Cab to the airport $15.50. Cab from the airport back to the same location $29.50. #vegas— natalieglover1 (@natalieglover1) April 29, 2013
Being long hauled doesn't bother everyone because, even though people are paying more, the longer route may actually be faster. Who doesn't want to get where they're going quicker? Especially in Vegas! Where most people have a problem is the inconsistency of pricing and not being offered one route or the other.
Here are some tips to avoid being long hauled in Vegas:
●When you get in the cab from McCarran tell the driver you don't want to take the tunnel or freeway. You can simply say that you prefer seeing the sites of Las Vegas.
●Ask the cab driver to take Paradise Road. Paradise runs parallel to The Strip and is usually less congested.
●When you get in the cab ask how much the fare should be. This locks the driver to an approximate price range so they shouldn't be able to long haul you. Here's a list of approximately how much a cab ride from McCarran Airport should cost to Vegas hotels.
●Whether you've been to Vegas before or not, just act like you've a regular visitor. If you sound like you know what you're talking about, you're less likely to be long hauled.
●The faster route may be the long-hauliest route. It may cost you $10 or $15 to save five minutes to your hotel. If the time saved doesn't matter... have a good time! If you don't want to pay the higher cab fee, just tell the cab driver you don't mind taking a longer route if asked.
Here are some non-taxi options, too:
●Book a car service or limo in advance. This may be the quickest way to get around Vegas. When traveling with a larger party, the price per person for a limo could be the same or less than cab(s). ●Shuttle it. Hotel specific shuttles run regularly and may be free. Just be warned that you're on their schedule so this route could take a while. Paying for a shuttle could be a tortuous experience especially if you're staying at the north end of The Strip since you'll have to stop at every hotel people are staying. This writer took the shuttle once and would never do that again. ●Take a bus downtown. After his last visit to Vegas, Denver Gambler told us that this was a good, inexpensive option to get downtown. While you may save some money this route, it may take longer than any other option.
More than 3/4ths of all cab drivers won't long haul you so this is more of a cautionary tale. There are ways to avoid getting long-hauled in a Vegas cab but, like resort fees, it stinks that we even have to think about this. The Taxicab Authority now has to respond to this audit with a plan of action by July 17.
There is no fool proof method to avoid being long-hauled so, if you have any advice to share, leave a comment for the other Vegas Chatter'ers.
[PHOTO: Jimmy Hoofa LV]