About Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS)
Address: 7135 Gilespie St, 7135 Gilespie Street, Las Vegas, 89119 4267, Nv, Nv
Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS) located in Paradise, Nevada, roughly 5 miles (8 km) south of downtown Las Vegas. Airport car rentals are consolidated in the McCarran Rent-a-Car Center, which is likewise, located just under 3 miles (9 km) from the airport. The facility is accessed by courtesy shuttle bus service, and all major car rental providers are one-stop shop.
Driving in Las Vegas is unlike every other major city in the US. It may appear that many of the generally accepted rules don’t apply. Like the absence of clocks in the casinos, Las Vegas rush hour doesn’t follow a set schedule. It’s rush hour — every hour. Meanwhile, parking on The Strip is generally not an issue since all major resorts offer complimentary valet service and on-site parking. Otherwise, when you’re not sitting in gridlock, getting around outside the city limit is a fairly straightforward affair.
Southern Nevada is well connected by with a roadway network that encourages day trips to some of the most popular tourist destinations in America. That said, you’ll want to get an early start for a road trip to the Grand Canyon (252 mi / 405 km) but the majestic Hoover Falls is a brisk 35-mile (56 km) drive down Interstate 515 easily accessible in an hour.
Choosing your car
Las Vegas has an “adult” theme, but there are plenty of other things to do besides gamble in the casinos. When choosing your car at (LAS), make sure you select the vehicle that fits your needs. Major car hire companies like Avis, Hertz, Enterprise, and Dollar offer a fantastic range of vehicles.
Group travel to Las Vegas is very common, so there are endless 7-9 seater options (Chrysler Pacifica, Kia Sedona). Renting a premium SUV is ideal for traveling with children — the compact Ford Ecosport is perfect for small families, while the Mitsubishi Outlander seats five passengers, plus room for storage. If you’re planning a visit to the Grand Canyon, the standard Dodge Avenger offers a comfortable ride. Travelers on a tight budget will want to check out the compact and economy options (Nissan Versa, Chevrolet Spark). And what better way to cruise down The Strip with the top down on a Chevy Camaro convertible?
Tips and advice
Travelers arriving at (LAS) will disembark from Terminal 1 for most domestic flights, and Terminal 3 for international flights. To catch the shuttle to the rental center, look for signs outside your terminal in the Ground Transportation section on Level Zero. The shuttle service to and from (LAS) runs approximately every 15 minutes, so give yourself plenty of time when returning your vehicle.
Be particularly careful if and/or when being apprehended by the police during a traffic stop. If you do get pulled over, stay in your vehicle until the cop approaches and wait for further instruction.
Book your (LAS) airport car rental well in advance of arrival, since popular makes and models tend to sell out.
Some car hire companies (such as Dollar and Hertz) offer promo deals and extras included in the rental rate (free GPS is very common). Don’t be shy about asking for freebies. You’re in Las Vegas after all, home of all-you-can-eat buffets and unlimited cocktails at the gaming tables.
With unlimited sunshine, Las Vegas is the perfect place to rent a convertible and other luxury vehicles.
Driving under the influence of alcohol is strictly forbidden and the law is aggressively enforced. A friendly reminder: Don’t drink and drive.