Wynn And Encore Among 19 Casinos Now Charging For Parking

Wynn and Encore are the 18th and 19th Las Vegas casinos to implement paid parking garages since 2015. Now there are a handful of free lots on the Strip.

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Thanks to a new decision by Wynn Resorts, there are now 19 casinos on the Las Vegas Strip charging for parking.

MGM Resorts was the first company to pull the trigger on paid parking. Caesars Entertainment and Cosmopolitan followed suit around a year later. Now, Wynn is joining the ranks too.

Wynn and Encore paid parking began August 7

The parking garages at both Wynn Casino and Encore Casino began charging for parking on Aug. 7.

As President of Wynn Las Vegas Maurice Wooden explained in a statement, the parking measure is an attempt to address increased demand in parking once the resort expands.

“On the heels of recent growth announcements at Wynn Las Vegas, including the upcoming opening of Wynn Plaza and the construction of Paradise Park, demand for parking at the resort will continue to increase.”

The new Paradise Park project is a $1.5 billion expansion on the golf course behind Wynn and Encore casinos. The project’s centerpiece is a giant lagoon.

The expansion is unique in that it includes no gaming, just entertainment and hotel ventures.

Parking rates start at $7

The rates for Wynn parking are on par with other parking rates throughout the city. Like many other venues, the first hour is free.

After the first hour, the rates are as follows:

  • One hour: $7
  • Two to four hours: $12
  • Four to 24 hours: $15
  • Each additional 24 hours: $24

Unlike Caesars and MGM before it, Wynn is not delaying charges for Nevada residents. The other companies rolled out parking charges for out-of-towners first. MGM currently charges the same price for all patrons. Caesars properties still allow a discount for locals.

Wynn started charging for valet back in 2015. Those rates start at $15.

Where can you park for free on the Strip?

Those looking for free parking in Las Vegas are increasingly running out of choices, but there are still a few options to choose from.

The following Las Vegas Strip casinos still have free parking:

  • Tropicana
  • TI
  • Palazzo
  • Venetian
  • Planet Hollywood
  • SLS
  • Circus Circus
  • Stratosphere

In fact, TI uses its free parking as a marketing tool. The casino is next to Mirage and located in an area of Las Vegas Blvd. where most other properties charge to park.

While some guests are parking at TI and walking elsewhere, for now it seems like TI management is fine getting a little extra foot traffic by leveraging its parking garage.

Now eyes are on Las Vegas Sands, owners of Venetian and Palazzo. Far and away the largest of the free parking casinos, the properties seem like the next likely culprits to start charging cars.

Currently there are no plans to implement paid parking at Sands properties though. Moreover, Sands owner Sheldon Adelson is often one to buck convention, so it is far from a given they will give in to the latest Nevada casino fad.