Contact: Joe Rajchel
Phone: (702) 261-5968
11/20/2019

Thanksgiving Travel Tips from McCarran Airport

An earlier start to holiday travel

  • Many students in Clark County and other areas have the entire week of Thanksgiving off from school, which means families may be starting their holiday travel as early as this Friday. This is good news for travelers as McCarran anticipates a reduction in the crowds and long lines associated with holiday travel with departure dates spread out over the course of the week. However, this means parking garages could start filling up earlier in the week.

There are many parking options, but allow ample time to find a space

  • Due to heavier local traveler demand, certain public parking facilities will reach capacity, like the Terminal 1 Long Term Garage and the Terminal 3 Economy Lot. Customers will be redirected to available parking facilities.
  • Both Terminal 1 and Terminal 3 parking garages offer long-term parking at a rate of up to $16 per day. Valet parking is up to $23 per day.
    • Courtesy shuttle service is available to transport travelers between Terminal 1 and Terminal 3. This service is located on Level Zero of both terminals and runs at regular intervals.
  • McCarran also offers terminal specific economy parking at a rate of $10 per day.
    • The Economy Lot serving Terminal 1 is located off of Kitty Hawk Way, just south of Tropicana Avenue and west of Paradise Road. Shuttles run continuously between this Economy Lot and Terminal 1, and drivers using this lot should set aside at least 30 additional minutes for travel to or from the airport. This shuttle will not deliver passengers to Terminal 3.
    • Economy parking for Terminal 3 is available in the surface lot located just east of the Terminal 3 parking garage and within walking distance of the Level 1 pedestrian bridge leading into the terminal. When approaching the Terminal 3 parking garage, drivers should follow the posted directional signs to Economy Parking to take advantage of the lower rate.
  • For 24-hour parking information, including live updates on space availability, call (702) 261-5122.

There are many parking options, but allow ample time to find a space

  • Due to heavier local traveler demand, certain public parking facilities will reach capacity, like the Terminal 1 Long Term Garage and the Terminal 3 Economy Lot. Customers will be redirected to available parking facilities.
  • Both Terminal 1 and Terminal 3 parking garages offer long-term parking at a rate of up to $16 per day. Valet parking is up to $23 per day.
    • Courtesy shuttle service is available to transport travelers between Terminal 1 and Terminal 3. This service is located on Level Zero of both terminals and runs at regular intervals.
  • McCarran also offers terminal specific economy parking at a rate of $10 per day.
    • The Economy Lot serving Terminal 1 is located off of Kitty Hawk Way, just south of Tropicana Avenue and west of Paradise Road. Shuttles run continuously between this Economy Lot and Terminal 1, and drivers using this lot should set aside at least 30 additional minutes for travel to or from the airport. This shuttle will not deliver passengers to Terminal 3.
    • Economy parking for Terminal 3 is available in the surface lot located just east of the Terminal 3 parking garage and within walking distance of the Level 1 pedestrian bridge leading into the terminal. When approaching the Terminal 3 parking garage, drivers should follow the posted directional signs to Economy Parking to take advantage of the lower rate.
  • For 24-hour parking information, including live updates on space availability, call (702) 261-5122.

Know before you go

  • Where is my airline's ticketing counter located – Terminal 1 or Terminal 3? Which security checkpoint should I use? Is my flight on time? The answers can be found at www.mccarran.com. The website also features maps and restaurant listings. Take the time to get to know the lay of the land before you leave home, and you'll be happy you did.
  • Are you prepared for the checkpoint? Visit www.tsa.gov to familiarize yourself with the latest security checkpoint policies and procedures, or reach out via Twitter to @AskTSA or Facebook Messenger at fb.com/AskTSA.
  • Review your airline's policies, and potential charges, regarding baggage. Avoid surprises at the airport by knowing the size and weight limits for baggage, the number of items you can check and what items the airline allows on board.

 
Changes to Lyft and Uber pickup

  • For those who have friends or family utilizing a ride-hailing option upon arrival, please ensure they know where the designated ride-hailing pickup area is located for each terminal.
  • For those at Terminal 1, the ride-hailing pickup area is located on Level 2 of the Terminal 1 parking garage.
  • For those at Terminal 3, the ride-hailing pick up area is located on the Valet Level of the Terminal 3 parking garage. 

Picking up friends for family?

  • McCarran has a Cell Phone Lot located off of Kitty Hawk Way – just follow the posted signage. This short-term waiting area is offered free of charge and is open from 6 a.m – 11 p.m. daily. Once you're on your way to Passenger Pickup, look for the numbered columns to make meeting up easier. And if your party isn't at the curb yet, pull into Short Term parking to wait. Parking at the curb is prohibited, but the first 15 minutes in the short term lot are free. Be sure to use the exit lane reader, not a walk-up kiosk, to claim the free minutes. 

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Last modified on 11/20/2019 15:55