Transportation in Las Vegas
Las Vegas General Information
The Las Vegas Strip is several miles long and you will not have a good time if you think you can walk from Mandalay Bay to the Strastosphere. Sure that Stratosphere Tower looks like it's just down the street. An hour later, it will still look like it's down the street. Along the way, you will have to fight off dozens of aggressive "Information Agents" passing out free magazines filled with "nekkid" women willing to come to your hotel room to "entertain." And much to your horror, there are no 2 for 1 buffet coupons in these magazines.
Las Vegas' public transportation system is CAT (Citizen's Area Transit). Bus 301 runs up and down the Strip and into downtown every 10 minutes or so and stops at all of the major hotels. Bus 302 (Express) also works the strip but stops at fewer hotels and runs less frequently. Fare is $1.50 one way and children 5 and under ride free. Folks over 62 and children under 12 can ride at discounted rates, but this means little to tourist (see below). We like the bus and think it's the best way to get around since you don't have to worry about battling traffic or parking. However, be warned that on most buses, you will have to stand since the buses are usually filled beyond capacity because drivers do not know how to say "no" even when the bus is filled 200%.
If you stay in Las Vegas for more than a few days, we strongly urge you to get a bus pass. The cost is $20 and the pass will give you unlimited rides on the bus for 30 days from the date of purchase. This means that after your week stay in Vegas, the bus pass is still good for 3 more weeks and you might be able to sell it to a street vagrant for a used cigarette. Do the math. At $1.50 per ride without a pass, if your ride more than 13 times during your whole trip, then you come out ahead with the pass. And the pass gives you the freedom from having to look for exact change and allows you to get on and off at every block if you choose.
Where can I get a bus pass? Though it may seem so, the guys on the street handing out the magazines with the "entertainers" do not sell bus passes nor can you fish a pass out of the "lake" in front of the Bellagio. To get a bus pass, you have two choices. If it's Monday through Friday, then you can go to a store called "Foreign Money Exchange (3025 Las Vegas Blvd, S 224 ph. 702-791-3301) and purchase your pass. This store is located south of the Riviera Hotel near Silver City. On weekends, you have to go to the Downtown Transportation Center. This sounds like a hassle, but really isn't. Take bus 301 on the Strip NORTH. Catch the bus on the same side of the street that the Tropicana, Flamingo Hilton and Riviera are located on. The bus will take you downtown in about 15 minutes. At the end of the line, the bus will stop and empty all remaining passengers at the Downtown Transportation Center. Walk in and buy your pass and come out and ride back to the Strip.
As mentioned earlier, there are discounts for seniors and children ($10 for a reduced fare bus pass and 50 cents per ride if you don't have a pass ). The only catch is that you have to pay $2 to get a reduced fare photo id card and you can only get the card downtown. This means you will have to pay $1.50 to ride downtown, avoid the muggers, present id (birth certificate or driver's license) and pay 2 bucks for the photo id. At the end of this ordeal, you have now saved $6.50 by purchasing a reduced fare pass. If saving $6.50 means a lot to you, might we suggest that instead of going to Las Vegas for your vacation, you round up your family in your mini-van and camp out at the Big K-mart parking lot for an exciting week of discovery and enlightenment.
Call the CAT bus folks at 702-228-7433 for more information.
If you're just going to hang out at the Strip, there's little point in renting a car. However, if you want to drive around and visit some of the outlying tourist spots, like the Grand Canyon, Bryce National Park, and New York City, then you probably want to rent some wheels. Try these agencies:
If you want to pretend you're someone when you're really not, why not rent a Limo to get around town? If you want to blow $33-$42 per hour to impress people you don't know, then go for it. If you really feel inadequate, go for the stretch limo ($40-$48 per hour) or the super stretch limo ($60-$80 per hour). Riding a limo from the Airport to the Strip is fairly reasonable though, around $3.50 to $4.00 one way.
A taxi can be a good option if you want to go to the Grand Canyon. Up to 5 of you can ride in the same car. At $2.20 for the first mile, $1.50 for each additional mile and .35 cents for each minute at a red light, you should be able to travel the 300 miles to the Grand Canyon for a mere $454.20 assuming that you are not stopped at red lights for more than 10 minutes. If you have more than 10 minutes of red lights, it might be more economical to catch a tour bus.
Estimated Cost of a Taxi from McCarran Airport To:
Though Trolleys will not take you to the Grand Canyon or New York City (unless you brandish a gun), they can be more convenient than city buses because they may not be so crowded and they normally drop you off closer to the hotel entrance than does a bus. However, the Trolleys will not go Downtown. The cost is $1.40 per ride and there are no monthly passes like buses nor do they run as frequently (about every 20 minutes) and do not start until 9:30 am. Call for more information (702-382-1404).
Free tram rides can be had between Bally's and MGM Grand, Mirage and Treasure Island, and Mandalay Bay, Luxor, and Excalibur.
Lowest Airfare To Las Vegas
McCarran Airport is one of the top 10 busiest airports in the world, but it's surprisingly nice and easy to use. If you enjoy aviation or watching airplanes take off and land, we have detailed information on McCarran's viewing area.
Every major domestic airline as well as a number of regional and international airlines serve Las Vegas, making McCarren airport one of the 10 busiest airports in the U.S. This high volume of flights affords the visitor a multitude of choices for flight times and some of the most competitive fares for the flight distance.
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Here are some of the shuttles that run between the hotel/casinos. We will be adding more as we find them. All times are approximate and subject to change at any time. Please verify with hotel.
Bally's to Sam's Town Runs hourly on the quarter hour - 9:15 am to 10:15 pm
Belz Mall to Sunset Station 12:30pm, 2:30pm, 5:00pm, 7:00pm, 8:30pm (except Sun)
Boulder Station to Fashion Show Mall - (702)432-7777 9:30am, 11:00am, 2:55pm, 6:55pm, 10:10pm
Boulder Station to Palace Station - (702)432-7777 2:00pm, 6:00pm, 8:25pm
Boulder Station to Sunset Station - (702)432-7777 10:20am, 3:50pm, 7:45pm, 9:30pm
Downtown Las Vegas to Sam's Town Runs hourly on the half hour - 8:30 am to 11:30 pm
Fashion Show Mall to Boulder Station - (702)432-7777 9:55am, 3:20pm, 7:20pm, 9:05pm
Fashion Show Mall to Palace Station - (702)432-7777 11:25am, 10:35pm
Fashion Show Mall (Saks 5th Ave. Entrance) to Palace Station - (702)367-2411 Run every half hour from 9:00am to 12:30am
Fashion Show Mall to Texas Station - (702)631-1000 10:30am, 3:05pm, 7:15pm, 9:40pm
Fremont Experience to Texas Station - (702)631-1000 9:45am, 2:05pm, 6:30pm
MGM to Sam's Town Runs hourly on the three quarter hour - 9:45 am to 10:45 pm
Palace Station to Boulder Station - (702)432-7777 11:40am, 2:25pm, 6:30pm
Palace Station to Fashion Show Mall - (702)432-7777 8:50pm
Palace Station to Fashion Show Mall - (702)631-1000 2:50pm, 9:25pm
Palace Station to Texas Station - (702)631-1000 9:00am, 11:25am, 5:45pm
Palace Station to Tropicana (Tour & Travel Entrance) - (702)367-2411 Run every half hour from 8:30am to midnight
Rio to Strip Runs continuously to the Rio Visitors Center located
on the Strip and Harmon Street
Sam's Town to Stardust Runs hourly on the half hour - 9:30 am to 10:30 pm
Sam's Town to MGM Runs hourly on the quarter hour - 9:15 am to 10:15 pm
Sam's Town to Bally's Runs hourly on the three quarter hour 9:45 am to 10:45 pm
Sam's Town to Downtown Las Vegas Runs hourly on the hour 8:00 am to 11:00 pm
Stardust to Sam's Town Runs hourly on the hour - 9:00am to 10:00 pm
Sunset Station to Boulder Station - (702)432-7777 10:40am, 4:10pm, 8:05pm, 9:50pm
Sunset Station to Belz Mall noon, 2:00pm, 4:30pm, 6:30pm, 8:00pm(except Sun)
Sunset Station to Tropicana 8:30am, 9:30am, 1:00pm, 5:30pm, 9:00pm, 10:00pm, 11:00pm
Tropicana to Fashion Show Mall - (702)367-2411 Run every half hour from 8:45am to 12:45am
Texas Station to Fashion Show Mall - (702)631-1000 10:05am, 6:50pm
Texas Station to Fremont Experience - (702)631-1000 9:25am, 1:45pm, 6:10pm, 10:05pm
Texas Station to Palace Station - (702)631-1000 8:35am, 11:00am, 2:25pm, 5:00pm, 9:00pm, 11:30pm
Tropicana to Sunset Station 9:00am, 10:00am, 1:30pm, 6:00pm, 9:30pm, 10:30pm
Information on limos, and free airport shuttles can be found on our phone numbers page. We have additional information for those driving.
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