Quirky Travel Tidbit: Las Vegas Taxis Overcharged Passengers By $15M+

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You may want to be wary of your taxi driver’s route next time you’re in Las Vegas. According to a legislative audit released Monday, Clark County cab drivers taking tourists to and from the airport overcharged them by about $14.8 million in 2012, many choosing to take the “scenic route” to get visitors to their hotels.

“Taxicab trips are often the first and last experience tourists have in Las Vegas,” auditors wrote in a release. “Therefore, long hauling may result in tourists having a negative experience.”

Keep this in mind for your next trip to Las Vegas: To get from the airport to the casinos on the southern end of the strip (ie the MGM Grand) should cost between $12 and $17, while a ride from the airport to downtown should cost between $22 and $27.

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Jessica Festa
Jessica Festa is the editor of the travel sites Jessie on a Journey (http://jessieonajourney.com) and Epicure & Culture (http://epicureandculture.com). Along with blogging at We Blog The World, her byline has appeared in publications like Huffington Post, Gadling, Fodor's, Travel + Escape, Matador, Viator, The Culture-Ist and many others. After getting her BA/MA in Communication from the State University of New York at Albany, she realized she wasn't really to stop backpacking and made travel her full time job. Some of her most memorable experiences include studying abroad in Sydney, teaching English in Thailand, doing orphanage work in Ghana, hiking her way through South America and traveling solo through Europe. She has a passion for backpacking, adventure, hiking, wine and getting off the beaten path.
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