Travel & Logistics

All you need to know about getting to FlightSimExpo

Hotel: Rio Las Vegas

FlightSimExpo 2024 takes place at Rio Las Vegas. For attendees staying overnight, we recommend booking directly with the Rio for competitive rates and the best on-property experience.

A discounted room block was available until June 14, 2024, but has since closed.

Long considered a Las Vegas icon, the Rio Las Vegas began a total transformation in October 2023. Completed, resort-wide improvements include dynamic dining experiences, fully refreshed public spaces (including the pool), and a complete renovation of more than 1,400 rooms in the Ipanema Tower. Along with more than 15 full- and quick-service restaurants including a new food hall, there are four on-property shows including Penn & Teller, WOW - The Vegas Spectacular, and Comedy Cellar.

The Rio is located just a block from the famed Las Vegas Strip, on Flamingo Road. Free parking is available at the hotel for overnight and daily visitors, and the hotel is a quick drive, taxi, or rideshare from Las Vegas Harry Reid International Airport (LAS).

Additional Hotel Booking & Check-In Information

Check-in time is 3:00pm; check-out time is 11:00am. Guests arriving before 3:00pm will be accommodated as rooms become available at no extra charge. The hotel’s Bell Desk can assist with luggage storage as needed.

Guests holding reservations who are under 21 years of age should contact us so that the Rio can note this on your reservation.

Rio Las Vegas
Newly Renovated Pool at Rio Las Vegas

Note Regarding Room Types:
The Rio is undergoing a multi-million-dollar transformation and multiple room types and rates are available when booking. All guest rooms in the Ipanema Tower have been renovated and feature a refreshed experience and modern amenities. Guest rooms in the original Masquerade Tower, although cheaper, are the original, non-renovated rooms.

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Getting Around, Dining, and Things to Do

To and From the Airport

Harry Reid International Airport (LAS) is a quick 15 minute (5 mile) drive, shuttle, or taxi/rideshare from Rio Las Vegas. The airport is served by a large variety of domestic and international carriers, including several discount airlines. Las Vegas is known as one of the least expensive places to fly to.


Both Lyft and Uber are available at the airport. A one-way ride is usually between $20-30, but can increase during peak times. Rideshare pick-up locations are clearly marked/signed throughout the terminal. Request your ride when you are ready to walk outside. Visit the airport website for additional details.


Taxis are readily available at the airport. A one-way ride from the airport to Rio Las Vegas is a flat $29 rate, not including tip.

Rental Cars

Rental cars are available from a central facility located adjacent to the airport. Free shuttle service is provided to/from the rental car center.

Public Transit

Bus transit is available to the Rio, with a transfer. From the airport, take the Centennial Express Northbound route to Flamingo Road. Then, transfer to Route 202 westbound to the Rio Las Vegas. The bus stop is directly in front of the venue.

Driving Your Own Car

Rio Las Vegas is located one block off the Las Vegas Strip, on Flamingo Road. Click here for driving directions.

Rio Las Vegas
3700 W Flamingo Rd
Las Vegas, NV 89103

Free self-parking is available for guests of the hotel and day visitors for FlightSimExpo. The Pavilion Parking Lot is the closest self-parking to the Convention Center, where FlightSimExpo takes place. Once parked, follow signs for the Convention Center. FlightSimExpo takes place in the Pavilion Ballroom.

Nearby Dining

There are more than 15 full- and quick-service restaurants located on-site at Rio Las Vegas, with additional options conveniently located nearby.

At Rio Las Vegas
  • The newly renovated Canteen Food Hall offers a variety of quick service options including burgers, sushi, fried chicken, sandwiches, and ramen.
  • Restaurants include Guy Fieri’s El Burro Borracho, VooDoo Steak, Kang’s Kitchen, and more.
  • Four bars and lounges are available to start your night right. Options are available for every kind of vibe, from casual, to sports betting, to formal.
Nearby, Within Walking Distance
  • Next door, Gold Coast Hotel and Casino offers a variety of options including TGI Fridays, Subway, Bowling Snack Bar, Java Vegas Coffee, Ping Pang Pong, and Noodle Exchange.
  • Across the street are Chick-fil-A, Denny's, and Del Taco. A Walgreens is also available for basic groceries.
Nearby Attractions

When you first arrive, a great attraction is planespotting at the airport! Tune an FM radio to 101.1, and you can hear live air traffic control conversations with aircraft taking off and landing.

Aside from aviation activities, there are plenty of fantastic day trips and getaway ideas for before and after FlightSimExpo. We’ll be organizing a wide variety of add-on group Activities for attendees to enjoy on Thursday, Friday, and Monday surrounding the event; more information will be available later this year. Until then, click any of the links below for more information on some of Las Vegas’ most popular attractions:

Additionally, active duty military, veterans, or active/retired first responders may obtain donated tickets to select shows in Las Vegas through the third-party websites and

Travel Discounts

We are actively reaching out to airlines and other transit companies in order to obtain discounts for FlightSimExpo attendees.

Please check this page often, as travel discounts and details will be posted as they become available.

United Airlines:2-10% Off Airfare

We are pleased to partner with United Airlines for air travel to FlightSimExpo.

To make flight reservations online please use discount code ZNXY443986. MileagePlus members earn Premier Qualifying Dollars and miles for their travel.

United codeshare flights operated by Air Canada, Air New Zealand, Lufthansa German Airlines, and more may also be eligible for discounted fares.

You may also call United Meetings Reservation Desk Monday–Friday at (800) 426-1122 for booking assistance. Booking fees are waived for Meeting reservations. International customers may contact their local United Reservation Desk.

Delta Airlines:2-10% Off Airfare

Delta Air Lines is pleased to offer special discounts for FlightSimExpo. Click the image or this link to book your flights.

Delta codeshare flights operated by WestJet, KLM, Air France, Virgin Atlantic, and more may also be eligible for discounted fares.

You may also call Delta Meeting Network® at +1 (800) 328-1111, Monday–Friday, 8:00am–6:30pm (EST) and refer to Meeting Event Code NY2EH. There is no service fee for reservations booked and ticketed via the reservation 1-800 number.

Southwest Airlines: 15% Bonus Rapid Rewards Points and Up to 5% Off Airfare

Southwest Airlines is pleased to offer FlightSimExpo 2024 attendees discounted fares.

To utilize the discount, visit and enter Company ID 99119436. You’ll be linked to our account for discounted fares and bonus Rapid Reward points and can book online immediately.

The discount is valid for travel between 6/16/2024 and 6/27/2024 and is applicable to the base fare, before taxes and fees, for tickets to and from Las Vegas Harry Reid International Airport (LAS).

International Airfare Discounts

Our travel discounts with Delta and United provide up to 10% discounts on airfares for travel across a wide variety of codeshare partners. For example, Canadian travelers booking with our discount via United will have access to discounted codeshare flights operated by Air Canada.

National and Enterprise Rental Cars: Save up to $100

Enroll in Emerald Club and use Account Number OSMBAQT to unlock preferred rates on rental cars from National and Enterprise.

When you use your Emerald Club number, you'll receive the FlightSimExpo discount, bypass the counter at select National locations, and earn free rental days at more than 9,000 locations worldwide.

Have elite status with another car rental company? First enroll in Emerald Club, then access Status Match.

Hertz Rental Cars: 20% Off

Hertz is offering FlightSimExpo attendees 20% off the standard retail rate! Simply enter CDP coupon code 2188961 when making reservations at to claim the discount.