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Another shuttle thread :)

Discussion in 'Getting There & Getting Around' started by user3657, May 9, 2013.

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  1. user3657

    user3657 High-Roller

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    Thinking of a shuttle for my next trip. Do you buy tickets there or do you need to set something up before? Whats the least inexpensive company?
     
  2. SH0CK

    SH0CK Stylin' and Profilin' Quasi Tech Admin

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    I believe all of the shuttle providers charge the same rates. Each one will have a booth outside of baggage claim where you can pay your fare for either one way or round trip. The round trip price will be slightly cheaper than if you bought 2 one-way tickets.
     
  3. Auggie

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    You can buy shuttle tickets in advance, by either buying them off their websites or by buying airport transfers when booking your flight...

    However, you won't want to do that: the shuttles are all mostly about the same cost and you don't want to pick a shuttle company until you actually get to Las Vegas because sometimes one or two shuttles will be super busy while the others aren't busy at all and so you won't want to show up at one shuttle and see a sign telling you its an estimated one hour wait, which happens to be the company you prepaid for, while at the next shuttle stand they have a few sitting there boarding passengers and going.
     
  4. DonD

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    Sometimes the pre-paid shuttle ride back to the airport just don't show up.
     
  5. Smo

    Smo Mr. Las Vegas

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    Used Bell Trans for 5 trips so far and never had that happen......yet!

    IME, they've always been 15-20 minutes early, so be prepared.

    Sometimes the airlines will sell you tickets in the middle of your flight, but they charge a buck more than what you pay at the booth. :poke:
     
  6. captainron62

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    Only use the shuttle service if you dislike yourself and do not value your vacation experience.
     
  7. Smo

    Smo Mr. Las Vegas

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    Haha. A shuttle ride truly is a part of the vacation experience!

    - You get to see the many different entrances to the casino's.
    - You meet and interact with people from all walks of life on the shuttle. Mostly because you have the time to do so.
    - You spend more time 'sightseeing' on the shuttle than you do in a cab.
    - You already saved $20 r/t for your ride to/from McCarran. Which is more $ for food or gambling.
    - Learn the many backroads and shortcuts around the strip, so the next time you have a rental car, you drive like you live there because you know your way around so well.

    I love the shuttle. It's vacation and I'm in no hurry to get to the hotel/casino. Besides, it only adds about 20 minutes to maybe 40 minutes to your destination depending on where you are staying and how full the shuttle is.
     
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    I'm sure there are those who share your view, I just dont think there are very many. We awake at like 5am on our LV arrival day, trek an hour to the airport, wait an hour for the flight, fly 4 hours to get there. The last thing I want to do is be on a shuttle for 40 mins to an hour, on an 1.5 hrs as was my last shuttle experience to CP watching others fight with their luggage, dig for tip money etc.

    We have made the limo ride a tradition on our last 6 trips, we all agree it has been one of our best decisions, totally stress free.

    If you split a cab ride even w 4 people, the savings are nill if any. We have found a limo driver that takes us to the strip for $45 and he stops for beverages. We throw him $15 a piece, I kick in an extra $5 and all is well in Vegasville.
     
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    There has been a couple of people who have said that over the years, but I suspect in most, maybe all, of those cases it was a mistake on their end and they missed the shuttle.

    Thinking that its probably one of:

    A) Passenger went to the wrong place.
    The shuttles have a designated place at the hotel where they pick passengers up. I am sure some people have just gone out to the main entrance where the taxis are and assumed the shuttles pick up there (which they do at some properties, and don't at others) but also at some properties the shuttles pickup and dropoff spot isn't always the same (Luxor is a good example where shuttles drop off at the main entrance if they have passengers going to Mandalay Bay, but otherwise Luxor does have a special north entrance for shuttle pickup and dropoff)

    B) Passenger didn't pay attention.
    They probably just assumed its like a taxi service and they could just go out at any time and wait for the next shuttle to show up... which it didn't or when one came they said they aren't doing pickups.
    No, the shuttle will give you an estimated time of when they will be at your hotel to pick you up.
    And you can tell when the passenger not paying attention is the problem: they usually cap off their reporting of the experience with something like "it was then getting so close to the time of my flight that I had to take a taxi and tell the driver to rush so I wasn't late for the airport!" If they were paying attention they would have noted that the shuttle company gives customers a 3-4 hour window before your flight to when they will pick you up so there isn't a chance of you being late. But instead these dummies went out there an hour or an hour and a half and sat there waiting for a shuttle that was by a few hours earlier to pick them up.

    C) You have to wait
    The shuttle companies give you a pretty wide estimate of time. They want to make sure that the stupid people who will be thinking "Its 11:55AM, the shuttle company said to be out there at noon so lets leave our hotel room finally, go down and stand at the front desk and check out and then head to the shuttle bay" have enough time to get out there.
    So that means that they will typically tell you to be out there 15-30 minutes before the shuttle is even there.
    And then when you factor in traffic delays, slow passengers at other hotels, etc you could be looking at a possible one hour wait.
    And thats why they give you that 3-4 hour padding of time for when they will pick you up versus when your flight departs.
     
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    I have to disagree with you on this. This happenned to me TWICE downtown. The first time I had to call bell trans a few times, they kept saying that the shuttle was coming and to wait. I had to wait 2 HOURS for the shuttle to come. Luckily I usually give enough time for travel to the airport so I made my flight. Not so lucky for the 4 some waiting with me, they were on the same flight and almost didn't make it, the ticket counter had to call to stop the plane from closing their doors. Bell trans finally sent a limo to pick me up so not enough space for the 4some. the 4some ended up taking a cab to the airport to make the flight. they also said they would never take bell trans again.

    This was at the cal, where there is generally one area that the shuttle picks you up (near the entrance to the parking lot and valet).

    the second time was at the fremont, also only one pickup area outside the front desk area so little chance of being in the wrong place, plus you could see if they stopped elsewhere because it is on the same side of the street. I was there 20 minutes before my pick up (as was the case in the first example). I waited an hour and also called and got the runaround. Luckily another shuttle company stopped off at the fremont so I just hopped on that shuttle to get to the airport.

    in both instances I called the shuttle companies the day before to confirm my reservation and pickup time and where to get picked up. On my travel day, in both instances after waiting 30 minutes I called the company, they said that they were running late so hang on (2 hours?). When the shuttle company asks what time my flight leaves I usually give a 30 - 45 minute advanced time so they won't cut it close. With TSA and the lines I want to be at the airport with time to spare. Even then the shuttle companies didn't make it on time, even with the 30 - 45 minutes extra time, I would have missed my flight if I was leaving at the times I gave.

    I would consider taking the shuttle from the airport to my hotel but not from the hotel to the airport. As many others have mentioned, the shuttle back to the airport is unreliable, not because of the reasons that Auggie mentioned but because of bad service by the shuttle companies. That is why I usually find other methods of getting back to the airport (rental car, cab, EC shuttle, wax, etc.) and don't rely on the shuttles anymore.
     
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    This was told to me by a bellman several years ago. He said to always buy each way and you can use any of them without waiting OR them not showing up for your ride to the airport.
     
  12. Clarkson7

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    Don,

    That is probably good advice, but I question if other shuttles would be stopping at Four Queens or the D early in the morning like 3:30/ 4:00---seems risky.
     
  13. sporty8705

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    do NOT take showtime, i have taken them the last two trips, and both times shitty service. they have you wait in line at your NUMBER for like 30-45 mins then you get on the bus and you have to sit and wait while the driver smokes or talks to his buddies.. I will never do this again... I will either get a car, or rent a car.
     
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    I think more people agree with this than you think. You don't have a surly cab driver as your first real interaction in Vegas. Instead you have other excited visitors and that is a much more pleasant start to a trip. And sightseeing is a genuine plus to to shuttle experience like it is for the monorail. I wouldn't have known how to use the back entrances for places like Harrah's if I hadn't seen them from the shuttle. Shuttles aren't for everyone but I fear people who would enjoy the experience or at least the fixed cost are being directed away unnecessarily.

    In terms of costs, they are all pretty close in range but Vegas.com usually has a the latest costs posted. I agree with not buying in advance so that you have more flexibilty in picking your company and so you don't get locked into a round trip fare.
     
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    My 1st 2 times in Vegas I took a cab to a strip hotel. I waited in line for over an hour for a cab and paid over 20 dollars for it. I have taken shuttles since then. $26.00 total for 2 from airport to hotel then from hotel back to airport. I have never had an issue of being late getting back to the airport. After landing in Vegas...by the time I get my luggage,I go outside and give my ticket/form for the shuttle I lite up a smoke and my shuttle is there ready to go. The most I have ever waited is 30 minutes tops. Like others have said...you meet fun people on shuttles...excited people who make it fun. Love seeing parts of casinos I'd never see w/o the shuttle. I guess if you want/have the money to spend on a limo...45 base start...another 60 in tips for 4 and an added 5 extra thats 110.00 dollars just to get to your hotel for 4 people. What ever floats your boat I guess:thumbsup: The shuttles have never given me an issue.
     
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    We've always taken a shuttle and for many trips had no problem. But, Bell Trans is on our "do not use" list. This last trip, for our return to the airport, they picked us up "on time" but made so many stops after us that we got to the airport 60 minutes before flight time. The previous goof-up was a no-show pickup ~ called and asked where they were ~ told us we were on the schedule for 4 am pickup, not 4 pm pickup and they couldn't get us to the airport, advised us to take a cab. We do not recommend Bell Trans.
     
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    In the many, many, many times I have taken a shuttle back to the airport, I have never, ever had one not show up.
     
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    There is nothing wrong with taking a shuttle. Just keep in mind the time that you take the shuttle. If you are on a shuttle during rush hour, expect it to take a bit longer than normal. Remember, your stop may be the last stop. Plan accordingly.

    If you need to get to your hotel in 30 minutes or less, do not use a shuttle. But, if are not in a rush, a shuttle will be fine.

    If you are solo, a shuttle is the cheapest way to go, other than the bus. If there are two or more people, a cab or limo would be best.

    This idea that taking a shuttle is somehow going to kill you is total bull shit!
     
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    I have used Showtime for the last eight years. I have never had a problem with them.
    Yes, the driver will usually wait until he has a decent amount of people on board. You don't really think he is going to leave with only one or two people on board, do you? I don't care what shuttle you use, you will have to wait. I have never waited anything like 30-45 minutes.

    If this creates a problem, a car may be a good idea.
     
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