At Paradise and East Russell roads, just east of the famous Las Vegas Strip and about 5 miles south of downtown, Harry Reid Airport is busy nearly around the clock, much like the city it serves. Drive time to the heart of the Las Vegas Strip is about 10 minutes in normal traffic. Downtown Las Vegas takes about 20 minutes.
The Las Vegas airport has two terminals, Terminal 1 and Terminal 3, each with separate parking, check-in and baggage claim areas. The two terminals are not physically connected. Airlines at Terminal 1 use the A, B, C and D gates. Airlines at Terminal 3 use the D and E gates. The A and B gates are connected to Terminal 1 and the E gates are part of Terminal 3. The other gates are reached using three separate automated people movers; one connects Terminal 1 with the C gates, another connects Terminal 1 with the D gates and the third connects Terminal 3 with the D gates. International airlines use Terminal 3.
The airport advises passengers making connections between airlines using different terminals to use a courtesy shuttle on the roadway outside of the terminals but that requires leaving the TSA secure area and being re-screened. It is possible to connect to all gates within the secure area but it can be tricky, especially when going between the C and D gates. To stay within the secure area, passengers from either the C or D gates should take the people mover to Terminal 1. Exit the train but do not follow the crowds to baggage claim, instead just before the exit use an opening in the partition that will allow you to go to the adjacent people mover which will take you back to the opposite concourse. The opening in the partition is marked but it can be easily missed.
Taxis, limousines and app-based ride services are plentiful and dominate ground transportation options at Harry Reid airport. Airport personnel are stationed at cab stands and limousine pick-up locations curbside outside baggage claim of both terminals. To meet app-based rides follow signs to the pick-up area in the parking garage. The airport’s Rent-A-Car Center is located about 3½ miles south of the terminals. Shuttles depart from outside each terminal’s baggage claim at about 15-minute intervals for the 10-minute ride to the facility.
Three bus routes of the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) public transit system serve the airport from outside baggage claim at the ground level of Terminal 1 but not all routes serve both terminals. Passengers who need to go between the two terminals can use the airport’s free inter-terminal shuttle.
Southwest Airlines flights arrive and depart Harry Reid airport using gates on the B and C concourses. All of Southwest’s gates can be reached without leaving the TSA secure area. Check-in for Southwest Airlines flights is in Terminal 1.
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A central location for finding information is the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.
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