In normal years, Las Vegas annually hosts over 22,000 conventions, attended by 6.3 million attendees.
Combine that with a 3.2 million square foot modern facility, you can see why the Las Vegas Convention Center is one of the largest, and busiest convention facilities in the world.
To accommodate the millions of convention attendees who either drive their own car in, or rent one from the airport, the Convention Center has created several large outdoor parking lots surrounding the facilities. And with the 2021 completion of a massive new $980 million dollar expansion that added 1.4 million more square feet to the massive complex, more parking spaces were added as well.
Spacious lots, (most boasting thousands of spaces each) surround the Convention Center to the west, northwest, south and east sides. These are all uncovered. All total there is room at the convention center for 8,246 cars.**
Even with that much room for cars, the parking lots can fill up quickly, especially at some of the larger events.
At the annual Consumer Electronics Show, for example, roughly 160,000 attendees gather for the festivities. If that weren’t busy enough, the CES uses some of the parking lot space as tent space, meaning the convention center’s spaces are reduced significantly, particularly the nearby spaces.
Las Vegas Convention Center Parking Fees
When paid parking is in effect, there is a $10 fee to park at convention center . You are entitled to leave and come back, but only if you keep your parking receipt. Payment can be made by cash, debit card or credit card. This $10 is for the entire day.
I’ve heard feedback from people who have attended a smaller convention and said the parking was free. This may be the case, however I haven’t experienced it during the large shows I’ve attended. Parking fee information is not published on the Las Vegas Convention Center’s website. All of this is to say you should assume you will have to pay $10.
Las Vegas Convention Center Parking Map
Here are you various parking lot options below.
The black curvy line is the exciting new Convention Center Loop. It’s an underground people mover in which you take an escalator down and hop in a Tesla, whereupon you are whisked to your destination through the tunnel in just a couple of minutes – saving your feet (and about twenty minutes of time), from the 1 and 1/2 mile walk.
The Diamond Lot in the upper left is located on the site of the former Riviera Hotel & Casino. This massive parking lot is the largest in the area, and totals just over 26 acres, with 3,100 parking spaces. There are four different in-and-out points, and as you can see, the lot borders both the Strip and Elvis Presley Boulevard to the north.
The proximate Silver Lots combine to have 1,020 parking spaces on just over 9 acres.
After the massive Diamond Lot, the Platinum Lot (to the right), is the second biggest parking area here. It’s over 17 acres in size, with room for 1,832 vehicles.
The Bronze Lot has parking for 1,311 vehicles.
One last note: The map above, (and many others found online), show the “Orange Lot” that appears to be the closest spots to the main Convention Center building (Central Hall). And in fact, it is close. However this lot is almost always used for loading and for storage vehicles, and not for general parking.
During very busy conventions, properties adjoining, and across the street from the convention center offer parking at inflated rates. Instead of the $10 fee, nearby properties have been known to charge $20, $30, and even $40 for parking.
Should you want to avoid the $10 and up parking fees, (along with the resulting mass of cars all leaving at the same time as you after the convention is over), you have two main options:
1) Stay at nearby hotel and take a shuttle. Most large conventions provide this service to nearly all of the major hotels up and down the Las Vegas Strip.
My wife and I used the shuttle service and found the shuttle to be almost completely empty.
Granted, you are still probably paying for parking, as most Las Vegas Strip hotels have instituted pay-for-parking programs, however taking a convention-provided shuttle will keep you from having to pay two different parking fees per day.
2) You could also take the Las Vegas Monorail, however it is not free. A one-way ticket is $5, so round trip, you’re spending the same as you would when parking at the convention center. (A two day unlimited pass costs $22).
The main benefit with taking the monorail however, is that you won’t have to deal with the heavy traffic both when entering and leaving the convention center parking lot. And there will be traffic.
The LV Monorail is clean, quick, and efficient. Definitely consider it if you are staying at one of the resorts with a monorail stop: MGM Grand, Paris/Bally’s, the Flamingo, Harrahs, Westgate, and the Sahara Las Vegas.
If driving into Las Vegas, I would even consider parking at a place like the MGM Grand, or the Linq Hotel and Casino, paying their parking fee, and taking the monorail into the convention center.
(Related: How much do Las Vegas Monorail tickets cost?)
** Parking count of 8,246 spaces is calculated by taking the LVCVA’s pre-expansion parking of 5,146 parking spaces, and adding the the 3,100 newly added Diamond Lot parking spaces. This number already factors in removal of the Gold lot, but does not count the spaces in the Red Lot, which has yet to be determined.
* Box truck or RV Parking is only available in the Platinum lots.
* There is no overnight parking at the Las Vegas Convention Center
(By Steve Beauregard. Photos courtesy of the LVCVA and the Las Vegas Blog via Flickr.)