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Do I need a rental car?

Discussion in 'Getting There & Getting Around' started by World Book, Jun 28, 2020.

  1. World Book

    World Book Low-Roller

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    I am going to be staying solo at the Flamingo from July 22-27 and then Plaza from July 27-30. I am planning on staying on strip area while at Flamingo and then walking around Downtown area while at Plaza to do coupons. Do I need a rental car or is this a waste? If no rental, suggestions for getting to Flamingo and then to Downtown? Bus/taxi/rideshare? Have never used Uber/Lyft.
    Thank you!
     
  2. rooster42000

    rooster42000 Brady # 1

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    Uber or Lyft ,no problem, they might be the amount of drivers as always, taxi is no problem either. your fine any of the 3 ways.
     
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  3. adamduke88

    adamduke88 Tourist

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    If The Deuce is running you van use that. It stops at every strip casino and drops off at the FSE.
     
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  4. nostresshere

    nostresshere Mr. Anti Debit Card

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    I see no reason for a rental at all. Taxi/Uber will take care of things just fine.
     
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  5. news423

    news423 Low-Roller

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    If you want to drive around to different places (South Point, Sunset Station, etc.), definitely a car.

    But if you’re just looking to get to/from Strip/Downtown, take Uber/Lyft/bus.

    Above all, have fun!
     
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  6. rm22

    rm22 Low-Roller

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    You can bus it all around or use a car service - uber/lyft. Car for sure is not necessary.
     
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  7. codingkw

    codingkw High-Roller

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    You might want to read trip reports, I read that trying to get an uber several people have waited for 3 hours and no uber showed up. Just an FYI
     
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  8. seaoftranquilitycruiser

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    I have been to Vegas 2 of the past 3 weekends and Uber and Lyft are a problem. You need to be prepared for long waits and will probably have to upgrade to premium cars in order to get one. I have been told by several drivers than fewer than 25% of the drivers are willing to work -- and that figure seems generous to me. The ride from the airport to the hotel will be easier than from the hotel to the airport, though a wait will still be required. Taxis are the more easily available option for airport transfers. The Deuce or SDX bus are options to get between the strip and downtown.
     
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  9. azbob

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    The post above is right on. Flew in (home) on Friday and had two trip requests cancel so I took a cab (around 4pm). Lots of people waiting. If you do get a car, Check in at the Flamingo and either a) they used to have a car rental stand in the lobby, but I can't recall the brand or b) book an Enterprise car for the next day...you save at least one day and you avoid airport fees. There is a Enterprise location on Flamingo just a bit west of the Palms (too far to walk in the summer). You can wait until the day you need a car to get it and when you drop off, I believe, they will give you a ride to the airport, but you'd better check on that as I don't know what changes may have been made.
     
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  10. fasbman

    fasbman Low-Roller

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    I will echo those who say renting a car is not necessary. In fact, I have been coming to Vegas for over 30 years and I have never rented a car. In fact, if you plan on doing any drinking, please do NOT rent a car.
     
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  11. luck.ofthe.draw

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    Rental car is sometimes cheaper than paying Uber/Lyft especially for a $20+ one way to get to downtown.
     
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  12. seaoftranquilitycruiser

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    I paid $27 + tip for the most expensive premium Uber from Flamingo to the airport on a Sunday morning -- and had to wait 30+ minutes for the driver to arrive. A cab might have been cheaper and definitely would have been a shorter wait. There were people who had been trying for 2 hours to get the cheaper uber, to no avail. The week before I tried for 30 minutes to get ANY Uber at ANY price range on a Sunday morning from Caesars to the airport and no cars were available, had to get a cab.
     
  13. eliza

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    If you just want to go from airport to strip to downtown to airport, I would use Uber/Lyft. I just got home from Vegas yesterday and the Uber/Lyft thing is bad. But, for your situation, I would schedule the ride from strip to downtown and downtown to airport the night before. That's what I did for my ride to the airport and it worked beautifully. I picked a 15 minute window and my car arrived right in the middle of that timeframe. In contrast, looking at the apps while I was waiting for my driver to show up - there were no ubers available and Lyft was a 30 minute wait. I wouldn't rely on uber/lyft for spontaneous trips around, but if you know you are going to want a car from the strip to downtown at noon tomorrow - schedule the trip in advance and you should be fine.
     
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  14. World Book

    World Book Low-Roller

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    Thank you! No drinking at all for me...but lots of frozen virgin drinks if there is such a thing there...lol!
     
  15. willslotforcash

    willslotforcash Low-Roller

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    I rented a compact class from Budget for $50 total. They gave me a Nissan Kicks which is the size of a Kia Soul.

    Given the circumstances, especially with free parking downtown, I would just rent one, nothing worse than being on edge about missing your flight waiting on an Uber.
     
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