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The Basics

Who would have guessed 100 years ago that a buzzing city would spring up in the middle of the desert? Well, that’s exactly what happened. Welcome to Las Vegas, the city that never sleeps!

Here is some essential information to help you plan your Vegas experience.

Currency

U.S. dollars are the only accepted currency in Las Vegas. ATMs are in every hotel casino and major credit cards are accepted. The most common are Visa, MasterCard and American Express. Most taxis work with cash only.

Electricity

The United States uses 110 to 120 volts AC (60 cycles). You should bring a U.S. electrical adapter, which looks like a plug with two flat, parallel pins.

Getting Around

Las Vegas is so easy to get around, and the Strip is very close to the airport. While in Vegas, take a cab, ride the Las Vegas Monorail, hop on a bus, or just walk from A to B – although always include extra time because A to B can be farther than you think.

Tax

There is an 8.1 percent sales tax on purchases and a 12 percent tax on hotel rooms in Las Vegas.

Emergency Contact Number

Emergency Services – 911
Police − 911
Fire − 911
Any mobile phone (anywhere in the world) – dial 112 for emergency (reception not required)

Telephone

For those who wish to call you whilst in Las Vegas:
Country code for USA is 1
Area code for Las Vegas is 702 (most hotels/businesses in Vegas) and 725 (new area code)
If you need to call another country whilst in Las Vegas, you will need to dial 011 then the country code, followed by the area code and number.

Time

Las Vegas’ current time zone is eight hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT-8).

Examples:
9 a.m. in Las Vegas is 2 a.m. in Sydney/Brisbane/Melbourne (the morning after)
9 a.m. in Las Vegas is 1 p.m. in New York
9 a.m. in Las Vegas is 5 p.m. in London

Tipping

There is a strong tipping culture in the USA, so make sure you have some dollar notes ready to tip when you’re on holiday in Las Vegas. Here are some guidelines to follow:

  • Restaurants: 15 to 20 percent of the total bill is a good rule of thumb.
  • Hotel personnel: Generally tip USD $1 to $2 for each bag of luggage.
  • Dealers and slot attendants: A small bet for the dealer is the usual method of tipping at gaming tables. A small tip is also appropriate for keno runners and slot attendants.
  • Taxi drivers and tour guides: Taxi drivers usually receive $1 to $2 for a direct route, or follow the 15 percent of the fare rule, whichever is greater. You should provide $10 to $20 to tour guides for each person at the end of the tour.
  • Valet parking and housekeeping: You should tip $2 to a parking valet, while $2 a day is a good tip for housekeeping services.

Opening Hours – Restaurants and Shopping

Shops are open seven days a week and shopping hours at the major shopping centres are from around 10 a.m. until 9 p.m.

Some of Las Vegas’ restaurants are open 24 hours, while others usually open around 10-11 a.m. and close around 11 p.m. Breakfast is not normally included in accommodation, but you can grab a snack from a number of cafés.

Links


Vegas Basics (includes money and tipping)

Vegas First-Timers

Vegas Basics

Getting Around

Maps

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