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How To Get From Harry Reid International Airport to the Las Vegas Strip [2024]

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Harry Reid International Airport is the only major commercial airport serving Las Vegas. It’s an incredibly busy airport, filled with people vacationing and hoping to win big on the Las Vegas Strip, as well as business travelers attending major conferences at one of the many large hotels.

Despite all the traffic in and out of Harry Reid International Airport, it’s not very transit-friendly to get to downtown Las Vegas or the Strip.

Overview of Cost Estimates

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Transit MethodCost Estimate to the Strip
TaxiFrom $22
Ride-ShareFrom $23
ShuttlesFrom $30 round-trip
RTC Bus$4
Hired CarFrom $140

Taxi

LAS taxi map
Image Credit: Department of Business and Industry Nevada Taxicab Authority

Taxis will cost you between $22 and $30, depending on which hotel you’re heading to on the Strip. The Strip is divided into certain fare zones, so the price depends on how far up the Strip your hotel is.

At Terminal 1, taxis are outside doors 1 to 4 on the baggage claim level, and at Terminal 3, taxis are outside door 53.

It’s customary to tip your driver, which can add to the cost, and there may be traffic along the Strip (which is not unusual) that may also add to the fare.

Ride-Share

Ride Share Signage LAS
Image Credit: Harry Reid International Airport

Uber and Lyft are located in the Terminal 1 parking garage on the second level. This is a massive ride-share pickup area, so you’ll find lots of people waiting for their rides. There are also tons of designated spaces that your driver can pull into.

Getting to many Strip hotels will still cost you about $23, even for such a short ride. Taking a ride-share is the most convenient and economical way to get to your hotel since it will drop you off right at the entrance, and you don’t have to worry about any transfers.

Hot Tip:

Harry Reid International Airport is known for people who try to scam unsuspecting ride-share customers. Many drivers will try to personally solicit you to take rides with them, even claiming that they are official ride-share vehicles or taxis. Do not approach these drivers, and instead, wait for your specifically marked ride-share vehicle displayed in your app. Only approach that specific vehicle and check the license plate before you make contact.

Shuttles

Las Vegas Airport Shuttles
Image Credit: Harry Reid International Airport

Harry Reid International Airport has a number of companies offering shuttle services from the airport to area hotels.

These depart from outside doors 7 to 13 in Terminal 1 or Level Zero on the west end at Terminal 3. For $30, you can secure round-trip van service from the airport to your hotel and then back when needed. The vans are shared, so you’ll be paired with other passengers, though most transport companies will try to put you with guests going to the same hotel as you to limit the number of stops.

Route 109 Bus

RTC Bus
Image Credit: RTC

The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (or RTC for short) operates Bus 109 from the airport to the Southern Strip Transit Terminal. You can pick up the bus at the ground level of Terminals 1 and 3, and buses arrive approximately every 30 minutes, even overnight.

Tickets can be purchased on a mobile app or kiosk; it is $4 to go from the airport to the Southern Strip Transit Terminal. Remember, once you get to that southern terminal, you’ll still need to transfer onto another bus to take you up and down the Strip, making it a highly inconvenient option, especially with luggage. The bus is certainly economical but will make numerous stops along the way, and you need to transfer, making it one of the least desirable options to get from the airport to the Strip.

Hired Cars

Kaptyn Limo Las Vegas
Image Credit: Chris Hassan

Many passengers arriving into Las Vegas use private hired cars to get to their hotels. Many gamblers do this for discretion, and you’ll find many celebrities doing it as well.

Here are typical transportation prices from the airport to Strip hotels, all on a round-trip basis:

  • $140 for a Tesla
  • $150 for a luxury SUV
  • $160 for a small limousine
  • $170 for a stretch limousine
  • $180 for a super stretch limousine
  • $180 for a 24-passenger bus
  • $190 for a stretch SUV

Each option requires additional tax and may have added fees on top of gratuity.

Final Thoughts

Harry Reid International Airport is hugely popular for both tourists and business travelers alike. Oddly enough, there’s not actually great public transit to the Strip and surrounding hotels, so you will likely rely on expensive ride-share vehicles and taxis to get you where you’re going. A taxi or ride-share will be your most convenient option by far, and it’ll save you from transferring on the public transit bus or having to make multiple stops on a shuttle.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is easiest way to get from Las Vegas Airport to the Strip?

Utilizing a ride-share vehicle or taxi is the best way to get from the airport to hotels along the Strip.

Are there free shuttles from Las Vegas Airport to the Strip?

Not really. While there are some companies that offer free shuttles from specific hotels, there isn’t a consistent, widespread free shuttle option. Most hotels along the Strip do not have a free shuttle.

What is the cheapest way to get from Las Vegas Airport to the Strip?

Utilizing the local public transit bus is the absolute cheapest method, but you need to connect at a station south of the Strip, making it very inconvenient, especially if you have multiple bags. Taking into account cost and convenience, a taxi or ride-share vehicle will be your best bet.

How do you get around the Strip without a car in Las Vegas?

There are plenty of taxies and ride-share vehicles departing the airport for the Strip, so it is generally very easy to find an available vehicle to hire.

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James (Jamie) started The Forward Cabin blog to educate readers about points, miles, and loyalty programs. He’s spoken at Princeton University and The New York Times Travel Show and has been quoted in dozens of travel publications.

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