For departing flights:
- Allow plenty of time for security screening, especially 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 you are flying an "open" ticket, you won't be allocated a seat number until boarding time — likely an undesirable one.
Terminal 1 serves most domestic flights, including those of dominant carrier Southwest Airlines as well as budget airlines Spirit Airlines and Allegiant Air, all of which have large operations at the airport. Terminal 3 serves all international flights, with service to Canada, Mexico, the UK, Germany, China and South Korea among other places, as well as some domestic flights such as Frontier Airlines among others. (Terminal 2 closed in 2012 and has since been demolished.)
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.
- Limousines cost ~$35.
Public transit and shuttles
The Las Vegas monorail famously does not extend to the airport and possibly never will, but there are other options
- RTC Transit operates routes (see Airport Transit Routes for further details):
- Bus 108 costs $2 each way (regular Residential Route fare) and departs every 20–30 minutes from Terminal 1. 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.
- Westcliff Airport Express (WAX) bus runs from Terminal 1 and 3 to Tropicana and Las Vegas Blvd, the MGM Grand Casino, Excalibur, New York-New York, the Bonneville Transit Center and downtown Fourth street and Carlson. A regular one-way ticket costs $2, a 2h ticket $3 and a 24h ticket $5 (regular Residential Route fare).
- Centennial Express (CX) runs from Terminal 3 to the University of Las Vegas, Wynn resort, Palazzo before serving Bonneville Transit Center and downtown Fourth street and Carlson like the WAX bus.
- Bus 109 Southbound runs from Terminal 1 and goes to the South Strip Transfer Terminal (SSTT) where you have to change to the Strip & Downtown Express (SDX). Since this involves a non-residential bus, you should buy a Strip & All Access Pass (2h ticket for $6 or a 24h ticket for $8).
- At Terminal 1, the RTC Transit bus stop is located at 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. At Terminal 3, the bus stop is located on the west end of Level Zero. Exit the terminal from doors 51-58, turn left and follow the orange public transport signs.
- Shuttle Buses will take you to any hotel on the Strip (around $15 return) or downtown (around $18 return). Some hotels offer their own shuttle service.
The airport is one of the few in the world to have slot machines in it, meaning you can lose your entire vacation budget within minutes of stepping off the plane.
- Aviation Museum (Main exhibit in Terminal 1, Level 2 above baggage claim. Other exhibits throughout both terminals), ☎ .
Eat and Drink
Drinking water fountains can be found throughout the airport.
- Liquor Library (Terminal One Baggage Claim, across from Carousel #1), ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com.
The airport provides free Wi-Fi without registration.
- 1 Best Western McCarran Inn, 4970 Paradise Rd, ☎ . Check-in: 3PM, check-out: Noon. Free airport shuttle (5AM-11PM), breakfast, and WiFi.
- 2 Tru by Hilton Las Vegas Airport, 6862 Gilespie St, ☎ . Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 11AM.