Combined Suggestions, Las Vegas
* First off, don't walk from the Hardrock Hotel to the Strip unless you are completely broke. It just takes waaaaaay to long, and there's nothing interesting along the way (unless you consider discarded escort service ads interesting). There is a free shuttle from the Hotel, so just take that, although it stops running around 10:30 or so.
* Most hotels have free shuttles to/from the airport.
* Taxis are so expensive, it could cost you $25 or more just to get 1 mile or so, mostly because of the traffic. Save taxi rides for 5am when you're stumbling back to your hotel.
* Take the Monorails, they rock.
* And lastly, an Escalator is not an amusement park ride, the purpose is to help you go up and down faster than simply walking. Be sure to continue walking after stepping onto the escalator, or at least stay to the right (or perhaps left in the UK) so those of us who actually know how to use it can get where we are going. (Ok that was a little snippy, but you know who you are.)
The local buses were cheap and plentiiful
If there are 4 or more of you a taxi often worked out the same price. Even the limo was only £25 one way, but was an experience.
The strip must be walked, to see everything, in stages.
You pretty much have to fly to get to Las Vegas, but some crazies actually drive through the desert to get there from California!!!
Be afraid. Be very afraid. Cab drivers in LV are nuts, but it's the easiest way to get around if you don't plan to leave the strip. If you do plan on leavign the strip, get a rental car and use it. The taxi drivers are speed demons who are only worried about picking up their NEXT fare, and not about whether or not YOU get to your destination in one piece!
Hey you make your own way, I don't need to tell you how to get there...! (haha)
There are lots of taxi's around the strip if you need to get around. Some hotels will offer a bus service to and from the strip.
There are 5 ways that I can suggest for getting around Las Vegas.
1. This is a bit more luxury style but a nice way to cruise the Strip at night. Hire a limo. When I worked as a tourguide, I'd often come through here with my tour groups for 2 nights. On the first night we would go to a buffet dinner at the Luxor and I would surprise the group with a 1 hour limo ride to the Freemont Experience in Downtown with a drop-off at the Mirage at the end. Being that they were mainly from Germany, riding in these huge limousines was dreamlike. They're eyes were just buggin' out as they sipped their champagne and gazed out at the glitter of lights. It was something they talked about for days afterwards. There are a ton of limo services in town - I can recommend Gene Seibak as your Chauffeur (the tallest guy in the pic). I went with him a couple of times. His cellular # probably wouldn't be the same anymore from '99 (702)278-2561, but his pager # is (702)590-1210.
2. Take a CAT bus. They have bus stops all along the Strip and also go to the Factory Outlet Stores, as well as other places off the Strip, which you most likely won't go to anyway. The cost per ride in '99 was about $1.50.
3. Several groups of hotels on the Strip now have a monorail system (free). One goes from the Excalibur to the Luxor and Mandalay Bay. Another is a 1 mile long monorail connecting the MGM Grand to Bally's by way of Aladdin. It's a long walk to reach the monorail from the Strip though, as it runs at the rear of these properties. Another light monorail system links the Monte Carlo with Bellagio.
4. If you have your own car be prepared for a lot of standstill traffic at certain times of the day. Parking at all the hotels is free unless its valet of course. Parking for non-valet is most definately a further walk to the casino!
5.Hire a Harley Davidson. I know this is available off the Strip somewhere, but I don't have the info anymore. Maybe a nice way to cruise out to the Hoover Dam?
CAT Bus. It's relatively cheap and if your going to be a while...buy a monthly pass and ride all you want. Bell Transit is also better than a Taxi although a Taxi isn't so bad. But with tip...you can be out about $25 from the airport to downtown. Maybe more.
McCarran Airport located two minutes off the Strip.
Taxi or automobile. I suggest renting your own car. Most hotels have a Taxi line a mile long which means you will be dead before you see your turn. Not to mention there is so much traffic on the strip that getting next door will cost you at least five buck, add that up and you are broke. And I dare you to walk!
Fly unless you live close enough to drive. Many travel agents or internet sites (www.expedia.com) have great packages that include hotel
If you are primarily there to see the strip and to gamble, then I would suggest just walking. There is a bus that goes up and down the strip as well and you can always cab it to some places just off the strip. Renting a car is not necessary unless you want to see a lot of stuff outside of the Vegas Strip.
Leave the car at home and fly in. There is simply no point in taking a car. The strip is very busy and frequently jammed, when its not it is not a pleasant driving experience. And the parking, though free, is usually a good walk from where you want to be.
We took a taxi from the airport to the Riviera, it cost $20. For the return trip we took one of the buses which visit each of the hotels every quarter of an hour or so, this cost $8.50 + tip for the two of us, good value I think.
There is a good bus service up and down the strip. Bus no 301 stops everywhere, no 305 only stops at five or six places along the strip. Price is $2 any distance. The 'Trolley' does a round trip for $1.50, good for sightseeing.
You'll only need a rental car if you intend to stay in Henderson like we did. Otherwise, you will only need a car on a daily basis if you intend to head to Hoover Dam.
Use the trams running between the Excalibur and Mandalay Bay. Also use the tram between MGM Grand and Bally's. That will allow you to see about half of the strip. Use cabs to get downtown.
FREE PARKING!! The strip hotels has free parking which is awesome! If you don't have a car, walking is the cheapest way to go, however look out for the Taxi Drivers in Las Vegas. These guys will run you over if you are in a crosswalk at the wrong time. Some of the hotels offer monorails between 2 or 3 properties. Driving on the strip is a nightmare. It is congested and filled with people who do not know how to drive. If shuttle service is available, go with that.
Hotel Mandalay Bay's Lobby. Most peaceful hotel in Vegas Next time we are planing to stay there.Hah! A good tips for transportation: Rent a car! All the hotels have free self parking . Everything looks close to each other in the map but when you walk it's not like that! We rent a car from thrifty.com and it was a great deal . Other alternative is most of the hotels have free shuttle bus service to the airport and to the Strip.
It depends on how many days that you'll be there, and were your coming from. I live in Phoenix, so I have more options than someone coming from Houston. If I'm going for the weekend I'll fly Southwest it's only $99 roundtrip. But if I want to go for a longer time, I'll ride my motorcycle. It only takes about 6 hours to ride there.
If I'm there for 2-3 days, I'll use the shuttle services. But if I'm there longer I'd have riden my bike and I'll use that to get around.
We drove into Vegas. It was an experience. As we were getting close the The Hoover Dam, and about to cross into Nevada from Arizona, the roads get pretty crazy. Well especially for Mid-West drivers. Hey, we only have flat land here!!! I wouldn't want to do it at night again. It was a little scary. I took a picture of this crazy, steep, curvy road in the day time. It was the scariest drive of my life...especially with that Flying J trucker on our behind!
Once you are on The Strip, forget about your car! There is really no use driving at all. It took us about 1 hour to get from one end to the other when we were trying to get in and out of town! It's a headache to try to drive. Walk The Strip as you stop from place to place. If you get too hot, go inside for awhile. Many of the casinos are connected by air conditioned walkways. If you want to get to the other end of The Strip, jump on one of the buses.
The Taxi's in Vegas will take the longest route if they think you are new in town, I try to avoid taxi's in Vegas.Bell Tram is good to and from the airport.Try and take the free shuttles,or the city Buses.