Nearly 43 million people visited Las Vegas in 2016, according to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. Whether they’re visiting Sin City for business or pleasure, many travelers arrive by air. Learn more about Las Vegas’ two airports and accommodation options around them.

Flying Into McCarran International Airport

Most people flying into Las Vegas will land at McCarran International Airport, Las Vegas’s primary commercial airport. Located in Paradise, roughly 5 miles south of downtown Las Vegas, the airport was named after former Nevada senator and passionate aviation advocate Pat McCarran. Passengers can take nonstop flights from Europe, Asia, and destinations across America to McCarran International Airport.

After construction in 1942, McCarran International Airport began welcoming commercial flights in 1948. It has expanded significantly since this time, and today features four runways and two passenger terminals with free Wi-Fi access. McCarran International Airport is the 26th busiest airport on the planet by passenger traffic and 8th busiest by aircraft movements.

Terminal 1 has four concourses for domestic travel, retail stores, and a USO lounge for military service members on its second floor. The satellite D gates concourse has three lounges: American Express’s Centurion lounge, the United Club, and the Club at LAS, accessible to all passengers for a fee. Terminal 3 handles all international travel along with some domestic flights. There is another USO lounge and a second Club at LAS within this terminal. A people mover system transports passengers between Terminal 1 and Terminal 3.

McCarran International Airport
McCarran International Airport, 5 miles south of downtown Las Vegas.

Layovers are never boring at McCarran International Airport, with casino gaming at its gates, an art gallery, an aviation museum, a fitness center, and a play area for small travelers. When hunger pangs strike, several well-known restaurants call McCarran International Airport home, including Cinnabon, Chilis Too, Gordon Biersch Brewing Company, and Don Alejandro’s Texan Grill.

Great Hotels Near McCarran International Airport

When flying into McCarran International Airport, staying near the terminals can be a convenient choice. The following airports are all near McCarran International Airport.

Best Western McCarran Inn

Located approximately 1.4 miles north of McCarran International Airport, Best Western McCarran Inn is close to the best Las Vegas offers, including the Las Vegas Convention Center, the Fashion Show Mall, the Forum Shops, and the iconic Las Vegas Strip. Getting to the airport is simple, with a courtesy shuttle bus operating between 5 a.m. and 11 p.m. daily.

Standard and deluxe rooms and executive suites are spread over three levels. The rooms are basic but clean, with cable satellite TV, free high-speed wireless internet, and your choice of a king or two queen beds. Guests start the day right with complimentary deluxe continental breakfasts. Best Western McCarran Inn also has limited business services and a heated outdoor swimming pool for your downtime.

Travelodge Las Vegas Airport North

Travelodge Las Vegas Airport North is roughly 1.4 miles northwest of McCarran International Airport and 2 miles from the Las Vegas Strip. A free shuttle service, operating between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m., makes moving between McCarran International Airport, the Las Vegas Convention Center, and the hotel easy. After a busy day of sightseeing, relax in the Travelodge’s outdoor patio area and seasonal pool. Or retire to your room, with cable TV and your choice of a king or two queen beds. Free continental breakfasts and wireless internet access add value to this affordable two-star hotel.

Hyatt Place Las Vegas

Hyatt Place Las Vegas is a modern four-star hotel with spacious, well-appointed guestrooms for business and leisure trips. Each has a 42-inch high-definition television set, a Cozy Corner with a sofa or sofa-sleeper, and plush Hyatt Grand Beds for a good night’s sleep. Hyatt Place Las Vegas is one of just a few local hotels with a pool open year-round. It also has an on-site fitness center, a 24/7 restaurant serving light meals like flatbreads and burgers, and a Coffee to Beer & Wine bar.

Hyatt Place Las Vegas is conveniently located less than a mile from McCarran International Airport and 1.5 miles from the Las Vegas Strip. While the hotel is within walking distance, the free airport shuttle is much easier if you’ve got excess baggage. It picks up from Terminals 1 and 3 on the hour and half-hour.

North Las Vegas Airport
North Las Vegas Airport, 3 miles northwest of downtown Las Vegas.

Homewood Suites by Hilton Las Vegas Airport

Homewood Suites by Hilton Las Vegas Airport is ideal for family groups as it offers spacious suites rather than rooms, some with full kitchens. The hotel throws plenty of extras in, including hot breakfasts, welcome home receptions on Monday to Thursday evenings, high-speed internet, copies of USA Today every weekday, and a free shuttle service to Mandalay Bay Resort and McCarran International Airport 1.2 miles away. Guests also enjoy complimentary access to the hotel’s fitness center, heated outdoor pool, Jacuzzi, BBQ grills, and business center, which is open 24 hours for those late-night deadlines.

Flying Into North Las Vegas Airport

While North Las Vegas Airport typically handles scenic tours and general aviation services, it also offers a limited number of regional services. Located in North Las Vegas, 3 miles northwest of downtown Las Vegas, North Las Vegas Airport, or Northtown as the locals call it, is Nevada’s third busiest airport.

Northtown spans 920 acres. It has three runways and a modern terminal, with ample parking and free Wi-Fi access throughout.

Convenient Hotels Near North Las Vegas Airport

Many travelers enjoy the convenience of accommodation located near North Las Vegas Airport. The following hotels are all close to this small airport.

Fiesta Rancho Station Casino Hotel

Enjoy accommodation with real character at Fiesta Rancho Station Casino Hotel. Its Mexican Party themed rooms are lots of fun with on-demand pay-per-view movies, high-speed internet, and unlimited domestic, long-distance, and toll-free phone calls.

Chances are you won’t spend a lot of time in your room though, because there’s so much here to explore. The casino has table games and more than 1,000 slot and video poker machines. The whole family will love its ice rink and outdoor swimming pool. Meal times are never boring with the Blue Agave Restaurant, Fiesta Buffet, Smashburger, and a 24-hour Denny’s Restaurant. Club Tequila and the Cabo Lounge provide adults-only entertainment once the sun goes down.

Fiesta Rancho Station Casino Hotel is the closest to North Las Vegas Airport, just 0.64 miles south of the terminal. If you don’t have too much luggage, you can easily walk to its doors.

Texas Station Hotel & Casino

It might be in Nevada, little more than a mile south of North Las Vegas Airport, but when staying at Texas Station Hotel & Casino, you’ll feel like you’re in the Lone Star State. Its many features and low-priced rooms make it great value for travelers. It has 200 climate-controlled rooms spread over six floors, each with a 42-inch LCD television set, shower/tub combinations, free Wi-Fi and long-distance calls, and blackout drapes for your best night’s sleep.

The Summerlin planned community in western Las Vegas.

The Texas Station Hotel & Casino facilities, including an on-site cinema, a 24-hour bowling alley, a swimming pool, an arcade room, and a children’s playground, are the real drawcards. Adults will love the spacious gaming floor featuring card games, bingo, and slot machines. With four on-site restaurants – Austins Steakhouse, Grand Café, Feast Buffet, and Oyster Bar – there’s bound to be meals to tempt even the fussiest eaters in your party.

La Quinta Inn & Suites Las Vegas Summerlin Tech

La Quinta Inn & Suites Las Vegas Summerlin Tech is nearly 3 miles west of the airport. It’s a little further out that some hotels, but its close proximity to local restaurants and bars, including Aces & Ales, CiCi’s Pizzas, and PT’s Brewing Company, is a real draw for many visitors. Its green policy is also likely to please sustainably minded tourists.

The free Bright Side Breakfast is generous with options including hot homemade waffles, fresh fruit, and bottomless juice and coffee. There’s an outdoor pool, but if you want a more rigorous workout head to the fitness center. There’s also a business center for professionals away from home.

La Quinta Inn & Suites Las Vegas Summerlin Tech’s rooms are simple but clean and well-appointed, with flat-panel TV sets, coffee makers, and free Wi-Fi access. The deluxe king rooms also have fridges and microwaves for keeping and preparing basic meals.

Hampton Inn Las Vegas Summerlin

Another gem in suburban Summerlin, Hampton Inn Las Vegas Summerlin is a three-star property located nearly 3 miles west of North Las Vegas Airport. It’s 10 miles from the Las Vegas Strip but close to attractions that will appeal to travelers wanting to see a different side of the city, like Doc Romeo Park, the North Rainbow Boulevard shopping strip, and Mount Charleston, a popular hiking and skiing spot.

Its 127 comfortable guestrooms have features many at this price point don’t, including fridges and microwave ovens. Relax over a leisurely free hot breakfast or grab and go with a complimentary breakfast bag. Hampton Inn Las Vegas Summerlin also has a pool and its own small fitness center. In addition, guests get free access to the nearby Gold’s Gym.

With two airports boasting numerous convenient accommodation options, air travel to Las Vegas couldn’t be simpler.