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Flying to Vegas? McCarran International Airport (LAS) is not only a gateway to the nightlife and hotels of Las Vegas but the perfect launching pad for a road trip to the Grand Canyon or along Route 66.

Las Vegas may be known for its cheap hotels, but the same can't be said for rental cars. One big reason is that Nevada has the highest rental car taxes and fees in the nation and Las Vegas has its own set of extra surcharges for car renters.

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McCarran International Airport has two terminals for commercial flights: Terminal 1 and Terminal 3. Each terminal has gates grouped by letters. The airport has a dedicated rental car center located three miles south of the airport, which is home to 11 rental car companies.

 

Rental Cars at LAS Airport

 

After arriving at the airport, you'll take a blue-and-white McCarran Rent-A-Car Center shuttle for the short three-mile trip to the center. The shuttles come every five minutes or so and the trip takes about seven minutes. You'll also return the vehicle to the center and take the shuttle back to the airport, so remember to leave adequate time to catch your return flight.

Arriving at Terminal 1: From the baggage area, follow signs for Ground Transportation on the first level of the airport. The rental car shuttle stops at doors 10 and 11.

Arriving at Terminal 3: From the baggage claim, follow signs to Ground Transportation on Level Zero. The rental car shuttle is located outside West doors 51-54 and East doors 55-58.

There are 11 companies located in McCarran International Airport's rental car center:

Advantage Rent a Car (800) 777-5500
Return Location: 7135 Gilespie St., Las Vegas. Put the address into the GPS, and follow signs for the car return garage. Signs will point you to Advantage's specific location. Then, board a shuttle to Terminal 1 or 3 depending on your flight.
After-Hours Returns: Location is open 24/7.

Alamo Rent a Car (844) 370-7395
Available Services: Online check-in and self-service kiosk. Online check-in offers the option to "skip the counter" and go straight to your car.
Return Location: 7135 Gilespie St., Las Vegas. Put the address into the GPS, and follow signs for the car return garage. Signs will point you to Alamo's specific location. Then, board a shuttle to Terminal 1 or 3 depending on your flight.
After-Hours Returns: Location is open 24/7.

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Avis Rent a Car (702) 531-1500
Preferred Services: Avis' Preferred counter is to the right of the rental car center's main entrance. You also have the option to change your pre-selected vehicle for a similar one in the Select & Go Exchange Area, or get a nicer car in the Select & Go Upgrade Area. Prices are on the cars' hangtags.
Return Location: 7135 Gilespie St., Las Vegas. Put the address into the GPS, and follow signs for the car return garage. Signs will point you to Avis' specific location. Then, board a shuttle to Terminal 1 or 3 depending on your flight.
After-Hours Returns: Location is open 24/7. In a hurry? Place the completed contract and keys in the drop box located in the returns area.

Budget Car Rental (702) 736-1212
Preferred Services: Look for the Fastbreak line when going to rent the car. Show your ID, and you will receive the rental agreement, keys and instructions for finding the car.
Return Location: 7135 Gilespie St., Las Vegas. Put the address into the GPS, and follow signs for the car return garage. Signs will point you to Budget's specific location. Then, board a shuttle to Terminal 1 or 3 depending on your flight. Fastbreak members do not have to go to the counter to return the car.
After-Hours Returns: Location is open 24/7.

Dollar Rent a Car (866) 434-2226
Return Location:7135 Gilespie St., Las Vegas. Put the address into the GPS, and follow signs for the car return garage. Signs will point you to Dollar's specific location. Then, board a shuttle to Terminal 1 or 3 depending on your flight.
After-Hours Returns: Location is open 24/7.

E-Z Rent a Car (800) 277-5171
Return Location: 7135 Gilespie St., Las Vegas. Put the address into the GPS, and follow signs for the car return garage. Signs will point you to E-Z's specific location. Then, board a shuttle to Terminal 1 or 3 depending on your flight.
After-Hours Returns: Location is open 24/7.

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Enterprise Rent-a-Car (833) 315-5901
Return Location: 7135 Gilespie St., Las Vegas. Put the address into the GPS, and follow signs for the car return garage. Signs will point you to Enterprise's specific location. Then, board a shuttle to Terminal 1 or 3 depending on your flight.
After-Hours Returns: Location is open 24/7. Place the keys in the drop box located next to the return kiosk.

Hertz (702) 262-7700
Available Services: Self-service kiosks
Preferred Services: Gold Canopy Service, Gold Choice, and Prestige Service are available.
Return Location: 7135 Gilespie St., Las Vegas. Put the address into the GPS, and follow signs for the car return garage. Signs will point you to Hertz's specific location. Then, board a shuttle to Terminal 1 or 3 depending on your flight.
After-Hours Returns: Location is open 24/7.

National (833) 315-5902
Preferred Services: Emerald Aisle and Drop & Go are available.
Return Location: 17135 Gilespie St., Las Vegas. Put the address into the GPS, and follow signs for the car return garage. Signs will point you to National's specific location. Then, board a shuttle to Terminal 1 or 3 depending on your flight.
After-Hours Returns: Location is open 24/7.

Payless Car Rental (702) 531-1569
Return Location: 7135 Gilespie St., Las Vegas. Put the address into the GPS, and follow signs for the car return garage. Signs will point you to the Payless return area. Then, board a shuttle to Terminal 1 or 3 depending on your flight.
After-Hours Returns: Location is open 24/7.

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Thrifty Car Rental (877) 283-0898
Return Location: 7135 Gilespie St., Las Vegas. Put the address into the GPS, and follow signs for the car return garage. Signs will point you to Thrifty's specific location. Then, board a shuttle to Terminal 1 or 3 depending on your flight.
After-Hours Returns: Location is open 24/7.

 

Off-Airport Rental Cars at LAS

 

There are also a few other rental car brands with locations outside the McCarran Rent-A-Car Center. Several companies are located near the airport, including Fox and Sixt. If you have reservations with a rental car company that is not located at the rental car center, contact the company directly. You'll likely be instructed to take the shuttle to the rental car center, where off-site rental agencies pick up at space number 4 by the taxi staging area at the center.

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