From the airport to your hotel and getting up and down the strip, moving around Las Vegas with a wheelchair is easier than you might think. Sin City is ahead of the curve when it comes to accessible transportation, offering a competitive amount of wheelchair taxis and accessibility on all of its public transportation, including the monorail, trams, and the Deuce. We've broken down the best ways to get from A to B.
The McCarran International Airport features ADA compliant restrooms in both terminals (1 and 3) and its concourses. Contact your airline before you leave if you anticipate needing a wheelchair at the airport, and arrive early to accommodate wait times. There is a taxi line directly outside of baggage claim, and you can ask the attendant to call a wheelchair accessible taxi. If you're looking to cut costs, the RTA city bus features several routes to the airport, and they're all accessible.
Further proof that Las Vegas is an extremely wheelchair-friendly city, it has many wheelchair accessible taxis that can serve manual and powered wheelchairs and scooters, and the cost is the same as any other cab. All taxi companies are required to have at least one wheelchair-accessible vehicle in their fleet, and most have several. Keep in mind that you can't legally hail a cab in Sin City, so be sure to find the taxi line at your hotel or venue.
The Las Vegas Monorail is perhaps the most efficient and accessible way to navigate the strip. It stops at MGM Grand, Paris/Bally's, Linq/Harrah's, Las Vegas Convention Center, Westgate, and SLS every 4 to 8 minutes. The system is completely ADA compliant and wheelchair accessible, and any wheelchairs or motorized scooters are allowed. Stations feature elevator service to the tracks, and there is level boarding from the platform to the train. Each car has space to accommodate mobility vehicles. Trained service animals are also allowed to ride.
If your hotel doesn't have a monorail stop, never fear. Trams feature various connections, including Mirage and Treasure Island; Park MGM to Aria, Crystals Shopping Center and the Bellagio; and Mandalay Bay, Luxor and Excalibur. Each location features an elevator to the station, is fully wheelchair accessible, and the best part?they're free!
The Regional Transit Commission (RTC) operates several city bus lines including The Deuce and SDX. All of the busses are wheelchair accessible, offering lowered floors and ramps and wheelchair securement areas on board. The bus also offers priority seating for those with disabilities and the elderly. The best part is, it's sure to get you where you need to go. The Deuce runs from Fremont Street Experience to Mandalay Bay and makes stops at nearly every hotel in between from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. The city bus also offers reduced fares for seniors and persons with disabilities, so be sure to call 702-228-7433 before heading out.
With escalators and elevators at each walkway location on the strip, walking and wheeling is a great option. One set of walkways connects Las Vegas Boulevard and Tropicana Avenue covering MGM, Tropicana, New York New York, and Excalibur. On the corner of Flamingo Road and Las Vegas Boulevard, find a second. Here, Bally's, Bellagio, Caesars Palace, and The Cromwell are connected. Lastly, the third walkway is at the corner of Spring Mountain Road and Las Vegas Boulevard, connecting Treasure Island, Fashion Show Mall, The Venetian, and Wynn. Many of these walkways feature direct access to the resorts, so you can pause your tour at any time to stop for lunch or to play some slots.
For those who aren't able to independently ride the RTC's public transportation option, Paratransit Service is a free, shared-ride program. Paratransit ID card holders (call 702-228-7433 to request one) can ride any fixed route or express route free of charge. The door-to-door option is available to customers who have undergone an evaluation process and are deemed eligible after an in-person consultation.
Power through the city with a scooter rental. Companies like Scootaround ensure nothing holds back your Vegas vacation, allowing you to take advantage of the highly accessible city. At $20 per day for a three-day rental, mobility scooters are battery powered and available for use indoors and out. Scootaround services the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Bellagio Hotel and Casino, Fremont Street Experience, and Hoover Dam, and can arrange rental at a specified location. In town for a specific event? Scootaround is also available at events throughout the year, like the Outdoor Christmas Expo, ABC Kids Expo, DEMA Sho, LDI Show, Motor Trend International Auto Show, and SEMA Show. If you're visiting for a trade show, most of the major convention centers offer scooter rental, but be sure to call ahead and confirm.
Accessible Van Rental
Accessible Van Rentals are an expensive option, but they might be ideal if you don't want to be beholden to public transit or want to explore larger Las Vegas. At $100 to $150 per day plus mileage (and potentially added delivery fees), it isn't cheap. Be sure to ask the rental company if they will add hand controls and transfer seats for disabled drivers. Accessible options include Wheelers and Ability Center. For parking, be sure to bring your hometown dashboard permit to park in handicapped spaces. You can also register for a temporary disabled parking permit through the Nevada DMV.