Now that The Rental Show 2013 is nearly here, it’s time to make sure you know how to get around Las Vegas when you arrive.
If you decide to take a taxi around town, bring cash and plan to wait, depending on how long the line is at your hotel or at the convention center. Always use a taxi stand — don’t hail a cab. There are plenty of stands around The Strip at hotels and venues.
Expect to pay around $20 to $25 for the fare from the airport to The Sands Expo and Convention Center or show hotels and about
$15 for a trip from The Strip to Fremont Street. The base fare is $2.60 per mile and there is an initial charge of $3.30 before the meter starts to run. There also is a fee of $1.80 for pickup at the airport.
Make sure you have cash for taxi rides. Most Las Vegas taxi drivers will not accept credit cards and those that do will charge a $3 fee in addition to the meter charge. There is a five-person maximum per taxi, including children and infants.
Are you on your own? Find a friend heading in your direction so that you can share the cost. Be clear on your destination to prevent detours and extra charges, and check the cab before you leave it to make sure you have everything. Need a receipt? Most cabs provide them upon request.
Shuttles and limousines from the airport to the hotels also are available. Shuttles operate seven days a week. There are three companies that service Las Vegas: Airport Shuttle Corp., Bell Trans and Executive Las Vegas. Shuttles charge $7 one way and $13 round-trip from hotels on The Strip, according to vegas.com. Limousines can run up to $60 per hour or more.
Do you need handicapped accessible transportation? According to vegas.com, companies that offer transport for visitors in wheelchairs include Las Vegas Transportation, 702-248-2631; Nevada Medi-Car, 702-382-5820; and Showtime Shuttle, 702-261-6100.
If you are staying at The Venetian, it’s about a seven-minute indoor walk to The Sands Expo and Convention Center. You can reach the convention center from The Venetian near the theater.
Three shuttle bus routes will run between The Sands Expo and Convention Center and select ARA hotels during The Rental Show.
- Route One includes Bally’s Hotel and Casino, Fairfield Inn Las Vegas and Paris Las Vegas.
- Route Two includes Harrah’s Las Vegas and Hilton Grand Vacations Suites at The Flamingo.
- Route Three includes Treasure Island and Trump Hotel Las Vegas.
Shuttle bus service also will be provided to Harrah’s on Tuesday night, Feb. 12, from all ARA show hotels for the “A Night in Fabulous Las Vegas” event.
Depending on which hotel you are in, you also could make use of the monorail. The Las Vegas Monorail runs from the MGM Grand to the Sahara. The route has seven stations, including the MGM Grand, Bally’s/Paris, Flamingo, Harrah’s/The Quad (formerly the Imperial Palace), the Las Vegas Convention Center, LVH – Las Vegas Hotel and Casino, and the Sahara. The monorail is open Monday through Thursday, from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. and Friday to Sunday, 7 a.m. to 3 a.m. Rates for the monorail are $5 for one ride, $14 for an unlimited one-day pass for one person and $30 for an unlimited three-day pass for one person. Go to vegas.com for more information.
When you are getting ready to head home, remember there are taxis available from the convention center to McCarran International Airport. The fare is about $15 plus tip. A baggage check will be available at The Sands Expo and Convention Center if you plan to leave directly from the show. For more information, go to TheRentalShow.com.