Getting Around

Your number one mode of transportation in Las Vegas is your two feet. Be prepared to walk – not so much on your way “to” locations, but on your way “through” them.

  • Las Vegas Monorail
    This amazing feat of both private corporate funding and engineering will revolutionize Las Vegas vacations. It started with a simpler monorail that connected the MGM Grand and Ballys in 1993. That was shut down in 1999 to begin construction on the new seven station monorail that connects numerous Strip properties:

    • MGM Grand Station (MGM Grand, New York New York, Tropicana, Excalibur, Monte Carlo, Luxor, Mandalay Bay)
    • Bally’s and Paris Station (Bally’s, Paris, Aladdin, Bellagio)
    • Flamingo / Caesars Palace Station (Flamingo Hilton, Caesars Palace)
    • Harrah’s / Imperial Palace Station (Imperial Palace, Harrah’s, Mirage, Treasure Island, Venetian)
    • LV Convention Center Station (Las Vegas Convention Center)
    • LV Hilton Center (Las Vegas Hilton)
    • Sahara Station (Sahara, Circus Circus, Stratosphere)

    Did you know that Canadian transportation giant Bombardier was heavily involved in this project?

  • Other Monorails
    • Excalibur-Mandalay Bay-Luxor-Excalibur
      Huh? This tram will take you from Excalibur directly to Mandalay Bay (passing Luxor on the way). Don’t worry – on the way back, you can get off at Luxor. When you get off at Luxor, don’t forget to look up at the big Egyptian cat-man (it’s the Sphinx).
    • Mirage-Treasure Island
      Just ask Steve Wynn. When you build two giant resorts right next to each other, put a connecting tram! The idea seems to have caught on now. This quaint tram doesn’t seem to take you that far, but it will save you a few minutes, and is an awfully fun ride!
  • Public Transit
    Yes, Las Vegas is a real city, and real people live here. While public transit might be intended more for employees, it is a thrifty way to get up and down the strip for tourists too. If you plan on seeing the downtown Freemont Street Experience, catch a bus and save yourself $20 on return taxi fares. The bus costs $2.00 – take bus 301 or 302.
  • Trolley
    There is a nifty modified vehicle (“Las Vegas Strip Trolley”) that runs up and down the Strip with select stops at different resorts. It’s a bargain at $1.65 per person, and it takes you on a far more interesting route than the bus.
  • Shuttles
    Keep an eye out for free shuttles! There is a convenient shuttle that takes you from Harrah’s to RIO and back for free. Remember to tip the driver!
  • Taxis
    Ah, taxis. The lifeblood of the Las Vegas transportation system. If you were the only car on the road, taxi fares wouldn’t be much, but be prepared to pay the price if traffic is congested. Vegas taxi drivers are intimately familiar with the shortcuts, and are usually genuinely interested in getting you there as fast as possible (if you are happy with your trip, your tip should reflect this). Also, they get more money for distance then time, so the faster they get you there, the sooner they can get their next ride. Unless you are prepared for chaos, or want to “experience” the strip by car, do not insist on driving down the strip – instead, let these shortcutters work their magic!

Take advantage of the many moving sidewalks leading into (and less often) out of many of the big resorts. Give your feet a rest!

Thinking about a rental car? Think twice. While a car is convenient for transportation in many cities, Las Vegas has so many other transportation options that you might not find a car as useful. It is almost always faster to get to the taxi stand and take a taxi, then it is to get to your car park, drive out of it, and dare the crazy Las Vegas Strip traffic yourself. If you plan an excursion by car, or have an off-strip location you need to revisit each day (i.e. a conference that is not reachable by monorail or shuttle), then a car might be sensible.