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Carley Oct 18th, 2002 10:38 AM

Taxi or Shuttle from Airport to Las Vegas Strip
 
What is the cheapest way to get from the airport to the Las Vegas Strip. We are not staying at a hotel but rather just going for the day. Thanks

HHHRRR Oct 18th, 2002 10:42 AM

Since you are only going for the day, definitely a taxi. The shuttles are less expensive but can take forever to get you where you want to go. Besides they aren't all that much less expensive.

thereuare Oct 18th, 2002 03:03 PM

Take a cab to MGM, as this is one of the closest to the strip, you can explore that area, and then take the MGM's monorail to Bally's to see the other part of the strip.<BR><BR>There is a $2 (approx) surcharge for taxi fares when leaving the airport, so expect to pay a few dollars more the trip from the airport than for the trip to the aiport. Fare to MGM should be about $8-$10.

Wendy Oct 18th, 2002 03:44 PM

Definately grab a cab. Decide where you are going and tell the driver that you DON'T want to take the tunnel. You want the $12 or under ride! Have fun!

jackie Oct 18th, 2002 05:26 PM

A few mos ago I took a cab from airport to a hotel near MGM and it was $16 before the tip. It was also at least a 30 minute wait in line to get a cab.

thereuare Oct 18th, 2002 05:42 PM

Jackie, <BR><BR>Did the driver take the tunnel?

Melinda Oct 19th, 2002 10:42 AM

We have seen the taxi line mimic Disney lines some nights. Taxi drivers in Vegas have a nasty habit of telling you "too much traffic" to take the direct route and will take you up on the freeway which will add 5 bucks to your tab.

dcp Oct 19th, 2002 11:24 AM

Get a grip, the difference is about $4-$8 total!

Weff Oct 19th, 2002 12:32 PM

So tell me in plain English what I tell the Vegas cabbie. "Bellagio and please don't take the freeway or the tunnel"? Sorry I don't know the area that well, that's why I'm asking.

Ani Oct 19th, 2002 12:40 PM

On our last trip, my husband and I flew in and met 2 friends at the airport. WE got cab (sunday afternoon-no wait)-and proceeded to tell the driver that our friend was extremely air sick, (we had her just keep really quiet, no smiles, etc) and that was the fastest, least expensive trip to the strip in the 10 times I've been!

Snarla Oct 19th, 2002 01:06 PM

Will someone please tell me where a tunnel exists near the strip?!? Have never heard or seen this...

thereuare Oct 19th, 2002 02:15 PM

The following is taken from www.lasvegastaxi.com, a website run by a Las Vegas taxi driver: <BR><BR>The "tunnel" connects the airport to I-15 and is the most common form of fare gouging in Las Vegas. The tunnel adds 3-5 dollars to the average fare, and in some cases a lot more! Drivers may say that it will save time, however in my own tests, it actually added over a minute to the average destination. The tunnel is recommended to many residential areas, but not to the resorts. The exceptions to use the tunnel (by taxi) are to Silverton, Vacation Village, the Klondike, Mandalay Bay and the Luxor. <BR><BR>There is some other interestng info at his site for first time vegas visitors.<BR>

dcp Oct 19th, 2002 08:30 PM

I can't believe there are this many people who really go to Vegas and are worried about spending $2 too much for a f**K**G cab ride! I bet the Casinos are just chomping at the bit to see you hit the casinos with your roll of nickels.

bubba Oct 20th, 2002 06:57 AM

DCP, you're right. These are probably the same people who wonder which $5.99 buffet is the best. The last of the big spenders and tippers!

ralph Oct 20th, 2002 10:59 AM

Like you fools like getting ripped off by cabbies in a starnge town? Sure, just throw the money around!

snarla Oct 21st, 2002 08:25 PM

Thanks for the answer on the tunnel. I've never seen or heard of it..maybe that's why I don't get screwed :D<BR><BR>There have been a couple of times where I've told the driver that I know for a fact the route he's taking is the longer of several options. I've been there too many times. Just get in the cab and be very confident about your destination. Don't let on that you've never been there before. It's tougher to jerk you around.

speedo Oct 29th, 2002 01:47 PM

Shuttles to the strip are $4.00 one way; $7.50* RT. Exit from baggage claim through door #7, I believe, (or #8)and ask an attendant at the booth which shuttle to board (shuttles serve south, mid and north strip hotels) Taxi's can also be summoned for varying dollar amounts depending on where it is you want to go. But I recommend you DO tell them HOW you want them to go, and my advice it to direct then along Paradise Road to - Tropicana for south strip hotels (MGM, NYNY, Excalibur, etc); and either Flamingo for mid/south strip (Bally's, Paris, Flamingo etc) or Sands or Convention Center for mid/north strip hotels Venetian, Treasure Island, etc.) Taxi's are generally faster even with the line wait, but shuttles are not bad. A recent trip to Bally's boarding the shuttle to Bally's hotel check-in was twenty minutes. (*I would not recommend the RT fare, because you are very likely to find another shuttle coming along that you can grab. i've never had a problem with this in a number of LV visits)<BR>For a strip day event, you might want to consider taking either the shuttle or taxi to Mandalay Bay, tramming to Luxor and Excalibur; walking to NYNY and MGM. then take their shuttle to Bally's and explore mid-strip. Return to the airport from Bally's or Treasure Island, depending on how far you make it. Enjoy..

Britabroad Oct 29th, 2002 02:02 PM

What directions should you give the taxi driver for the Luxor?

cb Oct 29th, 2002 02:11 PM

&quot;To the Luxor, please&quot;

Britabroad Oct 30th, 2002 12:08 AM

Very droll! Looking at previous postings and having never been to LV before it would help to know what specific directions to give the taxi so as not to be completely ripped off! Next time your in London try saying Bayswater hotel and you'll without some specific directions you'll end up with a twenty mile round trip and a hefty cab fare. It makes sense to have some local knowledge. Surely this is the point of sites like this! A little more assistance and a little less sarcasm wouldn't go amiss!


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