Getting Around Vegas
If you’ve never been to Vegas, then you probably assume it’s a breeze to walk from one end of the Strip to the other. Well, while you could probably make the trek, we wouldn’t recommend it. Unless, of course, you’re willing to invest a whole day and some blistered toes, then go ahead. But for everyone else out there, we’ve put together a list of all your transportation options throughout the city and our recommendations for when to use these options.
About: Ride-sharing, most commonly associated with Uber & Lyft are prevalent as a means of transportation in Las Vegas, providing another option for visitors to get around the destination. Ride-sharing companies provide transportation through their apps in the driver’s personal vehicle. Trip to Strip is new on-demand service that accommodates up to 11 passengers in a premium van and services the Strip, Las Vegas Convention Center and Terminal 1 at McCarran International Airport.
Cost: Varies depending on where you want to go. Prices are estimated in the app when ordering a ride.
Recommendation: Ride-sharing options are always a great choice and can be convenient when traveling to or from the resort corridor to outlying destinations.
What you need to know: Ride-sharing companies may implement surge pricing during times of high demand, like when major events or activities are taking place in the destination. Hotels have designated areas where ride-sharing companies can pick up guest, so make sure you know where the pick-up area is. There is no surge pricing for Trip to Strip and customer pickup locations include RTC bus stops and designated RTC paratransit stops. Trip to Strip drivers will make every attempt to pick up customers near their location and get customers as close as possible to their final destination, but customers may be required to walk a short distance after being dropped off.
About: The Las Vegas Monorail stops at seven points on the Las Vegas Strip: MGM Grand, Bally’s/Paris, Flamingo/Caesars Palace, Harrah’s/The LINQ, the Las Vegas Convention Center, Westgate, and Sahara Las Vegas.
Cost: A single ride is $5; a day pass is $13, and they also have two to seven-day passes with prices that range from $23-$56. If you’re a Nevada local, you can buy a single ride for $1; restrictions apply depending on how many you want to buy.
Recommendation: Great to use if you’re at or near a hotel that the monorail stops at and want to visit another hotel with a stop or near a stop. This is also a great option for anyone attending a convention at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The monorail also offers free shuttle rides at various off-the-Strip hotels. If you’re looking to go to the Strip, be sure to see if they have a shuttle at your hotel.
What you need to know: The monorail does not run all night. After a certain hour, you will need to take a different form of transportation.
About: Taxis are the main form of transportation used throughout Vegas. There is an abundance of them all over the city and, most likely, always a few waiting within a taxi line at a hotel during all hours of the day and night.
Cost: Varies depending on traffic and time of year. Additionally, taxis requested at the airport have an additional fee included.
Recommendation: Taxis are great to use when you want to go from property to property, to and from the airport, or if you’re just trying to get back to your house after a night at the club. There are plenty of them throughout town so you never have to worry about there not being enough drivers at a late hour.
What you need to know: What you need to know: Unlike other cities, you cannot hail a taxi on the street in Las Vegas. Taxis are required to pick up a fair at a physical address, such as a hotel taxi line. Hotel have specific areas for taxi pick-up, usually near the valet or main entrance. If you have any concerns with a taxi driver, you can call the Nevada Taxicab Authority at 702-668-4005 to report any issues.
About: The Deuce is the name of Las Vegas’ form of public transportation that’s operated by the Regional Transportation Committee. While the bus runs throughout town, there are two routes you can specifically take for the Strip and Downtown. These are Deuce on the Strip, which will stop at about every property on the Strip, and SDX Strip & Downtown Express, which stops at about half the stops as the other route.
Cost: A two-hour pass is $6; a 24-hour pass is $8; and a three-day pass is $20. You can buy your ticket on the bus.
Recommendation: If you’re looking to check out the old Strip and don’t want to pay a lot and don’t mind riding a bus, this is what we recommend. It is the cheapest form of transportation from the Strip to Downtown Las Vegas/Fremont Street.
What you need to know: Unlike taxis, The Deuce will actually pick you up on the Las Vegas Strip. If you’re looking to head back to your hotel after midnight, you’ll have to catch The Deuce on the Strip as the express bus will only run until midnight.
This is also the most cost effective way to get to your hotel from the airport. The Deuce does not stop at the airport, so you’ll have to take the Route 109 bus to the South Strip Transfer Station to get on The Deuce. Access to Route 109 is located in Terminal 1.