Car Hire in Las Vegas
This information is correct as of April 2015
The bright lights and big casinos might be where the action is in Sin City, but when you hire a car you can escape from the madness and discover a different side to Las Vegas. Explore the gorgeous Mojave desert, visit out-of-town attractions, shop ‘til you drop at designer outlet stores, and simply enjoy the freedom of four wheels. With Skyscanner you can find and compare the best prices on car rental for your trip, so you have more money to spend on the fun stuff.
Where to hire a car in Las Vegas
There are lots of places to hire a car in Las Vegas, whether you’re looking for a swanky convertible, an impressive 4x4, or simply want a family car for getting about town. There’s a shuttle from McCarran International Airport to the McCarran Rent-A-Car Center, three miles away. Here you’ll find a massive range of car rental companies to choose from: including Hertz, Avis, Budget and Payless.
There’s a vast array car hire locations in the city itself. Most of them are near Downtown Las Vegas and the Strip. Dollar, Hertz, and Budget (among others) all have various locations on the strip, as do specialist car rental agencies. One of the most famous is Las Vegas Exotic Car Rentals, which specialises in luxury and super cars.
Many hotels in Las Vegas can arrange car hire for you. You can simply pick up and drop off the keys at the front desk.
Driving in Las Vegas
Las Vegas Boulevard (The Strip) can be quite tricky: especially at weekends, when the road gets congested. The road is very wide, with 3-5 lanes on each side. Keep an eye on signs to make sure you’re always in the right lane and don’t need to make any last minute manoeuvres. Always keep your eyes on the road, and don’t be distracted by the numerous spectacles. Stay alert, and be aware that other road users might not be as alert as you are.
Traffic drives on the right side of the road in the USA. This can be a bit confusing at first. Always take extra care when turning at junctions (remember you need to cross the road to turn left). Automatic cars are more common in America too. It can take a little while to get used to the controls, so drive extra carefully until you get used to them. Rush hour in Las Vegas is the same as most major cities. Avoid the freeway in the mornings from 8am-10am, and in the afternoon from 4pm-7pm.
Parking in Las Vegas
Las Vegas is a paradise when it comes to parking your car. Most hotels have free parking garages, or will let you validate your ticket so you don’t have to pay a charge. Valet parking is widely available: although this service is free, you are expected to give the valet a few dollars in tip.
Great day trips from Las Vegas
About 40 minutes from Las Vegas, this immense dam is a true feat of engineering. It’s a National Historic Landmark, spanning the Colorado River and the Black Canyon. As well as being one of America’s most iconic sights, the dam also provides electricity to Arizona, Nevada, and California. It costs $10 (about £6.60)* to use the car park, and there’s a further ticket price if you want to enter the visitor centre.
Red Rock Canyon
It only takes 20 minutes to leave the buzz of The Strip behind for an afternoon in the heart of the Mojave Desert. Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is a favourite day trip destination from Vegas, with plenty of great walking trails and stunning vistas round every corner. You can go hiking amidst the rugged, red cliffs but remember to dress appropriately and bring plenty of water. You might even spot some of the local wildlife, which includes rabbits and coyotes as well as bighorn sheep and golden eagles.
The Extraterrestrial Highway
This 92 mile stretch of road runs between Hiko and Warm Springs, and is a great road trip for Sci-Fi enthusiasts. The road is considered to be a UFO hot spot, and takes you past the ‘top secret’ Area 51 government base. Pop into the town of Rachel for lunch at the A’Le’Inn, snap a selfie at the Black Mailbox, and take in the desert scenery. Fill up your tank before you go: there aren’t many gas stations on this highway. Maybe flying saucers don’t run on gasoline?
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