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Las Vegas Taxis
While Las Vegas is a very walkable city taxis are also a great way to get around. There are thousands of Las Vegas Taxis, making it fairly easy to find one when you need one. Your best bet to find a taxi in Las Vegas is to go to the main entrance of a large hotel. Taxis in Las Vegas are regulated, therefore you don't have to worry about getting the best rate, they are all the same.
Taxi a taxi from McCarran International Airport is an easy and affordable option. A taxi from the airport to many of the hotels will run about $20. There is an extra fee added to your fare for airport pickups, but it is only $1.80. Make sure to tip extra if the driver helps your with your luggage. There are taxi stands all around the airport. You should wait in line at one of these taxi stands, or ask for help from someone who works at the airport if you need a taxi. Taxis can fit up to five people, therefore if you have a larger group you will need more than one taxi.
Taxis in Las Vegas are regulated by the Nevada Taxi Cab Authority. This means that all of the taxis in Las Vegas charge the same rates. When you enter a taxi in Las Vegas there will be an initial fee of $3.30. From there the taxi charges per mile. The rate is $2.60 per mile, broken down into 13th of a mile increments. If you are in traffic without moving, the taxi will charge per minute. The average ride from one end of the Las Vegas strip to the other end is about $15. Tipping your driver is always encouraged. A tip of about 15% is average.
Taxis, like most things in Las Vegas, run 24 hours a day. Unlike some other major cities, Las Vegas Taxis do not charge extra for driving at night. Where ever you are, what ever time it is, you can get a taxi in Las Vegas.
If you are staying or visiting one of the hotels on the Las Vegas strip then you should have no trouble finding a taxi. Generally, taxis are lined up outside of the hotels. You should take the first taxi in line, not hail one on the street like you might in other cities. This is considered good taxi etiquette. If you need help getting a taxi, someone who works in the hotel or casino can assist you. If you are somewhere other than a large hotel you can always call for a taxi on the phone.
Not all taxis in Las Vegas take credit cards. Therefore it is a good idea to have cash on you if you plan on taking a taxi. If you only have a credit card you should ask the driver if they accept cards before you enter the taxi.
Main Taxi Companies
There are sixteen different taxi companies servicing the Las Vegas area. The taxis are numbered by company, ranging from 1 to 8,499. For example, all cabs between 4,000 and 4,449 should be from the Desert Cab Company. When entering a taxi you should be able to see a license proving that it is an official taxi with the Nevada Taxicab Authority. You should get into a taxi that is in line at a hotel, rather than someone recruiting you to enter their car. Only ride in official taxis.