Monorails / Train, Las Vegas
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.
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.
there is a free monorail shuttle between mandalay bay hotel and the excalabur hotel with a stop at the luxor. if you are traveling on the vegas monorail system get off at the mgm grand and cross las vegas blvd to the excalabur to continue on to the luxor and mandalay bay. there is also a free tram between the mirage and treasure island.
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.
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
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 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!
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!
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 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!
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.
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
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:
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 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.