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Getting into Las Vegas

By Automobile

Southern Californians crowd Interstate 15 every weekend going back and forth to Vegas. Expect this drive to be crowded and frustrating, unless you can come and go at off-peak hours. However, many find the 280-mile drive along the I-15 restful and scenic. Attractions along the I-15 include the towns of Barstow, California; Baker, California; the Mojave Desert; and small hotel-casinos at Stateline (Primm), Nevada and Jean, Nevada. Those who traverse the I-15 should remember that they are crossing a desert, and should carry (and drink) ample amounts of water, especially on hot summer days where temperatures can reach 120 degrees F.

By Coach

Greyhound operates buses from Salt Lake City, Utah, Kingman, Arizona, and Los Angeles, California to Las Vegas.

By Aeroplane

McCarran International Airport (LAS) is served by many domestic and international air carriers. Discount air carriers serving LAS include America West, JetBlue, and Southwest. As at most US airports, you can rent luggage carts for $3. A very few hotels offer check-in desks and luggage transfers at LAS. Getting from LAS to your hotel is accomplished by airport shuttle (Bell Trans, $3.50-$10); rent-a-car; taxi ($10-20); or limousine ($35). The taxi line is well organized, the city taxi dispatcher will direct you to a numbered space along the curb. You need not tip the taxi dispatcher. As in any city, you can be taken advantage of if the cab driver thinks you are naive or new to the city. Do not allow the cab driver to take you through the I-15 tunnel (an extra $10) or tell you the story about the "big accident" enroute to your hotel, if either of these happens take down the driver's hack license number and call the Nevada Taxi Commission.

By Train

A daily bus route from Needles, California to McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, with a stop in Laughlin, Nevada, is operated in concert with Amtrak's Southwest Chief (http://www.amtrak.com). Amtrak California's San Joaquins (http://www.amtrak.com/trains/sanjoaquins.html) route operates 2 buses daily to Las Vegas from Bakersfield, California as part of its service.

 



 

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