Walking, Las Vegas
This could be under Warnings of Las Vegas, but it is "transportation." While there are various means to get from casino to casino (moving walkways, mono rail, escalator, bus, etc) walking is sometimes the most efficient and fastest method.
I once paced a bus for over a mile and ended at my destination only about 200 feet behind the bus.
Traffic and buses don't mix so consider that when choosing how you will get from point A to point B. Also, consider the time of day. The Las Vegas heat may feel good to some, but if you're not accustomed to the dry heat you can get dehydrated very quickly.
although there are many modes of transport around las vegas like the CAT Bus, the monorail, limousines, shuttles, rental cars, taxis and more, nothing beats walking around the area. The whole of las vegas is a very pedestrian friendly area particularly at the strip area where there are huge pedestrian lanes, elevated sky bridges with escalators and elevators, air conditioned walkways from the casinos to other areas and stop signs that are long on the red light as to make many pedestrians walk faster in the areas without the sky bridges. Sometimes it is better to walk the strip than waiting for a ride since there are hassles like spending for valet parking or long walks from the self parking garages and long waiting times for the CAT Buses and expensive taxis. If you are a fit person, then walking around the Las Vegas area will not be a problem and it will not cost you any money.
If you're looking to save money I recommend walking. If your destination is located at the other end of the strip then taking a cab may be a better option, however, be aware that cab drivers tend to take very long detours and price can jump up quick. Sharing a cab is a great way to cut cost but if you're like me you'll spend the extra money to have your privacy. Just be aware where your driver is headed and don't let them take advantage of you. (as most passengers are usually intoxicated and easily fooled)
Getting to vegas is easy.
There is a big International airport, so as a train station. Once in vegas, you can use taxies and public transportation. You can rent a car, even an exotic one like a Corvette, Viper, Porsche, etc. That's if you have tons of money to spend. You can also rent a helicopter with a pilot. There are transport tricycles around but you don't have to pedal. Just look for guys on bikes with an American flag bike dress. If all this not good enough for you, than you can get on a pirate ship!
Here is a good advise: Do not drive in Las Vegas during the evening hours. The city comes alive and traffic jam is created each day. People slow down with their cars to look at the attractions and they keep up the traffic from moving normally.
The best way to get around, is walking on your feet. When destined to a Hotel / Casino complex, use their phone number for reservation. They usually provide you with local transportation as a complimentary service.
As it was my first time in Las Vegas in the New Year of 2009, I was very curious of seeing most, if not all hotels on the Strip. It is not possible to finish exploring the hotels, the malls, and its surroundings nearby in the 3N/4D of stay.
Walking is the best way of going around the Strip. There is no point of taking a bus or a taxi if you want to see every bit of this beautiful city.
So, if you decide to come and enjoy the fun in Vegas, get ready - take a walk - Day & Night!
(1) The main area of Vegas is the strip and all the best Hotels are within walking distance if you are able bodied..Coming from the UK I found the six lane roads so packed and dangerous I prefered walking..You got to see things better that way..
(2) Taxi are everywhere outside everyhotel so getting a cab is no problem.
(3) Every one in Las Vegas drives a BIG car even the hired ones.
Even if you are just staying in your casino, you will be walking. These places are huge. Pretty shoes are great, but comfy shoes are heaven. Walking up and down the strip can be fun, but I wouldn't advise walking to downtown. Not only is it 3 more miles, but, it is not a safe area. Take a taxi if you must go downtown. Also, Las Vegas is not a town of walkers, so other than going up and down the strip, you really have to leave town to walk and see something interesting. Go to Red Rock or Mount Charleston.
You can see a lot of the Vegas Strip simply by packing a good pair of walking shoes. The traffic is so heavy in the strip that taking a cab to go a relatively short distance will be expensive and take a while. There are all sorts of escalators and walkways up and down the strip and within some of the hotels too, which gives your tired feet a bit of a break. Combining walking with the monorail and shuttle services works well.
If you are looking to save a little bit of money (might be a lot depending on how much you travel around Vegas,) walk on Las Vegas Blvd. and don't take a taxi. You don't get ripped off in Vegas because the rate is clearly visible on the outside part of the front passanger's door, it is kind of expensive. It's more than in other US cities. The Las Vegas Blvd. (the main strip with most of the casinos) is about +/-3 miles long (4.8km) but it is an easy walk. If you take a taxi, you will spend more time waiting on red lights than actually traveling. You will wind up paying on avarage $8 - $10 (including tip) for a pretty short ride. You can walk that distance in about 10 to 15 minutes. It 's not very hot In Vegas once it gets dark so you will not be out of breath after your walk. Plus you will get too see things you would not otherwise have seen while traveling in a taxi.
If visiting Vegas bring along some good walking shoes-if you are spending most of your time on the strip you will want to park your car in a central location and walk or get a cab to get around. Walking is cheaper and good exercise, so bring some good shoes.
If you have a lot of time, it is well worth walking along the Las Vegas Strip. Take time to check out the different hotels and other places along the way. At peak times, walking is not that much slower than taking the bus, and you see a LOT more.
However, the scale of Vegas can be deceiving, and it's very easy to cover many miles, only to realise it's time to turn around and go back to your hotel!
If it's hot, a large bottle of water is a must to avoid dehydration.
Walking allows you to see a lot of sights and interesting people. The monorails a nice way of getting around too. Although when we tried to enter the station at Bally's, it took forever to actually get to the station.
If you are only planning on traveling up and down the strip, just bring your walking shoes and dive in. The traffic is pretty crazy, so we stayed away from driving. If you get too tired by the end of the day you can always grab a taxi from one end of the strip back to your hotel!
All along The Strip are "people movers". Whether they're moving sidewalks or escalators, they're all over the place. I assume it's for the safety of pedestrians, so they can cross the street a little more easily and not run in front of cars. Or perhaps to help traffic congestion. Or both...
From our experience the only way, if you can, to get around Las Vegas is WALKING. The bus has it's place, but you'll find that either buses or taxis are stuck in rush hour traffic on the strip, and your best bet is walking.
Sadly, walking is much faster if you're headed somewhere on the strip during busy times. To give you an idea of length, the strip is approximately 4.0 miles long.