A Las Vegas airport shuttle is one of the most popular modes of transportation for getting from the Las Vegas McCarran airport to the Las Vegas Strip (Las Vegas Strip Hotel Airport Transfers) or Downtown hotels. (Las Vegas Downtown Hotel Airport Transfers) There are a number of companies operating from the airport: AWG Ambassador/Ritz, Bell Trans, CLS, Executive Las Vegas and Showtime.
You can purchase tickets just outside of baggage claim at one of the the windows marked with “shuttle transport” signs. A shuttle to The Las Vegas Strip costs $7.00 ($13.00 roundtrip if purchased in advance). Fares to downtown or other off-Strip locations can be from two to eight dollars more. If the casino you are staying at is off the Strip, be sure to check before hand to see if they offer free shuttles for guests. Some, like South Point or Silverton, offer free shuttles, but this can be on a first-come-first-served basis or by reservation. They are often only for guests, so don’t count on getting a free ride.
Every hotel on the Las Vegas Strip has a designated shuttle drop off and pick up area, which is usually near the taxi stand and a “side” hotel entrance. When you arrive at your hotel, make note of this location so that there is no confusion when it is time to go.
For shuttle pickup, you’ll have to call the company to schedule a time. It is best to do this 24 hours in advance, though some companies will be able to work you into an existing pickup. Most hotel concierges keep the phone numbers of these companies close, so if you’ve lost the number or don’t have the time, ask them to set up a pickup for you.
Las Vegas shuttles are typically large vans or minibuses. Even though styled like public transportation, the shuttles are all are conditioned and quite comfortable.
If you are traveling in a large group, you can save money by reserving an entire car for your party. Most of these companies also offer SUV, sedan and limousine service by the hour. Rates for these luxury cars range from $40 to $60, but you can fit four or more people in one car. If you’re in Las Vegas on a special occasion, this little treat is worth it. Keep in mind that while many of these companies will have “walk-up” availability for these cars, it is always best to make a reservation.
Las Vegas Bus Option
Another option if you are totally budget constrained is to take the city bus – CAT. From the airport, the bus leaves many times throughout the day, but the bus will also stop at multiple casinos on one route. If you’re traveling with small children, a shuttle gives you peace of mind and ensures that you’ll have time to unload all of your luggage.