If you’re headed in or out of Las Vegas, then chances are you’re going to have to navigate your way around McCarran International Airport. The great news is, that as large airports go, McCarran, built in 1942, is one of the best around. Last year (2018), JD Power ranked McCarran #1 in Highest Customer Satisfaction among mega airports which is no easy feat in an age of increasing passenger numbers.
Whether you’re arriving or departing, dining options are a must. McCarran has numerous options from on-the-go snacks to sit-down-leisurely restaurants. You can indulge at the Las Vegas Chophouse & Brewery, or enjoy healthy snacks at Fresh Market On-The-Go and Pret-A-Manger. If caffeine is your priority, there is no shortage of places to grab a coffee including Starbucks and Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. For something a little stronger, ‘Crafted’ located in Terminal 1, will have you covered with a plethora of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages in a lounge-like setting.
For those of you who are all work and no play, or you want to catch up on Netflix, the free Wi-Fi found throughout the public areas is a welcome perk. For something out of the ordinary, take a walk over to the second floor of Terminal 1 and check out the Howard W. Cannon Aviation Museum which tells the history of aviation in South Nevada.
‘Wait, I’m in Vegas!’ I hear you cry, and you never know when lady luck will strike. So if you want to get a head start, there are slot machines scattered throughout the terminals.
Shopping and indulging can also be high on people’s agenda when waiting for a flight, and fortunately McCarran has something for everyone including Brooks Brothers and the Apricot Lane Boutique. Finding your way around the airport can be the most exhausting thing about traveling, and McCarran makes it simple with two terminals housing 110 aircraft gates. Each has their own parking garages, check-in, and baggage claims, as well as security checkpoints. The only quirky thing is that you have Terminal 1 and Terminal 3 but NO Terminal 2 (the outdated terminal was replaced in 2012 by Terminal 3). Automated transit runs between the two terminals, and if you’re heading overseas Terminal 3 is also home to the international carriers to take you anywhere around the world.
If you are arriving at McCarran, you can be on the The Strip in less than 30 minutes. There is an array of options to get you there, including taxis, rental car services, buses, and ride-share options.
Before you travel, a great tip is to check out the The McCarran Airport website https://www.mccarran.com/, as this has up-to-date information on flights and transport options that will help you to stay on track.