Yes, You Can Walk From the Airport to the Las Vegas Strip. Here is How…

“I have read about the taxi scams with the tunnel and the Interstate highway” is what I wrote in this article on Friday, September 19, 2014 pertaining to walking from the international airport which serves the greater Las Vegas metropolitan area to the Las Vegas Strip. “Sure enough, there were the long lines for transportation, for which I did not want to wait for who knows how long; and I did not want to get involved in any taxi scam anyway. I have driven the Interstate highways here in Las Vegas — there is no need to give me a sightseeing tour.”

I then wrote “Screw that. I walked.”

Yes, You Can Walk From the Airport to the Las Vegas Strip. Here is How…

That was the first time I have walked from the airport to Las Vegas Boulevard — which is more popularly known as The Strip — and back; but it was not the last time. I found that the city of Las Vegas is actually more walkable than I originally thought, as all destinations along Las Vegas Boulevard should be fewer than four miles — and should take you no more than 90 minutes at the most to walk.

Since then, I have been asked how to do that walk. If you were wondering that as well, you have come to the right place. Here are the instructions of how to do it.

Walk Las Vegas

Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

Only one main access road exists within the heart of the airport, which is fortunate for you because this is easy to remember. Walk against the direction of the vehicles which are traveling through the airport, as they can only go one way on the access road.

If you wind up on the left side of the access road within the airport, cross it at a safe place — preferably at a crosswalk. The right — or east — side of the access road is where the sidewalk is located, as no sidewalk exists on the left side of the access road once you leave the terminal area.

Walk Las Vegas

Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

Facing north on the main access road to the airport, you can see the fuel storage tanks in the distance on the left. Further left may be some airplanes parked on the apron; but that view is behind a barbed wire fence.

Walk Las Vegas

Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

From the what were they thinking?!? department, a traffic sign was erected right over the crosswalk as you leave the airport. Many people will be able to walk under it with no problem — but if you are too tall, you will either have to bend down and go under the sign; or you will need to go around it.

Some people believe that no sidewalks exist when leaving the airport. That is not true. At first glance, the main access road appears to have no sidewalk on either side. That is because the sidewalk veers away from the access road — which, by the way, is known as Wayne Newton Boulevard. Look closely under and behind the large traffic sign, and you will see the sidewalk going towards the left, while the main access road curves towards the right.

Walk Las Vegas

Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

Facing south along the access road and towards the terminal buildings and parking garage, this is the aforementioned traffic sign, which I think should have been raised just a little higher.

Walk Las Vegas

Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

Walk a little further away from the airport, and the main access road and the sidewalk have separated apart.

Walk Las Vegas

Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

Facing north away from the airport, the walk gets quieter as the noise from the passing vehicles fades. The fuel storage tanks spoil an otherwise decent view…

Walk Las Vegas

Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

…but you will not see the fuel storage tanks for long, as you are treated to a view of the distant mountains behind the palm trees as you walk further and then turn around for a look.

Walk Las Vegas

Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

Looking at this photograph facing south towards the airport, I did not realize that a sculpture appears to be on the left side of the walkway — along with two flags — so I did not stop to see it.

Walk Las Vegas

Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

The walkway meanders through a grove of different types of trees and shrubs…

Walk Las Vegas

Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

…and even the occasional cactus.

I turned around and looked back, facing south towards the airport. I liked how the landscaping was done.

Walk Las Vegas

Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

More cacti appear as the walk heads towards the large economy parking lot and a few minor access roads — including Four Corners Road. You can see some of the buildings on the Las Vegas Strip in the distance on the left.

Look carefully and you will see a crosswalk which angles to the right across Four Corners Road. Use it to cross the street here to access the sidewalk on the other side.

Walk Las Vegas

Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

Walk further down the sidewalk, and you will eventually reach the main access road once again, which is on the overpass crossing over Kitty Hawk Way, which you will eventually cross.

Walk Las Vegas

Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

This view is facing back towards Four Corners Road from where you came once you reach Kitty Hawk Way. Look carefully and you can see the aforementioned angled crosswalk in the center of the photograph in the distance.

Walk Las Vegas

Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

You know you have reached Kitty Hawk Way when if you face west, you will see Mandalay Bay Las Vegas in the distance — but you cannot go that way, as the runways of the airport are between you and Las Vegas Boulevard at this point.

Walk Las Vegas

Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

Beyond the economy parking lot and the rental car parking lots are many of the buildings which comprise The Strip.

Walk Las Vegas

Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

Look carefully across the street and you will see that the walkway curves and is sandwiched between the main access road and the barbed wire fence of the parking lot.

Walk Las Vegas

Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

Take this walkway — but be careful, as no crosswalk exists here either. Traffic is usually light on Kitty Hawk Way, so crossing it is usually not a problem…

Walk Las Vegas

Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

…but a traffic signal at Paradise Road is a short distance past the overpass if you feel safer and more comfortable about crossing the street there instead — or if you are rolling your belongings and need a curb cut to ease the transition from the sidewalk to the street. You will just have to double back under the overpass to get to the walkway.

After you walk between Wayne Newton Boulevard and the barbed wire fence of the economy parking lot, you will find yourself heading north northwest on Paradise Road, which eventually slightly curves due north. This view is facing south back towards the airport.

I edited out the telephone numbers of the billboards from the photograph.

When to Use East Tropicana Avenue

Tropicana Road in Las Vegas

This is Tropicana Road in Las Vegas, looking towards the east. The international airport which serves Las Vegas is on the right side of the fence. Halfway between here and Paradise Road is a great place for some “planespotting”. Photograph ©2014 by Brian Cohen.

The first time you will be able to turn left to access Las Vegas Boulevard is if you head west on East Tropicana Avenue.

Here is a bonus if you are an aviation aficionado: the sidewalk on the south side of East Tropicana Avenue parallels the north end of the airport. Stand in the right spot and you can watch airplanes either take off or come in for a landing — and the airplanes fly rather close over your head, which is why the streetlights on this stretch of East Tropicana Avenue are so short.

Hotel and casino properties which are best accessed via turning left and heading west on East Tropicana Avenue include:

  • Desert Rose Resort
  • Excalibur Hotel and Casino
  • Four Seasons Hotel
  • Hampton Inn Tropicana
  • Hooters Casino
  • La Quinta Inn and Suites by Wyndham Las Vegas
  • Luxor Hotel and Casino
  • Mandalay Bay Las Vegas
  • MGM Grand
  • Motel 6 Las Vegas Tropicana
  • New York New York
  • Park MGM Las Vegas
  • Travelodge by Wyndham Las Vegas Airport North
  • Tropicana Las Vegas

When to Use East Harmon Avenue

Hotel and casino properties which are best accessed via turning left and heading west on East Harmon Avenue include:

  • Aria Resort and Casino
  • The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
  • Elara by Hilton Grand Vacations
  • Marriott’s Grand Chateau
  • Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino
  • Polo Towers by Diamond Resorts
  • Vdara Hotel and Spa
  • Wyndham Grand Desert

When to Use East Flamingo Road

Hotel and casino properties which are best accessed via turning left and heading west on East Flamingo Road include:

  • Bally’s Las Vegas Hotel and Casino
  • Bellagio Hotel and Casino
  • Caesars Places Las Vegas Hotel and Casino
  • Flamingo Las Vegas
  • Harrah’s Las Vegas Hotel and Casino
  • The LINQ Las Vegas Hotel and Casino
  • The Mirage
  • Paris Las Vegas
  • The Westin Las Vegas Hotel and Spa

When to Use East Sands Avenue

Hotel and casino properties which are best accessed via turning left and heading west on East Sands Avenue include:

  • The Palazzo
  • Treasure Island
  • The Venetian
  • Wynn Las Vegas

When to Use East Desert Inn Road

Hotel and casino properties which are best accessed via turning left and heading west on East Desert Inn Road include:

  • Encore
  • Resorts World Las Vegas
  • Trump International Hotel Las Vegas

When to Use Elvis Presley Boulevard

Hotel and casino properties which are best accessed via turning left and heading west on Elvis Presley Boulevard include:

  • Circus Circus
  • Hilton Grand Vacations on the Las Vegas Strip

Other Destinations On or Near Paradise Road

As a point of reference, the Stratosphere Casino, Hotel and Tower — which is the last major hotel and casino property before reaching the wedding chapels and then heading into downtown Las Vegas — is located 3.7 miles north of the airport, which will take approximately one hour and 20 minutes to walk. Most other hotel, resort and casino properties south of there are closer and will take less time to walk.

By this time, Las Vegas Boulevard is now a short walk from Paradise Road — but use the interactive map below to get a better idea of where to walk. Keep in mind that crossing Las Vegas Boulevard is no easy task, as you will likely fight crowds and need to use an overpass at a major intersection to cross the street.

Along the way on Paradise Road, you will find the following hotel and resort properties in the order of heading north as you walk away from the airport:

  • Hyatt Place Las Vegas
  • Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Las Vegas
  • Red Roof Inn Las Vegas
  • Embassy Suites by Hilton Las Vegas
  • Silver Sevens Hotel and Casino
  • Candlewood Suites Las Vegas
  • Four Points by Sheraton Las Vegas East Flamingo
  • La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Las Vegas Airport North Convention
  • Emerald Suites Convention Center
  • Embassy Suites by Hilton Convention Center Las Vegas
  • Mardi Gras Hotel and Casino
  • Renaissance Las Vegas Hotel
  • Las Vegas Marriott
  • SpringHill Suites by Marriott Las Vegas Convention Center
  • Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino
  • Hilton Grand Vacations on Paradise (Convention Center)
  • SLS Las Vegas

Summary

Do not try to use Google Maps to get an accurate path of how to walk out of the airport, as it will not guide you correctly. I included an interactive map simply for reference…

Click on the image for an enlarged view. Source: Google Maps. Illustration by Brian Cohen.

…but by request, I took a screen shot of the satellite view of the map and highlighted the walkway in green so that you can see the exact path from the airport terminal to Paradise Road.

The trouble with walking is that there is this pesky runway separating Las Vegas Boulevard — otherwise known as The Strip — from the terminal buildings. I think that the taxi commission must have lobbied to have the airport designed that way. If the runway was on the other side of the terminal building, there would be little need to use transportation to get to the airport.

Walking is great exercise which will cost you absolutely nothing — other than your time, of course; but all bets are off if you are using a taxi cab or ride sharing service in heavy or gridlocked traffic — but I would not recommend walking from the airport if the ambient desert air is too hot and dry for you; if you are carrying heavy items that are not on wheels; or if you are not in reasonably good health.

I found that the morning was the best time of day to walk between the airport and Las Vegas Boulevard. Las Vegas is generally quieter; and the weather is cooler. In cooler weather during the winter months, the afternoon might be a better time to walk.

All photographs ©2014 and ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

52 thoughts on “Yes, You Can Walk From the Airport to the Las Vegas Strip. Here is How…”

  1. Jacob says:

    Great information to have in an emergency if I ever have to walk to a hotel or to the airport.

  2. Richard Sachs says:

    You did realize that the tall and not so tall cactus are made of steel?

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      No, Richard Sachs — I actually did not realize that, as I never walked close enough to them.

      After all, Las Vegas is in the middle of a desert; so spotting a real cactus would not be of any surprise to me.

      Silly me…

      …and in other news, I have visited — and driven through — the Saguaro National Park in Arizona; so I have seen much more impressive cacti…

  3. Joe joe says:

    Have you ever considered not being a bitch and paying the extra $5 in a cab saves you 2 hours of wasted time?

    Oh wait, no…… you are a bitch

    DONT EVER COME TO VEGAS AGAIN ASSHOLE

    1. Debit says:

      Omg.

      Someone can’t pay his rent because Brian decided to not take a taxi.

      This is why uber is doing well even though they are scum. Taxi drivers are scummier.

      1. steven reilly says:

        Uber is “scum?” I took three Uber trips last week in LV–no problems at all! All three drivers were very friendly and polite.

    2. Dfost says:

      Man. Seriously. Get some therapy. Smoke weed. Do…something

  4. DaninMCI says:

    Interesting. I enjoy walks like this and many times walk from nearby hotels to Seatac, LAX etc. As I hate shuttle buses and cabs. It also reinforces my preference for roller bags with good two wheel design versus tiny spinner wheels.

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      I enjoy those walks as well, DaninMCI — and you get to see things you would not normally see via any other mode of transportation…

  5. Carl Pietrantonio says:

    What a memory trigger! I went to TravelCon II in Vegas as I was just starting into the points and miles game, etc. I got ticked at the taxi thing and a security guy who was a retired cop (I am a retired Fed myself) told me what door to go out of and how to get into town and I walked it. Beautiful nice day and a walk with NOBODY around for the walk which was nice! Took me a little over 90 minutes to get to the OTHER side of the freeway, once I got to it as there is a semi-secret path/sidewalk to that other side of the freeway as well.

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      I think I know of the semi-secret path to which you refer, Carl Pietrantonio.

      Thank you for sharing about how getting ticked at something turned out to be something positive and beneficial.

  6. Dfost says:

    Wow. Seriously? No way would I have done that. But unless I missed it…..did you have luggage.

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      I carried a bag of my belongings, Dfost.

  7. Dfost says:

    I tried to walk to in and out burger from the strip. Nightmare. Never again

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      What happened, Dfost?

      1. Dfost says:

        Could not figure out a way to cross the highway. Wife and I found the overpasses pretty confusing.

  8. Jane says:

    based on the walk from the airport, which is the first hotel casino you arrive at? How much time would it take?

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      At only six minutes or so by walking, the Best Western McCarran Inn on Paradise Road is the closest hotel, Jane; followed by the Holiday Royale and Hyatt Place Las Vegas — both of which are 22 minutes and 1.1 miles away from the airport by walking.

      The first hotel with a casino is the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Las Vegas at the northwest corner of Paradise Road and East Harmon Avenue, which is 22 minutes and 1.1 miles away from the airport by walking.

      As for the ones located on The Strip, that depends — only because as you walk further north, Paradise Road and Las Vegas Boulevard get closer and closer until they are only one block apart.

  9. Jim says:

    Great post Brian, I have walked between the LAS airport and the strip for years, it is a very easy walk, and once you do it you will always remember the route, kind of like riding a bike.

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      You are correct, Jim — and thank you.

  10. J says:

    Uber and Lyft rides are under 15.00 bucks to the airport. And cheaper if you do a pool or Lyft line share ride.

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      I do not believe that ride sharing was available yet at the airport in Las Vegas in 2014 when I first walked, J — but I could be wrong.

      Since then, I have had mixed results with Uber:

      https://thegate.boardingarea.com/completely-unimpressed-with-my-first-uber-experience/

      https://thegate.boardingarea.com/a-much-better-uber-experience/

      Besides, I actually enjoy walking and do it whenever possible. It really is great exercise.

  11. Is there still bus service from the airport to downtown? And is there still bus service along the strip?

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      I did not know the answers to your questions, Gary Steiger – FreeFrequentFlyerMiles.com, so I looked it up – and the answer appears to be yes to both:

      https://www.rtcsnv.com/transit/getting-to-mccarran-airport/

      “Route 108, Route 109, and the Westcliff Airport Express all stop at the airport’s Ground Level Zero at Terminal 1. If you are traveling to Terminal 3 you can take the Centennial Express and the Westcliff Airport Express which stop at the Departures Level. Please note that the Centennial Express only goes to Terminal 3 Departures Level.”

      Fare information is found here:

      https://www.rtcsnv.com/transit/fare-information/

  12. Chris in Vegas says:

    I wouldn’t recommend this strictly due to safety concerns. The entire Strip is surrounded by poverty level housing and high crime rates. I live in the Hughes Center complex and would never suggest this to anyone, particularly someone from out of town dragging a suitcase behind them. This is a fairly irresponsible post to share with travelers.

    1. Carl Pietrantonio says:

      DUde. there was was sidewalks and no neighborhoods to walk through when I was there 3 years ago. Don’t be so timid

      1. Chris in Vegas says:

        I’m glad it was a safe and pleasant experience for you. I still think it’s better to err on the side of caution when visiting unfamiliar areas, particularly when there are other, far safer options to get to the strip from the airport. You can always throw caution to the wind once you hit the casino floor

        1. Carl Pietrantonio says:

          Ha! Vegas is NOT an “unfamiliar area”. Never said it was, either. Plus part of traveling IS taking some risk and exploring new areas. Better stay home and watch the Travel Channel, pardner.

          PS: Gambling in vegas is, 99.9% of the time, for suckers. I don’t bpother. Divorced a gambling junkie once for using CREDIT CARDS to gamble with. 30K + in debt hidden away.

  13. Years ago when I rode those buses, there was a camera on the bus. I was told by the driver that it was always monitored, He told me of a story about a potential kidnapper being foiled by the system.

  14. And when I rode those buses, they seemed to by used by low level local employees just trying to get to work. Interesting conversations ensued.

    For all travel, I highly recommend riding local transportation for the cultural experience.

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      I agree for the most part, Gary Steiger – FreeFrequentFlyerMiles.com — but local transportation can potentially have its issues as well.

      For example, here is my experience traveling on a bus in Warsaw:

      https://thegate.boardingarea.com/was-i-almost-taken-for-a-ride-for-being-taken-for-a-ride/

  15. I’m not going to argue against walking… and I get that taxi service is a pain in the arse, but walking to the hotel is the last thing I’d want to consider. I’d rather take the shuttle buses, which are about $8-10/person for the strip and nearby properties, I think, or Lyft, since it’s now a thing. It wasn’t back when I was still relying upon transportation to get to my hotel. Since 2011 I’ve been a rental car guy, for multiple reasons.

    I’m all for walking and urban exploring, but I’d rather do it after I’ve dropped off the bags at the hotel and/or changed clothes. Plenty of walking you can do once you hit the hotel.

  16. Debit says:

    Can you post you route on a google map and then take a screenshot and post it here.

    That will be more useful than those photos.

  17. Debit says:

    Can you please post you route on a google map and then take a screenshot and post it here.

    That will be more useful than those photos. We can refer to it later with our own maps.

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      Google Maps does not accurately reflect the route between the airport and Paradise Road, Debit; but the walkway is clearly visible on the satellite view.

      Maybe I can outline the route myself. Let me look into that…

      1. Brian Cohen says:

        That took less time than I thought.

        The entire route from the airport terminal to Paradise Road — which is highlighted in green — is now included in the Summary section of the article just below the interactive map.

        Please let me know if that helps…

        1. Debit says:

          Yes. That’s helpful. Thanks

  18. michael reisinger says:

    So is getting a rental car necessary or can i get around easier without the hassle of driving and parking?

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      If you intend to confine yourself to Las Vegas Boulevard and its immediate surroundings — say, perhaps two or three long blocks either way — I would not recommend renting a car, michael reisinger. I have driven on Las Vegas Boulevard; and it is not fun because of traffic and throngs of pedestrians.

      Even Interstate 15 — which runs roughly parallel west of Las Vegas Boulevard — is known to have traffic jams.

      In addition to walking, you have buses, ride sharing options, taxis, and the monorail system available to you. Some areas along The Strip even have moving sidewalks; but those are few and far between.

      Consider renting a car only if you plan on being far away from The Strip — for example, heading over to surrounding areas such as North Las Vegas, Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Boulder City, Hoover Dam, Henderson, Lake Mead National Recreation Area — you get the idea.

  19. Barry Graham says:

    Another frustration is the location of the car rental places. You are actually going away from where you want to end up in order to get to them. I love it when the cars are actually at the airport, not some hub miles away that they loosely describe as “airport locations” when in reality some of the hotels are not much further (maybe even closer) and also have car rentals available!

    I know it’s not Las Vegas but reading about this reminds of me the times I walked from Eilat Airport ro my hotel. That’s no longer possible as they just relocated that airport.

  20. Fabio says:

    Call it “taxi mafia”… that’s the reason why Las Vegas has no good connection (walk/monorail/public transportation) with the airport but the taxi.

  21. Sara J says:

    Loved the photos. I walk everywhere if I can (I look for a safe area and enough daylight). I feel joy when seeing the animals and wildflowers as I walk. It is a great post for Earth Day, which is coming up.

  22. Berkey says:

    I’d only consider this if I was planning on being in Vegas for 5 or more days, and didn’t have a busy schedule the day of arrival. I’m always up for adventure, so why not. I just wish it was more like a 45 minute walk. 🙂

  23. James Viscio says:

    I live in Las Vegas and fly out of that airport nearly once a week. Yes, you can walk it but how many people fly to Las Vegas without baggage and that means your walk will involve dragging your carry on or worse, your checked baggage. If you really want to walk, try Red Rock Canyon or somewhere that is truly a beautiful walk and splurge on the 5 dollar Uber/Lyft ride to your hotel. Get up the next morning early and see some really gorgeous scenery. The walk to the strip is not a thing of beauty and if it were to be in the summer, well, the heat can fry you. By the way, they do have real cacti on that walk but some are metal as mentioned. Those cacti are not native to Las Vegas and have been planted there.

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      I knew that the cacti were not native to Las Vegas because I do not recall seeing any in the surrounding areas of southern Nevada when driving in, James Viscio — so I figured that any live ones were planted there.

      I agree with everything you wrote. I just offered the walk as an alternative to anyone who is interested, as I have know people who have had problems in the past getting from the airport to The Strip.

  24. Ernest Simmons says:

    What I cannot wrap my arms around is if you can afford to go to Vegas surely you can afford the price of a taxi. Regardless of the length of the waiting line it moves swiftly. I have found once you are at you destination there is still plenty of opportunity to get in a good walk.

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      Affording to go to Las Vegas is not the issue, Ernest Simmons, as I do not particularly enjoy gambling — nor is the cost of the taxi or ride share. For me, it is simply just using my time to get in some exercise…

      …but I do agree with what you said: “I have found once you are at you destination there is still plenty of opportunity to get in a good walk.”

      Why not both, if so inclined?

  25. Steve Sievers says:

    Why the assumption of not being able to afford a taxi? I’m sure that most of you could stand a nice walk, and don’t need to hit the bars or buffet 30 minutes sooner. 🙂

    We don’t take this route, but do take the shuttle to the rental center, then do the <4 mile walk from the south side . . . past the "Welcome to Las Vegas" sign and usually to a City Center property. We get to see the planes coming in take in the other sites that you don't see when driving.

    And, since most of the taxi/rideshare drivers still find a way to make the drive 20-25 minutes, a 60-minute walk is not really a huge waste of time . . . especially for those of us who enjoy it.

    Nice article with an alternate route.

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      Thank you, Steve Sievers — and I appreciate you offering an alternate route which I might try if I find myself returning to Las Vegas.

  26. NANCY RITA BINTZ says:

    no thank you I will call Uber or Lyft

  27. Angela Flees says:

    I know your original article said not to use Google maps but it seems to show exactly where the sidewalk is all the way from Terminal 1 to where I need to go. I’m flying in Saturday and not sure if I come in terminal 1 or 3. Is there a way to walk from Terminal 3 to the main sidewalk that goes along Paradise Road? Thank you

    1. Carl Pietrantonio says:

      I did it myself. But can’t quite remember the route, it’s been 3-4 years. I had to go from one terminal to another, actually leaving one building to another but that got me to the sidewalk I needed.

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