Getting around in Las Vegas is pretty simple, if you know some insider tips. Taxis are a great option for getting from Point A to Point B, but there are some things you should know before you try to flag one down (hint: don’t try to flag one down). From arranging your ride to paying your fare, use these tips to get around Vegas like a local.
Before you step into your cab, make sure you have cash on you for both the expected fare and the tip. Most taxis do not accept credit cards and have a hard time making change from large bills. Keep your casino winnings in your pocket and use smaller bills to pay your fare. A quick trip to the ATM before you start your ride is a lot less headache than arriving at your destination and realizing you have no way to pay.
From McCarran Airport, there are several different ways to get to the Las Vegas Strip, where most of the hotels and entertainment are located. To save an average of $5 to $15 on your fare, be sure to tell your driver “no Tunnel” when you get in the cab. (The Tunnel is a longer alternate route out of the airport; unscrupulous cab drivers have been known to take the Tunnel to the Strip in order to charge a higher fare. You can find out more about long-hauling in Vegas, and how to avoid it, in our article.) If the route to your destination could take you on the freeway or the Strip, tell your driver that you want to take surface streets instead.
Even if you’re new to Vegas, it’s not a bad idea to take a few minutes and look at a map to get the lay of the land. If you can speak with some authority about where you want to go when you get in the cab, you’re far less likely to get long-hauled (and less likely to get lost when you need to navigate around later).
How Do I get a Taxi?
Making your taxi arrangements beforehand, especially when taking a cab from the airport, will save valuable vacation time. Before your flight, call ahead to a cab company and make an appointment for a car to pick you up at McCarran Airport. Hotels, bars, and mini-marts are also able to make cab arrangements. Most major hotels have cabs waiting outside — however, during heavy traffic, it may still be difficult to find an available taxi.
Flagging down a cab is discouraged and hard to do in Las Vegas. To save yourself time and hassle, we recommend that you always call ahead or use a service provided by the hotel or other establishment.
With these simple taxi tips, you can spend less time worrying about how to get where you’re going and more time enjoying your stay in Las Vegas.
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