If you have found yourself with a layover at Las Vegas Airport, you may now be wondering what to do with your time….besides sleep! LAS is a medium-sized airport that services flights from across North America. You can spend a layover here in true Vegas fashion – gambling. If that’s not quite your speed, you’ll still have plenty of other options. Here are 11 things to do on a layover at Las Vegas Airport.
Good to know: The airport is divided into Terminal 1 (Gates A, B, C, D) and Terminal 3 (Gates D and E). You can walk between the Terminals or hop onto the automated people movers and shuttles to move around faster.
1. Enjoy a meal
Grab some food between flights. The airport serves up a range of options that will satisfy most travellers, but don’t expect anything too unique or local. Foodies seek out Burke in the Box, Las Vegas Chophouse & Brewery, and Wolfgang Puck Express. American chains include Starbucks, Wendy’s, Cinnabon, TCBY, and Quizno’s. Like the rest of Vegas, there are food and drink options open 24-hours.
2. Relax in a lounge
If you’d rather hang out in one spot, in relative calm and quiet, with food and drinks included, then an airport lounge is just what you need. No longer catering exclusively to First and Business Class travelers, a a couple lounges here offer access to any traveller, no matter the airline or class flown. Simply pre-book an entry for added savings or use your lounge membership program to gain entry. Locations and details available in our Las Vegas Airport Guide.
3. Go shopping
Whether you’re a window browses or a seasoned souvenir shopper, checking out the shops is a good way to pass the time and get some steps in. You’ll find typical airport shops selling last-minute toiletries, technology, travel goods, books, and makeup and skin care. A few boutiques dot the airport, but nothing on par with a high-end shopping mall. Pick up some uniquely Vegas gifts like custom poker chips, decks of cards, and coins from Poker Face and The Blvd.
4. Stroll the walking paths
Fly Fit! has designated several walking paths across T1 and T3, so you can track your steps and get your blood flowing between flights. Paths range from 0.5-1.5 miles in length – see how many miles you can fit in before your next flight.
5. Visit the Aviation Museum
If you need a break from the glitz and glam, get a dose of history at the Howard W. Cannon Aviation Museum. This museum provides an entertaining history of private and commercial flying in southern Nevada. The main exhibit is located in T1, Esplanade, with additional exhibits throughout airport.
6. Try your luck
The slot machines throughout the airport are a constant reminder that you’re in Las Vegas, as if you could forget. As long as you’re 21 or older, feel free to try your luck between flights – you may get some surprise winnings! Machines are available 24/7.
7. Workout and freshen up
Whether you have some energy to burn off or just want to fit in some exercise before your trip, there’s a gym located right at the airport. Zero Level Fitness is a full-service gym, with cardio equipment, weight machines, free weights, group fitness, and shower and sauna facilities. A day pass is $25, which is probably worth it even if all you want to do is steam in the sauna and then freshen up. Location T1 Esplanade, pre-Security; open 24-hours during the week, and Saturdays and Sundays from 8:00AM – 6:00PM.
8. Pamper yourself
Two locations of XpresSpa offer a range of relaxation services like massage, manicures and pedicures, facials, and reflexology — perfect for feeling pampered and tranquil before the next flight.
9. Explore Las Vegas
A very nice bonus of LAS is that it’s located right in the heart of the city. If you’ve got enough time on your layover, feel free to explore Las Vegas.
You’ll want to make sure you have enough time to get out and explore – if you’ve got at least 4 hours between flights, you can pop out for a quick ride along the Strip and snap some pictures. If you’ve got more time, here are a few ideas:
Hit the Strip. Of course, all the high-end casinos and hotels are located on the Las Vegas Strip. Swing by the famous welcome to Vegas sign for a must-do selfie. Watch the fountain show outside The Bellagio and pop into its world-class art collection. Pick one or two of the themed casinos, like New York New York, Paris, or The Venetian to stroll, shop, and hit the casino. Fancier casinos include the Wynn and Aria. Note that you can walk between the many casinos, but these buildings are so big and spread out that you’ll spend a lot of time in the Vegas heat – so stick to one or two adjacent casinos or be prepared with the right walking shoes. A free train does connect some casinos.
- Explore Fremont Street. This is where Vegas got started – in tiny, early 1900s casinos like the Golden Nugget. Fremont Street is the alternative of The Strip – it’s more down to earth,
Get outdoors at Red Rock Canyon. Maybe casinos aren’t your thing – luckily the Mojave Desert, surrounding Vegas, is beautiful and well worth the visit. To the west of town, Red Rock Canyon is a natural wonder that’s perfect for exploring by driving, hiking, or rock climbing.
Note that no luggage storage is located at the airport, so pack light or check your bags. For more ideas, check out our Las Vegas Airport Layover Sightseeing article. As always, leave plenty of time to return to the airport, process through Security, and make your next flight.
10. Get Connected
Stay connected to friends and family, update your social media accounts or surf the internet courtesy of the airport’s free WiFi.
If you’re in need of a nap, you’ll have no problem getting some Z’s here, as long as you can handle the noise and cold. All chairs have armrests, so you’ll have to get creative with stretching out, but travellers have reported a couple comfier sleep locales: two armrest-free couches are located pre-Security in T1, near the slot machines, and the hallway next to T1’s 2nd-floor Post Office is a quieter spot than most.
If you want to spend some cash, you can upgrade to a proper bed. Zero Level Fitness, in T1, offers a couple sleep rooms that you can rent by the hour, and they come with access to showers, a sauna, and fitness center, too. Otherwise, several airports are located within a few minutes of the airport, and their free shuttle services can pick you up. For details on locations and amenities, see our Las Vegas Airport Guide.
These are just a few things to do on a layover at Las Vegas Airport. Visit our Las Vegas Airport Guide for more information about more services and facilities available, such as food, WiFi, mobile charging, luggage storage, nearby airport hotels, and much more.