Walking, Las Vegas
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.
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!
I highly suggest walking around Las Vegas...you see so much! The people are hysterical, and by walking you can pop in and out of many places with no commitment to staying.
Alternatively, take a cab to one section and then walk towards your final destination from there. Of course, in summer this may not be a viable option.
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)
Like most things in Vegas, there's a certain pace to the Strip that's unlike anything I've ever seen. I call it the Vegas shuffle for no other reason than the fact that I don't know what else to call it. Hordes of tourists either on sensory overload or gastronomical excess, move very slowly, pausing to point, stare or to photograph anything and everything, They move in all directions, the most common of which is directly in your way. And no matter where you go, there they are.
Walking is a great way to see Las Vegas. You can wander in and out the various hotels and get a great feel for the city.
If you're looking at a map of the Strip, the distances can be a little misleading ... what looks like a close walk really isn't.
We spent our first full day walking the strip and only got as far as the Venetian (we started at the MGM Grand). For hotels that are a litle farther away you may want to take a taxi.
(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.
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 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.
The best way to get around the hot spot is by walking. If you plan on sticking around the Las Vegas Boulevard...it will take longer just to drive through the crowds then just parking your car and walking on your own two feet. There is so much to see, and it's good excerise :) Just make sure you have comfy shoes.
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 plan to go everywhere on foot, just be aware that there are some long distances between hotels. For example, I have walked from the Mirage to the Luxor. It took about 45 minutes. Here's another pic of me with a group in '97 before heading back to the Strip from the Freemont Street Experience.
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.