What is the best route from Sacramento to Las Vegas?

My husband and I are considering taking a trip to Las Vegas for a long weekend. What is the best way to drive there from Sacramento?

Sean Boehme · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
Trips to Las Vegas are a ton of fun and driving there will save you a lot of money. Here is a look at the best route from Sacramento to Las Vegas.
All in all, the trip from
down to
Las Vegas
should take around nine hours if you don’t run into heavy traffic. Your two main routes to choose from are:
  • Heading south out of Sacramento through
    , then turning east near Los Angeles
  • Heading east out of Sacramento and driving southeast through Nevada on US Route 95
While both of these routes have their merits, which you should take will come down to personal preference. If you haven’t spent much time in
, heading west out of Sacramento might be fun. If you’re more familiar with
roads, you might get to Vegas faster by heading south.
A nine-hour drive might not be up to the standards of a proper
road trip
, but it’s still a pretty serious drive. Make sure you plan out some stops and switch drivers so that nobody is behind the wheel for too long.
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