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shuttle or cab from airport?

Discussion in 'Getting There & Getting Around' started by naenae, Mar 18, 2014.

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  1. naenae

    naenae Tourist

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    so last time I was in vegas I took a shuttle it cost me 15 bucks round trip by myself but now that I have 2 others going with me. would it be better to take the shuttle or the cab. what one is cheaper? staying at mirage then when we leave staying at excalibur
     
  2. MIA_305

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    If its 3 of you best bet is cab. It is about $14.00 bux from the airport to the strip.
     
  3. robert m.

    robert m. High-Roller

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    Yes, a cab fare split 3 ways is not only cheaper, but quicker than a shuttle!
     
  4. ams722

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    When going solo I take the shuttle.

    But with any more than 1 person a cab is always better: definitely faster and usually the same price or cheaper.
     
  5. vegasvic

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    When I'm on vacation time is money. If you are the first stop on a shuttle great. Otherwise you wait. And wait. And wait. I'll pay a little more to get to the hotel quicker and get the party started. :beer:
     
  6. Big Tip

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    Truer words were never spoken!

    Figure it out. With airfare and hotel room, say you are spending $700 for three days in Vegas. That's 72 hours. $700/72hours is about $10 per hour you are spending to have fun in Vegas. It's going to take an hour and a half difference coming and going on a shuttle vs cabbing it. That is $15 in valuable time cost, coincidentaly the difference in shuttle cost and cabbing cost.
     
  7. naenae

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    Okay thank you.
     
  8. jackincols

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    BUT, if you're out there for 10 days like I am coming in Apr., a shuttle is just fine for me as I'm in no hurry at all.
     
  9. NativeSoCal

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    For something a whole lot nicer than a cab, usually much quicker to get, (ever see those weekend taxi lines?) and just as cheap........

    We've been using Bell Trans VIP shuttle service.

    Reserve it in advance on their website.
    It's NOT the shared shuttle bus.....you will be in a sedan, usually a Lincoln Town Car. Nice and clean. Friendly drivers. They'll even let you make a stop or two, like a liquor store for room supplies.
    When you do that in a cab, that ol' meter stays running, mind you.
    (tip driver accordingly) ;)


    The sedan is pre-paid in full when you reserve.
    Our cost was $54 round trip, airport to Bally's, and back. Any cab cost will be equal that, or more.
     
  10. dfalk

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    Interesting way to look at it. I figured my cost for the hell of it. $193 for 91 hours in Vegas comes out to $2.12 an hour. Not to shabby!
     
  11. mdlee3_46041

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    I agreed with everything you said until this part. I recently was there and took a cab from the airport to Harrah's, which is farther from the airport than Bally's. The fare was $17.10 and I gave the driver $22. On the way back, the fare was $13 even and I gave the driver $20. So my round-trip taxi fare, including tip, was $42. The Taxi Authority website lists the average fare using the most direct route to Bally's as $17.70 so even if it comes out to exactly the average, you can tip $5 or so each way and still save money compared to the $54 round trip on VIP Shuttle.

    Now, your suggestion of Bell Trans VIP Shuttle Service does take out a lot of variables that can increase the cost, such as long-hauling or traffic.
     
  12. dfalk

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    I think what she meant is she paid $52 for the the Bell Trans sedan, not $52 for cab fare.
     
  13. mdlee3_46041

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    Yes I know. She said that her round trip with the Bell Trans sedan was $54, which is equal to or cheaper than a cab and that's simply not true
     
  14. WHIVGOYTUBE

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    It is not cheaper for two people to use Bell VIP compared to a cab. Is this right?

    Just to clarify the prior posts are about a single rider, and since it just a few dollars more, a better experience. But for two people 2*56 = $106+tip, right?
     
  15. leo21

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    For two people, the shuttle is probably only cheaper to downtown or maybe North strip. As for the VIP shuttle, yeah, it would be per person. At those rates, you would be better to hire your own limo.
     
  16. NativeSoCal

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    No. TOTAL cost for my wife and I (I am a he, not a she) was $54 ROUND TRIP, which included an unhurried stop at a liquor store. (tip extra, of course)

    This was in a private, immaculately clean Lincoln town car sedan, with a professional driver who speaks clear English.
    (don't forget no waiting in a long taxi line, the car was waiting for me)

    You throw in that liquor stop whilst traveling in a grungy ass-cab, and your fare will exceed what I paid.
     
  17. dfalk

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    lol, turns out I am the one who misread her post, oops! But ya, you are right. No cab to Bally's and back is gonna be over $54.
     
  18. DonnyC

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    Can I book the VIP sedan round trip for airport to Golden Nugget and then Golden Nugget to Flamingo?
     
  19. Jimbo338

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    Shuttle is cheaper for a solo and I never minded it at all. People used to talk about waiting til the bus was full. I started timing it from when I handed the guy my bags until we started rolling and most times was less than 10 minutes. (8 minutes on 2-24-14). I also never minded dropping people off, you get to see the back ways to hotels and casinos.

    However it is true if there are several people a cab is cheaper. I believe most will take 4 or 5 people. These cabs are pretty small compared to the old days. I took a cab from the LVCC to the Venetian so I would not be late for a show and was in a Chevy Impala an thought the driver was going to have to get out and pull me out. So if there were 4 or 5 people (and certainly if more) there is the option of going to a limo company. Bell calls it a VIP shuttle but most have offered Town Cars and/or limos by the hour which usually means no waiting, a trip up the strip for newbies if desired, or , perhaps a stop at a liquor or grocery store.

    On a humorous note, I think I saw some of those $10/HOUR vacationers standing in line for 15 minutes for a free pack of used playing cards!

    Jimbo338
     
  20. NativeSoCal

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    When you add in the stop for supplies it will be.....

    In addition, that fare I paid is the fare to go to ANY strip property, from Mandalay Bay to Riviera.

    I'm tellin' ya, it can't be beat. (unless you really love that ass-cab scent!) ;)
     
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