Monorails / Train, Las Vegas
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.
The easiest way to travel from one end of the Strip to the other is taking the Monorail. It's two end stations are at the MGM Grande and at the Sahara Hotel (fairly close to the Stratosphere Tower). It's not that expensive and pretty fast plus you get a nice view of the city.
When we visited LV they were having a lot of trouble with the monorail and consequently it wasnt working. However it is now up and running.
Times are 7am -2am daily
$3 for one ride - single ticket
$20 for 10 rides (this can be shared with other people you are with but must be scanned for the appropriate number of times for the number of people)
$10 - 1 day pass - unlimited rides, valid for 24 hours from time on ticket
$25 - 3 day pass, unlimited rides, valid for 72 hours from time on ticket
There are various stations along the route but I dont think it covers as much area as the trolley bus, but it will be a lot quicker.
In the photo you can see the supports/rail for the monorail next to the Convention Centre
The Monorail is the best way to get to/around the Strip IMHO. The 24 hour pass at $10 beats a cab fare anyday. Yes there is a fair amount of walking involved once you debark to get to the Strip proper, but hey, that's part of the fun. The Monorail gives the easiest access especially if you're staying just off the Strip at the LV Hilton or the Sahara. Cheaper than renting a car and no traffic jams!
A very quick, inexpensive and effective way to move up and down the strip is the monorail. We paid $7 for a 24 hour pass. It only stops at a handful of the casinos but all of them are walking distance from the monorail stops. (Unless its 117 degrees out, like it was when we were there.) You can get a map of the stops on the monorail website. Do a search on Las Vegas Monorail, and you will get the site.
VERY EASY WAY TO GET AROUND THE CITY. The Monorail picks up/drops off at several hotels. Can't remember all of them but I know it has locations at Ballys and The Hilton. Bally's is directly across from Bellagio and adjacent to Paris. It is really clean and cool. I recommend this to get around town.
If you want to see them all, visit each casino along the strip, consider getting a daily ticket for the monorail that runs from the MGM down to the Sahara. It passes behind the casinos and gives you easy access to them while covering the distances fast.
For $3 a pop you can get around the strip relatively easy on the Monorail. It's safe and clean and you can buy day passes I think. Use the monorail to go long distances, though, like say from MGM to Caesar's. My only problem with this mode of transportation is that you have to walk through casinos to find it. It's kind of far to walk just to get to the stations. But, it's fun.
The Las Vegas Monorail runs a 4-mile route between the Sahara Hotel towards the north end of the strip and the MGM Grand, towards the south, stopping at 5 stations in between. From these five stations you can walk to most of the hotels/attractions on the strip or, from the MGM Grand, cross over to join the tram running between the Excalibur, Luxor and Mandalay Bay (even better, this tram is free!)
If you feet are aching it is a convenient way, particularly in the middle of the strip, to get from one hotel to another, however, be warned that the Monorail Stations can be a fair walk from the front of the hotels and the Strip itself. It took us 15 minutes to walk from our room in the Mirage to the nearest Monorail station at Harrah’s/Imperial Palace.
As the monorail travels behind most of the hotels it does give you a slightly different view of Las Vegas. Single journeys cost 3.00 dollars each but you can buy packs of tickets which work out cheaper per journey i.e.20 dollars for a strip of 10 rides (this tickets can be shared between a number of people), 10 dollars for a day ticket and 25 dollars for a 3 day ticket (these cannot be shared).
The service runs from 7.00am-2.00am daily with rains arriving every 4 to 12 minutes depending on the time of day.
While we were there (May 2005) it did break down a few times (so we heard) and there seemed to be a lot of criticism on the local news about it’s efficiency, however, we used it almost every day with no problems whatsoever.
For more information visit their very informative website www.lvmonorail.com
We used the monorail to get around and it was really useful during the hot daytime. The prices was OK, like 5 bucks for an all day pass - something like that so it wasn't expensive to use. I didn't like that it had such limited stops. To get the most out of it you really need to be going from one end of the strip to the other and it doesn't even extend that far. Also, it stopped at midnight. That made no sense at all to me. Vegas is a 24hr town and the transportation should be too.
Find out what you can about the monorail (website below) immediately before you go to Vegas. It shut down in early September of 2004 and did not re-open until Dec. 24, 2004.
The monorail is the the best way to get around the strip in my opinion. It connects MGM, Bally's/Paris, Harrah's/Imperial Palace, Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas Hilton (off strip), and Sahara (off strip). When I was tthere in July you could buy a three-day pass of unlimited rides for $25. This is much less money than you would pay a taxi for less time. One thing to remember, though, is that the monorail closes at 2 a.m., so if you need to get back to your hotel after it closes you will be taking a taxi.
When we were out there in the summer, we defintitely got our money's worth out of those passes. The passes also help you avoid the lines to purchase tickets at the automated booths (which is akin to standing in line at a coke machine and the person in front can't get their dollar bill to go into the machine).
It is a great way to get around the strip, especially at night when you don't want to soak your nice clothes with sweat.
The Monorail is now running. A great way to move from one end of the strip to the other.
14 minutes Sahare-Mgm one way
Stops include: Sahara Hotel
Las Vegas Hilton
Las Vegas Convention Center
Single ride ticket- $3
Ten ride ticket- $20
Unlimited Day Pass (best value) $10
Unlimited 3-day pas $25
The Monorail can be a useful mode of transport between the Big hotels, its brand new, very clean and efficient (well usually I'm told.) I have to say that for a state of the art transport system, the ride is'ent the smoothest I'v taken, it does seem to wobble around abit.
The Monorail was still having a few teething problems when we were there, it was actually closed down for a few days with technical problems when a wheel came off.
The new Las Vegas Monorail may have had its grand opening on July 15 '04, but the last time we were there (Sept. 10) it was closed for an indefinite time 'cuz a wheel had fallen off or something. Geez, what's ONE wheel? :) So don't count on it (just yet) to provide your main source of transportation.
The Monorail runs from MGM grand North up the Strip, and currently reaches the Sahara Hotel.
Rides cost $3 each, though you can get a $10 ticket good for as many rides as you like in a 24 hour period.
It is air-conditioned, but the most expensive mass transit system on the strip (Trolley, trams and CAT buses are all cheaper). Another thing to remember is that access is via Hotels/Casinos, and so you end up walking quite a distance from the monorail station to the Strip (or vice versa) and risk getting lost (or way laid) in the casino.