LAS VEGAS McCARRAN INT'L AIRPORT (LAS)
The Regional Transportation Commission
of Southern Nevada (RTA) operated three
buses to and from the airport.
Route 108 (Paradise) connects the airport
to the Las Vegas Convention Center, the
Sahara Monorail Station, downtown and the
Freemont Street Experience. It operates from
4:55am to 1:28am daily about every 20 to 30
Route 109 (Maryland Parkway) goes south to The bus stop at the airport
the South Strip Transit Center where transfers
can be made to buses running along the Las Vegas Strip. Depending on your hotel
location, this is most likely the best route to use. The line also goes north to the
University of Nevada - Las Vegas and towards downtown via Maryland Parkway. This
line runs 24 hours every day at 10 to 30 minute intervals during the day.
The Westcliff Airport Express (WAX) is the fastest way to the Strip, but only drops
off at Tropicana Blvd near Las Vegas Blvd, in front of the MGM Grand Hotel. It
operates 6:20am (7:00am on weekends) until 11:00pm at 30 to 60 minute intervals.
Be sure to ask the driver where to pick up the return bus, as it is not across the
street from the drop off.
Fare is $2.00, and an all-day pass is available for $5.00. If you are going to make a
transfer, pay for the two hour pass for $3. Be aware that buses going along the Strip
do not accept transfers. All buses stop on ground level zero at the airport. Check
out www.rtcsnv.com or call 702-228-7433 for information.
Updated April 14, 2011
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April 4, 2011:
Freshly arrived at the airport for the first time, I decided to browse on my computer for an alternative to the
taxis and high-priced shuttles to get me from McCurran Airport to my hotel “on the Strip.” Local airport workers
apparently take the bus routinely to get to their posts and back, and several persons saw me looking
bewildered and volunteered to help me understand the transit options (“the slow double-decker bus, or the fast
RTC”). On group chimed “follow us, we’re going to the same hotel!” so that made it easy for me to know the
The System strip-map painted on the door of the RTC are hard to follow: sometimes what looks to be a short
distance turns out to be a long time, and sometimes a long stretch on the map between stops turns out to be
short. I got off at wrong stops twice and had to await the next bus, but that didn’t take a long time. A
uniformed transit inspector came around to “card” me for my ticket one time, but no-problem because I had paid
my fare in timely fashion.
Jim Woods, GLJUG Treasurer
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