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I have to say it was easy to get into and exit from. There is a signal right near the entrance. One other little feature is they have air-conditioned hallways with escalators and the whole garage is inside and it was not too hot because I think they must be recirculating air throughout the parking structure, unlike Planet Hollywood garage parking that would cook anyone just inside the garage area if you stood in there long enough or must less in a car, God forbid!
Another little thing is these sign with some assistance in reminding you where what level or area your car is parked at. Just take one to remind you incase you forget.
Entrance is off of Sands Ave, either via Las Vegas Strip or Koval Street.
This information is for all those who live in Southern California. There is really only one way to drive into Vegas quickly and that is on the 15 fwy. However, if you decide to go to Laughlin first, you will need to take the 15 fwy to the 40 fwy. Once you get onto the 40 fwy, it is like a 1 1/2 hour to 2 hour drive to get to Laughlin and there is only one gas station off the 40 fwy from the 15 fwy to the next major city, which is Needles, so fill up before you get to the 40 fwy! If you are just going to Vegas, the trip should take you from 3-5 hours depending upon two things: (1) Traffic and (2) How fast you drive.
To give you an idea how the Strip is connected with trams, here's an example on how to get from one end of the Strip to the other.
To go to the Venetian from Mandalay Bay Click on this map to enlarge. Print this map and take it with you.)
Take the tram from Mandalay Bay to Excalibur.
Walk into the Monte Carlo and take the tram to Bellagio.
Take the pedestrian bridge/walkway and enter Caesar's.
Walk through Caesar's casino to Caesar's Forum Shops that will exit out to the Strip again.
Enter the Mirage and take the tram to Treasure Island.
Exit Treasure Island and take the pedestrian bridge/walkway to the Venetian.
TOTAL DISTANCE: It's 1.75 miles from Mandalay Bay to the Venetian.
Best way to see Vegas??
WALK and don't miss a beat!
Walking from hotel to hotel seems like a good idea. After all, you don't want to miss the beautiful décor, the fountains or the neon. But after you walk for a while (particularly if it's the middle of the day in August), you've had enough. How about a free ride? A few hotels have constructed trams between their properties. Now trams connect the following: Bally's and the MGM; Bellagio and the Monte Carlo; Mirage and Treasure Island; and Mandalay Bay and the Excalibur, with a stop at the Luxor. Hopefully, more hotels will follow suit. Get on the bus: If you arrive in Vegas with just a carry-on bag and you're staying downtown, try catching the CAT (Citizen Area Transit) bus from the airport to downtown Vegas, with no transfers. The bus may not get there as quickly as a taxi would, but you'll save a few bucks. That extra cash could be your ticket to financial freedom (if you happen to win MegaBucks). Or it could buy you a lot of shrimp cocktails. Note: seniors can ride for $1.10 with an ID issued by the local transport authority.
Type: Bus Share that cab!
Imagine you're club or casino-hopping in Vegas. You've been drinking, so you don't want to drive, and walking to the next destination is out of the question (you know, too far, or a big waste of time). What do you do? Get a cab. If you want to save money, grab one of those mini-van cabs and split the fare with others who are going your way. After all, you may need that extra cash for the cover charge at the next club. ATTENTION:
McCarran International Airport is open. All airlines are now operating, however they are flying on reduced flight schedules.
Confirm your flight departure time BEFORE coming to the airport and allow 2 hours for additional security measures at the ticket counter and security checkpoint.
Bring your photo I.D. to check in. Passengers without a photo ID will not be processed.
ONLY TICKETED PASSENGERS are permitted beyond the security checkpoint. Please see the ticket counter if you have any special needs.
ATTENTION ALL ELECTRONIC TICKET CUSTOMERS: Bring along a printed itinerary or receipt verifying your flight information. You will need this document at the security checkpoint to proceed to your gate.
SOUTHWEST PASSENGERS who have carry-on luggage only AND who have tickets, an electronic itinerary or receipt, and a photo ID may proceed directly to the checkpoint unless you have special needs.
Please be patient as we bring the National Airspace System back online.
CHECK THEIR WEBSITE FOR THE LATEST INFO: http://www.mccarran.com
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McCarran Airport is the primary airport serving Vegas.
It's difficult to drive a car in Vegas, at least on and around the Strip.
A few hotels have constructed tram between their properies. Trams connect the following: Bally's and the MGM, Bellagio end the Monte Carlo, Mirage and Tresure Island, and Mandalay Bay and the Excalibur, with stop at the Luxor.
At New York New York try the fifth flor of the parking structure. The entrance is easy to miss, it's on your left as the ramp loops right toward the next level, but if you can make it,you'll find ample parking directly in front of the elevators.
Without warning roads they shrink to lanes total. They are sawtooth roads.You'll find most of them up in the Lakes neighborhood, but there are a few in the city core.If the left lane backed up and the right has no one in it whatsoever, you're about to be shunted into a right-turn only lane, be cautious.
Las Vegas don't have a subway system.
McCarran airport is an international airport, and handles most aerial traffic in Las Vegas.
If you are travelling from LA by car, the 15 comes right into Vegas. Make sure to consult a map though!
CAT is a bus system in Las Vegas with 52 routes, consisting of 308 buses. I have found it to be a reliable and effective way of getting around. A full fare pass can be purchased for $30.00, for more info on routes, prices and transfers, go to: http://www.rtc.co.clark.nv.us/cat.htm
Note: The site seems to go down somewhat often, I suggest printing out anything of importance.
If you fly into Vegas, the best way to get around town would be either by foot (if you're staying along the main Strip area), or by taxi. Driving down the strip on a weekend night can be a nightmare sometimes with the bumper to bumper traffic. There's plenty of parking at the hotels and casinos...but sometimes it could take you a good half hour to cross the boulevard!
Cabbing it through Vegas can be an adventure all in itself. Especially if you're lucky enough to hook up with one of those famous 'HBO Taxicab Confessions' camera-supplied cabbies.
Be careful of what you do or say in that backseat! No run o' the mill cab rides in this city. Be suspicious if the cabbies start engaging you in off-the-wall conversation! You never know who could be watching! ;->
Easy to get around strip with shuttle vans but nothing beats having a car. Casinos have free valet parking (just need to tip attendant) and car rental is inexpensive. Many casinos are in walking distance to each other. This is a map of the Strip, where most of the major casinos are located. Notice how close the airport is to everything. Anything to make it easier for the tourists to spend their money on gambling and nothing else.
If you DON'T have a car! Check out Taxi vs. Bus. see my monorail tips below Both are reasonable, Here's my advice: for one person who wants to tour most of the casinos on the strip the BUS is best. Why, for about $2 you can go to a section of the 'Strip,' walk to the casinos you want to visit, then take another bus further down the street! The bus is especially good for one person getting downtown to the Golden Horseshoe and 'old Las Vegas' cheaply!
IF there are several in a group, taxi is usually cheapest and it is always easiest! for just a few dollars you can get anywhere in the city and the bus price multiplied times the number of your group is often more than a taxi charge! Bellmen at the major casinos can help you!
Airfare tips Airfare from many major US airports is VERY CHEAP to Las Vegas. From the airport closest to my home the fare ranges from $150 to $200! If you are coming from overseas you might actually check out taking TWO FLIGHTS!! Since the domestic/in country flights to Las Vegas are so cheap it may be cheapest to get the lowest fare you can to a US city then take the lowest fare from that city to Vegas -- check it out!!
For cheap flights to Vegas, check out Sun Country Airlines. Not much on comfort or service, but cheap, cheap, cheap.
Avoid Alamo car rental at all costs. Better car rental bets are Budget or Dollar. Definitely pick one with an in-terminal counter. Try to avoid driving on the Strip. The side roads are easy to figure out. Most run parallel to or intersect with the Strip. Get yourself a map.
The easiest way to get around in Las Vegas is by car. If you are casino hopping it is very convenient to vallet park your car at each casino. It is free, except for the tip, and it makes parking so much easier.
If you don't have a car, taxis are convenient and not to pricey for the short distances between the casinos.
Or you can take a monorail between some of the hotels. A monorail connects the MGM and Bally's Resorts and is expected to be expanded north to connect with other resorts and the Convention Center.
Monorails also connect the Bellagio to/from Monte Carlo, the Excalibur to Mandalay Bay (but no direct return trip), the Luxor to Excalibur (but no direct return trip), the Mandalay Bay to Luxor (but no direct return trip)and the Mirage to/from Treasure Island. These monorail systems are free and open to anyone wishing to use them. With some planning they can be a very convenient way to travel around the Strip. They run frequently, usually every 5 - 10 minutes.
Many of the hotels also provide shuttle service to the Strip and/or to other casinos. Check with your hotel to find out what shuttles they offer.
TRAVEL AGENT(see photo)-If you live around my area of the UK, I would highly recommend my local, family run, PREMIER TRAVEL( www.premier-tours.co.uk ) the staff, Gladys,Bill & Laura are really knowledgable & helpful, which makes the trip more enjoyable.
VIRGIN ATLANTIC was a brilliant & comfortable carrier, my first time on a Jumbo Jet, landing at Mc Carran Intl. Airport, which is only 5 mins from the Strip.
DOLLAR CAR RENTAL-This is included in the Virgin package, & only a couple of mins from the airport via courtesy bus, staff are really friendly & helpful. The Luxor Hotel is only 5 mins away (map given by Dollar) & is easy to find. You may drive to the main entrance & let a valet park for you, or use the side entrance, park yourself, as we did, but it is a long walk with your cases to Registration.
BUS CAT-301-to travel up & down the Strip, which is 5 miles long (distances are deceiving) get on the bus as it travels up & down the strip 24hrs a day & only costs a couple of dollars. It stops at nearly all the hotels.
IF you have a car, parking is FREE!!!! all major casinos have free valet parking. Pull up to the front door, give the uniformed attendant $1 or $2 and walk in!