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Preventing tunneling

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Preventing tunneling

I am not sure how to handle the LV taxi drivers regarding the tunneling situation.

What do I say to the cab driver to keep from getting tunneled? Also, do the cab drivers give reciepts?

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1. Re: Preventing tunneling

The best way is to give the driver directions such as Swenson to Paradise to Flamingo. When they tell you the route is congested due to construction or an accident, tell them to take that route anyway. chances are 10 to 1 there is no construction or accident.

Most cabs will provide receipts upon request.

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2. Re: Preventing tunneling

Know where you're going and how to get there. If you need to, print out an on-line map and be prepared to give step by step directions. A lot of cab drivers will get smart with you if you tell them to take Swenson - they assume you don't know what comes after that. Give them the exact directions and you'll avoid being tunneled. I have told cab drivers that if they don't know where they're going I'll be glad to direct them.

Edited: 18 June 2011, 08:28
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3. Re: Preventing tunneling

Landed tonight, just said to the cabbie, Mirage no tunnel please.

His response was, "ah no tunnel, very good"

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4. Re: Preventing tunneling

I handle it just like Jules--I have always said "no tunnel please" & have never had a problem.

Figure if I get any grief or they try to tunnel me even tho I asked not, I will call the Taxi authority & refuse to pay the inflated fare. I know it is around $15 to my hotel...

It is not my job to know alternate routes (I do by landmarks more than street names). That is their job.

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5. Re: Preventing tunneling

I cant wait until someone here proudly reports that they jumped in a cab and demanded no tunnel as they ask the driver to take them to The M, South Point, Green Valley Ranch, Sunset Station, Red Rock etc.

Then tell us that the driver took side streets the entire way to their hotel.

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6. Re: Preventing tunneling

GoodBeer, in the newbie's defense, when I first started reading here on the Vegas Forum, all the tunnel posts had me thinking that "the tunnel" was some HUGE problem that cropped up when traveling to Vegas. It's only after being here for a while that I realized it was just something that gets blown way out of proportion.

I believe I PM'd Low and asked him what the deal was with the tunnel that everyone talks about. I am no cab expert, so it did seem like a good question at the time. (Just not big enough to start a thread about.)

Personally, I get a giggle out of TR's that start with "I then showed the taxi driver that I was no rube by instructing him that I did not want to be taken through the tunnel." LOL! Yup, you showed him.

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7. Re: Preventing tunneling

I have a lot of respect for both Goodbeer and Mailgirl, but in this case I respectfully disagree. The cabbies DO try to long-haul people, and if you don't mind that, that's fine. But if you do mind, I see nothing wrong with specifying the way you want to go. I've never used the "T" word (I can see how that might appear confrontational), but I see nothing wrong with starting a sentence with "I'd like you to take Swenson to..." and I also disagree with Kbunde, you should know how to get to your hotel. The Strip is not that complicated. And they do try to rip you off. So why not be cordially preemptive and prevent the whole sorry mess from happening in the first place.

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8. Re: Preventing tunneling

WW, I just don't think it's a huge problem, and the common denominator seems to be women traveling along and foreigners. I think the cabbies take advantage of those they feel won't know any better.....

BUT.. I also think that some who complain on here about cabbies who get belligerent with them after they say they don't want to take the tunnel may leave out the tone they used when they say it. Why not assume the guy wasn't going to longhaul you in the first place when making the request?

(plus, I was sticking up for newbies who ask this question right off when posting on this forum.)

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9. Re: Preventing tunneling

The cabbies in EVERY CITY do try and long-haul people. BUT contrary to the way it is presented here in thread after thread after thread, it is the RARE EXCEPTION, and not the norm.

The problem is that people love to beat this issue to death like being fleeced an extra $5 by a cabbie is akin to rape and murder. It's something that goes with the territory of travel. Not just to Vegas, but EVERYWHERE.

If you're going to DC on business next weekend, and staying at a Dupont Circle hotel, flying into Reagan, are you going to waste ANY time studying in advance what the appropriate route is from the airport? I imagine the answer for almost everyone is "no". And guess what, a certain (small) number of people will get fleeced.

For some reason, people think Vegas is different and that it's some sort of epidemic problem. It's not. even worse, there are a LOT of us who could care less about spending an extra $5, especially if (depending on time of day), it saves time. And believe me, I have gone from the airport to strip properties (TI, Wynn, Palazzo area) plenty of times, where taking the tunnel was much MUCH quicker.

I think the number of posts by "experts" claiming they have had problems with this, and pontificating about how to avoid it is doing the casual visitor to this site a great disservice. Seriously, what a waste of time and effort to be wondering about this in advance of a trip to Vegas!

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10. Re: Preventing tunneling

Several of the casino web-sites offer you instructions on the best way to get to their hotel from the airport. Following is what was on the Aria web-site.

From McCarran International Airport:

1. Head north on Paradise Rd.

2. Continue on Swenson St.

3. Turn left at E. Harmon Ave.

4. Turn left at S. Las Vegas Blvd.