How to Travel From Denver to Las Vegas by Bus, Car, and Plane

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Denver to Las Vegas is an easy trip—just about 750 miles from start to finish—no matter the time of year. There are three main ways to get from Denver to Las Vegas: flying, taking the bus, or driving. If you’re going to Las Vegas with the family, flying is by far the easiest and least likely to drive everyone nuts along the way method. It also may be the cheapest, depending on how many people are making the trip. Flying to and from Vegas is typically the cheapest option for solo travelers, too. For road trippers, driving to Las Vegas from Denver is the way to go. There are so many pit stops along the way to explore to and from.

  Travel Time Cost Best For
Plane 2 hours (nonstop) from $65 Saving money and time
Bus 15 hours, 25 minutes from $80 Those who dislike driving
Car 11 hours, 50 minutes 777 miles (1,250 kilometers) Road tripping

What Is the Fastest Way to Get From Denver to Las Vegas?

Traveling by plane is bar far the easiest, fastest, and cheapest route to Vegas from Denver. Major carriers like American Airlines, United, Southwest, and Delta all fly the route as do budget carriers like Spirit and Frontier. Most routes include one stop, but a direct flight will get you to Las Vegas in around two hours. This travel time doesn't account for travel to from the airports, security check times, or collecting baggage. Flights on budget carriers have been known to dip below $25 each way, depending on the time of year and promotions, but you will have to travel light as carry-ons aren't included in the ticket. Weekend trips will be more expensive than weekday ones and if you can fly on a red-eye, you’ll get the best deal.

You’ll fly from Denver International Airport (DIA) to McCarran International Airport. There are a handful of smaller airports in Denver that fly to McCarran, but you’ll find the cheaper routes through DIA. Turbulence is expected on the way back just about every trip thanks to the gulf stream above the Rocky Mountains.

How Long Does It Take to Drive?

Driving from Denver to Las Vegas is about a 12-hour car ride if you make minimal stops along the way. Clocking in around 775 miles give or take, this trip is roughly a straight shot west, then south once you get through Grand Junction and into Utah.

Gas, depending on seasonality, will be roughly $75 to $125 each way. Traveling in the summer will jack those prices up. Winter can, too, but more so because you’ll be stuck in traffic along the I-70 corridor if you go during ski season.

There are a few pit stops along the way if you don’t want to do it in a day. Grand Junction is the perfect overnight stop; Richfield, Utah, is another stop to consider if you’re looking for a place to crash for the night. If you’re traveling during good weather, you could even camp along the way for added adventure.

Once in Las Vegas you'll be making frequent use of parking garages, but many of them are free to use.

Is There a Bus That Goes From Denver to Las Vegas?

If you’re scared of flying or don’t drive, the bus is an option from Denver to Las Vegas. The trip takes 15 hours and 20 minutes so long as things don’t go sideways. Depending on the time of year, the weather can wreak havoc on a bus trip to Vegas. We recommend going during the shoulder season between spring and summer or summer and fall.

Greyhound operates buses that leave once a day from the Denver Bus Sation (1055 19th Street) and arrive at the Las Vegas Bus Station (200 S Main Street). Tickets start at $80 and buses make at least three stops between Denver and Las Vegas where you can stretch your legs or get something to eat. If taking a daytime bus, have transportation options available in Las Vegas because you'll be arriving around 2:30 a.m. All buses have free Wi-Fi and charging outlets.

When Is the Best Time to Travel to Las Vegas?

Spring or fall is the best time to drive to Las Vegas from Denver to save money on gas and avoid the largest crowds on the highway. If taking the bus, travel on the shoulder seasons of spring and fall to avoid weather-related mishaps.

Summer is the worst time to go to Las Vegas. Not only is the city at its hottest, it’s also peak tourist season and packed. Consider going during fall or winter, when fewer people are packed on The Strip. Hotels are often cheaper during fall and winter, although shows run less frequently, and some attractions may have limited hours. Spring offers slightly larger crowds than fall and winter, but the weather is extremely pleasant.

What's the Most Scenic Route to Las Vegas?

Driving to Las Vegas offers the most scenery, especially if you choose to make detours at the Grand CanyonHoover DamBryce Canyon National Park, or Zion National Park on the way.

Can I Use Public Transportation to Travel From the Airport?

McCarran International Airport is around 7 miles from Downtown Las Vegas and 3 miles from the Strip. You can take RTC public buses from Terminals 1 and 3 at McCarran International Airport. Terminal 1 is served by Routes 108, 109, and the Westcliff Airport Express (WAX). Terminal 3 is served by the WAX and Centennial Express (CX) routes.

To get to the Strip, take the 108 and transfer to the 202 bus at NB Swensen after Flamingo, or transfer to the Las Vegas Monorail at the Las Vegas Convention Center Monorail Station.The trip will take approximately 40 minutes.

To get downtown, take the 109 bus or take the 108 bus and transfer to the BHX bus at SB Casino Center. Buses depart the airport every 15 to 30 minutes and the journey to Downtown takes 45 minutes to an hour, depending on the route.

A bus pass costs $6 and is valid for two hours. Passes can be purchased on the rideRTC app, at ticket vending machines, or aboard select buses.

How to get from Denver to Las Vegas

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What Is There to Do in Las Vegas?

What can’t you do in Las Vegas? The Sin City offers something for everyone. From casinos and gambling to shows and parties, you’ll be scratching your head, trying to cross off activities. We recommend buying tickets for things you plan to do ahead of time as you’ll often save money instead of buying them at the box office when you arrive.

If you’re going with your family, consider family-friendly activities such as lounging poolside, seeing a Cirque de Soleil show, or visiting the many museums on and off The Strip. You also aren’t that far from the Hoover Dam or Grand Canyon if you decide to do more than just visit Las Vegas during your trip.