Every so often, I will receive an email from one of my readers asking if it is better to take a Las Vegas airport shuttle to get from McCarran International Airport to a hotel, or if there is another type of Las Vegas airport transportation method that I would suggest. I have to say that my favored way to travel from the airport to my hotel is by one of the Las Vegas shuttle busses.
After getting your baggage at McCarran International Airport, you will see the crowd head over to an outside area that is sometimes called, “The Stew.” This is an area where people might stand for over an hour or more waiting for one of the types of Las Vegas airport transportation methods.
To the right will be those that are waiting for cabs, limos, and direct shuttles to certain large Las Vegas hotels. To the left, you will see a small line of Las Vegas airport shuttles. The operators of these Las Vegas shuttles will ask you which Las Vegas hotel you are heading to, and drop you off, along with the all the other passengers at their prospected hotels.
There are some Las Vegas sites that will suggest that you avoid these Las Vegas airport shuttles. I have read their reasoning, and believe that there are many aspects about this type of Las Vegas airport transportation that they (the other sites) do not take into consideration. Once you have heard my reasoning for using these Las Vegas shuttles, you might consider using them yourself.
Other Las Vegas sites will state that you might have to wait an hour in one of these Las Vegas airport shuttles before finally leaving the airport. They also are critical of the fact that you have to make multiple stops before you get to your hotel. They even will complain about how the Las Vegas shuttle bus driver will talk all through the drive. They suggest other methods of Las Vegas airport transportation.
What these other sites do not mention is that there is a better chance of having to wait over an hour for a cab, limo, or specific Las Vegas hotel shuttle. If you have never been to Las Vegas before, “The Stew,” is called, “The Stew,” because of the fact that there are multiple types of meat (people) that are slowly cooking in the Las Vegas heat waiting to be served (delivered). These long lines move very slowly as more and more people wait around for their chosen method of Las Vegas airport transportation.
You might question me about the specific hotel Las Vegas shuttles as being a better method. Most of these drivers, though, are paid by the person that they deliver from the airport. This will cause them to wait for a full bus before departing. Since there are so many hotels that someone might be staying at in Las Vegas, the wait could be long as the driver tries to find all of the ones to a specific hotel.
The general Las Vegas shuttles that I suggest are usually on their way to the strip faster than the other methods. They take a back way out of McCarran International Airport, so you see it in the rearview mirror faster. During the trip, the driver will usually give you valuable information about different events going on around Las Vegas that you would miss if you had taken a cab or a limo.
These Las Vegas airport shuttle drivers will also give you a little extra information about the hotels that they are stopping at on the way to yours. I have taken many great suggestions from them on restaurants and shows. What some Las Vegas sites might call, “Jibber-jabber,” from these Las Vegas shuttle drivers, I call valuable information.
The final note that I would want to pass along about this type of Las Vegas airport transportation would be that your cost is only five dollars a person for one of these Las Vegas shuttles. The cab ride starts at $12 (if you are lucky an the cabbie does not take you on a goose chase around the city. The limos start around $35. While the specific Las Vegas shuttle busses are free, they still might keep you waiting at McCarran International Airport for a long time.
Almost every time that I have gone to Las Vegas, I have taken one of these Las Vegas shuttle busses. I will continue to take them in the future. They are, hands-down, my favorite method of Las Vegas airport transportation. The next time you at McCarran International Airport, consider taking one of these Las Vegas shuttles. You might be happy that you did.