Bus / Shuttles, Las Vegas
Did you know just to get inside a cab in Las Vegas it will cost you about 3.30? That's the amount the meter starts at. If you have ever been to Vegas before then you know that Las Vegas is also famous for the traffic on The Strip. A cab ride now in Vegas traffic even to get downtown can take as long as 20 minutes, who wants to pay a cab drive that kind of money?
Save your money to spend in the casinos when you want to go from one end of the strip to the other take The Deuce.
The Deuce is a clean, safe and efficient way of making your dollar go further in Las Vegas.
The Deuce arrives every 10 minutes and will take you up and down The Strip.
3.00 per person for a one way pass, 7.00 per person for a 24 hour pass and for a 15.00 for a 3 day pass.
One of the nicest features of our Time Share Condo was the access to FREE SHUTTLES each day and night. We would walk a short distance from our condo to the front of the resort and wait in a nice area with chairs, lights, and heat [when appropriate] until the shuttle would pull up, ALWAYS ON TIME. The shuttles were new, clean and with polite, efficient drivers.
We used these shuttles each day to go to the "strip". In addition, we used the shuttle to go on Saturday morning to the grocery store where we had one hour to do our shopping. Since we had a full kitchen, we ate our breakfast at the condo each day. We also ate on Sunday for lunch as we watched the Bears vs. Seattle in a great football game where our beloved Bears won. We also used the free shuttle to go to Fremont Street where we were delivered to the 4Queens Hotel/Casino. We had 3 1/2 hours to explore and were then picked up and taken to our condo.
When I saw, "Taken to our condo" I mean that literally. We were dropped off at the door of our individual condo. What a fine service this turned out to be, and we would always leave a $.00 tip for each ride. Mickey and I alternated tipping each time we rode the shuttle.
If it is very hot outdoors or cold outdoors, and you are uncomfortable walking, a smart idea is to ride on the double-decker Deuce bus which runs from the south end of the Strip to downtown. Stops along the way are near most major casinos and at the Town Square Mall and the Las Vegas Discount Mall. THIS IS A CITY BUS
$2.00 each way
24-hour pass for $7.00.
15-day pass is $15.00
YOU HAVE TO PAY ON THE BUS WITH EXACT CHANGE
Over 60 years of age, you need to tell the driver for 1/2 price fee [driver will not ask]
These buses are heated and air-conditioned, but keep in mind, these buses are slow because they travel down congested Las Vegas Boulevard [the Strip].
Also, realize that these buses are quite crowded.
To catch the bus:
a. Downtown on the corner of Fremont Street & Las Vegas Boulevard is a designated stop.
b. On the Strip, at designated stops.
c. At Downtown Transit Center where it starts
If you are sightseeing, be sure to try to sit on the top to obtain unobstructed views for taking photographs.
McCarran International Airport about four or five mile souths of "The Strip" in Las Vegas.The easiest way to go from the airport to your hotel or resort is via an Airport Shuttle bus, We used Greyline for $6.50 for a one-way trip or $12.00 for round trip.
When we came out of the door of the airport, the ticket booth was right there to buy a shuttle ticket. We were told that the bus to our resort was Number 5. We did not see our number at first because a crowd of people surrounded and hid the number. Thus, we walked around looking for about two minutes. Once we found the big sign [see photo #2] for our #5 bus, we waited another ten minutes. The driver loaded our luggage, and then we were off. We had an excellent driver who gave us good information all along our route. He told us about the best casino deals, the things not to do [such as jay-walking which holds a huge fine], and great places to eat. After a week in Vegas, we knew that he was wise to be sure.
We were the first passenger off the bus. We tipped him after he took out our luggage and were thrilled at how easy it was to leave the airport and arrive at our destination.
Inexpensive and reliable transportation is provided by Citizens Area Transit, known locally as CAT. Buses run along the Strip 24 hours a day. The one-way fare is $1.25 and exact fare is required.
THE DEUCE, a 24-hour double-decker bus, stops at almost every Casino on the Strip and the Las Vegas Convention Center during major conventions. The cost is $2.00 one-way or $5.00 for an all-day pass.
Update: The Deuce is now $3.00 one-way and $7.00 for an all-day pass.
We decided not to hire a car for our holiday as we researched the public transport available in las Vegas which is more efficient than driving. The main buses are CAT buses and no. 301 goes up and down the strip 24 hours a day approximately every 10 minutes. They also do buses out to the shopping malls on edge of city(likes Belz Factory Outlet). There is also a bus called the Strip Trolley but this is slower as it goes into each hotel and stops there before coming back out onto strip so is not the fastest service around. The price for the CAT 301 bus to get up and down the strip was $2 one way. Its great to just hop on, pay and then get off at another hotel further down strip. They were very efficient (and air condioned!)
and we really found them a great help to our holiday and did not miss havin a car at all. Have a look at this link which gives you prices , routes, times etc... http://www.vegas.com/transportation/buses.html
If you are not renting a car, it is a good idea to get the 24 hour pass for the bus on your second day in Vegas. Why? Well, we didn't have a car and on the first day we walked so much that my feet were hurting really bad. We didn't get the bus pass until the 3rd day, but wish we would have done it sooner. The cost is 5 dollars per person and it's good for 24 hours from purchase. Remember, things are a lot further on the strip than they appear to be. I've learned the hard way :) But if you like to walk, it is a lot of fun!
Taxis may be quicker, but Shuttles are cheaper as a rule. There is usually a bunch of them lined up at McCarran Airport ready to take you to your hotel. I suggested to Hans to buy a return ticket, so that's what he did. He took the GRAY LINE AIRPORT SHUTTLE to Circus Circus and paid the round trip fare of $11.00 . As he had to get back to the airport for his return flight, he called the shuttle service in advance and was given a time and confirmation number. Well, he waited and waited and no one showed up. So when another shuttle company came to the waiting area, he took that and paid again, as he didn't want to be late for the airport. So- so much for saving time and money. Sorry about that Hans. If I had looked at other people's tips about the Gray Line, I would have seen that this seems to be a chronic problem with them. So beware! My suggestion is just to pay for a single trip.
Not knowing the City, I paid my Irish travel agent in advance to arrange transport from the sirport to the hotel. I need to double check the email correspondence, but I'm pretty sure I was well overcharged at the Irish end of things.
We were staying at the luxurious Four Seasons, and I had requested a car, so I trusted the Agent to come up with something nice.
My heart sank when I followed the directions and found myself at a coach pickup depot. I bit my tongue, pocketed any bit of snobbery, and decided to go along with it. At the ticket desk I asked the ticket girl if we would be dropped right to the hotel door and she said we would. We queued for about half an hour in the sun and eventually our shared bus arrived and picked up about fourteen passengers.
We arrived at the huge Mandalay Bay complex and the driver shouted "Four Seasons." I could see no reference to Four Seasons anywhere, but our luggage was now in the valet parking area in front of Mandalay Bay and we had no option but to disembark.
We spent fifteen minutes wandering the hotel ground before we eventually found the very clearly marked and very seperate entrance to Four Seasons.
Not great for Grey Line who promised to drop us at the door, and worse for the Irish agent who had been asked for (and charged for) a car.
The good side is that it costs just ten dollars for the round trip.
The hotel provided a beautiful Lincoln town car for our return airport trip:-)
Las Vegas has many sorts of transportation available for their guest and locals. The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) is both the transit authority for souther Neveda and they provide transportation through out all of Las Vegas. The Las Vegas main strip, north Las Vegas Blvd, and south Las Vegas Blvd is one of their routes. The have three transit hubs: Downtown Transportation Center, South Strip Transfer Terminal, and the new Downtown Transit Hub. These facilities provide customer parking at first come first serve and are allowed to leave their vehicles up to seven days. So please check the web site for schedules and bus stops.
Downtown Transportation Center
300 N. Casino Center,
P.O. Box 1480
Las Vegas, NV 89125
Las Vegas Strip Route
The Las Vegas Strip is a miserable place to drive, and a near-impossible place to park. Walking is far better, and enables one to work off some of the calories from the big, all-you-can-eat buffets. You also see more, and can always stop and do whatever strikes your fancy.
If you're going too far to walk, use the bus. Bus 301 runs between Downtown Transportation Center (DTC) and South Strip, 24 hours. Buses leave every 10 -15 minutes. There are many stops. Bus 302, the Strip Express, runs between the DTC and the Southern Transfer Center, with fewer stops. Bus 301 cost $1.25 (exact change required). Bus 302 costs $2.00. Take the bus, and save yourself a lot of time and trouble.
I'd read a few warnings about dishonest taxi drivers in Las Vegas and since we wanted to start our holidays on the right foot, we decided to take a shuttle to our hotel. There are different companies offering shuttle services, and you'll easily find them at the airport in the baggage claim area. The price to get to a hotel located on the strip is $6 or 7, depending on the company. The shuttles sit about 15 people, so depending on where your hotel is located, you might have to make a few stops along the way, but since the airport is so close to the Strip, it shouldn't take more than 20-30 minutes (depending on traffic, of course) to get to your hotel.
On the way back, since we were leaving early in the morning and our hotel (MGM Grand) was located close to the airport, we decided to take a taxi and it cost $11. So if your hotel is located further down the Strip or if you're leaving when traffic has picked up, it'll probably be cheaper to take a shuttle back to the airport.
The bus is a good way to get around the Strip and downtown Las Vegas when it's off hours. Off hours meaning the early morning until early afternoon. After that, the bus is probably no faster than walking. At busy times, it will take you approx an hour just to make the 4.0 mile trip from one end of the strip to another.
I must say for such a tourist-orientated city, the bus service does not seem to be good at all, and I have heard even the locals complaining about this to tourists on the bus.
The bus routes along the strip have been replaced by double decker buses called "The Deuce" which go along the strip and end up downtown. The bus is supposed to run every 15 minutes, 24 hours a day. I emphasize SUPPOSED TO , as at one point we had to wait 40 minutes, and this was not at a busy time. Fare along the strip is $2.00 and if you are not a walker or need to go other places, a 24-hour $5.00 day pass is a better bet.
Its not really a trolley bus, just 'dressed' up to look like one. It runs up and down the strip and as walking can be a bit tiring on your feet hopping on this bus can give your feet a respite. It doesnt however go passed the Stratosphere at the northern end. If you want to go to Fremont Street Experience you will have to either get a taxi from here or one of the service buses.
Price for the trolley bus is $1.75, exact money is required as no change is given.
The trolley bus runs from 9.30am - 1.30am
however it can be quite slow as it goes around all the casinos.
Although cabs might be slightly quicker, the shuttles are cheaper and almost as fast. There's a whole row of them when you get to where the ground transport is located, they seemed to range in price from $5.50 to $7 one way. I selected the 1st one I came across, I think it was called Ritz Transport, for $6 and they left almost immediately and dropped me at the MGM Grand.
I was surprised at how close the Strip was to the airport, it couldn't have been more than a 10 minute trip, you can see the strip when you leave the airport area.