McCarran Airport

Are you looking forward to your trip to Las Vegas, but are a little worried about getting lost in McCarran Airport? Read on to learn all about McCarran International airport, from where to pick up your airport rental car in Las Vegas, to terminal names, airport history, fun facts and much more!

The McCarran International Airport is a member of the Clark Country Airport System. McCarran is one of the six airports owned and operated by Clark County, including five of the general aviation facilities in the Las Vegas area. Make sure to double check the airport of your arrival before reserving your airport car rental in Las Vegas. You don’t want to make the error of reserving your car at the wrong airport!

McCarran International Airport houses 92 aircraft gates and has two separate terminal buildings:

Terminal 1 consists of:

  • A Gates: 19 gates
  • B Gates: 20 gates
  • C Gates: 19 gates
  • D Gates: 26 gates

Terminal 2 consists of:

  • 8 gates and includes three international gates


Located within all of the gates at McCarran airport are endless coffee shops, restaurants, washrooms, flower boutiques, book stores and much, much more! These stores sell everything from children’s games to extra luggage, so why not browse a few of the merchants while waiting for your flight to board?

Some of the shopping spots within McCarran Airport include:

  • 24 Hour Flowers
  • Airport Wireless
  • Altitunes (music store)
  • Books.Co
  • Borders
  • Erwin Pearl
  • Ethel M Chocolates
  • Fossil
  • Golf Tee Times
  • And many, many more!


Restaurants and Coffee Shops within McCarran Airport include:

  • Big Apple Bagels
  • Budweiser Brew House
  • Cinnabon
  • Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
  • Home Turf Sports Grill
  • Juice Express
  • Mrs. Fields
  • Cinnabon
  • Prickley Pear Café
  • And many, many more!

Confused about where to pick up your airport rental car in Las Vegas? Dream Car Rentals offers a free shuttle service from all of the major airports, including McCarran International, both to and from your hotel of choice. Feel free to call Dream Car Rentals the day of your reservation, and we’ll right there to pick you up and take you to the car of your dreams! All airport rental car companies in Las Vegas who offer shuttle services are located outside of the terminal area. Located in the baggage claim area there is also a convenient bank of free telephones that can be used to call local car companies upon your arrival in Vegas.

In true Las Vegas style McCarran International offers bored passengers awaiting flights the opportunity to try their luck at a little gambling. The terminals are full of slot machines, plus the main terminal rotunda is full of casino-specific gift shops including the MGM Grande, Mandalay Resort Group (which includes Monte Carlo, Excalibur, Luxor, Circus Circus, Mandalay Bay), Harrah’s, Caesars, Treasure Island, Bellagio, Mirage and the Golden Nugget.


McCarran International was originally opened in 1942 by George Crockett, and as crazy as it sounds, yes George was related to Davy Crockett! It was later purchased by its current owners, Clark County. Over 87,000 passengers utilize McCarran’s services daily. McCarran also house an Aviation History Museum that offers a main exhibit above baggage claim on the second level and an additional exhibit in the general and corporate terminal that is operated by Signature Flight Support. This feature is both fun and educational for the whole family… and admissions free! So why not waste a few hours learning about the history of aviation in Nevada?

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