Yes, there is an alternative to taxis & shuttles. At McCarran Airport baggage claim area, take the escalators or elevators down to Ground Level Zero. Walk out the doors. Then cross one street to the centre island. Turn right & walk to the end and you will see a couple of benches and a sign displaying "RTC 108, 109". If you're looking for public transit signage at the airport, it's awful. I have a feeling they want you to use the taxis or shuttles instead of the regular bus. If you're travelling lightly like we were, there's nothing wrong with using public transit. We paid cash on the first bus, but managed to buy a 3 day pass at a ticket machine in the South Strip Transfer Terminal. For more fare information, visit RTC's website.
The Strip - Take 109 heading south until you reach the last stop at South Strip Transfer Terminal (SSTT). Change to the Strip & Downtown Express (formerly Gold Line/Ace). The 109 is an ordinary looking bus. The Strip & Downtown Exp is a futuristic looking vehicle with wheel skirts (covers).
To Downtown - Take 108 heading north (no need to change buses). OR take 109 heading south until you reach the last stop at South Strip Transfer Terminal (SSTT). Change to the Strip & Downtown Express (formerly Gold Line/Ace). Ride the bus right through The Strip until you reach the Fremont Street area.
NOTE: If you ride The Strip & Downtown Express (formerly Gold Line/Ace) to the northern terminus, you will reach the Las Vegas Premium Outlets. It's a popular destination. At the time we rode transit, The Strip & Downtown Exp ran from 9:00AM - 11:59PM. From 12:00AM - 8:59AM, use the Deuce (double decker).
The Deuce is a city bus that travels from the Downtown - Fremont Street area to the South end on the Strip and back again. It is heated and air conditioned.
You can use your Deuce pass on other city buses.
24-hour pass $7;
3-day pas $15
Note: It is slow because it travels down congested Las Vegas Boulevard aka the Strip. And it is very hard to board mid-strip.
Very cost-effective shuttle service running from the airport to Strip & Downtown hotels between 4a.m. and 12a.m. daily. They provide fast and good service.
They will pick you up at your hotel and bring you back to the airport at the end of your trip (get round trip ticket).
You can locate Shuttles: Terminal 1 exit the Baggage Claim at Door 10 and Terminal 3 Baggage Claim between Doors 2 and 3 and Doors 6 and 7.
There are several options to get your hotel from the airport. I have been 5 times in Vegas and yesterday decided to take for the first time a shuttle service from BELLTRANS rather than a taxi.
That was the worst welcome that I have received in Vegas. The lady who sold me the tickets said that in 10 minutes the shuttle was going to depart, and after 40 minutes I was still waiting in the bus stop of the airport.
When I asked why she lied to me, they said OK Sr you can TAKE YOUR MONEY BACK !
When you arrive to Vegas I strongly recommend to take a cab and enjoy your trip, it is not really much more expensive and you can avoid the terrible service of a company such as BELLTRANS.
Enjoy the pictures I took when BELLTRANS refunded my money but not my time !
there are lots of airport shuttles going to and from Mc Carran International airport to the strip, off the strip, downtown and nearby areas and one of the more popular ones beside showtime airport shuttles is the grayline airport shuttles. you see, they not only offer various tour options around the las vegas area and beyond but also operate an airport shuttle service.
from their website:
* Convenient McCarran International Airport Transfers
* Includes Round Trip Service to Las Vegas Strip or Downtown Hotels
Times: 24 Hours
Gray Line Las Vegas Airport Express Service offers convenient 24/7 transportation between McCarran International Airport and Las Vegas Strip or Downtown Hotels. Relax, enjoy the ride and soak in the sights!
Buses depart from the airport every 15 minutes, with return service pick-up based on your departure needs.
* Round Trip Airport Transfer Service to Strip and Downtown Hotels
* Optional Gratuities
* Wheelchair equipped coaches available with 24 hour notice.
* The Department of Aviation and the airlines strongly suggest you be at the airport at least 2 1/2 hours prior to your flight departure time.
* No call is necessary for your airport arrival transfer. Just present your voucher at the Gray Line Airport Booth or to our driver, located outside of door #10 of the baggage claim area. For your return transfer from Las Vegas to the airport, please call the Gray Line Shuttle reservations number listed on your voucher to schedule a pick-up time.
one way price to strip hotels is $ 7 and round trip at $ 13. be sure to call them at least 24 hours before scheduled departure and be ready with the confirmation number.
For $2 - $20 you can get a 2 hour to a 3 day pass on the busses. These will take you from the strip to the outlet mall in the north and the south. They are great for getting around. The main problem is the bus stops are really spread out.
The fares for the train in Las Vegas are expensive to me, so as a suggestion, it is better to buy a two day pass. Per trip cost $5.00 so that's $10 per trip back and forth to your hotel but if you have a two day pass, you are better off.
Catch the train at the MGM casino and it stops close to the Venetian Hotel.
Catching a cab is way cheaper especially if you are lazy to walk. There is so much walking involved in taking a train. You have to looped around the casinos - that's their plan so you are distracted and will gamble...By the time you get to your destination, two hours have easily passed!
Once you get off the plane, find your way down to where the baggage claim is. Right next to baggage claim 7 or 8, exit the doors next to it, and find the shuttle booth. Its about $7 from airport to hotel. That's about $10 cheaper than a cab. Sometimes, the line is shorter too. There's no good reason why you wouldn't do this instead!
A bus that goes up and down the strip from Mandalay Bay all the way to Fremont. It costs $2.00 per trip, or $5.00 for 24 hours of unlimited riding. It stops at every major resort hotel on the strip. The only drawback is the gridlock in front of the MGM. It is a double decker bus, so you get a good view of the street if you are on top.
the deuce is a double decker bus the cost is 2 for the strip and 1.50 off the strip.
If you want to go from one part of the strip to the other part then look for the sign on the bus that either says south strip or north strip. The drivers are very helpful and patient. During 5pm till 7pm more buses are placed on the road but they can still packup pretty quickly.
If you are staying at a midstrip hotel there really is little need for buying passes. However if you wish to go to the southernmost part of the strip or to the outlets than you may want to look into it.
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