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First trip to Las Vegas - Rental car?

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First trip to Las Vegas - Rental car?

I know this has been asked a few times on here, as I have looked for answers but, I want to use my own situation and get some input on if we should rent a car. I personally would do it, although I don't know if it would be more of a hassle than not having a car. My friend whom I'm traveling with will need to be persuaded greatly for him to agree on renting a car, so I need to put together a convincing case for renting a car.

We are planning a 5 day trip in February. We are flying in to Mccarran and staying at the Flamingo. The main purpose of the trip is to go to Briney Spear's show at Planet Hollywood, other than that we don't have much plans. We are going to the wax museum, probably New York, New York, and my friend wants to go on a ghost hunt in an abandoned haunted ghost town, which departs from the Royal Resort. Other than that we have no clue what else we want to do. I feel a car with give us more freedom to explore and perhap save of the time of walking.

Of course we plan on getting a taxi to and from the airport, which is a cost there. And we feel like we can walk most places, but I feel like we will loose a lot of time walking, then on the flip side I feel like we may loose the same amount of time looking for places to park and loosing even more money also.

SO..... my questions are:

Is parking hard to find in Vegas?

Is parking going to be expensive?

Should we just use taxi's as needed ?

Will just having the convenience of the car be worth any extra costs?

I'm looking at priceline for rentals, at around $120 for 5 nights. I'm trying to also compare prices for taxi service from the airport, cause if even that cost for those trips to the airport alone are like half of $120 then I would just go for it. but I haven't been able to price out taxi service to and from the airport yet.

Thanks!

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1. Re: First trip to Las Vegas - Rental car?

If you want to rent a car, rent a car. From a money standpoint, it often roughly evens out with cab costs. Much of Vegas is walkable from your location... when going elsewhere, the car is nice unless you plan to drink. Parking is free and easy (if you valet at casino hotels, it's still "free" but a couple buck tip is expected.)

Don't try and justify. Just explain that you'll be hapier if you have a car. Shouldn't that be enough reason for your friend?

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2. Re: First trip to Las Vegas - Rental car?

For that price, get a car. Parking is free. Except for a tip if you use valet. Taxi is around $20-$22 each way, so you've already recovered $40-$45 of your $120 "investment".

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3. Re: First trip to Las Vegas - Rental car?

I'm a bit biased as I have always rented a car in Vegas. I just love the freedom and I don't drink, two big points. If you basically just plan on staying on the strip, first time and all, don't rent a car. Just enjoy the time and walk/taxi anywhere.

But, we like going out and about. Much easier to get downtown, to the shopping areas, to off strip casinos. If you have a car you can visit your own ghost towns and not pay the tour fee.

As for parking this is the easiest city in the world to park. Either free self park or valet for a couple of dollar tip.

enjoy.

So, it really depends on you. I like having a car but many people don't.

enjoy

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4. Re: First trip to Las Vegas - Rental car?

SO..... my questions are:

Is parking hard to find in Vegas? Parking is plentiful,free parking and Valet parking is available

Is parking going to be expensive? Parking is free mostly everywhere,if you use the Valet tips a few $$ at pick up

Should we just use taxi's as needed ? I always get a car

Will just having the convenience of the car be worth any extra costs? Absolutely

Taxi's to and from the airport will be in the mid-$40 range RT, tip included

Edited: 03 December 2013, 18:12
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5. Re: First trip to Las Vegas - Rental car?

I always rent a car, so it is an easy decision for me. In case you do decide to rent a car, here are a couple links to help with the self parking garages on the strip. And as already mentioned, valet is free at all strip casinos, just tip a few bucks when getting your car back.

www.vegas.com/transportation/parking-garages/

www.lasvegassun.com/citycenter/parking/

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6. Re: First trip to Las Vegas - Rental car?

No one has mentioned the Mccarran car rental facility to the OP. This eliminates the need for a taxi to and from the hotel.

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Oh my goodness, thank you so much for the quick reply's!

I'm really considering it, but I know my friend will be worried about us going out in the car and then drinking, he can't even drink a small beer and drive home without freaking out...so I know that's going to be his biggest issue. But I think even if we use the car for like one day of driving and exploring and to and from the airport will be worth the money invested. I will be sure to further all these inputs to him as well!

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8. Re: First trip to Las Vegas - Rental car?

I always rent a car, but you might not want to if:

-You're going to be drinking

-You don't want to venture off-Strip.

Personally, with 5 days you can spend 3/4 of one day exploring off-Strip; Red Rock Canyon, Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, and the off-Strip casinos like M Resort, Green Valley Ranch, Red Rock Casino.

Again, if you're drinking stick to cabs, but IMO there is enough use for a car to make it worth getting.

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It should cost you roughly $20-$22 to get to the Flamingo from the airport, with tip. Maybe $25 is you like to tip more.

The return trip to the airport is usually around $17-$20, again with tip, maybe $22 if you like to tip more.

So, you're only looking at roughly $50 (at most) to get to and from the airport.

There's really no reason to use a Taxi to go anywhere on the strip. It's completely walkable. The only time you might consider takign a Taxi is late, late a night if you're on the other end of the strip from your hotel and you've had too much to drink, or are just too tired to walk back. That'll set you back another $20-25.

If you plan on drinking...I wouldn't consider getting a car at all. Not worth it. Strip traffic is a beast, and like I said, most of the strip is completely walkable.

My honest opinion would be...skip the rental. Walk to where you are going, and if you absolutely feel the need for a taxi, you're still going to save money. Maybe not a ton, in the end, but you will save, and you won't have the hassle of driving.

If you plan on doing anything off-strip, then I would absolutely rent a car. However, I would still advise walking the strip.

Edited: 03 December 2013, 19:21
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10. Re: First trip to Las Vegas - Rental car?

Been to LV 30+ times ........ NEVER rented a car. If you don't have a day trip planned, it just doesn't make much sense. Also, we DRINK in LV, so we are usually over the legal limit by mid afternoon most days.

If your plans are to spend most of your time wandering the mid-Strip area (which is a great plan) ...... then skip the rental car.