Private transportation options in Las Vegas are plentiful and offer the quickest transport with the most flexibility. Your options are:
Lyft and Uber
Now that Lyft and Uber are both operating in the Las Vegas area, this is my #1 choice for getting around Las Vegas. Yes, technically, you can still get longhauled by one of these drivers, but it’s unlikely. It’s not to their benefit to do so, for two reasons.
1) They’re completely dependent on ratings riders give them; anything less than 5 stars could cost them their ability to be drivers for Lyft or Uber. So if they longhaul you, all you have to do is ding them in your rating.
2) You can contest the ride with Lyft or Uber, and they’ll check the ride logs to see which route your driver took. If they can see that s/he took a route that would drive the fare up, they’ll refund your money.
I’ve used both Uber and Lyft in the past, and have had nothing but positive experiences with them. I prefer Lyft for reasons I won’t go into here. Both will cost you less than a taxi to ride in a cleaner car with a pleasant driver. Read my full review of my experience in Las Vegas with Lyft. If you’ve never used Lyft or Uber before, just download the apps to get started. And here are some codes you can use to get some discounted rides right off the bat. (If you use these, you and I will both get discounted rides.)
For Lyft: GRAY267487
For Uber: zeczu
All the big name national car rental companies can be found in Las Vegas. You can rent at the airport, and a number of hotels have on-site car rentals as well.
Tip #1: Know ahead of time what types of rental car liability (collision damage, loss of use, etc.) your credit card covers so you can decline those “extras” if counter agents try to upsell you.
Tip #2: Use your cell phone camera to snap a picture of the car, including the license plate, when you pick it up. If you self-park, take a photo indicating where it’s located in the garage, so you can easily find it again when you need to. (I can’t be the only person who has forgotten where I’ve parked my car, right?)
You might feel a little funny doing this when you’re traveling alone, but booking a limousine (or towncar) from the airport to your hotel can allow you to arrive in style and set the tone for your whole vacation. Generally this is arranged ahead of time, so your driver is waiting for you at baggage claim holding a sign with your name on it. But sometimes you can get walk-up limousine service at the airport. You can also request that your hotel send their limousine to pick you up. (You will be charged for this. Rates vary by hotel.)
The first thing you need to know is that in Las Vegas, you cannot flag down a taxi on the street; it’s illegal. But every hotel has a taxi stand. Be aware that the cab line at McCarran can be very, very long at times, but it moves more quickly than you would expect.
To be honest, I don’t recommend anyone use a taxi in Las Vegas any more. Longhauling (especially to and from the airport) is common among taxi drivers in Las Vegas to the point where I just don’t want to use them any more. It’s a shame, because I’ve certainly had some wonderful cab drivers over the years who didn’t rip me off, but I’ve also had some jerks who did. At this point, it’s a 50/50 chance you’ll get ripped off. I don’t like those odds.
If you choose to take a cab, be very clear upfront that you don’t want them to take the tunnel. If they take the tunnel, 99% of the time, they’re longhauling you.
Tip #1: Add this phone number to your cell phone:
Taxicab Authority: (702) 668-4000
If you suspect you have been longhauled, refuse to pay the fare and call that number to report your driver. (I would wait until you are at the hotel’s valet before doing this, so you have some backup.) It’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with routes and fares before your trip, so you have a better sense of what your ride should have cost you. You can find that information at the Taxicab Authority website.