Las Vegas Airport
Pretty much all flights to Sin City go through Las Vegas McCarran International Airport. The largest airport serving Las Vegas, McCarran International is by far the busiest airport in Nevada. Located five miles (8km) south of central Las Vegas, the airport processes roughly 40 million passengers each year.
Las Vegas McCarran International Airport is clean and well-run, with few complaints of long queues. Made up of two terminals, the newer Terminal 2 is a bit smaller and has fewer amenities, but the airport has many diversions to occupy passengers while they wait, ranging from the near-ubiquitous slot machines to an art gallery and even a gym.
Because of its status as one of the most popular holiday destinations in the US, flights to Las Vegas McCarran International Airport come from destinations all over the world, including major cities like Toronto, London, Panama City, Seoul, Glasgow and Paris.
McCarran airport is located one mile (2km) south of the Las Vegas Strip.
Getting to the city
There are regular buses going to and from the airport, downtown Las Vegas and The Strip, dropping off at most hotels; buses 108 and 109 connect to the Downtown Transportation Center and the South Strip Transfer Terminal. Shuttle services are available on west side of the baggage claim area, outside exits 7-13. Expect to pay $12 for a round-trip. There are also taxis available outside Arrivals, but the short ride is expensive.
GMT -8 (GMT -7 from March to November).
Tel: +1 702 261 5211.
Car hire companies represented at the airport include Avis, Budget, Dollar and Hertz. Rental agencies provide free transportation between their parking lots and the terminal buildings. There are more car rental companies in Las Vegas, which can be contacted by using the free telephones in Arrivals.
There are taxis available outside Arrivals at Las Vegas McCarran Airport on the east side of baggage claim outside door exits 1-5. A taxi to the centre of Las Vegas costs around $14 with downtown fares being slightly more expensive and shuttle services run to the main strip for a cost of roughly $4 to $5. The meter starts at $1.80 when departing the airport. Taxis do not generally accept credit cards.
Transfer between terminals
The two airport terminals are connected by free shuttle buses.
Las Vegas airport has a number of shops, bars and restaurants, and of course lots of slot machines. There are ATMs, a full-service bank and currency exchange in Arrivals and Departures. Free wireless Internet connections are available for those with their own Wi-Fi enabled computers and Internet kiosks are located in the C and D Gates. There is also a Fitness Centre, children's play area, shoe-shiners and information booths. Disabled facilities are good; those with special needs should inform their airline or travel agent in advance.
Short term parking at Las Vegas McCarran International Airport starts at $2 per hour for the first three hours, then increases to $3 per hour up to a daily limit of $36. Long-term parking is $3 for the first hour and $1 per hour thereafter up to $14 per day. A free shuttle bus links the remote car park with the terminals.
Flights to Las Vegas McCarran International Airport are available via Air Canada, British Airways, Condor, Thomas Cook, United, Continental, Delta, Frontier, JetBlue, Korean Air,Spirit, Sun Country, Sunwing, Us Airways, Virgin America, Alaska Airlines, American Airline, Virgin Atlantic, and WestJet.
Las Vegas McCarran International Airport has free wifi.
Power points for laptops and cell phones are available in Terminal 1, there are email kiosks spread throughout the airport, and free wifi.
Las Vegas Airport Taxis: the taxi fares above are intended as a guideline only.