Las Vegas Overview
Vegas Here We Come
Where to Stay & Why
Getting Around the City
Attractions & Sightseeing
Entertainment & Shows
Dining in Las Vegas
Four Day Walking Tour
Heading Back Home
Chapter 2: Las Vegas!
"Here we come!"
2.7 Arrival ...and
getting to the hotel
at McCarran International Airport, head to the
baggage area to claim your checked baggage. Be
sure to check the claim check number and name
tag to make sure it is yours. Many pieces of
luggage look alike, and you don't want to walk
off with someone else's.
Immediately notify your airline if your luggage
is damaged or does not arrive as scheduled.
(See the previous section about dealing with
lost luggage.) As a general rule, claims must
be filed, in person, within four hours of your
two terminals at
McCarran. Terminal 1 serves
domestic airlines while Terminal 2 is
primarily for international and
charter flights. In 2012,
a new Terminal 3 will open.
You will find a
There are four sets of
gates in Termnal 1: Concourse A, B,
C and D. If you flew US Airways, you will
arrive at Concourse A.
flights come in on Concourse
B or C. You will probably arrive
on Concourse D if you fly American,
Delta, United or another airline. Check
the airport guide if you flew any other
|One of the first
things you will notice when you get off
the plane is that you can gamble in the
airport lobbies and baggage area.
Get used to seeing banks of jingling slot
machines everywhere, sometimes even in
the bathrooms! It is a way of life in Las
Vegas. But refrain from playing any of
them at the airport. Their captive
audience has the worst slot machine odds
in Las Vegas. There are no table games
(craps, roulette, blackjack and such) at
It is a long journey to the main airport
terminal area and you can take the tram or
walk. If you walk you’ll enjoy the luxury
of moving sidewalks every so often. Make your
way towards the main terminal and baggage claim
area which will be down stairs. Be sure you
have your claim tickets with you which may or
may not be checked.
A little known service is that the
Grand and Signature hotels have remote
check in counters
at the airport near the baggage
claim area in Terminal 1. It is open
a.m. – 6:00 p.m..Tuesday & Wednesday;
9:00 a.m.-- to 10:00 p.m. Thursday
to Monday. Guests
staying at these hotels can check in right at
the airport. It is located in the South baggage
claim area directly across from carousels #1
and #2, at the base of the escalators. While
you will be able to get your room keys and
purchase transportation to the hotel there, you
will have to get your own bags to your
The rental car counters are near the baggage
claim area. You’ll have to ride a bus to
get to the various rental car lots. We do not
recommend that you rent a car in Las Vegas.
Public transportation is more efficient and
easier to deal with. More on this later.
Shuttles to your hotel
You will find taxis and the shuttle buses that
run to the Strip or downtown just outside the
baggage area. We recommend purchasing a round
trip shuttle bus ride.
The shuttle buses are located outside on the
north and west sides of baggage claim, outside
door exits 8-14. A map of the baggage claim
area and shuttle bus and taxi stands
Airport shuttle coaches and buses run seven
days a week every ten to fifteen minutes from 4
a.m. to 11 p.m. It takes about 30 minutes to
get to your hotel on The Strip. You’ll
see several ticket windows right near the
outside doors. Cost will be around $10 each for
a round trip ticket and you do not need to
purchase them in advance. Be sure to ask the
driver for a telephone number to call to be
picked up for return to the airport.
Taxicabs are available outside on the east side
of baggage claim, outside of door exits 1-5. We
recommend, however, that you take the shuttle.
There is no direct city bus service from the
airport to the Vegas Strip.
The Las Vegas
Strip is a
little more than 3 miles long and extends from
the Stratosphere Hotel-Casino on the north to
the Mandalay Bay Resort-Casino on the
Factoid: More than
1,000 flights go in an out of Las Vegas'
McCarran International Airport every
International Airport is located one mile from
the Las Vegas Strip and five miles from