Las Vegas Travel

Getting There – By Air

The easiest way to get to the city of fun is undoubtedly by air. The international McCarran Airport is easily accessible from all the hotels and casinos on the Las Vegas strip and Fremont Street, and two of the bigger property owners, MGM Grand and Harrah’s Entertainment, actually have hotel check-ins and luggage transfers at the airport itself! It is only 1 mile from the Strip and 5 miles from Downtown Las Vegas. It is the 9th busiest airport in the world with an average of 980 flights per day!

There are several ways to get into the city, but the cheapest way is by bus. For a meagre $1.25 you can travel one way from McCarran International directly to the Convention Centre and the Las Vegas Hilton. Buses (CAT 108) leave every 20 minutes from ‘Ground Level Zero’ at the airport and the travel time is a brief 20-25 minutes. Other services available are:

  • Bell Transport offers a shuttle service for between $3.50 and $10.
  • Taxis should only cost in the region of $10-$20.
  • A personalised Limo service will set you back about $35.

By Car

The routes into Las Vegas are particularly busy over the week-ends, and for stress-free driving it is best to plan your trip out of peak hours.

  • From Southern California – It is about a 280 mile journey along the Interstate I-15. Be aware that temperatures can peak at around 48 degrees Centigrade in the Mojave Desert, so have plenty of water on board.
  • From areas East of Las Vegas – Take the I-40 through Arizona until you reach the town of Kingdom. Here you will take the US-93 to Las Vegas before meeting up with the I-15.

By Bus

Greyhound offers an efficient service from Salt Lake City in Utah, Kingdom Arizona and Los Angeles in California. For the latest schedule and fares take a look at their website.

By Train

  • AMTRAK no longer offers a direct service to Las Vegas but a daily bus from Needles, California to McCarran International, with a stop at Laughlin, Nevada, is operated in concert with AMTRAK’s South Western chief line.
  • AMTRAK California’s San Joaquin route operates two buses daily to Las Vegas from Bakersfield, California. The latest fares and estimated times of arrival and departure are available on their website.

Getting around

Las Vegas is best explored on foot. Many of the casinos are interlinked by overhead pedestrian bridges, and several of the hotels-casinos offer free overhead or underground shuttles to other properties on the Strip. Again, be warned that daytime temperatures can be very uncomfortable, so plan your sojourn in the early morning or late afternoon, evening.