A trip to Las Vegas is sure to be fun and exciting. But when staying on the Strip without a vehicle, you will need to be prepared to find transportation to the restaurants, casinos, and shows that you plan to attend. Luckily, taxis are abundant in Las Vegas, but you need to know how to use them. If you're traveling to Las Vegas soon, use the following taxi tips:
Don't Plan on Hailing a Taxi
Unlike other major metropolitan areas in the U.S., hailing a taxi in Las Vegas is not common and you're not likely to have a taxi driver slow down and pick you up on the sidewalk. If you need to hire a taxi to take you somewhere in Las Vegas, you will need to go to a taxi stand or spend some time outside a major hotel/casino. Taxis are almost always available outside a hotel/casino-- ask your hotel concierge for help if needed.
Understand the Rates
Las Vegas is not a place where you can negotiate taxi fare. It is important to note that taxi companies charge an initial fee jut to get in the cab, followed by a mileage fee. If you're traveling on the Strip when there is a lot of traffic, you will also be charged a waiting charge. When taking a taxi in Las Vegas, it is in your best interest to expect the highest charge possible for a taxi and be pleasantly surprised when traffic doesn't increase your fare.
Be Able to Pay
Before getting into any taxi in Las Vegas, make sure you can pay the fare. Some taxi companies have equipped their cars and drivers with the technology to accept credit and debit cards for payment, while others may be cash only. Talk to your taxi driver in advance so you know what kind of payment he or she is able to accept after your arrive at your destination.
Don't Forget to Tip
In many cases, taxi drivers drive for larger companies and they do not receive the entire amount that you pay for your taxi fare. A lot of Las Vegas taxi drivers rely on tips to help supplement their income. If you have a taxi driver who quickly delivers you to your destination in a safe and pleasant manner, please don't forget to leave a few dollars above the amount that is shown on the fare screen.
These tips can help you with any taxi ride, such as with City Cab.Share
15 August 2017
I come from a small town. It's so small that there is no public bus service—you can walk everywhere within city limits. People drove their cars if they wanted to leave town. At home, I rarely saw a taxi, and subways were something I only saw in movies. Moving to New York City was a shock in many ways, but learning how to get around using public transportation was one of the biggest hurdles that I faced. I didn't know how much to tip a taxi driver or how to find my way around on the bus. However, I did eventually learn. I know that there must be many people who are facing the same learning curve that I was facing a few years ago. I started this blog to help other small town natives like me learn how to get around in the big city.