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Are There Taxis At LAS?  
User currently offlineFutureSDPDcop From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 1293 posts, RR: 5
Posted (8 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2421 times:

Hey everyone. I'm flying to Vegas for the first time (usually drive from Socal) and was talkin to a co-worker who said that taxies cannot pick up at LAS, only drop off and that I would be forced to take a Limo or bus to the strip. Any truth in that?

Fly out Sunday 7/2 and come home Wed. 7/5. Will try to do a trip report as well.

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User currently offlinePanAm747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4242 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (8 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2405 times:

A complete myth.

You cannot just hire any taxi, though - only licensed airport taxis can pick up fares from the airport. However, any taxi can take you TO the airport.



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User currently offlineTravelin man From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3553 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2405 times:

Totally false. I've gotten a taxi from McCarran many times. Although, sometimes the lines are long....

User currently offlineN908AW From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 940 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (8 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2383 times:

 rotfl  *Mental image of outside the Main Terminal...and my family trying to dodge the crazy taxi drivers on our way to the rental car bus.*

There's a reason the terminal dropoff area has 5 lanes each way.



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User currently offlineGoldenshield From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 6093 posts, RR: 14
Reply 4, posted (8 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2362 times:

That's like asking if there are boats to get around Venice.  duck 


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User currently offlineF9fan From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 700 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (8 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2338 times:

From the LAS website

BEGIN QUOTE

Taxicabs are available outside on the east side of baggage claim, outside door exits 1-5. Airport personnel are available on the taxi curb to assist passengers.

Please note:
Taxis will not accept credit card payments. There is a $1.20 charge on all fares originating at the airport. The maximum number of passengers allowed in any taxi is five (5), including infants and children.

END QUOTE

Source: http://www.mccarran.com/03_taxicabs.asp

By the way, if your taxi takes you south (through the tunnel) to a strip hotel, be sure to write down the cab number and company, and call the Las Vegas Taxi and Limousine Commission because your cabbie just took a much longer route than he needed to.

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User currently offlineClickhappy From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 9647 posts, RR: 68
Reply 6, posted (8 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2331 times:
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might be a longer route mileage wise, but sometimes a lot quicker because of traffic.

User currently offlineIowaman From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4428 posts, RR: 6
Reply 7, posted (8 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2331 times:
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Quoting FutureSDPDcop (Thread starter):
I'm flying to Vegas for the first time (usually drive from Socal) and was talkin to a co-worker who said that taxies cannot pick up at LAS, only drop off and that I would be forced to take a Limo or bus to the strip. Any truth in that?

Yeah, a huge amount of taxi's drop and pick people off at LAS, so that's a total myth. What time are you flying in? Be prepared for a long wait if you are arriving at 9-11pm.


User currently offlineLincoln From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 3887 posts, RR: 8
Reply 8, posted (8 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2308 times:

I can't imagine how Vegas would make any money at all if they were dependent on tourists renting cars or walking...

My advice... go for a cab. The "shuttle", though about half the price takes more than four times as long, in my experience.

Lincoln



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User currently offlineAY104 From Canada, joined Nov 2005, 505 posts, RR: 6
Reply 9, posted (8 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2269 times:

Last time I was there, lots of cabs and long lines, but well organized so not really a long wait.
Check your hotel out on their website. Some hotels have a check-in area at the baggage claim. Last time I checked in our rooms while my aunt waited for the bags. We got to our hotel - the Flamingo - and went straight to our rooms, bypassing the huge lines. I beleive the Flamingo, Paris and a couple other hotels are affiliated, those you could check in for by baggage claim also.
Check it out, hope it works for you!
cheers,
Carl (AY104)



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User currently offlineBohica From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2737 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (8 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2269 times:

Quoting FutureSDPDcop (Thread starter):
a co-worker who said that taxies cannot pick up at LAS, only drop off

They can pick up at LAS. The only place in Las vegas they are not allowed to pick up is on The Strip part of Las Vegas Blvd. You will need to go to a hotel/casino to get a cab on the strip.

Quoting F9fan (Reply 5):
By the way, if your taxi takes you south (through the tunnel) to a strip hotel, be sure to write down the cab number and company, and call the Las Vegas Taxi and Limousine Commission because your cabbie just took a much longer route than he needed to.



Quoting Clickhappy (Reply 6):
might be a longer route mileage wise, but sometimes a lot quicker because of traffic.

I once got stuck on Las Vegas Blvd at 5:00 PM in traffic and it took me a half hour to go one block. If I got in a cab at LAS during evening rush hour, I might ask the cab to go the tunnel route depending on my destination.


User currently offlineYellekc From United States of America, joined May 2006, 30 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (8 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2242 times:

Quoting Lincoln (Reply 8):
The "shuttle", though about half the price takes more than four times as long, in my experience.

Furthermore if you are travelling with someone else, the shuttles charge per person, while cabs charge per mile plus certain surcharges. With 2 or more people, the cabs are usually the same price or cheaper and far more convenient.


User currently offlineFutureSDPDcop From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 1293 posts, RR: 5
Reply 12, posted (8 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2177 times:

Quoting Iowaman (Reply 7):
What time are you flying in? Be prepared for a long wait if you are arriving at 9-11pm.

I get in on WN2581 at 12:30.

Thanks for the help everyone.


User currently offlineAirMailer From United States of America, joined May 2006, 478 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (8 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2172 times:

Quoting Travelin man (Reply 2):
I've gotten a taxi from McCarran many times. Although, sometimes the lines are long

Yes; quite possibly the longest line you will ever stand in during your entire life.
In my experience, if you land on a Friday evening/night plan on being in the line for over an hour (I was).


User currently offlineKanebear From United States of America, joined May 2002, 953 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (8 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2163 times:

Quoting FutureSDPDcop (Reply 12):
I get in on WN2581 at 12:30.

Thanks for the help everyone.

12:30PM??? Arrivals should be a ghost town. Departures however... :rolleyes:


User currently offlineFutureSDPDcop From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 1293 posts, RR: 5
Reply 15, posted (8 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2127 times:

Quoting Kanebear (Reply 14):
12:30PM??? Arrivals should be a ghost town. Departures however... :rolleyes:

Is that a big departure bank for HP/US and WN or something?


User currently offlineHPLASOps From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (8 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 2101 times:

Quoting FutureSDPDcop (Reply 15):
Is that a big departure bank for HP/US and WN or something?

I can't vouch for WN's sked, but I can tell ya that HP's heaviest bank during the daytime is around 1100. Flights from the coast get in between 1000 and 1030, west coast arrivals coming in between 1045 and 1100, and a large bank of departures between 1125 and 1210. The cab traffic on HP inbounds probably will have dissapated by 1230, due to the fact that we only have about 8 arrivals between 1130 and 1430.


User currently offlineRadelow From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 426 posts, RR: 3
Reply 17, posted (8 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 2101 times:

Correction....it is not completely a myth. Taxi's are not allowed to pick up at the airport, I believe, 2 days a week. So as to give all taxi's the opportunity to work the airport. They can deliver, but not pickup.

And to that who responded the south tunnel is the long way comment that is not completely true. During big conventions it is much quicker and more efficient to go the freeway route south through the tunnel.


User currently offlineFutureSDPDcop From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 1293 posts, RR: 5
Reply 18, posted (8 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 2077 times:

Quoting Radelow (Reply 17):
Correction....it is not completely a myth. Taxi's are not allowed to pick up at the airport, I believe, 2 days a week. So as to give all taxi's the opportunity to work the airport. They can deliver, but not pickup.

OK, so what day/s?


User currently offlineBradWray From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 650 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (8 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 2067 times:

When I was at LAS I thaught I would do it the traditional Vegas way and get a limo to the hotel, It was from the airport to The Luxor and it cost around $40!

Splash the cash pal youre going to VEGAS! you will proberbaly win it back on the tables and slots anway!

Thanks, Bradley! Big grin



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User currently offlineF9Animal From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 5113 posts, RR: 28
Reply 20, posted (8 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2037 times:

You can get a taxi in LAS. Outside of baggage claim. You can also rent a limo pretty cheap too. You can get a limo as cheap as $7-$10 per person. But, you might have to ride the limo with others.


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User currently offlineRadelow From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 426 posts, RR: 3
Reply 21, posted (8 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 2011 times:

Quoting FutureSDPDcop (Reply 18):
OK, so what day/s?

Ever car has 2 days of the week off. Some taxis have Mon/Tues some maybe Wed/Sat etc. etc. etc. It's random per car but generally organized to give everyone a equal shot at the airport.


User currently offlineLovinitflyboy From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2006, 116 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (8 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 1922 times:

check out www.toandfromtheairport.com tells you all you need to know about public transport at any airport around the world! I noticed that LAS has also been visisted and updated this year!

User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (8 years 4 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 1865 times:

Quoting AirMailer (Reply 13):
Yes; quite possibly the longest line you will ever stand in during your entire life.
In my experience, if you land on a Friday evening/night plan on being in the line for over an hour (I was).

Depends on what time you get in I guess. From the time I got off of the plane (got in around 8pm) and was in my room at the I.P. was by 9:15. The taxi rank moved quite fast, I was in line maybe 15 minutes (line was moving so fast I had troubled trying to call someone as I keep trying to dial, walk and pull my bag at the same time).

Quoting Radelow (Reply 17):


And to that who responded the south tunnel is the long way comment that is not completely true. During big conventions it is much quicker and more efficient to go the freeway route south through the tunnel.

But it's a longer way, and longer journey=higher cab fare, and is a practice that is discouraged by the taxi and limo commission. I got "tunnelled" my last trip to Vegas and had I not been so tired, I probably would have got the number and reported the guy (He didn't even drop me off at the porte coche, as he took a back way into the I.P.).


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