McCarran International Airport
Over 100,000 people pass through the McCarran International Airport every day. While numerous Airport Shuttles are available 24 hours a day, taxis also provide their services round the clock, and it takes about 15 minutes to get from the airport to any Strip hotel.
Address: 5757 Wayne Newton Boulevard, Las Vegas
Phone: +1 702 261 5211
Passport / Visa
Citizens of the Schengen countries, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and the Kingdom of Brunei can visit the United States for up to 90 days without applying for a visa (as well as citizens of Andorra, Liechtenstein, Monaco and San Marino). Citizens of these countries must obtain an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) before traveling. All other travelers must obtain a visa before visiting the United States. International travelers need a passport that is valid for at least 3 months after the end of their intended trip in order to enter the country.
Best Time to Visit
Las Vegas is not only known for its casinos and its entertainment but also as to its extremely hot weather. The best time to visit the city is in autumn, from September to November, and in spring, from March to May, when the temperatures are around 20-25 degrees. During the winter time, the amount of tourists is great, especially during the holidays, so do try to plan a mid-week trip, as both the plane tickets and hotel prices are significantly lower in comparison to the weekend.
Taxis are one of the most used means of transportation in Las Vegas, and every hotel and casino has a taxi stand at the front door. Keep in mind that there is a small charge for the amount of time that the taxi has to wait for its passengers.
One of the many taxi companies is Frias Transportation Management, which owns five taxicab companies: ACE, A NLV, UNION, Vegas Western, Virgin Valley besides Las Vegas Limousines and Airline Shuttle.
Address: 5010 South Valley View Boulevard, Las Vegas
Phone: +1 702 888 4888
Sidewalks are always packed, during both day and night but the well-lit streets and elevated crossovers make it safe and easy to traverse the busy Las Vegas Boulevard. The Strip is divided into three sections, and if you want to visit another casino in the same area, walking is certainly the best option. If you wish to navigate from the South Strip to the North Strip, however, you will need to take a taxi, private car or bus.
RTC Buses is run by the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC). The Bonneville Transit Center is the transfer point for many routes; while most routes cost around $2 or $1, you can also buy a 24-hours pass for $8.
Launched July 2004, the Monorail has stations at Sahara’s, Las Vegas Hilton, Harrah's/Imperial Palace, Bally’s, Paris and the MGM Grand. The first station of the Monorail is the SLS station, where also tickets can be purchased.
There are two full-service post offices on the Strip, one at 3100 Industrial behind Circus-Circus and one at the Forum Shops at Caesar’s Palace. The lobby hours are 24/7.
Chain pharmacies – CVS Pharmacy, Rite Aid Pharmacy, Walgreens etc. – as well as smaller neighborhood stores operate in whole Las Vegas, and while working hours may greatly vary, a few are open 24/7. Pharmacy signs are often in red and white, and they are often located inside department stores. Most of the pharmacies sell both prescription as well as over the counter medicine.
Address: 3758 South Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas
Phone: +1 702 262 9028
Country Code: +1
Area Code: 702
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What to pack
Except for a special evening of dinning and dancing, visitors to Las Vegas dress very casually. Be sure to bring comfortable shoes and swimsuits, and also carry proper identification with you, especially when gambling. Ladies, however, should not carry a large purse, as it will only get in the way when being gambling.
Every casino will offer a Player's Card, that can be purchased free of charge after a short application of about 5 minutes, but you will need a drivers’ license or another form of identification.
Every time you play a slot machine, do insert the card into the appropriate slot so that it will track the amount of play: the longer you play, the more credits you will receive. You can also get credit on your card for table games, so do simply hand the card to the dealers, and they will add credits depending on the amount of your play.
The credits accumulate, and they can be used for small gifts, free meals and even free nights at a hotel – even penny slots gather quite a few credits. Some cards cover multiple casinos, and you can use it at any venue listed on the card. Do not worry about loosing your card, as all the information are transferred to computers, and the staff will gladly issue you a new card at no charge.
Buying half-price show tickets
Tix4tonight sells same-day show tickets for half price, and one of its largest establishments is located at the giant Coca Cola Bottle on the Las Vegas Strip, next to MGM Grand. The shops accept both credit cards and cash, and all purchases must be made in person, as phone orders are not accepted. The chances of finding headlining performers, such as Bette Midler or Elton John, are not very good, but there are many terrific shows that may be available, such as Cirque du Soleil and the Blue Man Group.
Address: 3785 South Las Vegas Boulevard Las Vegas
Phone: +1 877 849 4868