Monorails / Train, Las Vegas
There is a free monorail system between the MGM Grand and Bally's and one connecting the Excalibur, Luxor and Mandalay Bay. The Mirage and Treasure Island run a free monorail between these two hotels as well.
The monorail system was undergoing renovation when I was there. There is a new system in the works, which will extend from Tropicana Avenue to Sahara avenue initially, and is supposed to be expanded to run from Sahara Avennue to downtown.
I read recently that the monorail system has opened that that there is a line running from one end of the Strip to the other for a cost of about $3. That's far cheaper than a cab ride.
Las Vegas is building a monorail that runs up and down the strip and is supposed to be opening soon. When it gets going, it may trump my travel tip about walking. Go to www.lvmonorail.com to get the most up to date information.
To get around, it would be best if you have your own transportation. But, if you want to see the best of LV strip, you have got to use your own two legs! Nothing beats that. There's lots of people on the road and there's tons of car on the road as well. Most hotels have the monorail stops (If and only if the hotels are on the strip) That's the other best way to travel than car.
The Monorail is a great way to move to hotel to hotel, use them when you can, they are free. It's a long walk perhaps to the monorail but by far a longer walk to cross the street to the next hotel.
It will only take a minute or three to go one or two stops.
Walking the ' STRIP ' is the only way to see everything, good shoes are a must.
Remember each hotel is very big. So to walk to one then around and to another. WELL YOU GET THE POINT ?
Oh Thank Heavens!! Traffic on the Las Vegas strip is horrible! Every day cars are bumper to bumper making it the longest 4 miles I've ever been on! The Las Vegas Monorail will run along the east side of the strip. Linking seven stations over four miles to eight resorts and the Las Vegas Convention Center, the sleek, driverless monorail will provide a quick and comfortable ride through the heart of the resort corridor. The monorail cars are an urbanized, driverless version of the Mark VI monorail cars supplied for the Walt Disney World Resort, Florida. Offering many new attractive features, the fleet of nine 4-car trains represents the latest innovation in monorail technology.
Here's my way of getting around Vegas: make use of the monorails. One connects you to Mandalay Bay from Excalibur and Luxor. Another one connects you to Monte Carlo from the Bellagio (and they play Andrea Bocelli in the cars sometimes). Another one gets you from Bally's to MGM's. I hear that they are builing one that connects all of the hotels on the strip. When I was out there in August I did in fact see the building process. More updates to follow.
we are going state of the art, as you will se while in vegas we are building a new monorail system to connect downtown and the strip...and much further in the future las vegas to los angeles..we have a cool tram now that links bally's all the way to the mgm grand... avoid cabs in this town, for they are a rip off and most of the drivers here are con artists and theives!!! they will drive you through rush hour on purpose to up the fair... they are all horrible drivers on top of all that!!! the bus system here sucks too!!! best bet rent a car!
It's possible to do lots of walking in Vegas. Casinos on the Strip are further apart then they appear to be! So navigate the Strip with the help of four free monorails that run between Bally's 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). The monorails are air conditioned, so its a nice break from the hot desert sun too!
there are monorails between Excaliber and Mandalay Bay - stopping at Luxor in between, Bally's and MGM Grand, the Monte Carlo and Bellagio, and between the Mirage and Treasure Island. Use them when possible -- they are all FREE!
There is a really nice free monorial shuttle that goes between Mandalay Bay, Luxor and Excalibur on the south side of the Strip.
The new Monorail system is up and running finally! It runs parallel to the strip, so you can walk all the way to one end, then pay only $3 to return to where you started.
The monorail is a very convenient mode of transportation if you are not driving in Las Vegas. Riding the train provides some good views of the Strip too.
With the demise of Amtrak's Desert Wind a few years ago, it is alas not more possible to travel to this place in the most civilised way possible.