If you are apprehensive about traveling to Las Vegas for the first time and successfully getting around the city to see the sights and enjoy the food, then you will be pleased to learn that the taxi service in Las Vegas is reliable, affordable, and a safe way to navigate the city.
To help alleviate your apprehension about traveling to Las Vegas, here is some information about traveling by taxicab in Sin City:
Understand the Airport Rules
Unlike cities like New York or Los Angeles, taxi companies will not come to the airport specifically to pick you up. Instead, the airport in Las Vegas has a 24-hour taxi stand located on the eastern side of the airport. Here you will be asked to wait in line for the next available taxi.
Since the airport in Las Vegas continually has flights leaving and arriving from all over the globe, taxis are generally waiting at the airport for fares. You will not need to wait long at the airport for a taxi, unless you are traveling on a weekend where there is a large event or at another busy time, such as the holiday season.
Nevada law also requires all taxi drivers to collect an extra fee of $2.00 for trips to and from the airport. This airport fee is not negotiable and you should understand that it is part of the agreement when you hire a taxi to take you to your hotel from the airport, or to the airport from your hotel.
Know the Route You Want to Travel
When a taxi driver intentionally takes a longer route than necessary is known as "long-hauling" and is illegal in the state of Nevada. In the past, unless you carried a map for your destination, you were at the mercy of the taxi driver to take you on the shortest route to your destination. Thanks to your cell phone, you now have the ability to verify the route that your cab driver takes is the shortest, using a simple map application.
However, you should always take into consideration that taxi drivers in Las Vegas often use the roads that are around the back lots for the various large hotels. These less traveled roads save time over sitting in traffic on the main roads. This will also save you money because you are not paying for time idling for long stoplights.
Know the Passenger Rules about Seat Belts and Smoking
Finally, it is important that you always wear your seat belt in a taxicab and utilize appropriate child restraint systems, such as car seats and booster seats. Also, you should not smoke in a taxicab as it is illegal in Nevada to do so. For more information on using cabs, contact a local cab company, like Yellow Cab.Share
12 December 2015
Many travelers face the same dilemma while on vacation -- is it better to rent a car or take taxis? I made some guidelines for myself to determine which transportation option to use during each vacation. First, I always rely on taxi-cabs in large cities, as I can walk many places and driving in heavy traffic is not for me. Rental cars are best for quieter locations. Second, I determine what is on my itinerary, if I have one at all. If I have a strict plan of where I need to go and when, then I take a cab. If I don't have a tight, planned-out schedule, then a rental car is more useful for driving around and checking out scenery. I created this blog to encourage others to stop stressing over which transportation option you choose and when. Make your own guidelines to make the choice easier.