Westcliff Airport Express (WAX)

Las Vegas Bus

Westcliff Airport Express (WAX) is the express bus service to McCarran International Airport. Run by the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC), the Westcliff Airport Express travels from the Westcliff Transit Center to Downtown Las Vegas, with continuing service to McCarran International Airports' Terminal 1 and 3. Designed with commuters in mind, the Westcliff Airport Express service provides a fast connection between the western part of the valley, Downtown Las Vegas, the Strip and McCarran airport.

On the Vegas strip, the Westcliff Airport Express (WAX) only operates one stop at Tropicana Avenue and Las Vegas Blvd. (stop is located on eastbound Tropicana, alongside the Tropicana Hotel).

It features
Rail-like vehicles
Dedicated transit lanes for much of the trip through downtown Las Vegas
Travelling faster than a regular bus line
Ticket Now (pay before boarding). Off-board ticket vending machines where passengers will purchase tickets before boarding the vehicle.

Westcliff Airport Express

Westcliff Airport Express

Westcliff Airport Express Hours of Operation

The Westcliff Airport Express (WAX) operates 7 days a week from approximately 5:45 a.m. to 11:15 p.m. on weekdays and 6:30 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. on weekends. During peak hours the service runs approximately every half-hour and every hour during non-peak hours.

Westcliff Airport Express Fares

  Full Fare Reduced Fare
Cash – Single Ride Fare $2.00 $1.00
2-Hr. All-Access Residential Pass $3.00 $1.50
24-Hr. Residential Pass $5.00 $2.50
15-Day All Access Pass $34.00** $17.00**
30-Day All Access Pass $65.00** $32.50**
**Passes cannot be purchased on vehicles. Purchase at Ticket Vending Machine (TVM) or via rideRTC mobile app

Note: The residential route fares are not valid for travel on the Deuce and SDX routes

Where to purchase bus tickets at the airport

Tickets can be purchased at the airport using the Ticket Vending Machines (TVM) located at the bus stops on Level Zero of Terminal 1 and 3. The Ticket Vending Machines only accept Visa or MasterCard credit/debit cards.

Alternately, you can purchase your pass when you board the vehicle but you must have exact change ready. Driver cannot make change.

Reduced fares on RTC Buses in Las Vegas

RTC 30 Day Pass

30 Day All Access Pass

30-Day passes will allow you access to all RTC Transit routes including: (100's, 200's, The Deuce (with valid Nevada I.D.), Strip & Downtown Express (with valid Nevada I.D.), Centennial Express, Westcliff Airport Express, and MAX) Tickets can be purchased at any of the following locations or by downloading the new rideRTC transit app.

3-Day, 15-Day and 30-Day passes are no longer sold online and sent by mail. Transit customers are encouraged to download the new rideRTC transit app to plan their trip, abd buy passes

All transit passes are invalid after 12 months from date of purchase.

Children 5 years and younger ride free and must be accompanied by an adult.

WestCliff Airport Express Map & Schedule 2017

WestCliff Airport ExpressAdobe Acrobat WestCliff Airport Express Schedule

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Adobe Acrobat Strip & Downtown Express Route & Schedule

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Westcliff Airport Express Stops

Eastbound / Southbound
Charleston at Fort Apache (Rampart)
Charleston at Durango
Durango at Alta
Westcliff Transit Center Park & Ride (Bay 1) TVM
Casino Center at Fremont TVM
3rd at Lewis (Regional Justice Center)
Bonneville Transit Center (BTC)(On Casino Center) TVM
LV Premium Outlets /Government Center TVM
Tropicana at Las Vegas Blvd (Vegas Strip)
Tropicana at Koval
McCarran Intl Airport Terminal 1 (Zero Level) TVM
McCarran Intl Airport Terminal 3 (Departures Level)
Northbound / Westbound
Suncoast (Park & Ride Available)
Rampart (Fort Apache) at Charleston
Charleston at Durango
Durango at Alta
Westcliff Transit Center Park & Ride (On Durango at Westcliff) TVM
4th at Carson TVM
4th at Lewis TVM
Bonneville Transit Center (BTC) (On Bonneville at First) TVM
LV Premium Outlets / Government Center TVM
Tropicana at Las Vegas Blvd (Vegas Strip)
Tropicana at Koval
McCarran Intl Airport Terminal 1 (Zero Level) TVM
McCarran Intl Airport Terminal 3 (Departures Level)

**TVM = Ticket vending machine Locations

Westcliff Airport Express

Westcliff Airport Express (WAX) Holiday Schedule

Sunday, Dec. 25 Sunday schedule for Christmas Day
Monday, Dec. 26 Saturday schedule
New Year's Eve / New Year's Day
Sunday, Dec. 25 Sunday schedule for New Year's Day
Monday, Jan. 2, 2017 Saturday schedule

Note: The RTC will provide free rides on all of its 39 fixed routes from 6 p.m. on New Year's Eve to 9 a.m. on New Year's Day in addition to offering extended service hours for several routes.

Using Ticket Now

Smart Card

Ticket Now is a pay before boarding ticketing system that speeds up the boarding process by allowing passengers to purchase fares at Ticket Vending Machines (TVMs) located at transit stops. See the map above for locations of TVM's

At ticket vending machines (TVM) you can purchase a one way pass, day passes or 30-day passes.

Note: Fares must be purchased at TVMs before boarding the Westcliff Airport Express, The strip downtown Express (SDX), and Deuce on the Strip

Fareboxes are still available onboard the Deuce on the Strip vehicles but passengers on Deuce on the Strip are encouraged to pay before boarding.

Things you know about riding the Las Vegas Westcliff Airport Express

Passengers must maintain possession of proof of payment received upon purchase while riding the Westcliff Airport Express.

There is no eating, drinking or smoking on board.

Practically you are not allowed to bring onboard any object that is too large to fit between passenger seats and this include luggages. By law, the aisles must be kept clear of grocery bags or other packages.

While on the Westcliff Airport Express, you must wear a shirt and shoes at all times.

No pets or animals are allowed on board with the exception of service animals which are trained to assist individuals with a disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

Children must be removed from strollers and fold down strollers.

Las Vegas Westcliff Airport Express (WAX) Accessibility

All Westcliff Airport Express (WAX) buses are lift-equipped, kneel to the curb, and have low floors to accommodate passengers using mobility devices. The Las Vegas Westcliff Airport Express (WAX), along with all public transit vehicles in Southern Nevada, is ADA accessible. For TDD call (702) 676-1834

Westcliff Airport Express Lost and found

If you left an item on the Westcliff Airport Express (WAX), contact a Public Service Specialist at (702) 228-RIDE (7433) and provide the following information:

1) Route number of the bus you were riding and bus number if possible;
2) Date and time you lost the item; and
3) A detailed description of the item.

All lost and found items, including bicycles, left on transit vehicles may be picked up only at the South Strip Transfer Terminal, located at 6675 S. Gilespie Street. Items can be claimed only during the customer service booth hours of 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., weekdays. All items found will be held for 15 days.

How to get to South Point Hotel from the Vegas Strip

From Las Vegas Blvd take the southbound Strip & Downtown Express (SDX) to the South Strip Transfer Terminal (SSTT). At the SSTT, take bus Route 117 , which will drop off across from the South Point. The return pick-up bus stop is located on the South Point property, just south of the Valet area.

Deuce on the Strip

Las Vegas Premium Outlets North Taking the Westcliff Airport Express from Las Vegas Strip to the Las Vegas Premium Outlets North

Take the Westcliff Airport Express on westbound Tropicana at Las Vegas Blvd (Near Tropicana, / MGM Grand) to Las Vegas Premium Outlets North.

Las Vegas Park & Ride Locations

For local residents, next time your travel out of town, save money on airport parking fee and use one of the FREE park and ride locations listed below.

Location Address Parking Spaces Getting to McCarran Airport
Centennial Hills Transit Center and Park & Ride 7313 Grand Montecito Parkway Approx. 900 free parking spaces Access McCarran International Airport by taking the Centennial Express to the Bonneville Transit Center and transfer to the Westcliff Airport Express at the same location at bay 18 or from route 108 southbound at bay 20.
South Strip Transfer Terminal (SSTT) 6675 S. Gilespie St. just south of the airport at the corner of Sunset and Gilespie. Approx. 250 free parking spaces Access McCarran International Airport by taking Route 109.
Westcliff Transit Center and Park & Ride 25 S. Durango Dr., just south of Summerlin Parkway. Approx. 140 free parking spaces Access McCarran International Airport by taking the Westcliff Airport Express.
Suncoast Casino 9090 Alta Drive Las Vegas Approx. 100 free parking spaces Access McCarran International Airport by taking the Westcliff Airport Express.

Note: It is recommended that drivers register their vehicles at RTC park and ride locations if they plan to park at the location for more than one day. Simply complete the form on-site at the park and ride with security.

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