You’ve decided on Las Vegas for your upcoming vacation. Congratulations! Las Vegas is a premiere destination with an abundance of things to do. From entertainment to dining, shopping to nightlife, there is something for everyone in the Entertainment Capital of the World. But, first you have to get there. If this is your first-time visiting Las Vegas this post should help you navigate getting there and arriving at your resort.

Getting There: Flights to Las Vegas

Let’s start with getting there. There are plenty of flights to Las Vegas. In fact, more than 50 cities across the country offer nonstop flights to Las Vegas. Airlines like Southwest, Delta, Frontier, Alaska and Allegiant all offer direct flights. Las Vegas is even home to Allegiant Airlines, which operates low-fare, nonstop to and from many small cities across the country. Generally, you can get cheap flight to Vegas in August, October and January. During these months, travelers who plan to visit can typically save on the price of their airfare to Las Vegas.

Arriving: Getting to Your Las Vegas Resort

Once your ticket is booked it is time to talk about arriving and getting to your resort. McCarran International Airport is the main airport in Las Vegas. It’s conveniently located minutes from Las Vegas Boulevard, or better known as “The Strip” and about five miles south of downtown Las Vegas. It is the eighth busiest airport in terms of passenger traffic with over 47.4 million passengers in 2016. McCarran International Airport consists of 110 aircraft gates at two separate terminal buildings T1 – Terminal 1 and T3 – Terminal 3, each with its own parking garage, ticketing/check-in area, baggage claim, and shopping and dining options. Because the two facilities are not physically connected, it’s important that you know which airline operates at which terminal building before coming to the airport and when you collect your baggage.

Arriving: Getting to Your Las Vegas Resort

Once you arrive and collect your baggage there are lots of options for ground transportation.

Ground Transportation: Taxi, Shuttle, & Ride Share

Transfer cost by taxi can be anywhere from $13-$26 to Las Vegas Strip properties, and about $24 to downtown; by shuttle between $8-$12 to Strip hotels, $9-$13 to downtown. Uber and Lyft also operate in Las Vegas.

Ground Transportation: Trip to Strip

Most recently, the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada launched a new microtransit service for those traveling between the resort corridor and the Las Vegas airport called Trip to Strip. The on-demand transit service pilot program service area includes McCarran International Airport, Las Vegas Boulevard between Sahara Avenue to the north and Robindale Road to the south, the Las Vegas Convention Center area and a couple of outlier areas, including portions of Paradise and Flamingo roads.

The 24-hour service is operated on an app-based system that works similar to Uber and Lyft. A customer hails a ride via their smartphone app, adds their destination and a predetermined price is displayed before the user confirms the ride.

Riders are transported in Ford Sprinter vans that fit up to 11 passengers at a time, featuring luxury, limousine-like seating and space for luggage.

According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, a price comparison at 11:30 am on a Tuesday showed the RTC’s program was the cheapest option for a single occupant ride. A trip from McCarran to the MGM Grand on Trip to Strip cost $8.40, while a standard Lyft ride was $12.74 and $8.85 for the company’s shared option and UberX cost $11.26 and $10.70 using Uber Pool.

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