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3 College Freshman

Transportation: There's a bus transit on campus but not a lot of students utilize it or some do.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: I have my own car for the commute, the distance is fairly short.

2 College Junior

Transportation: a car is almost a necessity, there is a public transportation bus but apart from that it's not the greatest.

3 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: I live close so not that bad

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: I commute to school with my sister. We share our mom's car after we drop her off at work. As a result, we've never used public transportation. Getting to school is not very difficult because there are so many avenues by which to get there. Parking is alright, but staff parking always takes precedent over its student counterpart. Because of this, my sister and I walk long distances to get to class.


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The traffic in Vegas can be a big drawback. Things are almost always slow on Las Vegas Boulevard. Around campus and the freeways, peak driving hours are a nightmare. However, most locals know the back streets of the Strip, and you can learn them quickly, too. The bumper-to-bumper traffic in the afternoon shouldn’t deter you either. Construction on freeways can make the traffic a little hairy, but taking side streets cuts travel time. Once the road clears up in a few hours, having a car means you have the whole city at your disposal.

The public transportation system is definitely lacking. Though it cuts down on emissions, the price to pay is its unreliability and somewhat sketchy passengers. Taking the bus isn’t a bad experience if you’re not on a time restraint, but if you have an appointment, it would be better to find a ride. The buses are notoriously late for pick-ups and drop-offs. Also, the surrounding area of UNLV isn’t the safest. Anyone travelling alone should carry pepper spray—especially at night. An alternative some students take is calling a cab or limo service to cart them around at night to avoid the possibility of getting a DUI or driving around when other people are under the influence. UNLV also offers incentives to students who carpool to school together through Club Ride.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
Vegas is a big, spread-out city, so you need a car, cab, or bus.
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • A cab ride to the airport is cheap (less than $10) from UNLV dorm rooms, since the airport is practically down the street.
  • Bell Trans (702) 739-7990
  • CLS (702) 740-4050
  • Grayline/Coach USA (702) 739-5700
  • Las Vegas Limousine (702) 736-1419
  • ODS (702) 688-6090
  • Showtime (702) 895-9976

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

A lot of students use long boards, skate boards, and bikes to get from class to class.

The Ride

The Ride shuttle takes students and staff between campus and the far-off parking lots for free.

Public TransitWhat's This?

CAT Bus Service

Citizen Area Transit bus service has 40 routes throughout the Las Vegas Valley and Henderson. Strip routes run 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

(702) 228-7433 or CAT-RIDE

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

McCarran International Airport

5757 Wayne Newton Blvd., Las Vegas

(702) 261-5211

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?


200 S. Main St., Las Vegas

(800) 231-2222

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?

Amtrak California Thrurway Service

This is a stop for Amtrak connecting Thruway bus service. Amtrak also has a Las Vegas connecting Thruway bus stop at McCarran International Airport (LAS).

200 S. Main St., Las Vegas

(800) 872-7845

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 250 responses

  • 19% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 32% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 9% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 5% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 35% Nonexistent.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 250 responses

  • 26% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.
  • 22% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 40% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 9% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 3% You can't have a car here.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 105 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 105 responses

Very convenient
  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of long-distance transportation to travel between home and school    Based on 104 responses

Very convenient
  • Airport
  • Passenger bus
  • Passenger train
  • Ride sharing

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 250 responses

  • 25% Very easy.
  • 57% Fairly easy.
  • 16% Fairly difficult.
  • 1% Very difficult.
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