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Night time drive from LA to LAs Vegas?

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Night time drive from LA to LAs Vegas?

Hi all,

My boyfriend and I are visiting California for the first time next month from London. We are staying in LA for the first 4 nights, then plan on driving onto Las Vegas. We were thinking of doing this at night, but would however like some advice first -

Is it safe to drive in hours of darkness?

How long will the drive take at night?

Can anyone suggest what time to leave and what route to take?

We are staying on Sunset Boulevard so would be leaving LA from that area most likely.

We would like to, if its feesible, to arrive in Las Vegas at around 11pm.

Thanks!

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1. Re: Night time drive from LA to LAs Vegas?

Arriving in Vegas at 11PM has you leaving LA at about 6PM which is a very very bad idea. That is the height of rush hour, and will have you in bumper to bumper traffic that doesn't move, for about 2 hours.

Leave for Vegas at 2PM or at 7:30PM. It's a 5 hour drive, but if you insist on going during rush hour, it could be a couple hours longer. The freeways are very well lit, it's ok to drive at night - there is a stretch after Barstow that is darker, just be aware and stay alert.

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2. Re: Night time drive from LA to LAs Vegas?

Yes, why start from LA that late after 4 days? Doesnot make sense to me and that interstate I15 is not a walk in the park. There will be many trucks driving 70 mph while cars doing 80mph or faster. Hope you are not planning to do this on a friday afternoon.

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3. Re: Night time drive from LA to LAs Vegas?

Thanks yogachik.

We definitely do not want to be stuck in traffic so thanks for the info, we wont leave till around 7.30pm.

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4. Re: Night time drive from LA to LAs Vegas?

Ted14,

We will be doing this drive on a Monday.

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5. Re: Night time drive from LA to LAs Vegas?

I have driven LA to Las Vegas at night. In the summer it is cooler to do this at night. You will be just fine leaving LA at 7:30 or even 8:00 PM. There is only one way to go -- and that is Interstate 15 to Las Vegas. It is safe to drive at night -- no one will mess with you, if that is what you meant by asking if it is safe. Traffic drives fast on Interstate 15 but resist the temptation to speed -- first for safety and second for your pocketbook, should you get pulled over for speeding. This route is patrolled by the California Highway Patrol. Personally, I would not drive more than 5 mph over the speed limit. The driver cannot get sleepy. McDonald's in Barstow will still be open if you need to get some coffee along the way. You will arrive Las Vegas around midnight or just after, and the city will still be hopping! Have fun!

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To me, DRIVING to Las Vegas is pretty boring; doing it at night is completely pointless since you can't see the desert (the only reason to be making the drive in the first place). Because of your schedule, the notion of leaving at 7:30 pm so you can arrive after midnight after a long, boring drive doesn't seem like a great idea. Instead, I'd fly.

Southwest.com, the EasyJet of the U.S., has hourly flights from the L.A. area to Las Vegas. You don't say where on Sunset Bl you are staying but if it's in Hollywood or West Hollywood, it's an easy drive to BUR (Bob Hope Airport -- the Luton of Los Angeles). From there, the flights to LV take an hour. You needn't be at BUR more than an hour before departure. The drive from West Hollywood/Hollywood takes 20 to 30 minutes and the transfer time from Las Vegas' airport to the 'hotel zone' takes only 5 to 10 minutes. Eight separate van companies do transfers between Las Vegas' Airport and the hotels so you'd have to wait, maybe 10 minutes for a van to fill up and be on its way.

So, for example. you could drive to Burbank. have dinner there and then onward to nearby BUR for the 8:25 pm departure, arrive in Las Vegas at 9:30 and be at your hotel at 10:15 or so. You'd be arriving at a decent hour in Las Vegas and you'd have time for a drink or a quick casino visit. Fares are between $79 and $85 for September so the cost for the two of you would be about $160. If interested BOOK NOW!

If you're eager to see the desert, hire a car in Las Vegas for the day and drive to the Hoover Dam (45 minutes).

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7. Re: Night time drive from LA to LAs Vegas?

I agree, best to fly there. You don't need a car when there, and the flight is less than an hour, and cheap.

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8. Re: Night time drive from LA to LAs Vegas?

HopeSkipJump - Thanks for the flying suggestion, but we have already hired and paid for a car for the duration of our trip - 17 days from arriving in LA.

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9. Re: Night time drive from LA to LAs Vegas?

Then do the drive during the day. The desert, as others may or may not disagree, is a beautiful ecosystem.

There are a number of sites one can see with not much of a detour involved. Depends if you have that interest or just want to get to Sin City as fast as possible.

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10. Re: Night time drive from LA to LAs Vegas?

I have done that drive in the night many times when I was more age appropriate "to party." Those days are behind me now. I am not THAT old since I drove there once to see Tiesto... But it is not a bad nor unsafe drive. I have SoCal friends who still make that drive for a weekend at night without hesitation. Just leave before or after traffic, make sure the driver is alert, and have some good music playing in the car. We stopped in Barstow and/or Primm to stretch our legs. Driving at night is just getting there. Maybe you can drive during the day on your way back if you want to see the desert.