Travel to Las Vegas

Flying to Las Vegas

Airlines offering direct flights to Las Vegas from the UK include British Airways and Virgin Atlantic. Las Vegas is a year-round destination but if you hunt hard (and early), you’ll find cheaper flights. New Year is particularly expensive whereas the exceptionally hot summers are often the best time of year to find cheap flights.

Flight times

From London - 10 hours 40 minutes; New York - 5 hours; Los Angeles - 1 hour 10 minutes; Toronto - 4 hours; Sydney - 17 hours (including stopover).

Travel by road

Summary:

Driving in Las Vegas is the easiest way to get around. Freeways have a speed limit of 121kph (75mph). Primary highways or multi-lane roads have a speed limit of 105kph (65mph). Traffic drives on the right. The minimum driving age in Nevada is 15 3/4 years and proof of insurance is compulsory. Drivers from outside the USA must possess a licence from their home country, but must follow Nevada's restrictions. The American Automobile Association - AAA (tel: 1 800 922 8228; www.csaa.com) provides emergency roadside and a variety of automobile-related services.

Emergency breakdown service:

AAA (tel: 1 800 222 4357/AAA HELP).

Routes:

Las Vegas is bisected by Freeway 15, connecting to Mesquite and Salt Lake City in the north and California (Los Angeles and San Francisco via Interstate 5) in the south. Freeway 515 connects to Fort Mojave Indian reservation in the south. Freeway 215 encircles most of the city, and is a convenient way to bypass rush hour congestion.

Driving times:

From Los Angeles - 4 to 5 hours; Salt Lake City - 6 to 7 hours; San Francisco - 8 to 9 hours.

Coaches:

Greyhound (tel: (702) 383 9792 or 1 800 231 2222; www.greyhound.com) operates intercity services out of Las Vegas, linking to major western destinations, including Salt Lake City, Phoenix, Albuquerque, El Paso and Los Angeles. Greyhound operates out of Las Vegas Greyhound Terminal, 200 South Main Street, which provides basic facilities, including a waiting area, payphones and a snack bar.

Travel by rail

Services:

There is no Amtrak rail service to Las Vegas. The closest train stations are Needles (CA) and Kingman (AZ). Check for updates on the charter services from those stations to Las Vegas.

Operators:

Amtrak’s Southwest Chief runs daily between Chicago and Los Angeles, stopping at Kingman and Needles. Contact Amtrak (tel: 1 800 872 7245; www.amtrak.com) for timetables and information on its bus connection from Kingman to Las Vegas. When checking Amtrak’s website, don’t be confused with Las Vegas, New Mexico, which is a stop on the Southwest Chief route.

Journey times:

To Kingman (AZ): from Chicago - 35 hours; from Albuquerque - 8 hours; from Los Angeles - 7 hours.

Transport to the city:

Amtrak operates a connecting (‘thruway’) bus from Kingman to Las Vegas, which you must book alongside your train ticket (journey time - 3 hours 20 minutes).

Travel over water

Edited by Tina Banerjee
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