Las Vegas remains one of the premier destinations for travelers in the United States. According to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, we see around 42 million visitors each year, and we expect the number to only go up.
Getting to the city is one thing, but how do you get around? Fortunately, there are many transportation options in Las Vegas. Visitors often need more information about their options, and we answer some of their questions below.
Of course. Las Vegas has many transportation options for people who want to get around the city, whether they want to see the Las Vegas Strip or some other location. Many people enjoy walking around Vegas or riding a bicycle or scooter.
If you need to travel far, however, there are better ways than walking or traveling on your bicycle. Instead, you can take the bus, monorail, cabs, or rideshare services like Uber and Lyft. No one needs to rent a car to see all that Vegas has to offer.
There are many free shuttles that can take you to the Strip, especially from your hotel. But once on the Strip, you might need to take other transportation to travel up and down it. Fortunately, there are free trams that run between many casinos on The Strip.
Yes. The Regional Transportation Committee operates a bus service in Las Vegas that goes to both The Strip and Downtown. You should download the maps and schedules before arriving in the city. One of the buses is called The Deuce, which is also a name some people use for the entire public transportation system.
No, the monorail is not free. You will need to pay $5 for a single ride, but you can get a day pass for $13. For those staying in Vegas for several days, multi-day passes are also available. These prices are current as of May 2020.
Understand that this is not a 24-hour rail. It does not run at night, so plan accordingly.
If you want to get between casinos on The Strip, then check whether you can take one of the three free trams. They might be all you need.
Yes. The Bellagio Tram is free. However, you need to check whether it is running. It closed temporarily due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Downtown Grand provides a free shuttle that connects The Strip with Fremont Street. There are only two stops: The Downtown Grand and the Fashion Show Mall, which is on the northern part of the Strip. As a result, this might not be a convenient option if you are hoping to get to the southern end of the Las Vegas Strip.
As of May 2020, you do not have to be a guest at the Downtown Grand to ride the shuttle. However, the Downtown Grand might change that policy in the future.
Another option is to ride the public bus system. Check the schedule and maps.
Yes. Some free options include the shuttle the Downtown Grand provides that connects the Strip and Fremont Street. Other options include the free trams that run on The Strip.
You should also check with your hotel, which probably runs a free shuttle.
As of May 2020, the Deuce charges the following for tickets:
Senior citizens, veterans, and children aged 6-17 can get reduced-price tickets. Children age 5 and under can travel for free with an adult.
In our experience, Uber and Lyft are comparable when it comes to price. However, there might be “surge pricing,” which goes into effect when there is an intense demand for rides. If you want, you can install both apps and compare the price of a ride before choosing which one to request.
Tipping is customary. You should always tip according to how well you think the driver performed. However, there are some general standards that people use:
Many of them do. When looking to book a hotel, you should ask ahead of time if there is a free shuttle. You have so many options, you should not have to book a room with a hotel that lacks a free shuttle.
Yes. You can get an Uber in Las Vegas. There is even now pick-up at the McCarron airport, though you will have to walk to a parking garage to get picked up since they cannot pick you up on the curb. However, they can drop you off curbside.
Almost always. When ordering a ride, the app should provide an estimate for the cost.
If taking a cab from the airport, realize that taxis can charge a special fee. This makes taking an Uber or Lyft from the airport an especially sensible option.
The emerging consensus is that you should tip an Uber driver, who is working just as hard as a taxi driver to perform a vital service. Uber’s website provides instructions for how to give a tip using the app. The tip will then be charged to the credit card that you have on file with Uber.
No. Uber is a cashless experience in Las Vegas, though you can tip with cash if you choose. But the cost of the ride is charged to the credit card you have on file.
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