How To Get A Taxi In Las Vegas

 

How To Get A Taxi In Las Vegas, Nevada

 
 
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How To Get A Taxi In Las Vegas

 
The owner of VegasTaxiDriver.com used to be a cab driver for Western Cab Company in Las Vegas, and Western Cab Company is the cab company I recommend. These are my own recommendations and opinions and not necessarily those of Western Cab Company. I have worked for almost all of the cab companies in Las Vegas. All cabbies in Las Vegas are employees, and not owners or contractors. All taxis have meters that are set and controlled by the State of Nevada. The drivers that I worked with at Western Cab Company are decent hard-working cabbies. All taxi drivers in Las Vegas have a permit issued by the Nevada Taxi Cab Authority, the State agency that regulates the taxi industry in southern Nevada. Fore more info about taxis in Las Vegas click here.
 

Western Cab Company - 702-736-8000

 

For a complete list of Las Vegas taxi companies click here

 
Radio Calls: Las Vegas cab companies take radio calls and dispatch taxi-cabs to pick up passengers who need to get picked up throughout the Las Vegas area, including Henderson, North Las Vegas, Summerlin, and Green Valley. Look at the information below to see if it pertains to you. Western Cab Company in Las Vegas covers the entire Las Vegas metropolitan area in Nevada, including Henderson, Nevada and North Las Vegas, Nevada.
BEFORE YOU CALL:
Know The Exact Address: As long as you have an exact accurate street address, including the unit number and gate code, the cabbie can find you. Don't assume that there is only one place with the same business name. 
Have a Phone Number: If you do not have a cell phone with you, then get the number for the business or home you are at, and where you can be reached. If you do not answer that phone, and it is a busy time, the cab driver may assume you are not there any more and go get somebody else. 
Maximum Five Passengers: All of the Western Cab taxis can carry four passengers with luggage. If you want a taxi that can take five passengers, you need to request that. Five passengers is the maximum amount of passengers that taxi-cabs are allowed to take according to Nevada State law.
Open Containers: It is a illegal for you to take an open container of alcohol in a taxi in Nevada. It used to be legal, and it is a stupid law in my opinion, but that is the law.
Wear Your Seat Belt: It is stupid to not wear a seat belt in a vehicle. What, are you crazy?
Children and Seat Belts and Car Seats: What do you think? Get your children buckled in. Have a car seat for them if they are small.
Calling Back To Confirm:  I recommend calling back after 10 minutes to check on the status of your call, unless the dispatcher has already given you the number of the taxi being dispatched to you. It is NOT rude to call the dispatcher back in 10 minutes and ask the dispatcher if they have a cab coming for you, and ask the dispatcher for the number of the taxi that is coming for you, and ask the cabbie to call you on your cell phone. Calling more than one cab company is very rude, and I do not recommended it, but people do it. Instead, I recommend calling the cab company back.
McCarran Airport: Do not call for a cab at the airport. There are plenty of empty cabs available at McCarran almost all the time. (Way more than enough, or I would still be driving.) To bypass the taxi line at McCarran Airport, get a skycap and pay to have them get a taxi for you, and they will be at the front of the line. Make sure their is a long line first, because two or three chain-fulls of people in the taxi line at McCarran Airport is NOT a long line.
Major Hotels and Casinos: Do not call for a cab at a major hotel or casino, especially on the Las Vegas strip. Most of the major hotels and casinos in the Las Vegas area have cab stands. If there is a cab stand and a taxi line for passengers, then that is the only place that the owners of the property allow taxis to pick up passengers, UNLESS a passenger tells the person in charge of loading cabs at the hotel property that they have a specific cab driver picking them up with a specific cab number. But, if you just call a cab company, and just want any cab to pick you up so you can avoid the taxi line, the property will not allow that. In most places, tipping a hotel employee gets you into a taxi without waiting in line. If you are checking out of a hotel, and request a bell-person to take your luggage from your room to the cab stand, the bell-person will get you a taxi and you will not have to wait in the cab line.
Small Hotels, Motels, and Hostels: If there is a way for a cab driver to access your room and if there is a place that the property allows the cab driver to park near your room, you can give the dispatcher the number of your room and your cell phone number and the driver will call you. Otherwise, tell the dispatcher you will be in the lobby and give your cell phone number to the dispatcher. It is courtesy to wait for the Western Cab driver that is coming to get you, and not hop in another cab that it is dropping off there. 
Shopping Malls: The big shopping malls in Las Vegas have taxi stands, and there are usually plenty of empty cabs ready to pick you up. If not, you can call 702-386-8000 and tell the dispatcher that there are no cabs and request a "call out" to get cabs. Dispatchers do not dispatch a specific taxi to common places that usually have empty cabs waiting and lots of cabs dropping off passengers, because in most cases the passengers will be gone before the cab gets there.
Small Casinos and Bars: Dispatchers usually will give a "call out" on the radio to let drivers know that a place needs a cab, if the place has lots of cabs dropping people off there all the time, there are usually empty cabs staging there. Dispatchers will usually dispatch a cab to a casino or bar that usually does not have empty cabs staging there.
Restaurants NOT on the strip: Most restaurants will call a cab for you. If you want to call a cab from your cell phone at the restaurant, and request that the driver call you, then you will know that the cab is coming and not have to track down a restaurant employee. It is NOT rude to call the dispatcher back in 10 minutes and ask the dispatcher if they have a cab coming for you, and ask the dispatcher for the number of the taxi that is coming for you, and ask the cabbie to call you on your cell phone. The best way to get a cab at a restaurant on the strip is to have the restaurant get you a taxi.
Apartments, Condos, Houses, and Businesses: If you are going to work or the airport, you can probably ask the dispatcher to set you up for a time call ahead of time. This gives the dispatcher the opportunity to find a driver ahead of the time that will be able to handle the call at that time. However, I still recommend calling a hour ahead just, even if you called before for a time call, because drivers and dispatchers work at different times and messages can get mixed up. If you do not want a time call and want a cab now, then realize that it may be 10 minutes or an hour. That is not because of how busy it is, but whether there are cabs close to you that are available. It might be very busy, but a cab driver may be dropping somebody close to you. It may be dead, and that may be why there are no cabs close to where you are because they are all sitting in long lines on the strip waiting for the economy to get better. How quickly you get a taxi at a residence, or business, is more "luck of the draw" than anything else. I have taken radio calls for almost every cab company in Las Vegas, and I have been a customer that has called almost every cab company in Las Vegas. It is NOT rude to call the dispatcher back in 10 minutes and ask the dispatcher if they have a cab coming for you, and ask the dispatcher for the number of the taxi that is coming for you, and ask the cabbie to call you on your cell phone. Calling more than one cab company is very rude, and I do not recommended it, but people do it. Instead, I recommend calling the cab company back.
Hailing a cab in Las Vegas does not usually work. The Nevada Taxicab Authority strongly recommends that cabbies in Las Vegas should not pick up passengers unless they are at an authorized taxi stand or they have called the dispatcher and asked for a taxi to pick them up. On and around the strip, cab drivers will be ticketed for picking up passengers unless they are off the street in a safe place and are not on a property that prohibits taxis from them from picking up passengers except in authorized areas. Your best bet is into get into a cab line or tip an employee on the property to get you a taxi.
McCarran Airport in Las Vegas is one of the busiest airports in the world, and used to be the busiest taxi-cab pick-up stand in the world until a year ago. There can be long lines of people waiting to get into cabs at McCarran Airport. That does not mean that there are not enough cabs, in fact there are usually between 100 to 150 empty cabs waiting in line to pick up at McCarran Airport, but the Airport is only capable of loading 30 cabs at a time, which is very under-sized during busy times. (The regulators keep adding cabs ,and the authorities and officials have discussed spending hundreds of millions on a monorail, but nobody thinks about increasing the number of taxis that can be loaded at a time.) To bypass the taxi line at McCarran Airport, get a skycap and pay to have them get a taxi for you, and they will be at the front of the line. Make sure their a long line first, because two or three chain-fulls in the taxi line at McCarran Airport is not a long line.
 

Western Cab Company - 702-736-8000

 

For a complete list of Las Vegas taxi companies click here

 
The owner of VegasTaxiDriver.com used to be a cab driver for Western Cab Company in Las Vegas and that is the cab company I recommend. These are my own recommendations and opinions and not necessarily those of Western Cab Company. I have worked for almost all of the cab companies in Las Vegas. All cabbies in Las Vegas are employees, and not owners or contractors. All taxis have meters that are set and controlled by the State of Nevada. The drivers that I worked with at Western Cab Company are decent hard-working cabbies. All taxi drivers in Las Vegas have a permit issued by the Nevada Taxi Cab Authority, the State agency that regulates the taxi industry in southern Nevada. For more info about taxis in Las Vegas click here.
 
 

INSIDER INFO FROM A LAS VEGAS TAXI DRIVER

 
 
 

VegasTaxiDriver.com has info about Las Vegas taxi drivers, Nevada Taxicab Authority, cab driving, and cabbies.

VegasTaxiDriver.com has info about Las Vegas taxi drivers, Nevada Taxicab Authority, cab driving, and cabbies.

 

How To Get A Taxi In Las Vegas, Nevada