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After catching a flight to Las Vegas and flying over miles upon miles of barren desert, the bright lights of "Sin City" are both a shock and a delight! Arriving this way really ups the ante and is a great reason to keep pursuing cheap flights to Las Vegas. Las Vegas is the largest city in the US state of Nevada, best known for its casinos and shows, which has also earned it the name of the "Entertainment Capital of the World". A flight to Las Vegas also brings with it hundreds of other possibilities, which has lead to the famous phrase - what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas!
Thanks to the sheer number of cheap Las Vegas flights alongside the huge number of attractions, it's also worth thinking about as a destination for a family holiday, a romantic break - you never know, you might just visit a wedding chapel - or a daring trip with friends. By spending time walking the Strip, catching some great shows and exploring the massive hotels you could have a very cheap holiday indeed, proving that it needn't be all about trying not to let the house win when you take to the gambling tables!
It's also becoming more popular for hen and stag dos, which is something that the Americans have known for ages! All you can eat buffets, slot machines and card tables aplenty plus a lot of ways to have a bit of slightly risky fun all mean that it's a great destination for a final send-off into the married world. Plus the price of Vegas flights is making this more appealing than ever - we're certain this trend will continue in 2014 and into 2015!
It's easy to fill your time in Las Vegas after flights arrive. In fact, the sheer number of casinos with all their other attractions and gambling areas could take up all your time! Look out for sights plucked from around the world such as the Eiffel Tower, the Egyptian Pyramids or a Venetian canal where you can even take a gondola ride! The hotels offer plenty of shows and free drinks to keep you entertained too. The Bellagio Fountains are a Las Vegas must-see, and the Fremont Street Experience is a mind-boggling feast for the eyes. Do you dare ride the Stratosphere?
You can find cheap flights to Las Vegas with both charter and scheduled airlines - use our flight search to get the best deal for your travel dates. Most flights arrive into Las Vegas McCarran International Airport which is in a fairly central location so you won't have to travel that far after you arrive to get to your hotel. If you want to mix it with the high rollers from the start though, you'll want to fly into Henderson Executive Airport, which is even closer, although it's unlikely to be cheap!
You can get to Las Vegas from airports all over the UK, with most flights going direct to McCarran International Airport. If you're on a budget there are often deals on indirect flights, worth checking out if you want more money for the casinos!
Once you arrive in Las Vegas on your flight, you will need to transfer to your hotel. There are a variety of options:
Taxi - there is a huge rank outside the airport and considering the short distance to travel this is a pretty economical way of travelling, especially compared with most airports. You will probably need to tell the driver to avoid the tunnel if you want to keep your fare down, although the travelling time will be a little longer this way.
Express Bus - heads direct to several major hotels on the Strip for a very reasonable price, although the service is not that frequent with around one an hour.
Shuttle Bus - a slightly more expensive service, will take you to any hotel on the Strip as and when you want to go. Buses usually leave once a group has assembled.
Local Bus - a cheap alternative, but be aware that the routes here are more circuitous and you will probably need to transfer to the Deuce bus that runs along the Strip to get to your final destination. Don't plan on walking too far as the weather can be very hot!
Limousine - of course, the quintessential way to arrive after your Las Vegas flight! Club together to splash out and make an impact on your special occasion!
Car hire - there is plenty of choice here when it comes to hiring a car, although if you're just planning on staying on the Strip and not going far from it then you won't get much use out of a car. Great if you're after a day trip or two though.
Alternatively, you can make Las Vegas part of a driving holiday to Los Angeles or San Francisco as the highway links are great and the views along the way are spectacular.
If you're planning on staying close to the strip you might be able to walk everywhere, taking in the neon signs and the huge hotels on the way. To help you out, there is a trolley bus service covering the southern area of the Strip and free shuttle buses between some of the casinos - great news when the heat starts to take its toll! There are a couple of trams too, as well as a monorail that serves the whole of the four-mile strip. But if you're planning on seeing a little more of the city, Las Vegas' bus network is comprehensive and offers a regular service at a reasonable price. Hotels can also arrange for taxis on request, but for longer journeys it's better to hire a car.
If you're heading off to other destinations from Las Vegas, hiring a car is probably the easiest option, but not the only one. The intercity coach networks offer connections to Utah, California and Arizona, and you can get onto the railway network at Needles, California via a connecting shuttle bus. The ultimate way to see the Grand Canyon is by helicopter, but there are also regular coach tours if you've not won big!
A neon oasis in the desert, Las Vegas enjoys long hot summers and short mild winter, with minimal rainfall. The height of summer can see the temperatures regularly pushing above 40°C in the daytime and dropping to about 26°C in the night, so remember to take sun cream! The lack of humidity does keep the heat bearable but it's even hotter in direct sunlight so bear that in mind when you want to go out and about. The daytime temperatures during winter are about 14°C and rarely drop below freezing, even at night.
With year-round sunshine, there is rarely a quiet time to visit Las Vegas - and the casinos are always open. For the best deals, January and February are quieter after the Christmas rush, and July and August are as close to a low season as you'll find in Las Vegas, although you'll find the usual school holiday flight price hike. If you want to enjoy the casinos at their least crowded, go for weekdays as at the weekends they attract hordes of day and weekend visitors.
US Dollars. The best places to exchange your money in Las Vegas are hotels and casinos, but it's worth shopping around for the best deals, which can often be at the less popular casinos. ATMs are also a good way of getting dollars, depending on how much your card issuer will charge.
English, although they use quite a bit of gambling slang in the casinos!
+1 to call the USA and then the code for Las Vegas is 213
The US operates a visa waiver programme for most British nationals who want to stay up to 90 days in the country, this particularly covers those going for tourism. It is now necessary to apply for travel authorisation online before you can board a plane for the USA; Click here to complete your ESTA.