If you've seen any of the episodes of "Taxicab Confessions" filmed in Vegas, you might believe the only people who take cabs here are strippers. But that's just TV and you'll find visitors from all walks of life hopping into them. You can catch a cab in Vegas almost anywhere, except when you hail it from the street. Odd but true, safety laws prohibit taxicabs from picking up someone directly on the Las Vegas Strip. Thus the plethora of taxi stands at resorts, shopping centers and attractions. And you can always call for a pickup. That's why we've included phone numbers and some other helpful tips (like being aware of a sneaky practice called "long hauling") below.
Las Vegas Taxi Tips
- Although you might be tired of walking, take those extra few steps to a hotel to get a cab. Taxi drivers are encouraged to pull in to hotel taxi stands to wait for customers instead of holding up traffic by pulling over on the Strip. They can actually be ticketed for stopping on the Strip to pick up a fare. With no pull over lane and constant traffic, believe us, its safer for all involved to grab a cab at a designated taxi stand.
- After a couple of hours on the plane, you've arrived in Vegas ready to party. Don't make your trip to the hotel longer or more expensive. When you get in the taxi, tell the driver you want to be taken to your hotel via Paradise Road or Swenson Avenue, NOT the airport tunnel. The airport tunnel may seem faster because it connects to the freeway and has fewer lights, but the route is several miles longer resulting in cab fares that are $5 to $10 more. The exception to this rule are hotels in the Downtown area, the far North end of the Strip and hotels group on West Flamingo Road (The Palms, Palms Place, Rio Las Vegas, Gold Coast).
This is called "long-hauling," and taxi drivers can be ticketed and fined if they are caught. Besides, if you hit the airport tunnel route during rush hour (8 a.m. - 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.), any time savings you gain using the freeway will disappear in the exhaust of the morning or evening commute. So say NO to the airport tunnel and use the extra cash for an extra cocktail instead.
- Share that cab. Imagine you're club- or casino-hopping in Vegas. You've been drinking, so you don't want to drive, and walking to the next destination is out of the question (you know, too far or a big waste of time). What do you do? Get a cab. If you want to save money, grab one of those mini-van cabs and split the fare with others who are going your way. After all, you may need that extra cash for the cover charge at the next club.
- Speaking of clubs... be aware that many strip clubs and some restaurants offer taxi drivers a kickback if they bring passengers to their business. So if you are wondering why a taxi driver might be willing to give you a free ride to a particular club or why they might be pushing a club as the "best" in Vegas, it may be because of a kickback.
Average Las Vegas taxi fares from the airport
Below are some average fares for taxis from Terminal 1 at McCarran International Airport compiled by the Nevada Taxi Cab Authority.
There is an additional $2 fee on all taxi fares that originate at the airport. Fares for taxis leaving from from Terminal 3 average about $2 more than the fees listed below. Fees can vary based on traffic, time of year and more. A taxi driver can only charge a passenger what is displayed on the taxi's meter plus any credit card fees. If you ever have a concern about taxi service in Vegas you can contact the authority at 702-668-4005. You'll need that taxi company name, taxi number and driver's name, plus the date and time the problem occurred. You can also file a complaint online.
|The Quad / The Linq||$18.18|
|Wynn Las Vegas||$18.50|
|Golden Nugget in downtown Las Vegas||$26.40|
Las Vegas taxi companies
Ace/ABC Union/ANLV/Vegas Western Cab Company
Deluxe Taxicab Service
Desert Cab Company
Henderson Taxi Company
Lucky Cab Co.
Nellis Cab Company
Western Cab Company
Whittlesea/Blue Cab Company