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McCarran International Airport

Las Vegas, US

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Getting around the airport

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Las Vegas' McCarran Airport lies a mere 8km south of downtown Las Vegas.

It has two separate terminal buildings, Terminals 1 and 3 (Terminal 2 closed in 2012). There's also a satellite building, Concourse D, containing D gates and three VIP lounges, which is shared between both terminals:

  • Terminal 1: The larger terminal, containing Concourses A, B and C, with shuttle train connection to Concourse D. 
  • Terminal 3: Containing Concourse E, with shuttle train connection to Concourse D. Handles all international flights and some domestic ones. You'll find the VIP lounge, Club at LAS, here.  

You can start your Las Vegas experience at the airport, with slot machines in every concourse.

Travelling between terminals

There are two ways of getting around the airport while saving your legs. An automated people mover will take you from your terminal to your gate:

  • From Terminal 1 (Level 2) one line to Concourses C, and another to Concourse D
  • From Terminal 3 (Level 0) to Concourse D 

And an Inter-Terminal shuttle bus will take you between terminals, leaving every 12-15 minutes, stopping on Level 0 of both Terminals 1 and 3.

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Getting into Las Vegas

Taxi for comfort, WAX bus for cost

How you get to Las Vegas very much depends on how much time you have and how much you're willing to spend. It's a fairly short journey (though traffic can be heavy), and a taxi is many people's preferred option. It's far cheaper by bus, but a longer journey.

There is no train to the city, but a monorail connection is planned in the coming years.

Taxi

Ten cab companies operate from the airport. Expect to queue during peak times, but don’t worry, queues typically move quite quickly. Journey time to downtown Las Vegas is around 20 minutes.

Cost: Around USD 30 (plus 15-20% tip)
Location: Terminal 1, outside baggage claim, exits 1-4 and Terminal 3, Level 0

Bus 

Skip the 108 or 109 local buses, take the Westcliff Airport Express (WAX) bus - it'll get you there quicker. Buses leave once every 30 minutes during peak times, and every hour at off-peak times from around 05:45-11:45. Journey time is around 10 minutes to the strip (Tropicana Avenue and Las Vegas Boulevard) and 30 minutes to downtown Las Vegas. 

Cost: USD 2 one-way
Buying tickets: On the bus (exact fare in coins only) or at vending machines at the bus stop (cards only)
Locations:
Terminal 1, Level 0, one level down from baggage claim and Terminal 3, Level 0, exits 51-58

Limousine

As it's Las Vegas, you may want to arrive in the city in style. You can take a stretched limo (or sedan, or SUV) straight from the airport from one of many companies. You can usually make arrangements with your hotel in advance.

Cost: Around USD 60 
Location: Terminal 1, baggage claim, west side and Terminal 3, Level 0, west end of building

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Save time at Terminal 3

Automated Passport Control kiosks

Citizens or nationals from the United States, Canada, Mexico, and 38 countries participating in the US visa waiver program are eligible to use the automated passport control kiosks. You will be asked to complete the questionnaire on the kiosk and your photo will be taken to complete the process. Take the printed receipt to the checkpoint for final clearance.

For departures, Terminal 3 also offers new self-boarding podiums that allow passengers to scan their boarding pass and enter a secured door without the help of an attendant.

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The best place to eat and drink

Village Pub

For food, head to the Village Pub in Terminal 3. The family-owned restaurant offers beer-battered fish and chips, and some of the best fried chicken you’ll eat at an airport. Very family friendly.

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Beware of taxi scams

Don’t get 'long-hauled'

Taxi drivers have been to known to take a longer route to and from the airport in order to boost fares. In order to avoid being 'long-hauled', simply tell the driver where you want to go and say, “no tunnel”. The driver should not take the Interstate and the fare should be no higher than USD 17 to Mandalay Bay as per the Taxi Commission.

If you suspect you have been scammed, seek assistance from the valet at your hotel or contact the Nevada Taxicab Authority before you pay.

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Gambling at the Airport

Slot Machines Everywhere

Las Vegas is the world capital of gambling so it only seems logical that the gambling starts at the airport already. There are slot machines all over the airport. They are waiting for travellers getting rid of their remaining currency or paying their first tribute to the gambling gods right after landing in Vegas. You can even gamble at the slots next to the carousels while waiting for your luggage to arrive.

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Power outlets

Verizon Recharge Zone

You can charge your mobile devices for free at Verizon Recharge Zones. There are multiple locations in Terminal 1 and 3.

If you're in a rush, the Rapid Chargers can charge your devices twice as fast, but there is a fee for use. These are located here:

  • Terminal 1, Concourse A, B, and Baggage Claim
  • Terminal 1, Concourse D
  • Terminal 3, Concourse E
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Showers

Two available, for a price

There are showers in two of the airport's lounges:

  • Centurion Lounge
    Exclusively for American Express cardholders. Provides free toiletries and even a heated towel warmer. Tip: there's only one shower, so ask for it straight away to make sure you don't have to queue for long. Cost: USD 50 (free for Platinum cardholders).
    Airside, Concourse D
    Hours: 05:00-00:00. 

  • The Club at LAS, Cost: USD 35 (USD 27 for members)
    Terminal 3, airside, Gate E2.
    Hours: 06:00-02:00
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Lounges

Several available

You can wait for your flight in comfort in these lounges in the airport (all airside):

  • The Club at LAS, Terminal 1, airside, Concourse D, Gate D16. Hours: 06:00-00:00. Cost: USD 35 (available to Priority Pass members).
  • The Club at LAS, Terminal 3, airside, Gate E2. Showers available. Hours: 06:00-02:00. Cost: USD 35 (available to Priority Pass members.
  • Centurion Lounge, airside, Concourse D. Hours: 05:00-00:00. Offers showers, premium bar and locally-inspired cuisine. Exclusively for American Express cardholders. Cost: USD 50 (free for Platinum cardholders).
  • United Club, Terminal 1, airside Concourse D. Hours: 05:30-00:30. Cost: USD 50 (free with membership).
  • United Services Organization (USO) Lounge, airside, near Gates A and B. For members of the military and their families. Offers Wi-Fi, video games, TV lounge, toiletries, snacks and more. Hours: 24 hours.
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A trip to the Strip

On a layover

The infamous Las Vegas Strip is only a few miles away from the airport, so a long layover may mean you’ve got enough time to see a few sights by using a taxi.

Be aware that McCarran Airport typically has long security checkpoint lines and there can be delays getting to and from the airport. Give yourself plenty of time to get back to the airport if you plan on exploring the Las Vegas strip in between flights.

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ATMs

And banks

You'll find ATMs here:

  • Terminal 1, baggage claim area
  • Terminal 1, airside, at Gates A, B, C and D
  • Terminal 1, landside, Esplanade shopping area
  • Terminal 3, baggage claim
  • Rental Car Center

There are also two full-service Wells Fargo banks:

  • Terminal 1, landside Esplanade shopping area
  • Terminal 3, landside west ticketing level 

Plus, you can find Travelex Foreign Currency Exchange Services in Terminals 1 and 3, in the baggage claim areas. Tel: +1 702 261 5950.

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Kid’s play area

Near Concourse D

Flight delays and layovers can be tough on kids and they certainly can’t enjoy Las Vegas’ other activities! The play area features an interactive mini control tower and mock jet engine, offering children an opportunity to stretch their muscles and imaginations.

Concourse D, airside, level 2, above the rotunda

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History of aviation

At Aviation museum

If you prefer to skip the slot machines and learn something about aviation, head to the Howard W. Cannon Aviation Museum. Aviation lovers will enjoy exploring the 3,000 square feet of rich exhibits detailing the aviation history of southern Nevada. 

Esplanade of Terminal 1, airside, level 2
Hours: 24 hrs 

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Save on Your Car Rental

Lowest Price Guaranteed

You can rent cars at the McCarran Rent-A-Car Center, 5km from the airport. Remember to allow extra time to to and from the centre.

It's open 24 hours a day and is located at 7135 Gilespie Street. Free shuttle buses will take you there in five minutes from these bus stops in Terminals 1 and 3:

  • Terminal 1: Level 1, Ground Transportation, doors 10 and 11
  • Terminal 3: Level 0, Ground Transportation, West doors 51-54 and East doors 55-58

You'll find cars from these companies:

  • Advantage: +1 800 777 9377
  • Alamo: +1 800 462 5266
  • Avis: +1 800 331 1212
  • Budget: +1 800 922 2899
  • Dollar: +1 800 800 4000
  • E-Z: +1 800277 5171
  • Enterprise: +1 800 736 7222
  • Firefly: +1 888 296 9135
  • Hertz: +1 800 654 3131
  • National: +1 800 729 5377
  • Thrifty: +1 800 367 2277
  • Zipcar: +1 866 494 7227 
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