served by many domestic and international air carriers. You can fly to Las Vegas from most major cities in North America, and there are also some direct services from the UK. Southwest Airlines has a hub at LAS. The cost at the airport to rent a luggage trolley/cart is $3.

Henderson Executive Airport is the corporate choice for aviation in Las Vegas. Located just minutes from the world famous Vegas strip, Henderson Airport is the ideal alternative to McCarran International Airport. Air taxi and air charter companies such as The Early Air Way and Jetset Charter fly a variety of private charter aircraft and jets, from charter luxury Gulfstream's down to economical piston twins for small groups and individuals.

Hotels owned by MGM Grand (MGM Grand, and New York New York) and Harrah's Entertainment (Rio, Harrah's, Bally's, Paris, Caesars Palace, and Flamingo) allow you to check in at the hotel and transfer luggage between the hotel and the airport.

For departing flights:

Allow plenty of time for security screening...especially so on those days when major conventions end...or schedule your flight at another day/time if you can.
Curbside check-in counters can save time, but will cost you $4 per bag + tip, and if flying an "open" ticket, you won't be allocated a seat number until boarding time...and likely to be an undesirable seat.

To travel between the airport and your Strip hotel:

Taxis cost $10–$20 from the airport to a Strip location. The taxi line is well organized and the city taxi dispatcher will direct you to a numbered space along the curb. You need not tip the taxi dispatcher. There is some debate on whether the taxi driver should or should not be taking any Strip-destination passengers through the tunnel when exiting the airport. Most taxi drivers prefer to take the tunnel because (surprise, surprise) it produces a higher bill. The general consensus seems to be that taking the tunnel is 5–10 minutes shorter, but will cost you $5–$10 more; and not taking the tunnel is 5–10 minutes longer, but will cost $5–$10 less. Some people prefer to save the money as the time savings isn't that huge. You have the right to tell the driver if you do not want to take the tunnel. And do not let them tell you they need to take the tunnel to avoid the "big accident" if that is not your preference. If you feel you have been taken advantage of by the taxi driver, take down the driver's license number and call the Nevada Taxi Cab Authority.
CAT Bus #108 costs $2 each way and departs every 20–30 minutes from Ground Level Zero (take the escalator down from the baggage claim and walk towards the parking garage; the covered bus stop is on the right). The bus travels along Paradise Road to the Convention Center and the LV Hilton, taking about 20–25 minutes. At the intersection of Paradise Road and the Strip (Las Vegas Boulevard), you can switch to the Deuce shuttle bus, traveling north to downtown or south to other hotel casinos.
Shuttle Buses will take you to any hotel on the Strip or downtown for $6.
Limousines cost ~$35.
There are no public direct buses from the airport to the Strip.
By rail

Amtrak's Southwest Chief operates daily service from Los Angeles, California and Albuquerque, New Mexico to Needles, California, 113 miles south of Las Vegas. From Needles, there is bus service to Las Vegas, with a stop in Laughlin.

Amtrak's San Joaquin route operates between San Francisco and Bakersfield. From Bakersfield, Amtrak operates 2 daily buses to Las Vegas.

source: Wikivoyage

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