How to Get From the Las Vegas Airport to Fremont Street for Two Bucks

Transportation costs can eat up part of your Las Vegas budget (much less fun than spending it on drinking and gambling), so it’s important to keep an eye out for deals, especially when it comes to getting around in Sin City.

The arrival of rideshare services Uber and Lyft in Las Vegasuse “FSE” when you sign up for Lyft to get free ride credithas provided a great alternative to more expensive ways of getting where you’re going, but it’s nearly impossible to beat a $2 ride from McCarran International Airport to Fremont Street in the heart of downtown Las Vegas.

That’s right, $2 is the full fare for Westcliff Airport Express, also called the WAX bus.

WAX bus
If you don’t take advantage of this $2 ride from the airport to Fremont Street, you’re missing the bus!

WAX operates every day of the week, from 5:45 a.m. to 11:15 p.m. on weekdays, 6:30 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. on weekends.

The bus runs just about every half hour, and $2 is the entire cost of the ride. No, that’s not a typo!

Riders can get tickets at the various bus stops downtown, at the airport or in limited locations on The Strip. At the airport, the stops are on the bottom level of the airport (called Level Zero). You can also get a ticket once you’re onboard the bus, but exact change is needed.

Insider tip: Sometimes, the $2 isn’t offered on the kiosks (see photo below), so ask for it once you’ve boarded the bus. Again, it has to be cash and exact change. You should always carry singles in Vegas, anyway, because tips are what grease the gears in this town!

WAX bus
Such great deals. Save your money for your lucky Wheel of Fortune machine. Personal preference.

There are several stops along the way, but the Casino Center at Fremont Street stop puts you right in the heart of the action at Fremont Street Experience. You’ll be dropped off at the intersection of iconic downtown hotels like Binion’s, Golden Nugget and Fremont.

WAX bus
Here’s the schedule for the stop just outside Binion’s. Anything we can do to help facilitate getting your @$$ down here!

Get all the schedule and route details about how to get from McCarran airport to downtown Las Vegas for $2 at the official site of the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada. Save some bucks and get your Las Vegas visit off to a great start.

We’ll see you on Fremont Street!

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  • Catherine

    This is a really cheap and convenient (and sometimes even entertaining) way to and from the airport. I have used it many times.

  • CatMan Stan

    Where does it pickup at terminal 3?

    • Chankong Cheong

      Gate 44. On the centre bus stop.

    • Deborah Sacker

      Zero level, below the main terminal floor, but just keep asking folks until you make it outside!

  • eaglejohn

    $1 for over 60 or disabled

  • Ruthie Hoeldt-Olson

    Sure wish it went to the strip!!!

    • Deborah Sacker

      Take the SDX (Strip & Downtown Xpress) from the same airport Zero Level, which has quite a few stops up and down the Strip btwn the Airport and Fremont.. or once on the Strip, catch the Deuce using the same pass for a slower ride but even more stops than the SDX. Also, there are a few short line trams that connect some of the sister hotel properties, and the Monorail along Paradise (one block east of the Strip) from the former Sahara, to the former Hilton, and on a while further south. Just got back; bought the $20 3 day pass; BRILLIANT! Great people onboard, terrific drivers most with remarkable patience while guiding Tourists all day, and one day rental cars at many hotels available for a trip to the Canyon or Red Rock, etc. Have Fun… be safe. Show Vegas some Love. Its a challaging time for locals but they rose to it and the welcome was warm!!!!! It feels safe there, even as a woman traveling alone 😊

  • Jim Grace

    This is great as we have friends to stay at the Golden Nugget and Las Vegas is a city where a tourist doesn’t need a car.

  • Jim

    how long does it take from airport to downtown?

    • Desiree Sandoval Garcia

      Does it really matter for $2, I mean everyone is going the same speed in Vegas traffic.

  • Joyce Bradford Tullos

    Does anyone know if there is a convenience store close to the Golden Nuggett?

    • Chuck Knight

      Yes. On the same side of the street, walk by Four Queens and the D, and just a little farther. I think it was a brand name drug store like CVS or Walgreens or something. They have a large selection of food at reasonable (Las Vegas) prices. We stopped every day to buy our lunches and drinks before heading out of town or back to hotel.

  • Michael Graham

    Love it! I always buy a multi-day pass from a vending machine to not only use on the WAX, but also on the The Deuce and the SDX. I have used the WAX to get to and from the airport a few times when staying at the New York New York and Downtown Grand. If I remember right it dropped me off right in front of the New York New York and a few blocks away from the Downtown Grand. I also use this bus to get to north Premium Outlets and Fremont Street, as well from the New York New York.

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