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Car rental advice for Vegas first-timer

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Car rental advice for Vegas first-timer

We are going to LV for 4 days/3nights, arriving on Tue morning and leaving Fri night. On days 1 and 3, we have Cirque shows, and on day 2, an idea to get out of town to see maybe Red Rock or Valley of Fire.

The debate is, whether the savings of renting a car for all 4 days at LAS overweigh the time wasted in the Strip traffic... Would you recommend to get:

1. a car for all 4 days, rented at LAS;

2. a car only for getting out of town on day 2, rented near the hotel;

3. no car at all - too much hassle - just stay in town and use taxi/bus/monorail instead?

Thanks so much for your input!

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1. Re: Car rental advice for Vegas first-timer

We always rent a car, and would never even think of NOT renting a car. There are many ways to avoid the strip traffic with the back roads and such, it's just a matter of looking at a map and familiarizing yourself with the area.

There are many great deals out there, so you could rent a car for the entire 4 days and save yourself quite a bit over cab fare and general aggravation. I would recommend joining the "preferred" customer clubs of the rental car companies as you will get some better deals. We have had really good luck with Alamo lately. Be sure to make use of the kiosks if they are available so you can bypass the lines at the counter, plus the pain of dealing with the counter people.

Probably the best piece of advice I could give you is this: since the rental car rates in Vegas fluctuate quite a bit, I would check back often to see if there is a better deal. You can always cancel previous reservations if you find a better deal. I would check at least once per day once you are about 2-3 weeks away from your trip. I have gotten some excellent deals this way.

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considering you are staying for a short time, i would skip it. its a stress that is just not worth it unless you really need it. part of what makes vegas fun is to have a drink whenever you want. no trip on the strip will cost you more that 15 bucks even from one end to another. a trip downtown might cost you 20 bucks each way but why mess around with a car. if you really get the itch to take a day trip out to redrock, then rent a car from the rental company at your hotel for the day. if you dont drink much and are on a budget, then getting a car is the smart way to go, but when im on vacation i dont like to have to worry about the hassles that go with driving a car.

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3. Re: Car rental advice for Vegas first-timer

Option 2 for me.

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4. Re: Car rental advice for Vegas first-timer

Last trip I wanted to do just like you are saying - run out to the Dam and Red Rock Canyon and maybe an off strip casino - so , we picked up and returned a car at a hotel ( Rio ) for 2 days it was a lot easier and more convenient than renting at the airport.

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I'd pick option #2 if you really want to leave the strip. I've been to Vegas 5 times or so in the past few years and I've never rented a car -- there's so need! Plus, it's a hassle having to wait for the valets at different hotels. If you want to go downtown, the bus will take you there... as well as anywhere else on the strip.

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Rent a car at the airport. I agree Alamo does have the best deals and keep checking after you book with them because if the price goes down your rate will too.I also like them because you can pick from any car in the row from which you reserved. I always give it that "smell" test. We don't smoke and I don't like a car that smells as if we do. In the past we have noticed a manager walking the lot and asked for an upgrade to a luxury or better as he sees a $20.00 in my hubbys hand and he obliges.wink wink.

Bring a GPS from home.Don't rent one.

In the long run it's more IMO economical than a taxi or bus. It's your schedule and there is so much to see and do. The parking is free and if you're into drinking just leave the car at your hotel and hit the strip.

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Oops, forgot. We used taxis ( sat in traffic with the meter running$$$$) on previous trips and rode the bus. The bus seemed to take forever to get us anywhere and it was so crowded we felt like a herd of cattle. BTW some of the passengers smelled like it too!!!

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8. Re: Car rental advice for Vegas first-timer

4 days is a short time? lol

Rent a car when you get off the plane and turn it back in when you leave town. Unless you are uncomfortable with driving in th city, rent the car.

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9. Re: Car rental advice for Vegas first-timer

If you want to get "out of town" rent a car. Period.

Price it out both ways. It is often cheaper to rent at the airport (so you don't need a cab to the hotel) even if the car is just going to sit in a garage for 2 of the 4 days.

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10. Re: Car rental advice for Vegas first-timer

We always rent a car and go with Alamo. In addition to the pluses that Jerseyshore mentioned, Alamo will only hold the amount of the rental on your credit card - and not an additional deposit. Some rental places can hold the rental plus an additional $300...

The way I figure the value of the car is that we've never spent more than $20 a day for a vehichle. That alone is the cost of one cab to either downtown or opposite end of the strip. If you use a cab once then you've already paid for your car... plus valet at hotels is free (with the exception of your tip) and it's very convenient.