Las Vegas Transportation
Rental Cars - check our car rental guide
Monorail - check our monorail guide
RTC: bus system provides for inexpensive transportation throughout the valley. There are three routes that service the Strip area, one of which provides service 24 hours a day. A bus stop can be found nearly every block, and the buses run as far as Fry's, Las Vegas Outlets and the Vegas Pointe Plaza (formerly Factory Stores of America).
Fares: Full fare is $2 each way, senior citizens and children ages 6-17 are eligible for reduced fares with a CAT reduced fare photo I.D. (or an I.D. from another transit system). Call them for a compete schedule (228-7433).
Or visit their NEW website at: RTC (fares, schedules, etc, change, so check it out here)
For Fixed Route Services: Time Schedules, Route Maps, Fare Information, Pass Vendors, Purchase Tokens and Passes Online
For ParaTransit Services: Fares, Eligibility and Reservation Information
Taxis - taxi cab fares and fees
The Las Vegas valley is serviced by sixteen taxicab companies.
Las Vegas taxi fares have gone up again, starting Oct 1st, passengers will pay $3.30 for the meter drop and average cab fare is about $11.50 per trip according to the Taxicab Authority. My best guess as to the number of cabs in Las Vegas is 2800.
"When you enter a taxicab, the driver will start the taximeter (referred to as the “drop”) and an initial charge of $3.30 will register. If a taxi ride originates at McCarran International Airport, an additional airport surcharge of $1.20 per trip is added to the taximeter. After the initial “drop”, the taximeter will assess a fare of $2.00 per mile ($.25 for each 1/8th of a mile travelled.
If the taximeter senses that the taxicab is moving less than 8-12 MPH, the taximeter will assess a charge of $.25 (twenty-five cents) every 41 seconds ($22.00 per hour waiting time). That is why the taximeter continues to accumulate charges even when the taxicab is not moving. Once the taximeter senses that the taxicab is moving at a speed greater than 8-12 MPH the fare calculates on the actual distance travelled.
In the public meeting/hearing of the Taxicab Authority Board held on 26 May 2005, the Board ordered: “IT IS HEREBY ORDERED THAT the temporary fuel surcharge fully instituted on May 20, 2005, i.e. the increase in the additional mileage rate charged after the $3.30 drop to $0.25 per 1/8 mile is altered and re-characterized as a permanent rate increase.” details are from the Nevada Taxicab Authority website. Check there to be sure the rates have not changed again. They also have APPROXIMATE MINIMUM FARES TO VARIOUS SOUTHERN NEVADA LOCATIONS.
Airport Shuttles Shuttles are located outside of baggage claim at McCarran International Airport. Shuttle prices listed here are subject to change without notice. Shuttles operate seven days a week.
Ambassador / Ritz
Executive Las Vegas
Las Vegas Limousine
Citizens Area Transit
Gray Line Tours of Southern
Drop for 1st 1/8th mile (previous $.20 Fuel Surcharge
Each additional 1/8th mile
Waiting time, per hour
McCarran Airport fee per pick-up
NOTE: TAXI CABS IN SOUTHERN NEVADA DO NOT ACCEPT CREDIT/DEBIT CARDS AS PAYMENT
Here's a short list of some of those companies:
Ace Cab Co. 736-8383
Checker Cab Co. 873-2000
Desert Cab Co. 386-9102
Henderson Taxi 384-2322
Nellis Cab Co. 248-1111
Western Cab Co. 382-7100
Whittlesea Blue Cab 384-6111
For more information, you might want to visit the: Nevada Taxicab Authority
They have information concerning the following topics:
Taxi Rider's Bill of Rights
Taxi Complaints (online form)
Current Taxi fare schedule (see above)
Note: Some companies may charge a $5.00 Airport Security fee and additional $5.00 meet and greet fee will be added for all service beginning at Las Vegas McCarran International Airport.
There are many companies around Vegas that provide limousine service. They are available for hourly rental around town. Rate for a basic limousine vary per company but usually begin at approximately $35 per hour up to $60 per hour. Sedan rental ranges from $30 to $40 per hour and super stretches usually run $80 per hour.
Please be sure that any limo service that you use is licensed by the Transportation Services Authority of Nevada Transportation Services Authority (TSA) limo page
Many of the Las Vegas hotels provide shuttle service from airport to their location. Some of these run on a regular schedule, while others may have to be requested in advance. Be sure to check with your hotel when you make a reservation to find out about their specific shuttle services. (note: some of the strip/off-strip hotels provide shuttles to their sister properties, and/or back and forth to the strip and the hotel).
Of course there are other transportation companies that provide shuttle services:
Bell Trans Shuttle
Gray Line Tours of S. Nevada
Henderson Corridor Connection
You can expect the average cost to be $7 to the Strip, and $9 to the downtown area, of course, this is always going up.
Las Vegas Strip Trolley
Now the Vegas.com Arrow, is a system of buses that has replaced the former Las Vegas Strip Trolley.