Travel Tips

Tips for Traveling to Las Vegas

Las Vegas has played host to the International CES since 1978. In that time, the CES team has learned a few things about traveling to the show—from around country and around the world. Here are a few of our best travel tips.

Discounts and Special Offers

Check back later this summer for information on discounts and special offers on flights and car rental services.

McCarran Airport

  • In summer 2012, McCarran opened Terminal 3 which services the following domestic and international carriers. Visit www.mccarran.com/Fly/WhichTerminal.aspx for more information on both terminals at McCarran.

International Visitors

  • Try to allow at least three hours between your first point of entry flight in the U.S. and your transfer.
  • The I-94 form you receive when arriving in the U.S. is issued electronically. Visit the Customs and Border Protection site for more information.
  • Register for CES early so you can obtain your visa letter of invitation. Learn more about obtaining a visa.
  • Voltage in the U.S. is 120V, Power Frequency 60Hz. Make sure your electronic products are at the safe range of both voltage and frequency or you will need to bring a power adapter.
  • There are currency exchange stations at most of the casinos, but at a higher exchange rate. So it is suggested you bring enough cash and international credit cards. 
  • Take advantage of the many services CES offers international visitors to ensure your trip is as productive as possible.

Packing and Planning for a Healthy Stay

  • Be sure to pack comfortable shoes, a warm jacket and umbrella. The show floor spans across several venues and you’ll be spending a lot of time on your feet. Las Vegas also can be cool and rainy in the winter.
  • Ask your hotel to bring a humidifier to your room. Las Vegas is very dry, meaning there isn’t much moisture in the air, despite the potential for rain in the winter months.

  • Drink plenty of water.

  • Pack and use plenty of moisturizer and lip balm to soothe dry skin.

  • Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer wipes/gels frequently to help prevent getting sick.

  • Bring cold and cough medicine, stomach flu medicine and herbal teas with you. You can purchase all of those items at any hotel or local pharmacy but it gets expensive.

  • Know your health plan and what they will and won’t cover if you need to see a doctor while you are traveling. You may have to call for pre-authorization before visiting a clinic or emergency room.
  • When traveling by plane, especially those traveling long distances, it is important to stay hydrated and encourage circulation in your legs. Cramped spaces and dehydration during travel have been known to cause unexpected clots. Physicians recommend setting a timer that goes off every few hours as a reminder to yourself to get up and stretch your legs. If you're unable to get up, simple calf exercises in your seat can be helpful.

Entertaining in Vegas

  • One thing Las Vegas is definitely known for: spectacular restaurants with amazing food. Search for restaurants based on cuisine type, location, meals served, price range and more. But remember, like  hotels, Las Vegas restaurants book quickly during CES, so place your dining reservations well in advance.

  • Use this interactive map to explore Las Vegas based on your interests or a particular region.

  • From spas to shopping to golfing, you’ll realize that 24 hours in a day is hardly enough time to take advantage of all the activities Las Vegas has to offer.

  • Whether you’re ready to dance the night away or watch A-list headliners entertain you for the evening, Vegas has you covered.

  • Want some more? View the Visitor’s Guide for a comprehensive look at all that glitters in Las Vegas.

  • Since Las Vegas is a service-based city, tipping is a very big deal. Just ask the IRS. Vegas.com, the official Las Vegas travel site, offers a few tips on how much to tip and when.
     

Are you a first-time attendee or would appreciate some helpful tips and advice? Check out this video to help with your planning.