Is that one way? Most of the airport transfers that you buy on Expedia is from the airport to the hotel and then from the hotel to the airport. Three weeks ago, we took the Belltrans because it is the cheapest way to get to our hotel. The only thing about taking this shuttle bus is that you have to call them in advance (at least 24 hours) that you needed to be picked up from the airport and also from your hotel.
If you are more than five, this is the cheapest way to do it. However, if you are only 4, taxi cab is better.
The cab drivers know where the traffics are and they know how to avoid them. They go to the back of the hotels most of the time to avoid the traffic...
If you have a lot of luggages, the cab's trunk won't be able to fit though...So, this is something that you might like to think about.
If you're looking to save money I recommend walking. If your destination is located at the other end of the strip then taking a cab may be a better option, however, be aware that cab drivers tend to take very long detours and price can jump up quick. Sharing a cab is a great way to cut cost but if you're like me you'll spend the extra money to have your privacy. Just be aware where your driver is headed and don't let them take advantage of you. (as most passengers are usually intoxicated and easily fooled)
The Las Vegas Strip Trolley has extended its route to downtown Las Vegas. As part of its loop, the Las Vegas Strip Trolley will make stops in the following seven locations: Las Vegas Premium Outlets, World Market Center, Plaza Hotel and Casino, Golden Nugget, Lady Luck, Fremont Hotel and Casino and Neonopolis at the Fremont Street Experience.
The Las Vegas Strip Trolley offers the convenience of making stops and pick-ups at the doors of hotels instead of on the street. Stops are situated throughout the route for easy passenger accessibility. The Las Vegas Strip Trolley makes three stops alone at the Fremont Street Experience.
A one-time pass for the trolley costs $2.50. An all-day pass costs $6.50 with three-day and five-day passes also available. The trolley runs from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. daily. Traffic permitting, trolleys in the downtown loop run every 30 minutes.
Passengers may also transfer routes and take the trolley along the Strip and South Strip. The Strip route runs between the Stratosphere and Mandalay Bay, while the South loop runs between Mandalay Bay and South Coast. For more information, call 702-382-1404.
If you find that walking the streets in the baking sun is too much for you, as I did, you may want to use the monorail, which runs along the rear of the Strip, stopping at various hotels. While it may not be the cheapest public transport option (buses are much cheaper), we enjoyed the air conditioned ride.
The monorail runs between the Sahara and the MGM Grand, with several stops in between. It runs from 7am - 2am Mon to Thu, and till 3am Fri to Sun. A single ride (regardless of distance) costs $5, or get a Day Pass for $12 or a 3 Day pass for $28 (Oct 2008).
As the monorail doesn't stop at all the hotels, we did find sometimes that in the time it took you to walk to a monorail station, usually located at the rear of one of the mega hotels, and then walk through the hotel at the stop you disembarked to get to the hotel you wanted to visit, that it would have been faster just to walk there along the Strip.
See the website for a map and details of all stops.
After spending 8 nights in California, we were then going to Las Vegas. We toyed with the idea of driving there, but after advice from the travel forum suggesting there wasn't really much worth seeing along the way, we decided to fly.
We dropped our hire car at San Francisco Airport and flew from there, with Virgin America. The flight took around 1 hour and 15 minutes. We enjoyed flying with Virgin, and I thought that their safety demonstration video was one of the best I have ever seen. It was funny, which kept my attention, and seemed to explain the safety procedures more clearly than usual. I also liked that I was able to choose our seats when I booked the flights, and online check in was easy too.
As we approached Las Vegas McCarran International Airport I was very excited to be able to see the Strip from my window seat on the plane. The airport is located really close to the Strip. After landing, we walked into the terminal and I was amused that one of the first things I saw were slot machines! We really were in Las Vegas.
Once we had collected our bags, we followed the signs to the taxi rank, which had a well organised queuing system. In no time at all we were on our way to our hotel, the Bellagio. The fare cost about $20 including tip, and the journey took around 15-20 minutes, and much of that time was spent sitting in a traffic jam just off the Strip.
We learnred the hard way to rent a car, after spending a fortune and many wasted hours waiting for taxis. There is free parking in most of the casino parking lots. You are able to do some of the tours yourself and save money. You can visit the really interesting casinos off the strip. Plus you can go when you want to without waiting in taxi lines!
Plus you get to see different parts of the city and surrounding area that you would not normally see!
As you come out of the arrivals building into the heat outside you will feel for the first time that you have truly arrived. The airport is located at the end of the Strip but there is not much that can be seen at first. The fleet of stretch limos parked outside will however give you an insight into what you might expect. We even saw a stretch range rover that looked more like an army assault vehicle. And then we saw something that would be familiar to any Londoner…. could it be, surely not here, yes it is, we’ve flown half way round the world and one of the first things we see is a bloke in a Manchester Utd football shirt!!
A good tip for the first time visitor, unless you are in a hurry, is not to get a taxi from the airport to your hotel but take one of the shuttle buses that ply their trade outside the arrivals area. As well as being cheaper, you get a free tour, especially if you are staying downtown and get dropped off last. Depending on where you are staying this is likely to take some time but you will get some great views and it will give you an idea of the geography of the Strip.
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.
Google "car rental promo codes" and see what you come up with. I found a website that had a 25% off promo code for a car rental. I was a little apprehensive about it I admit. I pictured showing up to rent the car and having the promo code police show up with flashing lights and sirens. Truth be told the website that I got the code off of had a link to where the code came from. It was 25% off for any Walmart customer. Easy as pie but I would not have known about the promo otherwise. There are people who have the nerve to use promo codes for convention members and other such things but as my name states I am still timid about such things. Maybe one day I will get up the nerve.
The mistake that we made was to walk everywhere, forgetting how big the Strip was! So - in order to make the most of your time at Las Vegas, i would suggest using the public transport, whether it be the monorails or the buses or by taxi!!!!!
For about $75 you can get the ultimate view of Vegas by taking an evening helicopter flight over the Strip. It only lasts about 15 minutes but it's well worth it. There are two or three companies providing this service and I booked my trip through www.vegas.com
WARNING: from McCarran Int'l Airport, you go & get herded like cows to the slaughter, in this roped off area. You'll stand there for ONE SOLID HOUR, no matter WHAT TIME your flight gets in! ... and, you'll stand, holding all your suitcases, with 200 other just-got-here peoples; roped, waiting, roped, plodding along like cattle; to be herded into a taxi-cab which will take you to your final resting spot in Vegas.
The taxi service from your hotel BACK to McCarran will be much, much less painful. No cattle-herding.
If your hotel is off the beaten path (not 'on' The Strip), to get to it, take the Monorail. Just walk a lil ways, and for $3, you can get on the rail in the sky out to all the sparkly lights, gambling, shopping, food, shows, and other large bright things.
I hear some people take limosines from the airport out to their hotels; while this may sound over-the-top and expensive, what the hey, man? You are in VEGAS, which itself IS over-the-top and expensive. So SAVE YOURSELF and AVOID the cattle-herd at the airport where you are butt-tired from standing waiting for the taxi --- and GET A LIMO!!!!!!
The taxi ride itself from the airport to yer hotel is around $12. The limo is more I bet, but you'll save yourself time & your arms will thank you. Plus who wants to stand in that line.
Except for the Downtown area, distances to where you may want to go are not within a comfortable walk. The bus system is quite good but often inconvenient for your schedule and taxis are relatively expensive so using your own automobile or renting one is really the way to go - there are always very good "package" deals on auto rentals in Las Vegas. Please see the picture for a general orientation of the layout of the city.
There were 6 of us and we took a Helicopter to the Grand Canyon ,Arizona and landed in it for a Champagne Lunch .
On return we flew over the strip which was quite an experience --- we passed close to the Stratosphere Tower restaurant [ floor 107 ] where we had dinner the previous evening .
A large stretch limo takes you to and fro the airport .
From our experience the only way, if you can, to get around Las Vegas is WALKING. The bus has it's place, but you'll find that either buses or taxis are stuck in rush hour traffic on the strip, and your best bet is walking.
Sadly, walking is much faster if you're headed somewhere on the strip during busy times. To give you an idea of length, the strip is approximately 4.0 miles long.
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