I’d argue Las Vegas is the single most corrupt city in the US when it comes to taxis. That’s mainly because everything is in such close proximity, and the taxi drivers will do everything to screw you over and take you the long way. Not only are they charging you more, but they’re wasting your time as well.
In September I wrote about the taxi excitement I experienced in Las Vegas, from the driver that took us between two points on the Strip via the interstate, to Jeff, who was… well, you’ve just gotta read about him.
As I explained in that post, Uber wasn’t allowed in the city due to the taxi mafia, which is among the strongest anywhere.
Uber is far from perfect, though it does add a ton of transparency to the ground transportation business, in my opinion. You always get a map of the ride you took after the fact, and if you weren’t taken the most direct way you can contest the charge. Beyond that, the feedback loop (you rating the driver and the driver rating you) gives them an incentive to treat you well. So it instantly solves 99% of the problems which Las Vegas taxis present.
Anyway, it looks like Uber is finally available in Las Vegas!
I never thought I’d see the day, but it really seems to be happening. There are two caveats:
- So far only UberX is available in Las Vegas
- Uber can’t pick you up at McCarran Airport
I don’t get out to Las Vegas all that often, but when I do the thing I dread most is the taxi situation. So I’m thrilled that this will for the most part no longer be an issue.
Here’s to hoping they add Uber Black and also are eventually able to do airport pickups. Regardless, this is a huge step in the right direction.
If you haven’t yet used Uber, you can sign up for Uber now and receive a free ride of up to $30. You can sign up using my referral link or feel free to post your link below and people can sign up through there. Once you’ve signed up with a referral link you should immediately see the free ride in your account. That will automatically be redeemed when you take your first Uber ride.
Do you plan on using UberX the next time you visit Las Vegas?