Las Vegas McCarran (LAS) Airport Guide

Las Vegas McCarran  (LAS) Airport Guide

If you're heading to the entertainment capital of the world, then the chances are that you will be passing through McCarran International Airport, which serves Las Vegas and surrounding areas.

Situated just two kilometres from the main strip, transfer time is negligible, making it ideal for business travellers and those taking short trips.

McCarran International Airport Amenities

As one of the world's busiest airports, McCarran International Airport has an excellent range of facilities, which include banks, mail drop boxes, lockers, currency exchange desks and translation services.

Those with a little extra time on their hands can even visit the airport's art gallery, which exhibits a range of glass and concrete sculptures, as well as paintings of the Nevada Desert and the city's famous strip.

The airport is also home to a museum, which is open 24 hours a day and chronicles the history of aviation in southern Nevada. Visitors will find over 30 display cases, as well as video presentations and other information.

Kids are also well catered for, with the airport boasting a large aviation-themed play area, complete with an interactive control tower and mock jet engines.

Should you win big in the casino, there are plenty of shops in which to splash the cash. Stores at the airport include the Bellagio Hotel gift shop, Crabtree and Evelyn, Liberty Duty Free and the Havana Honeys cigar shop.

There is a huge selection of eateries at the airport, with everything from pretzel stands to full-service restaurants, such as Big Al's Chicago Deli, the Blue Burrito Grille and Hot Dog City.

If you've stuffed yourself silly all week on all-you-can-eat Las Vegas buffets and would prefer a light bite, then head to Frankly Gourmet or the Freshens Smoothie Company.

Terminals at Las Vegas McCarran

The airport currently comprises two terminal buildings, although plans are currently in place to open a third in 2011.

A free shuttle bus connects both terminals, so passengers should have no difficulty making transfers.

McCarran International Transport Links

The airport is served by public buses, which cover most areas in Clark County, as well as central Las Vegas and the Las Vegas strip.

However, with the hub being so close to the city, a taxi could be an affordable and convenient option for those who don't fancy lugging their suitcase halfway across the desert.

Those who want to get into the holiday mood could also consider taking a limo to their hotel and passengers will find plenty outside of the arrival hall.

Car hire is also available and companies based at the airport include Alamo, Avis, Dollar and Hertz.