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Before you come to Vegas, you need a plan for getting around. Las Vegas hosts more than one hundred thousand visitors every single day of the year. And that’s just on a regular day. Imagine what it’s like during New Year’s Eve, Super Bowl, F1, and other big Vegas events.

Whether you are visiting Vegas on a ‘regular day’ or during a big event, we want to point out some important things so you don’t make any rookie transportation mistakes.

In this article, we discuss:

  • Driving your car
  • Car Rentals
  • Uber and Lyft
  • Taxis
  • Limos/Sedans and Shuttles
  • Buses
  • Monorail

How to Get Around Vegas

The first thing you need to know is that getting around Vegas anytime requires patience and flexibility. But that does not mean that it has to be stressful.

Driving Around Vegas

The first tip for driving around Vegas is to avoid the Strip when you can. If you know your way around, you might consider Koval Lane and Frank Sinatra as alternate north/south roads that run parallel to The Strip.

If you are driving a car in Vegas, you probably know by now that most casinos charge for parking. There are a few casinos, such as Wynn/Encore and Venetian/Palazzo that don’t charge hotel guests for parking but still charge non-guests, so that won’t do you any good unless you are staying at those hotels.

Treasure Island and Circus Circus remain the only Strip casinos that do not charge for parking currently.

Rental Cars

Rental cars are available at the Harry Reid International Airport rental car center via a continuous shuttle from both terminals. All of the major rental car companies service Las Vegas.

Drivers should also be mindful of the heavy traffic on/near The Strip during Friday/Saturday evenings and during special events.


Like other major cities, ridesharing has become more popular than taxis. Both Uber and Lyft usually have ample drivers, although we believe Uber has a larger market share in Vegas.

Visitors should note that prices are generally higher when getting picked up from the airport due to surcharges or Strip/Downtown than when getting picked up at other locations in Vegas.

Please see our tips on rideshares at the Harry Reid International Airport.


As rideshares become more popular, taxis have become less plentiful in Vegas. That said, Vegas still has a lot of them.

Visitors may find taxis more convenient and less expensive when ride-sharing companies are in surge pricing mode. Don’t be afraid to hop in a waiting taxi when everyone else is blindly staring at their phones.

When getting picked up from the Harry Reid International Airport, if you are heading to the Strip, you will be charged a set flat fee for the ride depending on what part of the Strip you are being dropped.

PREMIER TIP:  During F1 in Vegas in November 2023, a $15 special surcharge was applied to any pick-ups on the Strip or airport. If you are coming to Vegas during a special event weekend, you may want to inquire if a special surcharge is in effect before getting in your taxi.

Limos/Sedans and Shuttles

Major limousine companies in Las Vegas include AWG, Bell, Presidential, and Kaptyn. These companies offer limos, sedans, and larger shuttles to/from Harry Reid International Airport and throughout the Las Vegas Valley.

We recommend booking limos or sedans in advance for busier weekends and during major conventions. If you have not made a reservation, when arriving at the airport, you can ask airport personnel in the designated limo/shuttle area if there is limo/sedan availability.

If you want to grab a limo/sedan at a casino, ask the valet/bell staff, and they will generally be able to call one in short order.

Non-private shuttles are generally available at the airport to Strip/Downtown hotels. Still, visitors should understand the shuttle’s number of stops before the destination and weigh the cost vs. solo vehicles.


Las Vegas offers the Deuce bus service, which travels along The Strip and Downtown. Importantly, for travelers on a budget, the bus stops at the Harry Reid International Airport rental car center.

The Deuce frequency is 10-15 minutes from 7 am – 1 am and 20 minutes from 1 am – 7 am. Visitors should note that during most evenings, the bus moves very slowly on The Strip due to heavy traffic and people getting on the bus.

Non-resident visitor bus passes for The Deuce (includes access for all other routes) cost:

  • $4 – single ride
  • $6 – 2-hour pass
  • $8 – 24-hour pass
  • $20 – 3-day pass

Discounted fares are available for seniors and persons with disabilities. Children under five ride free with an adult.

Las Vegas Monorail

The Las Vegas Monorail has long been an underutilized asset in Vegas as it does not go to/from the airport or Downtown.

However, it is useful to get around the Strip during peak times, and you may need to consider it if you are trying to get to/from the Las Vegas Convention Center or from the northern part of the Strip to the southern part or vice versa.

Is the Las Vegas Monorail Free?

No, tickets are required to use the monorail. It’s recommended to get your tickets online and in advance.

Note that the Monorail does not go to Allegiant Stadium, either, if you are attending a Raiders game or major concert there. The closest it gets is to MGM Grand, so there is a bit of walking to get to the stadium. An internal monorail that goes between Excalibur and Mandalay Bay shortens some of this walk.

Frequently Asked Questions about Getting Around Vegas

What is the best way to get around Vegas?

There is no single best way to get around, and you will likely use multiple forms of transportation during a visit.

As this article shows, there are many ways to get around Vegas. If you want to take a side trip, it may be nice to have a car, but if you are looking to get from one end of The Strip to the other, rideshare might be better.

On the other hand, taxis could be better if surge pricing for rideshare is in effect.

Furthermore, if you are on a budget, The Deuce Bus might be your best option.

Other times, though, especially if you’re staying on the Strip, walking might be the fastest way to get somewhere.

Can you do Las Vegas without a car?

Absolutely. You can get anywhere in Vegas without a car. Although it’s not like New York, where alternative transportation options are readily available. But things are closer together than Los Angeles, so taxis, rideshares, and the monorail might be more reasonably priced.

Are there free shuttles in Vegas?

No. There are no free shuttles except for some specific instances where a few off-strip hotels may have shuttles that go to designated points on The Strip. There are also a few free trams, including one between Mandalay Bay and Luxor and Excalibur and another between Park MGM and Crystals Mall and Bellagio.

Always Plan Ahead

These are some of the best transportation options in Vegas that readily exist today. However, the possibilities for easing congestion in Vegas are very exciting, including The Boring Company’s underground tunnels and Brightline West’s redefining train travel.

In addition, Brightline West, a high-speed train from Victorville to Las Vegas, began construction in 2024. In the meantime when getting around Vegas, please bring your patience and a positive attitude!

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