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Car hire or taxi transfer?

Hi

Sorry if this is answered elsewhere but did a search and couldn't find the answer I needed.................................

We are going to Las Vegas next week for 2 nights. We are flying into McCarran Tuesday evening and staying at the Wynn Hotel deaprting Thursday evening.

Just wondering whether it would be easier to hire a car or take a taxi to get to / from our hotel. It looks like car hire is fairly cheap though we probably wouldn't use it at any other time during our stay and I am not sure how it compares to .

Can anyone offer any advice? Is it easy to drive to the Wynn? Are there parking charges there?

Any advice appreciated!

Jersey
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1. Re: Car hire or taxi transfer?

I am a great fan of car rentals. I have never gone to Vegas without renting a car. Hotel parking is always free (tip if you valet park). Driving to the Wynn is no problems if you use the back roads and avoid the strip. Rentals are usually cheap- be sure to total in all the taxes, etc. that can add about 1/3 of the price to the basic rental rate. Then think about insurance-a big expense if your own insurance or credit card doesn't cover it.

Having said all this, however, I don't think it is worth it as far as money or time involved in your case. It would be much easier just to take a cab back and forth if you are not going to use the car any other time during your stay. .

Edinburgh, Scotland
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2. Re: Car hire or taxi transfer?

Thanks VP03!

TEXAS
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3. Re: Car hire or taxi transfer?

Take a Taxi. Tell driver to go to Wynn's via the back route, NOT down the LV BLVD.

15.00---18.00 bucks Make sure driver maintains speed with other traffic.

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4. Re: Car hire or taxi transfer?

Go with the Taxi - if you rent a car you will spend almost an extra two hours filling out paperwork, being shuttled to the car lot, returning the car and being shuttled back to the airport - vegas time is worth more than the difference.

Las Vegas, Nevada
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5. Re: Car hire or taxi transfer?

rent a car

but beware, Vegas drinking and driving laws are strict

if you join the car rental company's frequent renter club - online, free membership, you can avoid lines and get preferential treatment

I usually rent from Thrifty, and with my freq. renter status, have never had to wait more than a few minutes...same thing for the shuttle buses - they even help with bags.

The freedom that a car gives you is unmeasurable.

Parking is free at all casinos, and with a car you can valet park everywhere, door to door, for the price a a dollar or two (US) tip.

And it's nice not to have to wait in long cab lines, or deal with slow buses or trolleys.

I agree with other posters about routes - do a little research on the back ways to the casinos - pull up a google or mapquest map to check them out - it'll save lots of time f you know the back routes.

northern california
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6. Re: Car hire or taxi transfer?

Take a cab. Driving in Las Vegas is a nightmare. If you are just going to the hotel and back I would take a cab. It can be a pretty exciting ride but it's less stressful than driving yourself.

Las Vegas, Nevada
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7. Re: Car hire or taxi transfer?

here's a link with info on parking garages:

vegas.com/transportation/parkinggarages.html

If you are used to driving in a big city, you'll be fine in Vegas - if not, perhaps a cab might be a better choice.

Northville, Michigan
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8. Re: Car hire or taxi transfer?

fOR 2 NIGHTS, cab it

the rental will take a few extra minutes and get you nothing, as you will be walking to as much to see as possible in just 2 days..

do not take a shuttle, anywhere, ever

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9. Re: Car hire or taxi transfer?

I would advise to take cabs and walking rather than renting a car in Las Vegas. Yes it is hot walking resort to resort but take that time to enjoy the scenery and attractions (ie the Siren show outside Treasure Island or the Fountains at Bellagio).

Just remember in Vegas, you will be walking alot period. It's a long walk from check-in desk to your room in some hotels. Also, casinos and hotels appear to be very close to each other (somtimes even adjacent to one another) but are in fact quite a distance door to door.

If you rent a car, most of your time will be spent waiting for your car at the valet or parking in a huge parking structure/garage and eventually walking anyways to the casion or hotel. On the weekdays, the traffic is tolerable but weekends can be a nightmare especially if you are unfamiliar with the roads, signage, pedestrians, jaywalkers, rules, and traffic laws. Sit back and relax and leave the driving and stress to someone else.

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10. Re: Car hire or taxi transfer?

Thanks everyone - taxi it is!!

Texastraveler - Thankfully I like walking - I did a overnight power walking marathon a few weeks ago so should be able to handle the walks from reception to rooms at hotels - I hope! Definitely will walk lots round the strip.

Cheers