Out in Las Vegas – Transportation

Author: , May 8th, 2014

When we go to Las Vegas, we never get a car – there’s so much to do and see right on the Strip, and you can walk to everything. If not, there are plenty of taxis and other options.

Las Vegas Tram Station - Bellagio

Las Vegas TaxisFrom the airport, expect a Taxi to run $15-20 to one of the Strip hotels. On the Strip itself, unless the weather is just too damned hot or wet, it’s great to walk – there are so many things to see along the way, and most intersections have pedestrian over crossings so you don’t have to wait for traffic.

But if the weather doesn’t co-operate, you can take a tram instead. There are two tramlines on the strip, one on either side of Las Vegas Blvd.


Las Vegas MonorailThe Las Vegas Monorail runs along the eastern side of the strip, behind the hotels, and starts at The Sahara (now closed) on the northern end and ends at the MGM Grand at the southern end. There are plans to eventually extend it from there to the airport. The monorail is $5 one way, and $12 for a 24 hour pass. Longer-term passes are also available.

Las Vegas TramOn the western side of the strip, a shorter, free tram line runs from Bellagio to the Monte Carlo, with one stop at Aria/Crystals, and there’s a third tram too, also free and also on the western side of the strip – connecting Mandalay Bay, the Luxor, and Excalibur. Plus, there’s one smaller line between the Mirage and Treasure Island.

These trains are often not very convenient to get to – for example, for the tram from Bellagio to City Center to the Monte Carlo, you have to walk all the way to the back of the hotel through a bunch of twists and turns to get to the tram stop, and the signage is not great. But they can be handy when it’s windy or hot or wet out and you don’t want to walk too much outside.

It’s a bit ridiculous that the Strip has four train lines, and none of them connect to one another. But that’s what happens when everyone decides to build their own.

Here’s map of the team lines and where they stop (image via vegasjourney.com):


Bus - Las VegasThe trams seem to run about every five minutes on the Monte Carlo to Bellagio line. We didn’t take the other tram/monorail lines on this trip.

One other option – if you have a ZipCar membership, you can pick up a car for a few hours at a time, but there’s currently only one ZipCar location, and it’s on the other side of McCarran Airport from the Strip.

If you are on foot, be smart about your travels, especially during the heat of the summer – you can often dive into one side of a casino and out another, keeping your time in hot or wet weather to a minimum.

Have fun!

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