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What to tell the cabbie when going from airport to flamingo???

Discussion in 'Getting There & Getting Around' started by Scrapperjill, Jun 16, 2014.

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  1. Scrapperjill

    Scrapperjill Tourist

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    Wondering if someone can give me an idea of what to tell the taxi driver to get me to the flamingo from the airport... Cheapest route. I checked the taxi fare finder and it suggests... Swenson... Harmon... Las Vegas blvd. for an average of just over $15 with tip (medium traffic). Does that sound the best? Btw It'll be about 10:30 PM on a Sunday night in July.
     
  2. blackjacker2

    blackjacker2 Low-Roller

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    On my last trip I was at the Flamingo and from previous experience and info on VMB I just confidently said "Flamingo via Swenson please".

    I know the route and had no issues, but it was busy as I arrived mid afternoon which meant the fare was higher. You should be okay at 10.30pm, but traffic always seems to be busy!
     
  3. ams722

    ams722 Side Bet Shunner

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    Don't treat the taxi fare finder as Gospel. It could easily be way more than $15 even with the correct route depending on a whole bunch of variables like traffic, number of red lights you hit on the way, etc.
     
  4. dbueler

    dbueler High-Roller

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    I've made the trip from the airport to the Flamingo and my fare, including a generous tip, is usually closer to $20. Depends how you hit the lights and traffic, of course. Harmon/Swensen is usually fastest, don't let them take the tunnel. The cab drivers have taken various combinations of the Swensen/Harmon/Paradise route and they have all worked out to about the same $$.

    I'm female and always arrive alone, so I have suspected I could be at a higher risk of long hauling. I usually just say "Flamingo, city streets, no tunnel" and haven't had a problem. That establishes you as someone who is confident and knows where you are going, not an easy mark. I know taxi drivers can be less than honest, and those are usually the stories we hear about on the chat boards, but I think most are ok. I've had a couple grumble when I told them the 'city streets' line, but I think most were grumbling because a gal is telling them their route. There is usually some conversation during the drive and I always make sure I talk about how frequently I am in Vegas (4x/year) and how I always stay at the Flamingo, and it's good to be home, blah blah..... to me, this just solidifies their knowledge that I know where we are going and am not a random tourist they can long haul.

    Enjoy your trip!
    diane
     
  5. meyers67

    meyers67 High-Roller

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    I quote a line from Scarface. "I only tell you once. Don't f*** me, cabbie. Don't you ever try to f*** me."
     
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