Car hire in Las Vegas
On this page you’ll get tips and advice on hiring a car in Las Vegas, and the cheapest rental cars at guaranteed lowest price. If this is your first time renting a car in the U.S., please read our general tips on car hire in the country via the link below.
Car hire at Las Vegas Airport
McCarran International Airport (airport code: LAS) is about 5 miles from central Las Vegas. This airport is the largest and busiest airport in the area, and it services many international and domestic flights.
If you want to rent a car in Las Vegas, it is easiest and most convenient to do it directly upon arrival at the airport. There is a car rental centre outside the airport building where you’ll find all major car rental firms represented. The car rental centre is called McCarran Rent-a-car Center.
The easiest way of getting to the car rental centre is by getting on a blue and white shuttle bus. The shuttle buses run to and from all terminals, meaning that you can use them both when arriving and going home. They are well marked out and easy to find. Buses leave regularly, and it takes about 7 minutes to reach to centre.
Driving to and from the car rental centre is smooth and easy. Several major roads lead you there, and it is well signposted. However, we do still recommend that you have a GPS in the car. A GPS can be added to your booking.
Car hire at The Strip
There are several locations on the Las Vegas Strip where you can pick up a rental car. These car rental offices are usually integrated with the larger hotels. The prices are a bit higher compared to the airport, but usually not expensive enough to make it worth going to the airport and renting a car instead.
One-way car hire
Many people who rent a car in Las Vegas go on a road trip in western USA and drive on the historic roads Route 66 and Highway 1, which lead to Los Angeles and San Francisco. If you are planning on doing something similar, one-way car hire is a good idea. You can, for example, rent a car in Las Vegas and return it in San Francisco or Los Angeles.
- Hiring and dropping off a rental car in San Francisco
- Hiring and dropping off a rental car in Los Angeles
Where to go around Las Vegas
One of the absolute coolest nature experiences in the area is the world famous Grand Canyon. In addition to the stunning scenery of the National Park, there is also lots to see on the way from Las Vegas. Among other things, you can drive past the famous Hoover Dam and the beautiful Lake Mead. Once in Grand Canyon, you can go on a helicopter ride over the natural wonder.
Valley of Fire
The Valley of Fire National Park is just over an hour’s drive east of central Las Vegas. The name of the Park derives from the red sandstone formations in the area. Here you’ll find many nice footpaths, but it’s also possible to drive through the Park. Besides the unusual sandstone formations, you’ll also experience desert. In short, Valley of Fire is a very special and unique experience.
If you feel up to a slightly longer trip, Carson City is the one for you. It is just over a six-hour drive north of Las Vegas and is the capital of Nevada. With both a nice city centre and proximity to beautiful nature, Carson City is great for the whole family. There are also several interesting historical sights on the way to Carson City. It can be a good stop on the way to San Francisco if you are doing a western USA road trip. While here you can also visit Lake Tahoe, which is outside the city in California. Lake Tahoe has nice beaches and nature trails for hiking.