On my most recent trip to Las Vegas, I was staying at the MGM Grand and heard about their new Airport check-in procedure and thought I would give it a try.
Located in the South baggage claim area directly across from carousels #1 and #2, at the base of the escalators it was easy to find.
The staff were very friendly and courteous and quickly found my reservation and went through the various options available which include one way and return shuttles with or without porterage.
The whole process was very smooth and was reasonably priced.
With porterage service to hotel $12.00
Without porterage service $ 7.70
With porterage service $8.50
Without porterage service $4.40
The hours of operation for the hotel registration and ticketing desk are 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. daily, with porterage services available from 10:00 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
The whole process was very smooth and was reasonably priced.
RECOMMENDED if you are staying at one of the group's hotels which include the MGM, Mirage & New York, New York
The fares for the train in Las Vegas are expensive to me, so as a suggestion, it is better to buy a two day pass. Per trip cost $5.00 so that's $10 per trip back and forth to your hotel but if you have a two day pass, you are better off.
Catch the train at the MGM casino and it stops close to the Venetian Hotel.
Catching a cab is way cheaper especially if you are lazy to walk. There is so much walking involved in taking a train. You have to looped around the casinos - that's their plan so you are distracted and will gamble...By the time you get to your destination, two hours have easily passed!
The shuttle from the airport to the Strip is the most economic way to get to your hotel. It only costs $7 one way or $13 round trip. Or the Super Shuttle which is $8 to the strip. Either one is open 24 hours so you can catch them at anytime. You may have to stop off at a few hotels before you get to your own though.
Airport shuttle service and walk-up limousine service available from Terminal 1 at Door 8 (outside the Southwest Airlines baggage claim area) and at Terminal 3 between Doors 1 and 2.
The CAT bus is one of the easiest ways to get up and down the Strip. If you catch route 301 it costs around $3 to ride the entire length of the Strip and as they run 24 hours a day it's great if you don't want to walk.
Be aware that they dont give change so make sure you have a good supply of Dollar bils
A free shuttle can be caught at the Barbary Coast which runs to Gold Coast. From the Gold Coast you can walk across either corner to either RIO or The Palms. Very well worth it if you are a gambler, The Palms is listed as the #1 payout slots and Gold Coast is in the top 10.
The shuttle runs 24/7!
All I have to say is "THANK GOD THE BUSES HAVE AIR CONDITIONER"! HEHEHEHEH. When my friends and I were there, it was HOT and humid and taking the buses sure beats walking in 35-40 degree (Celcius) temps.
You can find out the routes and fares on their website.
Also be aware that the Deuce bus is one of the slowest forms of transportation on the strip. It takes forever for passengers to get off and on the bus. I have on the bus and sat at one bus stop for at least 10 minutes while everyone asks the driver a question, how much, do you give change, where do I get off for.... or those wanting to get on can't because people are still coming down the stairs from the top deck, it is a mess and I for one won't ride one again. If you have all the time in the world and enjoy sitting forever on a bus then this bus is for you.
Bell Trans is an inexpensive shuttle into town from McCarran International: it costs only $6.50 from the airport to the Strip hotels. These are shared rides with multiple stops.
On the baggage claim level, go out Door 11 and head left. Buy your ticket at the Bell Trans window and then go to the Bell Trans stand on the curb, where you will be directed to the appropriate van.
If you plan to take Bell Trans on your return trip to the airport, call them at least 24 hours in advance. Figure on being picked up 2.5 hours before your flight, to allow for other stops.
The Deuce is the best way to see Las Vegas. Even though most attractions are on the strip, there is a lot of walking involved. You can buy an all day ticket for $5 then hop on and off as you please. The Deuce also takes you to Fremont Street.
I reciently took a trip to Las Vegas during which my wife and I arrainged and pre payed for a round trip to/from the airport to McCaren airport through the Orbitz travel site. On arrival we did get the ride to the hotel, Golden Nugget, downtown. The day before our leaving Vegas and well over 24 hrs early I contacted Grey Line by phone and was assured a return ride to the airport was no problem. I aws even given a conformation number, 48400 and a 10:35 AM time for the shuttle. We were at the bus stop aat 10:15 AM . At 11:05 AM, no bus. The hotel enployee helping with luggage tole me the shutl never showed up mand two other customers already had asked and taken a cab. After calling Grey Line and being told the shuttle had been there I was tole the next one would be there at 11:45AM. St to frinish up due to one shuttle never arriving and airplane leaving I had to pay for transportation to the airport again. If you are going to depend on airport shuttle services, especially Grey Line, Good Luck
theres a few ways to get around vegas. first is the duece bus. its $5 a day and gos up and down the strip it can get really busy though and we couldne get on it early evening!
2nd is the free monorail between luxor, excalibur and mandalay bay really easy way to visit a 3 of these in one go!
next is the monorail that runs from mgm all the way down to the venetian.
also taxis! sounds sily but you can get a taxi outside any hotel in vegas!
If you don't intend on renting a car, and have plans on spending your cash on something else than a limousine-trip, there are loads of companies offering shuttle services to most of the major hotels in town. Look around as you get out of the main gate at McCarran Intl. Airport, and you'll see them.
When you arrive in LV. walk out the airport and turn left there is a kiosk. Selling chips act as the fare for the shuttle buses, by your chips and had one to the driver and tell where you are going.
I bought a round trip to and from downtown.
On the return I phoned ahead one the free number (as requested) and booked my pickup time. I waited and waited no bus. I asked the girl at my hotel reception to phone the company, which she did, only to be told that they would be there in 45 mins (luckily, I had checked in online).
The girl at reception told me that these shuttle busses, regularly don't come down town to pick people up for the return part. AND a taxi from downtown to the airport is $35!!!
Luckily I did eventually get picked up, and made my flight.
We did not book our transer for Vegas and ended up paying $5.50 with Bells Trans Shuttle outside the terminal. They do drop off in order of hotels, but we luckily only had one drop off before ours.
When you land you will see how close the strip is to the airport, it almost looks like it is walking distance!!
The shuttle bus service costs $5.50 per trip, or $10 round trip to bring you to the hotels on the strip. However, we experienced a LONG WAIT, about an hour for the bus to arrive and drop us to our hotel from the airport!
When we checked with the person who sold us the ticket, she told us if we could get a cab, she would refund us the money (according to her at that time, the cab waiting line was 2 hours wait!) However, we did not go and check out the cab queue because we were too tired to wait in another line (it was almost midnite!) and it was like 3am back in Toronto..(there is a time diff of 3 hours between Vegas and Toronto!). Keeping our eyes wide open, standing there in the line like a zombie, obediently waiting for the shuttle to bring us to our destination....Can't imagine how happy we were, when the shuttle finally arrived and took us off .....
So, my advice is, if you can get a cab, go for it, unless you know when is the shuttle coming! :) I don't think the ride would cost a fortune as the airport is very near to the hotels along the strip...