Uber is Operating at McCarran Airport, It’s a Pretty Big Deal

It’s taken some time, but ride-sharing service Uber is now operating at the Holy Grail of Las Vegas transportation hubs, McCarran International Airport.

McCarran is one of the busiest airports in the country, and has long been the exclusive domain of Sin City’s powerful taxi companies. No longer. Las Vegas visitors now have more transportation options than ever, and the passengers we’ve talked to absolutely love it.


Riders are encouraged to rate their Uber drivers, and if a driver’s rating drops below 4.6 (out of 5), their career with Uber is kaput.

Uber’s main ride-sharing competition, Lyft, also operates at McCarran Airport.

The two companies met heavy resistance when they first came to town. The cab companies freaked out, and government officials didn’t know what to do about these disruptive businesses.

In time, though, reason prevailed, and riders have been enjoying convenient, reasonably-priced transportation around Las Vegas since September 2015.

The cab companies seem to realize Uber and Lyft aren’t going to make their businesses crumble merely by merit of their presence. Ride-sharing services are shaking things up and causing taxi companies reconsider some of their business practices and pricing policies, and it’s about time.

Uber Lyft sign

Uber and Lyft have been working with hotels on The Strip to see how red they can make the faces of cab drivers. Our recommendation to cabbies: “Do better.”

Passengers can summon Uber service via the company’s free app. See more on Uber’s official Web site.

Visitors taking an Uber to the airport will specify their airline and the Uber driver will drop them curbside on the departures level of their terminal.

For those taking an Uber from the airport, the rider selects their terminal in the Uber app. Uber drivers can pick up at McCarran in designated areas. For Terminal 1, the pick-up area is Level 2M of the public parking garage. For Terminal 3, guests must go to the valet level of the public parking garage.

Give Uber a try and let us know about your experience! We have heard nothing but good things about Uber and Lyft since they began operating in Las Vegas (beyond the occasional grumblings of some long-suffering, long-hauling cabbies, of course), so we’re big fans of this tectonic shift in how ground transportation works in Las Vegas.

9 thoughts on “Uber is Operating at McCarran Airport, It’s a Pretty Big Deal

  1. Bill B

    Any action that forces the taxi companies to work better & fairer must be welcome for everyone. They have condoned long hauling for way too long.
    For us, after travelling for over 12 hours from England, the very last thing we need is a nasty argument/fight with a cabbie who wants to charge the best part of $50 to take the two of us downtown!
    We will certainly try one of these new services in the new year.

  2. DTLV

    As a semi-pro drinker I can confirm that these ride sharing services take drunk drivers off the road. Convenient, cheap and much needed in a town that seems to hate pedestrians.

  3. Mako10

    Anyone have a price comparison for uber/lyft vs a cab? lets say youre going from the airport to Wynn…will it be a lot more expensive?

    1. The Badge

      In October I took a cab from the airport to the MGM which cost over $20 after the credit card fee, airport fee and tip. I used uber from the MGM on the way back and it cost me under $11.

      1. Don McDonald

        I think there is an airport surcharge when leaving the airport that always makes the return cheaper but that’s still a great price.


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