The most common question I get about travelling to Las Vegas is from people wondering how to get the cheapest airfare.  Sadly, there is no easy answer to this question.  But the question makes sense because, for most Las Vegas visitors, one of the biggest expenses is travel costs.  So, whether you fly or drive, here are a few tips to help you save some money.

  • If you are having problems finding an affordable flight, think about adjusting the days you arrive and depart.  The best days to travel to and from Las Vegas are Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday.  If you plan on arriving Thursday or Friday and departing on Sunday or Monday, your flight could easily be twice as expensive.
  • Read the fine print.  Some airfares sound too good to be true because they are.  Added fees, such as those for checking (or sometimes even carrying on) a bag can end up being greater than the base fare.
  • Plan ahead but not too far ahead.  On average, the “sweet spot” for purchasing a ticket is around 50 days prior to your departure.  Of course, your mileage can and probably will vary.
  • If you are doing your airfare search on one of the big travel sites like Travelocity, keep in mind that  neither Southwest nor Allegiant are listed on these sites.  You’ll have to check their prices separately.
  • Another thing to check when searching airfares is alternate airports.  In many places, there may be several viable departure spots and you could save some big money by driving a few miles out of your way.
  • Considering a road trip instead of flying?  It will probably be faster if you live within four or five hours travel time of Vegas.  And, of course, if you bring family or friends along for the ride, you can save some significant money, even if it’s a longer trip.
  • If you decide to drive, be sure your car is in tip top shape.  Las Vegas is surrounded by desert on all sides and that’s not where you want to break down.  Keep the gas tank full and carry some coolant in case the engine overheats.
  • Of course, if the budget is tight and you don’t mind the additional time spent or discomfort involved, you could take the bus.  Good old Greyhound runs to Las Vegas from just about anywhere you can imagine and stops just south of the Plaza hotel Downtown.  It is a pretty convenient place to be dropped off if you are staying in the area.  That being said, it may not be the cheapest way to go if you live in a few nearby cities, particularly LA.  One company, Flixbus, claims fares as low as $2.99, so research other options.