You’ve registered for BlogWorld and you’ve got your plane ticket to Las Vegas … but have you figured out how you’re going to get to Mandalay Bay once you’ve arrived in Sin City?
You have options when it comes to transportation in Las Vegas, and it doesn’t have to break the bank. After all, you’ll want to save your pennies for the few spare minutes you have on the casino floor!
Luckily for you, Mandalay Bay is one of the resorts on the Las Vegas Strip that is closest to McCarran International Airport. It shouldn’t take you long to get from the airport to the resort, but unfortunately some of your transportation options offer simple flat-rate fees to get from the airport to any resort on the Strip. Nonetheless, once you arrive at the airport, there are a number of ways that you can get to Mandalay Bay:
- Airport shuttles – Located outside the doors near the baggage claim area, the city’s airport shuttles often run 24 hours a day and just a few run with limited service throughout the night. Most shuttles charge between $6.00 and $12.00 to hotels on the Strip. If you are staying in Mandalay Bay, you should be paying on the low end of that scale.
- Public buses – Two of the city’s public bus routes stop by the airport, but neither of these routes runs directly by Mandalay Bay. If you’ll be hauling luggage with you, I’d advise that you avoid taking the public bus to your hotel. The exchanges could be a hassle and it won’t save you enough money to make this option worthwhile.
- Taxis – Las Vegas has a ridiculous number of taxis, and you shouldn’t have any problem catching one at the airport. This helpful chart, created by the Nevada Taxi Cab Authority, explains how much you can expect to pay if you go by cab by breaking down all of the fees. Don’t forget that a McCarran airport fee of $1.80 applies to your ride.
• Rental cars –Renting a car in Las Vegas can be pricey and isn’t really necessary if you only have plans to stay on the Strip. It’s easy to get around Las Vegas Boulevard by monorail, bus and foot (there are even public buses that run to the downtown attractions). If you want to take a day trip before or after BlogWorld to any of the national parks near Las Vegas or even spend an afternoon at Red Rock Canyon then the convenience of having your own wheels might outweigh the price you’ll pay.
- Limos – It’s not the cheapest way to get from the airport to Mandalay Bay, but if you want to start your trip in Las Vegas with style, then this is the way to go. Limo rentals are usually done by the hour, starting at around $40.00/hour, so if you are arriving with several people with whom you can split the cost, this might be a fun and affordable option.