Monorails / Train, Las Vegas
Deemed to expensive and battling a long history of delays, shutdowns and negative impressions the Las Vegas Monorail makes it simple (and cooler, much, much cooler during those brutal summer months) to get around on the Strip.
The longest of the Las Vegas "trains" it is also the only one that costs money. Starting at the site of the old, now closed Sahara Casino and heading all the way south to the MGM Grand.
Las Vegas Monorail Stations with Travel Times (South to North)
MGM Grand Station (0.0 minutes S to N) (12.8 minutes N to S)
Bally's/Paris Station (2.6 minutes S to N) (10.7 minutes N to S)
Flamingo/Caesar's Station (3.7 minutes S to N) (9.09 minutes N to S)
Harrah's/Imperial Palace Station (4.95 minutes S to N) (7.84 minutes N to S)
Las Vegas Convention Center Station (9.12 minutes S to N) (3.67 minutes N to S)
Las Vegas Hotel and Casino Station (11.3 minutes S to N) (1.52 minutes N to S)
Sahara Station (12.8 minutes S to N) (0.0 minutes N to S)
Las Vegas Monorail Ticket Prices
$5 Single Ride Ticket
Unlimited Ride One Day Ticket (24 hrs) $14
Unlimited Ride Three Days (72 hrs) $30
Getting from one Las Vegas "Strip" hotel casino to the next is an easy walk, sometimes there are even connecting inside walkways. Going from one casino you may like to another you want to visit just may not be the one next door. Walking might take a long time to get from one to the other you wish to visit; for these Hotel Casino Resorts have large properties. Driving a vehicle from one hotel's parking structure to another hotel's parking structure on the strip can be a long and stressful process that can also be avoided by using the ultra modern Las Vegas Monorail system that runs north on the "Strip" with seven stops that start at the MGM Grand Station; Bally/Paris Las Vegas Station; Flamingo/Caesars Palace Station; Harrah's/Imperial Palace Station; Las Vegas Convention Center Station; Las Vegas Hilton Station and ends with the Sahara Ave/Paradise Road Station. There is a fee for this service and ticket machines are at each station.
There is a free monorail system that connects the Excalibur Hotel to Mandalay Bay Resort with the Luxor in between called the Mandalay Bay-Excalibur Tram. The Excalibur is across the street on the "Strip" from the MGM Grand, so a complete run from the south at Mandalay Bay free tram to north on the "Strip" to the Sahara Ave Station via the Las Vegas Monorail for a fee is possible. There are two other Tram systems on the west side of the "Strip" with the Bellagio - CityCenter - Monte Carlo Tram and the further north Tram system; the Mirage-Treasure Island Tram. The three Tram systems are free of charge. This may all sound a bit confusing, but the Vegas.com website has all four of the monorail systems mapped out with the location and hotel positions. Sorry, but there is no monorail to the Downtown/Freemont Street Hotels. Bus connection service is available from the Sahara Ave/Paradise Road Station of the Las Vegas Monorail to Downtown/Freemont Street Las Vegas via CAT bus Route 108. To show it all off is the Monorail Tourist Guide to the Strip which might help you choose where you would like to play.
The Aria Express is the CityCenter Tram is on an elevated electric track connecting: the Aria, Crystal City, Vdara and Bellagio hotels and casinos.
People who used this train are not too happy with the speed (a taxi is faster) and walking distances from stations.
Note: always use the elevators, rather than the escalators when using the Aria Choo-Choo.
Hours: Available from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 a.m. daily
Monorails run between Sahara Avenue and the MGM Grand, Bellagio and Monte Carlo (with a stop at Crystals), Treasure Island and the Mirage, and Excalibur and Mandalay Bay.
The monorail is open:
Monday - Thursday, 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.
Friday - Sunday, 7 a.m. - 3 a.m.
Rates: $5 for one ride, $14 for an unlimited one-day pass for one person and $30 for an unlimited three-day pass for one person.
ah...not the fastest or the most efficient method of travel but it does get you from one part of the strip to another. Actually it ends near Sahara Ave and is right across from Pamplemousse one of my favorite restaurants...and it starts at Bally's where I got to stay 2 nights.
Hours of operation:
Mon - Thur 7:00 AM - 2:00 AM
Fri- Sun 7:00 AM - 3:00 AM
$12 - Unlimited Day pass (24-hour pass from the time of purchase) 2011 Prices have gone down.
$35 - 10-ride...
$9 - 2-ride..
$5. - single - well...it is normally MUCH cheaper than a taxi if you're doing end to end...
Children uner 5 years ride free.
Unused rides are good for 12 months
Ticket vending machines accept cash, and most credit cards but change is limited to $20 and only in $1 coins....
NO SERVICE FEES.....YEAH
ok, there is a downside....NO Refunds..and all prices subject to change without notice (so... ????)
The Las Vegas monorail is a superb service from the Sahara Hotel in the north to MGM- New York, New York (MGM) in the South ; taking in all of the following hotel stops : Sahara - Las Vegas Hilton - Las Vegas Convention Center Station - Harrah's / Imperial Palace - Flamingo / Caesars Palace - Bally's & Paris, Las Vegas - MGM Grand (opposite New York New York). It does the Convention Center so serves business needs as well as the holidaymaker
$5 single but only $28 for three days - and that is 72 hours, so if you buy aticket at 7pm it's good til 7pm on the third day.
Note the stations are at the backof the hotels, so it's not Strip View all the way! I have a couple of pix snapped from the monorail on this tip
The Las Vegas Monorail System goes along the EAST SIDE of the "Strip", stopping at SEVEN stations [usually within casinos.] These casinos are Sahara, Las Vegas Hilton, Las Vegas Convention Center, Flamingo, Harrah's Imperial Palace, Caesar's Palace, Ballys Paris and MGM Grand.
Most people who ride it say that it is slow, but they use it because it is great for hot or cold days, if you are alone, or if you are a females who has a fear, especially late at night. Also, it is useful for long distance walks. It is certainly cheaper than taking a taxi.
This monorail system operates:
7 a.m. to 3: a.m. Friday through Sunday
$5.00 for a one-ride ticket
$9:00 for a 3-day pass
Children 5 and under ride FREEf*
Not sure about The Deuce, but if you are staying on the east side of the strip, the monorail is located behind those resorts, and is a decent way to move up & down that side of the strip. It's $5 for a single ride, but a 24 hour unlimited pass is $12 and a three day unlimited pass is $28. We stayed at Harrahs, got the three day pass, and used it at least 2-3x a day. It would've cost at least $30-40 a day for the equivalent cab fare.
Yes, there is some walking back to the stations involved, but unless you are physically challenged or pretty old, it's not that bad. The only problems we had was visiting Mandalay Bay & the Luxor, which are a long walk through the MGM Grand, then across the street to NYNY, then across another street through the Excalibur to those other resorts. That was a rather long walk.
It runs from the MGM up to the Sahara. Here is the website:
The CityCenter Tram connects Vdara, Belliago, CenterCenter at the Crystals, and Monte Carlo. The CityCenter has a wonderful cover, people walker to and from it and even has a elevator. Some wonderful art is display on the exterior walls.
The tram is 95-foot long that runs simultaneously in opposite directions, four cars per train, 33 passengers per car and 132 passengers per train, The tram transports 5,068 passengers per hour at peak capacity, The tram travels at 13.5 miles per hour, Passengers can make the roundtrip in six minutes and 15 seconds,
Tram operates 20 hours per day 8 a.m. – 4 a.m.
Cost to ride: FREE
the las vegas monorail is good way to get to most of the casinos and hotels on the strip. if you are staying on the strip and working the las vegas convention center it is the best and cheapest way to go to and from the convention center and the strip. if you are staying at the las vegas hilton it is also the best form of transportation to the strip. from the south the monorail begins at mgm grand and ends at the sahara with stops very three blocks and stops at the convention center and the hilton. as of january 2008 the one ticket price is $5 and a 24 hour pass is $9. there are ticket machines near the entrance to the monorail stops.
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.
The monorail is fine for getting from one end of the strip to another. The fares are $6 once way or $11 unlimited in a 24 hour period. The cars are clean, the announcements are constant.
It was a hike from our hotel to the monorail stop and we had to trek through the hotel's casino, etc to get there as well. But the kids loved riding it!
This beauty of system is wonderful and is expanding all the time. Before you know it, people will not have to walk at all. Bridges, secure sides walks are still needed. There are lots of other transportation such as cars, taxi, and buses. Yet, it is nice to know you can catch this someday to the other part of town.
Single Ride Ticket $5.00
Two-Ride Ticket $9.00
6-Ride Party Pack (Special)** $20.00
One-Day Pass (Special)* $9.00
Monday - Thursday
7:00 A.M. to 2:00 A.M.
Friday - Sunday
7:00 A.M. to 3:00 A.M.
Las Vegas Hilton Station
Las Vegas Convention Center Station
Harrah's / Imperial Palace Station
Flamingo / Caesars Palace Station
Bally's & Paris Las Vegas Station
MGM Grand Station
Las Vegas Monorail Company
3960 Howard Hughes Parkway, Suite 750
Las Vegas, NV 89169
Hours: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Pacific Time, Mon. - Fri.
Customer Service: (702) 699-8299
8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Pacific Time, Mon. - Fri.
Lost & Found: (702) 733-9069
8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Pacific Time, Mon. - Fri.
Best way to travel in town however .... DO NOT ASK FOR DIRECTIONS TO THE MONORAIL IN A CASINO!!!! They will send you 1/2 mile through the casino to a place that was 100 feet away. They must be forced to do it. It happens EVERY time. Otherwise I love the monorail. Get a multi use pass from the machine and you are good to go.
The best way to get around the strip is via the monorail. Its very simple to use and is great to give your legs a bit of a rest after all that walking! Plus it only takes around 15 minutes to get from 1 end of the strip to the other.
The monorail has several stops up and down the strip, from the MGM Grand to the Sahara. Not every hotel will have a station but there are handy maps inside the carriages which tell you where you need to get off, for example, if you're heading to Bellagio then your best bet is to hop off at the Bally's/Paris Las Vegas station.
As you journey, you are given what is almost a tour of the strip where music is played and a voiceover tells you facts about the areas of the strip you are passing. Its a nice touch but can probably become a little irritating if you ride the monorail frequently.
Tickets for the monorail can be bought from machines at the stations, we found the pricing a little odd as it was about $9 for a two ride ticket and $9 for an all day pass. We opted for the 1 day passes which allow as many stops as you want. The other good thing is, unlike some tickets, they don't expire at midnight so if you bought your ticket at 9pm it will still be valid until 9pm the next day.