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Las Vegas Taxi

How to get a taxi in Las Vegas

Of course, a Las Vegas taxi is another way to get around. There are approximately 3,000 vehicles in the Las Vegas taxicab fleet with approximately 9,500 taxicab drivers in Las Vegas. Rest assured, there is no shortage of taxis to take you to your destination. Be sure you have enough cash for the fare because most Las Vegas taxi drivers will not accept credit cards as a valid form of payment. The few that will accept credit cards will charge you a $3.00 fee over and above the meter charge for the convenience of using a credit card.

The base fare is $2.88 per mile but you should know that there is an initial charge of $3.50 when the meter starts to run. Each additional 1/12th mile is .23 cents. If you are starting your trip from McCarran Airport, expect an additional charge of $2.00. The meter is a funny thing. If it detects that the cab is going slower than 8-12 MPH then it will charge $.27 (twenty-seven cents) every 30 seconds. So your fare will continue to go up even when the cab isn't moving.

2019 Las Vegas Taxi Rate

There is an initial charge of $3.50 when the meter starts to run.
Each additional 1/12th mile is $.23
Waiting time, Per hour $32.40
If you are starting your trip from the airport, there is an additional charge of $2.00 McCarran Airport Fee.
Credit/Debit Card Fee is $3.00
**3% Excise Tax will be added to all rates and fees

The maximum number of passengers allowed in any taxi is five (5), including infants and children. If members of your group exceed 5 you'll have to split up. For newcomers to Las Vegas, you may want to find out approximately how much it will cost to get to your destination before you get into a Las Vegas taxi.

Things you should know about riding a Las Vegas Taxi

There is a 5 person maximum and the fare is the same no matter how many passengers are traveling.

It is against the law for Las Vegas taxicab drivers to pick passengers up by the wayside. If you are on the strip and you need a taxi, go to the nearest casino. There is usually a spot where taxicabs line up to pick up waiting passengers. It is a very orderly process, done on a first-come first-served basis, and there is usually someone there to help things along.

You will have to wear a seat belt while in the cab. A car seat is not required for your infant if none is available, but if you have one with you then you will need to use it. (Read about the complete Las Vegas child car seat law here. ). Please keep in mind that an unrestrained child poses serious danger.

Nevada law requires Las Vegas taxicabs to have air conditioning and heat.

Taxicab passengers can only be charged the amount shown on the taxi meter and all fares must be paid in U.S. currency.

There are 16 registered taxi companies servicing the Las Vegas valley. The taxicabs for each company have unique color combinations and numbers.

You should also know that Las Vegas taxicab drivers must obey the passenger's directions as it relates to route taken. Do your homework, check our list of estimated taxi fares or Google the shortest route to your hotel before getting to Las Vegas.

For complaints regarding taxicabs in Clark County, please contact the Taxicab Authority at (702) 486-6532 or fill out a Las Vegas Taxi cab complaint form.

Lost & Found

If you discover that you have left something behind, immediately contact the taxi company, or call the Nevada Taxicab Authority at (702) 668-4000.

Las Vegas Taxicab Authority
2090 E. Flamingo Rd, Suite 200
Las Vegas, NV 89119
(702) 668-4005
Web site:

All Las Vegas taxi companies have lift-equipped vans that can accommodate one wheelchair or scooter. Call ahead of time to arrange a pickup.

McCarran Intl. Airport Las Vegas
McCarran Intl. Airport Las Vegas

Taking a Taxi from Terminal 1 at McCarran International Airport
At Terminal 1, taxicabs are available on the east side of baggage claim, outside door exits 1 - 4.

Taking a Taxi from Terminal 3 at McCarran International Airport
At Terminal 3, taxicabs are located outside on Level Zero.

Las Vegas Taxi Fares

Taxi fares from McCarran International Airport to

South Strip Hotels

Excalibur – Tropicana – Luxor – New York-New York – MGM Grand – Park MGM Las Vegas $13.00 - $18.50

Center Strip Hotels

Aria – Cosmopolitan – Bally's – Bellagio – Caesar Palace – Flamingo $15.00 - $20.50

North Strip Hotels

Mirage – Treasure Island – Venetian – Wynn – Circus Circus – Stratosphere $17.50 - $22.50

Downtown Hotels

Binion's – El Cortez – The D Las Vegas – Plaza – Golden Nugget $23.80 - $29.50

Las Vegas Convention Center
$16.50 - $19.50
Click here for the approximate Taxi fare to your Las Vegas hotel

Note: Tips or gratuities to taxi drivers in Las Vegas are optional and NOT required.


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Money Saving Tip:
  • Here is a way to save on taxi fare. If you're adventurous (and use good judgment on this one), while waiting for bags at baggage claim or standing in the long taxi lines, ask if anyone nearby is heading to the same destination, then split the fare. Cabs charge the same whether there's one rider or five.