Car hire in Las Vegas: Top deals, luxe cars and popular driving routes
Money-saving deals on the coolest rides in Los Vegas.
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When in Vegas, debauchery reigns supreme and ripping down the Las Vegas stripped in a pimped up car is a rite of passage. If that's not your thing though, you can always hire a more sensible car to drive out to the Grand Canyon. Both work.
Here are the top deals, the most important road rules and the most popular driving routes to give you the upper hand in Las Vegas.
Top Las Vegas car hire deals
Road rules: What to know about driving in Las Vegas
- Drive on the right. Throughout the US, you must drive on the right-hand side of the road.
- It is legal to turn right at red lights. Unless specifically prohibited by road signs, you may turn right on a red signal. You must first come to a complete stop and proceed after giving way to other vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians.
- Maintain at least a 3-foot (91cm) gap when passing cyclists. This is the minimum passing distance. If possible, you must move into an adjacent lane to the left.
- The default speed limit is 25mph (40km/h) in residential areas. When approaching townships, it is 45mph (72km/h), and on highways, it is between 65 and 70mph (104-112km/h). As well as abiding by these limits, in Nevada you must also follow the “Basic Rule” of determining a safe speed based on the conditions you’re driving in.
Popular Las Vegas driving routes
- Red Rock Canyon Loop. 50km out of Las Vegas, you’ll reach the Red Rock Canyon Loop, a 20km drive that brings you to the heart of this National Conservation Area. Visit the Red Rock Visitor Center to learn about the history and wildlife of Red Rock Canyon as well as the many opportunities for adventure that it offers. Check the Center’s website for information on road conditions and opening hours.
- Hoover Dam. A must-see marvel of modern engineering, the Hoover Dam is a 65km (approx. 45 minute) drive from Las Vegas. Visit Boulder City, take a tour of the dam’s power plant or the lesser-known parts of the dam, drive over the incredible Mike O’Callaghan–Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge or even zip-line over Bootleg Canyon.
Where can I hire specialty cars?
More frequently asked questions about car hire
Do I need an international driver's licence to drive in Las Vegas?
No. In Nevada, you can use your foreign driver’s licence until it expires or you become a Nevada resident. Nonetheless, it is strongly recommended that you acquire an International Driving Permit if you are planning to drive in multiple US states.
Who offers cheap car hire from McCarran International Airport?
Alamo, National, Dollar, Enterprise, Advantage, Thrifty, Payless, E-Z Rent-a-Car, Budget, Avis and Hertz all operate from the McCarran Rent-A-Car Center, which is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Continuous shuttle services operate between the airport terminals and the Center.
I'm on my provisional licence. Can I drive in Las Vegas?
Yes. However, if you are under the age of 25, you may have difficulties hiring a car. Obtaining an International Driving Permit will help minimise these difficulties.
How does car insurance work?
Rental car insurance is essential and can be purchased from either your car hire company or another insurance company. Depending on your level of cover, it may also be included as part of your travel insurance.
To learn more and compare hire car insurance policies, click here. Alternatively, your travel insurance policy may include car hire. You can compare policies here for one that ensures you’re properly covered throughout your trip.
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