Getting to Las Vegas, United States

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What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. Getting to the top three travel destination in the US is simple due to the well connected network of transportation available to its visitors. McCarran International Airport (LAS) is the gateway to Las Vegas and from there to the city local transit buses start at $7, shuttles start at $10, private limousines from $144 or sedans from $52. Using the local bus network for moving around is also possible starting at $6 for a 2-hour pass, or the monorail with a $5 cost for a day pass.

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Las Vegas Key Information

Situated in the city of Nevada, USA, Las Vegas Is names the “Entertainment city of the world”. This city is known for its colourful and vibrant vibes making it the perfect destination for people all around the world, looking to discover its entertainment, fine cuisine, and famous nightlife scene.

The tricky part

One tip that most Las Vegas travellers recommend is to always draw money in advance, and leave your card at your accommodation when visiting the casino. This will allow to keep yourself within budget and avoid spending extra money.

It is highly recommended to buy your Deuce Pass or single ride tickets for the RTC Transport online in order to avoid the extra fees and waste of time trying to get a ticket on the spot. Downloading the rideRTC Mobile Ticketing App can make things simpler in this case.

Although Las Vegas is considered a tourist attraction with travelers from all over the world, it is still advised to learn some English if you are looking to avoid getting scammed and enjoy the full experience.

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Getting to Las Vegas

Getting to this destination is made possible thanks to one major airport in the city: McCarran International Airport (LAS). This airport hosts flights from all over the wold and is considered as the busiest commercial airport in the USA with an easy access to the center of Las Vegas.

If you are on a budget, the best way to get there is from LAS by taking the 109 Bus from LAS, available every 20 minutes for only $7 thanks to the 24 hour Deuce pass. Airport shuttles are also an option for a fare of $7 to $10.

Ride-shares, such as Uber are also available on demand. You can easily book an Uber to get you from the airport to downtown Las Vegas for a fare starting only at $18.17.

However, if Las Vegas is one of multiple destinations for your road trip, getting there by car is also a possibility. You can get there via the freeway 15 from the north (Mesquite and Salt Lake City) and the south via interstate 5 (Los Angeles and San Francisco). Las Vegas is also accessible from the south via freeway 515 (Fort Mojave Indian reservation) and you can bypass the city via Freeway 215 especially during rush hour.

Mesquite: If you are looking for a Las Vegas experiences but without “the hustle and bustle”, Mesquite is the place for you. This city has the best of both words with resort thrill but also the small city cosy vibe. You can travel by bus straight from McCarran International Airport available every hour with a basic fare starting at $19 for a 1-hour-20-minute ride. Uber is also an option available starting at $107 or by taxi for $262.51.

Boulder City: If you are looking for sports activities such as golf, Tennis, Racquetball, or even bicycle tracks, Boulder city should definitely be on your itinerary. Home of the “Alan Bible Botanical Gardens” with desert cacti and plants, Boulder city has many more to offer. You can reach this destination by bus from McCarran International Airport via a bus combination of line 108 or 109, and Line Route HDX with a transfer at the Bonneville Transit Center Bay, available hourly for a basic fare of $7 for a 2h40m ride. You can also opt for an Uber instead for a price starting at $30 for a 28-minute long journey or a taxi for $120.

Paradise: If enjoying the nightlife is your top priority, and you are looking for an exciting adventure, heading to Paradise is the perfect option for you. Including most of the strip area, this place is the real “Sin City”. Only a couple of minutes away from LAS aiport, you can get there either by the 108 line bus for a 4-minute ride for only $7, available every 30 minutes. You can also opt for an Uber or a taxi instead for only $11. However the most affordable option is to get there for FREE by walking for only 20 minutes.

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The Frugal Option

One of the most cost effective options to get to Las Vegas from the LAS airport is with no doubt public transportation. Thanks to the spread network of bus lines that can take you anywhere you like for only a basic fare, it is considered the go to means of transportation for travellers on a budget.

You can take the 109 bus from the LAS airport to downtown Las Vegas available all day (24 hours) with a frequency of a bus every 20 minutes. This 38-minute journey costs only $8 thanks to the 24-hour Deuce pass that you can book online through RTC Southern Nevada, however if you wish to get a single ticket it will cost $1-$2 per ride per person.

This 24-hour pass allows to travel along the Las Vegas strip and take as many rides as you need to get the full Las Vegas experience. Although traffic in this area can get very hectic, public transportation remain the safest option to reach your destination.

It is highly recommended that you consider hailing an Uber or an on-demand service instead of taxis when getting to your destination in Las Vegas. In fact, taxis are up to 150% more expensive than Uber and are harder to find especially in the case of a late arrival.

Private Transfer Options

A variety of private transportation options is available for connecting McCarran International Airport with your destination at Las Vegas. Mozio's local partner, AsterRIDE Limousine and Luxury Transportation, caters to high rollers looking to make a memorable entrance to sin city on a stretch limousine with a private professional driver for up to 10 passengers starting at $144.

On Demand Services such as Uber and Lyft offer their services starting at $12. Taxis are also available as a middle ground option for a fare starting at $50. However, prebooked through Mozio, a car service from the airport including a professional driver with local partner Elife Limo starts at $52 for a sedan for up to 3 passengers, an SUV for up to 5 passengers starting at $59, or a private van starting at $70. For larger groups, local partner AsterRIDE Limousine and Luxury Transportation offers private minibuses for up to 14 passengers starting at $144.

Las Vegas McCarran International Airport Transfers start at $42.

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The Mozio Recommendation

You are traveling on a budget, then public transportation is your best friend. For only 8$ you can enjoy your journey from McCarran International Airport all along the Las Vegas strip thanks to 24-hour Deuce Pass.

If you seek a more comfortable and faster experience, you can opt for an on-demand service (Uber or Lyft are available) at a very reasonable price that would still allow you to enjoy some comfort without exceeding your budget, available for a price starting at $12.

However, if you are looking for the ultimate comfort experience, you can treat yourself to a private transfer with a driver who will collect you from the arrival hall related to your terminal, help you with your luggage and escort you to the vehicle of your choice for a price of $52 for a sedan, $57 for an SUV, or $70 for a private Van prebooked through Mozio. Las Vegas McCarran International Airport Transfers start at $42.

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Moving AROUND Las Vegas

Even for getting around Las Vegas, public transportation remains as the optimal option due to its high convenience, spread bus network, and affordable price. This network allows you to easily get from one town to another at the lowest cost possible. Uber rides are also available at a relatively higher price but still affordable nevertheless that will take you anywhere you like without any time constraint.

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The Frugal Option

One of the main ways to get around Las Vegas by bus is through the Deuce Bus (operated by RTC) service that will allow you to discover the city while saving your money. There are two main routes to take you around: one along the Strip, the other takes you to Downtown. The Deuce Strip route, available every 20 minutes, 24/7, stops alongside most major attractions on the strip while the SDX only operated from 9am to Midnight and has 21 stops starting at the Grand Central and ending in South Strip Transit Bay 3. One thing to keep in mind is that the tickets can be purchased on the bus: $6 for a 2-hour pass, $8 for a 24-hour pass, or $20 for a 3-day pass.

The Las Vegas Monorail is also a transportation service option to get around Las Vegas. Although it is considered relatively more expensive then taking the bus with fares including a single ride for $5, a day pass for $15 and a 2 to 7-day pass for $23 to $56, it is considered as a great option to use if you are near a hotel that has a monorail stop as the service is available every 4 to 8 minutes. However, it is important to note that this service is only available on average from 7am to Midnight.

The fares depend on the destination and the type of ticket selected:

  • For RTC bus service: $6 for a 2-hour pass, $8 for a 24-hour pass, and $20 for a 3-day pass.
  • For Flixbus bus service: $6 to $9.
  • Las Vegas to Boulder City: $6 for a 1-hour 5-minute journey available hourly.
  • Las Vegas to Henderson: $6 for a 1-hour journey available hourly.
  • Las Vegas to Laughlin: $6 to $9 for a 2-hour journey available twice a day.
  • Las Vegas to Mesquite: $6 to $9 for a 1-hour 20-minute journey available once a day.
  • Las Vegas to Paradise: $6 for a 30-minute journey available every 30 minutes.

Renting a car is a recommended option if you wish to discover the city at your own pace, especially if you are planning on visiting some other towns that are considered a little out of the way (Boulder City, Mesquite, etc). However, it is important to keep in mind the costs of parking since some places although require no parking fees they still require money for the valley.

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Are Rideshare & TaxiApps Readily Available In Las Vegas?

Available On-Demand Providers

  1. uber

    $6.83 per Mile

  2. lyft

    $6.05 per Mile

Not Available Options

  1. cabify

  2. grab

  3. freenow

  4. gojek

  5. didi

  6. bolt

Car Rental Options

Major internationally well know car rental brands provide their service in Las Vegas including Hertz, Almo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, National, Sixt Thrifty, etc. Car rental is available through their agencies at the LAS airport and all around Las Vegas and the state of Nevada.

Car rental is considered a great option if you are looking for a comfortable means of transportation and are considering visiting other nearby cities at your own pace starting at $23 per day.

Choose an accommodation that provides a free parking service, you can also find free parking in Vegas and even in Las Vegas Strip. However, it is important to know that sometimes the parking fee can go up to $21 per hour.

Day Trips Around Las Vegas

Grand Canyon

When visiting Las Vegas, taking a one day trip to the Grand Canyon is a must in your travel plan. Filled with numerous activities including horse riding, hiking, burro riding, etc., this destination offers many opportunities to get physical and enjoy some fresh air. You can get there at a basic rate of $6 via bus for a 1-hour 15-minute ride or you can opt for a more comfortable option either by Uber for $35 or by taxi for $140. Prebooked through Mozio, a professional driver from our local partner Elife Limo for up to three passengers.

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Just 1 hour away from the heart of Las Vegas, Henderson is the travel destination for family gateways. From shopping and sporting activities to entertainment shows and facilities, this place has more to offer. You can easily get there either via bus for $6, Taxi for $80 or an Uber for a rate starting at $21. Prebooked through Mozio, a professional driver from our local partner Elife Limo for up to three passengers starting at $63.


Considered as one of Nevada’s top casino destinations and hotel cities, Laughlin is one of most family friendly destination for your next trip. Getting there is made easier thanks to the bus service only at basic fare of $6 per person for a 2-hour journey. You can also take an uber for a price starting at $110 or a taxi for $276.10. Prebooked through Mozio, a professional driver from our local partner Elife Limo for up to three passengers starting at $295.

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