Monorails / Train, Las Vegas
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 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
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
There is a really nice free monorial shuttle that goes between Mandalay Bay, Luxor and Excalibur on the south side of the Strip.
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.