We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Is renting a car really less walking?

Calgary, Canada
Level Contributor
26 posts
4 reviews
Save Topic
Is renting a car really less walking?

Just wanted to say I have been enjoying lurking around here for the last week or so.

Ok, so on the advice I got here we are booked to stay at the Encore Oct 27th - Oct 30th. It was a good price and although it's pretty far from most of the action we are going to live it up anyway. I will do my first TR when I get back.

So my question is about renting a car. It's not the price I am too worried about , as we plan on taking a cab from the airport to the hotel and back. Plus a cab one night to downtown and back.

What I am wondering is, say for example we wanted to check out Circus circus from the Encore ( believe it or not I have never been to see that hotel, as crappy as it may be! lol )

Would it be shorter to just walk to circus circus, or is it shorter to go get the car from the parking lot, drive, then find parking again and walk from there?

I like the idea of having a car, but by no means are we not able to walk the strip either.

Thanks in advance for the advice ;)

Green Bay, Wisconsin
Level Contributor
2,199 posts
18 reviews
Save Reply
1. Re: Is renting a car really less walking?

If you use the valet, it is a lot less walking.

Nebraska
Level Contributor
1,955 posts
3 reviews
Save Reply
2. Re: Is renting a car really less walking?

It depends on where you are going. I have not walked from Encore to CC so can't really answer your specific question - but if I was going from Encore to TI I would walk. If I was going from Encore to Aria I would certainly rather drive.

The curious part of your post was the idea of possibly renting a car but taking a cab to/from the airport (or downtown). The primary reason I rent a car is to use it for the airport transportation because that alone often justifies the cost of the car almost by itself. (Certainly true if you add in the trip downtown which we often do as well - but for some they don't like to drive downtown if they are going to drink there). But, I don't understand renting a car but taking a cab to/from the airport? If you are going to rent a car why wouldn't you use it for that purpose.

Oceanside...
Level Contributor
1,561 posts
18 reviews
Save Reply
3. Re: Is renting a car really less walking?

Vegas and walking go hand in hand for me. I like walking from place to place, stopping in here and there and grabbing a beer, checking the action at the craps table, etc. Granted, there's not much of anything between Encore and CC and has been that way for years now so I would probably drive that route.

honolulu, hawaii
Level Contributor
521 posts
2 reviews
Save Reply
4. Re: Is renting a car really less walking?

agree with both ilovevegas and Husker-

if you valet the car, you save a lot of walking as compared to self-parking.

also with the use of the car from the airport facility, you save at least $30 (round trip) in cab fare, which is usually enough to cover the first day rental. anything else you use it for that day, is just gravy. i'd be more likely to do just as Husker mentioned and pick up the car upon arrival into town, even if it ends up sitting one or 2 evenings. there's a whole lot more exploring one could do than just catching cabs.

and you never, ever hafta say "no tunnel" to anyone. although the car rental shuttle will take you through it. lol

London, United...
Level Contributor
17,199 posts
255 reviews
Save Reply
5. Re: Is renting a car really less walking?

I've been to Las Vegas six times. The first five I didn't have a car and told myself I didn't need one. Then the last trip I had one and I realised what all the fuss was about.

Use it to and from the airport. Use it for Downtown. Use it to go to Mandalay Bay. Use it to explore places you've never been. Hoover Dam? Lake Mead? Valley of Fire? Or just In-N-Out Burger.

It's about the freedom of having it.

I wouldn't get a muscle car and only use it twice. But if you're going with something sensible it's not going to cost you a lot.

And it's about the freedom of having it.

New Westminster...
Level Contributor
368 posts
33 reviews
Save Reply
6. Re: Is renting a car really less walking?

For a 3 day trip I personally wouldn't rent one. I rent one on my week long trips because I enjoy side trips out to the desert or unusual places off of the strip. For the price of a cab a few miles up the strip I think a rental is a waste of time at the rental counter.

London, United...
Level Contributor
17,199 posts
255 reviews
Save Reply
7. Re: Is renting a car really less walking?

Personally, and I don't know the Encore's parking lot location, but I've always found self-parking perfectly sensible. You save a few bucks in tips each time (which isn't really my point but it's something) and you often have to wait the same amount of time for your car as it would take to walk to the self-park lot.

Just another viewpoint.

Punta Gorda, Florida
Level Contributor
421 posts
64 reviews
Save Reply
8. Re: Is renting a car really less walking?

Whenever I've driven between properties on the strip, it seems like more walking, because the parking garages are enormous, and located so far in back of the hotel that you really may walk 15 minutes or more before you get into the main area of the casino. So for me, I prefer walking or catching a cab if the walk really is too far, or I'm too tired. I agree with others though -- if you want to valet your car, you won't be walking as far.

Glasgow, United...
Level Contributor
3,199 posts
92 reviews
Save Reply
9. Re: Is renting a car really less walking?

Walking the strip takes its toll . Get the car and valet park everywhere . For the extra expense you will come to realise its WELL worth it . You will also be able to venture out of the strip area and see other places .

Calgary, Canada
Level Contributor
26 posts
4 reviews
Save Reply
10. Re: Is renting a car really less walking?

Wow, so many replies already!

I think I just wrote badly because if we were going to rent a car, we would not take a cab from the airport, we would get the rental at the airport. oops, sorry about that.

I guess Valet would be the only way to go to minimize walking, but after reading these replies, I never thought about drinking and driving. DUH!!!

I think that right there is my answer. I don't want to worry about staying sober, or asking hubster to stay sober. So cabs, and walking it is! The exercise is good for us anyway.

Now have taken a cab from the airport in vegas before, but looks like I should look up the "tunnel" I am reading about.....

.