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Airport to MGM and Back

Discussion in 'Getting There & Getting Around' started by Cherrymilf, Oct 6, 2013.

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  1. Cherrymilf

    Cherrymilf Tourist

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    There is a very old locked thread about this, and I wish to gather some current advice.

    We land @1:11 pm tomorrow. MGM check-in is @3:00 pm, so there's plenty of time to get there no matter which way we choose. Since there are two of us, does a taxi seem like the best option time-wise and money-wise? I see that there's a WAX bus but having never been to LAS I wonder how far it is from the arrivals to the bus stop. I also wonder about the distance from the bus stop to the MGM entrance. We will have wheeled carry-on bags with us. Can we pay cash on the bus if we go that way?

    I'm leaning towards the taxi as I would get door-to-door service I assume/hope.

    Advice, please! :peace:
     
  2. smartone

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    I let the bus "experts" speak for themselves, there's plenty of them here who seem to use the system frequently and with great satisfaction. My comment though is, "do you really want your first trip to Las Vegas and arrival at the MGM hotel and casino to be stong-arming your bags on and off of public transportation?"

    The MGM is a quick trip from the airport. I'll allow others to speak to the evils of being "tunneled" and those dastardly cab-drivers... but, I've used cabs many, many times in Las Vegas and with much success.

    Hope your Las Vegas visit exceeds your expectations and is a BLAST!!!
     
  3. Cherrymilf

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    Excellent way of putting it. You are smartone for a reason! According to Google, this should be via Wayne Newton Blvd and E Tropicana Ave to arrive in 8 minutes without traffic. Looks like a winner!
     
  4. UKFanatic

    UKFanatic The Arbiter of Taste Caviar Kid

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    Two people in a taxi is going to be about the same price as a shuttle and will get you there faster (unless the taxi line is really long). Either taxi or shuttle are probably preferable to the bus
     
  5. Cherrymilf

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    Agreed! Is it the best way back as well? Approximate cost of Taxi each way?
     
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    I paid $11 for the return trip last week.
     
  7. Cherrymilf

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    Sold! LOL
     
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    taxi alaways for 2 or more people.

    real cheap. rember to tell them to go out the front entance and not take the tunnel
     
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    Good point. Tell the driver to take Paradise to Tropicana. The shortest airport to Strip ride possible :thumbsup:
     
  10. gpenguins67

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    that sounds about right.... we usually give $15-20 with tip.... depending on how much luggage we have and the driver's attitude
     
  11. nostresshere

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    1 - Taxi is quick and easy. MGM is darn near on the airport property. No reason to mess with buses or shuttles.

    2 - Check in time. Sure, they say 3pm, but that is only something all hotels say so people do not demand or expect a room before then. In reality, folks check in during the morning if rooms are available. There is NOTHING magic about the 3pm checkin time.
     
  12. Cherrymilf

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    We are back from MGM!

    The Taxi operator on the way to MGM started to strike up conversation by commenting on the government shutdown. As an introvert married to an extrovert, I let my DH deal with all small talk with strangers, and after a few minutes of superficial conversation between the cabbie and my DH, we arrived at MGM. The fare was $15 and DH wanted to break a twenty so he asked the cabbie if he had $2. The cabbie wanted to know why he wanted $2, and DH kept asking do you have $2? I was keeping eye on our two carry-ons when they exchanged bills and then my DH said to him, "what are you, an a**hole?" Apparently, he felt he should have received a five dollar tip and was insulted.

    I only spoke to the cabbie when we first got in the cab and I asked him to take us via Paradise and Tropicana, to which he quipped "that's the only way to get there." I don't think he liked me telling him how to get there.

    A cabbie with a better attitude might have gotten a bigger tip, but not this guy.

    Our arrival was followed by fun, and more fun!
     
  13. paperposter

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    ps just so you know he had change on him but figured you would give up and let him keep the extra money its a trick they use
     
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    Idk asking for $2 change seems kind of cheap to me. If you want to tip an odd amount that's fine just make sure you have correct change on you. Otherwise eat the extra couple of bucks. It's the cost of a soda.
     
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    That's one way of looking at it, but the cabbie did receive a 20% tip. I grew up in NYC and when asking a cabbie for change there, it always resulted in change given and no issues. I will pack singles in the future for sure. :peace:
     
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