Transportation in Las Vegas

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Ground Transportation

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. 

Car Rentals

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: 

Alamo 800-327-9633 Avis 800-331-1212
Budget 800-527-0700 Dollar 800-800-4000
Enterprise 800-736-8222 Hertz 800-654-3131
National  800-227-7368 Thrifty 1-800-FOR-CARS
Sunbelt 702-731-3600 US Rent-A-Car 702-798-6100


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. 

Ambassador Limo 702-362-6200 Bell Trans 702-385-5466
On Demand Limo 702-876-2222 Presidential Limo 702-731-5577
LV Limo 702-739-8414 CLS Las Vegas 702-740-4545


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: 

South Strip  $8.50 - $12.00 
Center Strip  $10.00 - $14.00 
North Strip  $11.00 - $15.00 
Downtown  $15.00 - $19.00 
Boulder Strip  $13.00 - $17.00 

ABC 702-736-8444 Ace 702-736-8383
Checker 702-873-2000 Desert 702-386-9102
Henderson 702-384-2322 Star 702-873-2000
Whittlesea 702-384-6111 Yellow 702-873-2000


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.

Hotel Shuttles

Here are some of the shuttles that run between the hotel/casinos. 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
Hours: Mon-Thurs from 9:00am to Midnight, Fri and Sat from 9:00am to 2:00am 

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

     Las Vegas Strip and Attraction Bus Route Info - City bus route info for tourist related routes and areas
     Tightwad Transit Tips - Free and/or cheap transportation abounds in Las Vegas
     McCarran International Airport - including information on North Las Vegas, Jean, and other area airports. - Don't spoil your trip with a ticket. Find out where all of the speed traps are.
     Las Vegas Taxi Tips - includes a Las Vegas Taxi Fare Chart

Other Attractions...

Las Vegas Tours

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     Boat Tours/Cruises - Cruises, Rafting, Rentals 
     Bus Tours - Traditional Motorcoach Sightseeing 
     Exploring Nevada's Great Outdoors - Offroad, Horseback, Trail and Nature Walks 
     Tour Brokers - They combine many sources to help you find just the right tour for you! 
     Receptive Operators/Destination Managers/Meeting Planners - Let professionals take the worry out of your group outings. 
     Miscellaneous Tours, Translators & Other Services - Self Guided, Themed, Gambling, Golf,
Charters and others.

In and around Las Vegas

Showbiz Calendar - Searchable


For more information... 

Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Bureau

Maps of Las Vegas and Vicinity...

State of Nevada

Las Vegas and Vicinity

Map of the New Frontier Hotel

Directions from the Airport to the New Frontier Hotel
1: Start out going Northwest on ramp towards PARADISE RD. 

2: Merge onto PARADISE RD. 

3: Stay straight to go onto SWENSON ST. 



6: Turn LEFT onto NEW YORK BLVD. 

Total Distance: 2.8 miles (4.5 km)
Total Estimated Time: 6 minutes

Last Update: 09/05/99 09:35 PM