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.
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.
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
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 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*
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.
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 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
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 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 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.
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.
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
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
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... ????)