Tired of walking, piling on to a bus, standing in lines or waiting in traffic??? Why not try the LAS VEGAS MONORAIL a novel way to travel the "Strip".
There are several Stations:
Bally's LAs Vegas
Flamingo Las Vegas
Harrah's Las Vegas
Las Vegas Convention Center
Las Vegas Hilton
Hours of operation:
Monday to Thursday 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.
Friday & Saturday 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m.
Look for the special coupon in Vegas magazines for special fare for unlimited one-day pass for $9.00 (reg. $15.00)
The monorail is a great method if you are looking to just travel between casinos on the strip. With a group and a specific destination, taxis are probably cheaper, but otherwise it is a great method. It carries you to both the new and old strip, and most casinos are within a block or two of the monorail stations. I bought a single-day pass and it only cost me $9, so keep it in mind when visiting Las Vegas.
The monorail system is ($5.00 per single ride), fast, and convenient. Multiple ride, and one/three day passes also available. It covers a 4 mile route in about 14 minutes, and travels at speeds of 50mph. The monorail stops at seven stations, and connects to nine resorts on the strip. It travels from the Sahara Hotel to the MGM Grand Hotel. Tickets may be purchased from the vending machines located at each station. Hours vary so be sure and check the signs.
When I asked at the information desk about the best way for me to get around Las Vegas with my rather cumbersome aircast, they suggested the monorail which goes more or less from one end of the strip to the other. I picked it up at the MGM Grand, from where the shuttle dropped me off it was just a short walk. I took it all the way to the end of the line at the Sahara and then stayed on to go back to Harrah's. Which casinos/attractions are closest to which station is well marked inside the cars.
Although they seem to tout it as a benefit, the monorail runs on the backside of the resorts which is great if you want to walk through the entire resort, not so great if you are limping in an aircast and just want to get to the street side. The stop at Bally's seemed to be particularly far away from the street side but I guess at least it's air conditioned!
You can buy a single ride for $5, if you just want to have a look at the resorts from the monorail there is no need to get off the monorail to make the return trip. An all day pass was $9, same as two rides. You can buy the pass from right outside the monorail stations.
The present monorail (Phase 1 of the overall project) begins at the MGM Grand Hotel near the south end of The Strip, and runs roughly parallel to the Strip on its eastern side. The monorail passes next to the Convention Center and the Las Vegas Hilton, both with stations, before ending at the Sahara hotel at the north end of the Strip. The ride takes about 14 minutes to travel its total distance of 3.9 miles (about 6.3 km).
The monorail generally runs behind the eastern Strip side hotels and casinos, a long block away from the Strip. To get to the Strip thus usually requires a long, confusing walk through one or more casinos, with the prospect of emerging upon the Strip in an unexpected location. This lack of a direct presence on the Strip along with relatively high ticket prices has been a factor in the rather slow acceptance of the monorail.
A map of the system is provided by the monorail operator.The route is approximately 4 miles long and runs from 7 am to 2 am (3 am Friday night through Sunday night). It takes about 15 minutes to go the full route with trains arriving in stations approximately every 10 minutes.
Tickets are available for a fixed number of rides or for a fixed period of time. Ticket pricing is as follows:
One ride $5
Two rides (valid for one year) $9
Ten rides (valid for one year) $35
One day (unlimited use) $8
Three day (unlimited use) $40
There are vending machines located on the station platforms and inside the connected resorts from which you can buy tickets. There is already talk of extending the monorail to the airport and downtown.
Las Vegas Monorail Company
3720 Howard Hughes Parkway, Suite 200
Las Vegas, NV 89169
Phone: (702) 699-8200
Fax: (702) 731-3272
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.
The monorail comes in different pieces. Some are free and provide transport from one hotel to another in the same chain (Mandalay > Luxor > Exalibur).
Others cost money and run down large parts of the Northern strip. I understand this will eventually run to Freemont and downtown.
The biggest downside is the long walk through the hotel, casino, shopping mall, parking lot etc.
I hardly ever used this, the Deuce is far better in my opinion.
The Las Vegas Monorail is awesome. I stayed at the Stratosphere Hotel and I did the walk all the way to the Luxor Hotel and back and my feet almost fell off. The next day I looked for alternative transportation and I found the Las Vegas Monorail. The Las Vegas Monorail starts from the North End at the Sahara Hotel and goes all the way south to the MGM hotel. Here are the stops starting from the North End of the Sahara Hotel; Las Vegas Hilton, Las Vegas Convention Center, Harrah's Imperial Palace, Flamingo/Ceasar's Palace, Bally's/Paris, and the MGM Grand Station. Of course all of the other hotels not listed are either across the street or next door to these hotels. The prices are $5 for a single ride and $15 for an unlimited day pass. The day pass is well worth it if you are planning on visiting a number of hotels on the strip and want to be able to go back to your home hotel inbetween.
The Monorail is a great way to get around the strip. If you plan to be up and down the strip this is the way to go. It is $40 for unlimited 3 day pass for 1 or $35 for 10 trips shared with no expiration date that we noticed. The Monorail travels from the Sahara on the north end to the MGM on the south end of the strip. Mandalay Bay to Excalabur has a free short monorail between these casinos. Definately worth it during the summer.
The Las Vegas Monorail is a great and convenient way to get around town. One of the minuses is that it does not service all of the hotels, but they're constantly working on better solutions. Departures are plenty, and the carts are spacious:)
A cab can get you anywhere in Las Vegas, but if you've ever been to Vegas on a busy weekend, you've seen the ridiculous taxi lines. The Las Vegas Monorail system, while not as popular as they planned, can be a big help if you're traveling from one end of the Strip to another. It runs from the Sahara Hotel on the north end of the Strip to the MGM Grand at the south end. The track runs on the east side of the Strip, stopping at several casinos like the Flamingo, Paris/Bally's, Harrah's/Imperial Palace, the Las Vegas Convention Center, and the Las Vegas Hilton (not in that order). When there's a convention or big ticket concert in town and cabs are scarce, look for the monorail to get around. You can buy many different kinds of passes from one-way ticket to all day pass, and the prices are comparable to one cab ride. You don't have to tip the monorail driver, because it's automated! You can get more information about the monorail from your hotel guest services desk or the monorail website.
The Las Vegas Monorail... Built 100% from private funds (ie rich-ass casino owners) & no public money--that's good. It's expensive as hell at $5 per person to cover a 3.5-mile route compared to Houston's Metrorail at $2 per person for a 7.5 mile route. Vegas locals only pay $1 while we subsidize their fare...just another way for Vegas to stick it to tourists and suck our wallets dry. Houston's Metrorail was intended to connect many of the city's major destinations such as universities, sporting venues, tourist attractions, housing areas, shopping areas, and office buildings, while Las Vegas's Monorail was created simply to connect the casinos and hotels. That explains the difference in ridership: Vegas claims 32,000 passengers per day, while Houston's Metrorail averages 40,000 per day.
The Monorail claims ridership of 32,000 per day. According to their website, it moved 518,000 passengers in February 2006 (down 16% from the previous year!), giving an average of just 18,500 people per day. During this same period revenue actually increased 31%...the average ticket revenue jumped from $2.87 per passenger to $4.49 per passenger. If they keep raising prices, they might as well just shut it down.
The Las Vegas Monorail runs from the MGM Grand in the South to the Sahara in the north, stopping at several casinos along the Strip, plus the Convention Center. Because of this jog to the convention center, many of the casinos at the northern end of the Strip are isolated from the monorail, some (Frontier, Stardust, Circus Circus) a half mile to a mile from the nearest station. It's not much better in the casinos with stations as they are located as far as 500 yards from the casino's front entrance, meaning a 15 minute walk just to find and board the monorail.
There are no plans to expand the monorail & actually make it useful. The main terminal of the Las Vegas Airport is just 2 miles from the southern terminus of the monorail, which would be a relatively easy, and a very useful, expansion.
The monorail starts at the MGM Grand and goes up the strip as far as the Sahara and back. There are 5 stops in between and it only takes 15 minutes to travel from one end to the other. If you want to see the sights of the strip consider buying a day pass for the monorail for $10. Otherwise it is $3 for one trip, one way. IYou can buy the tickets at any stations. It opens at 8 am and runs until 2 am. The main thing to be aware of is that in most cases it is a bit of a walk to get to each station from the main strip.
If there is a group of 4 or more of you then don't waste your money on a muti-trip monorail ticket . Whilst they are quick and clean they don't represnt value for money if there are a number of you and cabs work out to be more cost-effective.
The monorail also drops you off at the rear of most casinos and this can sometimes mean a 20 minute walk back to the strip as you work your way through the casino and the crowds.
Navigate the Las Vegas Strip with the help of four monorails that run between Sahara and the MGM Grand, the Monte Carlo and the Bellagio, Treasure Island and the Mirage, and Excalibur and Mandalay Bay (with a stop at the Luxor).
This new monorail runs from the MGM Grand to the Sahara hotel. The new route includes stops at: MGM Grand, Bally's / Paris, Flamingo, Harrah's / Imperial Palace, Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas Hilton and the Sahara. The monorail is open daily from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. Rates for the monorail are $5 for one ride, $9 for two rides (shareable), $35 for 10 rides (shareable) and $15 for an unlimited one-day pass.