If you’ve never been to Vegas, you may assume it’s a breeze to walk from one end of the Strip to the other. But who wants – or needs – to walk when there are so many options to get you from point A to point B, and all the places in between? So, we’ve put together a list of transportation options to help you traverse the city, as well as our recommendations for when to use each option

 

Ride-Sharing

About

Ridesharing – commonly associated with Uber and Lyft – is a convenient option for visitors to get around the destination, no matter where you are in Las Vegas. It’s as simple as downloading the rideshare app of your choice, inputting some info, and waiting for your ride to show up.

Cost

Varies depending on where – and when – you want to go. Prices are estimated in the app when ordering a ride.

Recommendation

Ridesharing options are a great choice and can be useful when traveling to or from the resort corridor to outlying destinations.

What you need to know

Ridesharing companies may apply surge pricing during times of high demand, like when major events or activities are taking place. Hotels have designated rideshare areas where drivers can pick up guests, so be sure to ask where each pickup area is at in the places you visit.

 

TAXIS

About 

Taxis are a reliable form of transportation used throughout Vegas for decades. Cabs are available across the destination, and most likely there will always be a few waiting within a taxi line at a hotel during all hours of the day and night.

Cost 

Varies depending on traffic and time of year, however, taxis offer flat rates from the airport to Strip hotels and back. But keep in mind taxis requested at the airport have an additional fee included.

Recommendation

Taxis are great to use when you want to go from resort to resort, to and from the airport, or if you’re just trying to get back to your house after a night out. With several companies to choose from, you never have to worry about there not being enough drivers at a late hour.

What you need to know 

Unlike other cities, you can’t hail a taxi on the street in Las Vegas. Taxis are required to pick up passengers at a physical address, such as a hotel taxi line. Resorts have specific areas for taxi pickup, usually near the valet or main entrance. If you have any concerns with a taxi driver, you can call the Nevada Taxicab Authority at 702-668-4005 to report any issues.

 

THE DEUCE

About

The Deuce is Las Vegas’ public transportation operated by the Regional Transportation Commission. While the bus runs throughout the destination, there are two routes you can specifically take for the Strip and downtown. Deuce on the Strip will stop at about every resort on the Strip, while DVX runs partially through downtown and Fremont Street. The Downtown Loop is a free shuttle that brings visitors to the exciting scene in Downtown Las Vegas, including the Arts District and Fremont Street Experience.

Cost

A two-hour pass is $6; a 24-hour pass is $8; and a three-day pass is $20. Bonus: You can buy your ticket on the bus.

Recommendation 

If you’re looking to go from the Strip to Downtown Las Vegas, or vice versa, affordably and don’t mind riding the bus, this is a great way to travel. It’s the most budget friendly form of transportation from the Strip to downtown/Fremont Street.

What you need to know

Unlike taxis, The Deuce will pick you up on the Las Vegas Strip. If you’re downtown and looking to head back to your hotel after midnight, you’ll have to catch The Deuce on the Strip as the Downtown Loop shuttle will only run until 10 p.m. on weekends and 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

This is also the most cost-effective way to get to your hotel from the airport. The Deuce does not stop at the airport, so you’ll have to take the Route 109 bus to the South Strip Transfer Station to get on The Deuce. Access to Route 109 is located in Terminal 1, Zero Level.

 

THE MONORAIL

About

The Las Vegas Monorail is not currently running but looks forward to welcoming guests aboard the system in the near future.  

Cost

Hop on for a one-way trip or pick up an unlimited pass for the freedom to travel at your leisure. A one-ride pass is $5; a 24-hour pass is $13; and a week pass is $56.

Recommendation 

The Monorail is your best bet if you’re ready to resort hop on the Strip or you’re in Las Vegas for a conference or convention. The unlimited pass is a must if you want the freedom to travel when you want.

What you need to know

The Monorail provides a quick and convenient connection along the Strip, linking riders to world-class restaurants, amenities, hotels and casinos without having to worry about traffic or parking. It has seven stations – six at resorts and one at the Las Vegas Convention Center – with trains typically arriving every 4-8 minutes, 365 days a year, allowing you to travel the Strip in just 15 minutes.

 

RENTAL CARS

About

The McCarran International Airport Rent-A-Car Center houses 10 car rental companies in one location. The center is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, with continuous shuttle service to and from airport terminals. There are several standalone rental sites across Las Vegas, but the airport is the most convenient, with multiple option.

Cost

Varies depending on what company you rent from and if you have any discounts such as military, AAA, AARP or warehouse membership (Costco, Sam’s Club).

Recommendation

If you’ll be in Las Vegas for more than a couple of days, it might not be a bad idea to rent a car. It’s potentially less expensive than getting a cab or ride share multiple times a day and most parking garages are free. Just make sure to reserve a car ahead of time so you’re not surprised if there are none available the day you get in.

What you need to know

For arrivals at the airport, look for the blue and white McCarran Rent-A-Car shuttle buses at the Rental Car Shuttle stops. At Terminal 1, from Baggage Claim, follow signs to Ground Transportation on Level 1. Proceed to the Rental Car Shuttle stop located outside doors 10 and 11. At Terminal 3, follow signs to Ground Transportation from Baggage Claim on Level Zero. Proceed to the Rental Car Shuttle stops located outside doors 51-54 on the west end of the building and doors 55-58 on the east end. The trip is about three miles.

 

Here are a few facts about traversing the destination:

Fast Facts:

  • It’s 2.5 miles from McCarran International Airport to the south end of the Strip
  • The Strip – from The STRAT to the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign – is roughly 4.2 miles.
  • The Strip to Downtown Las Vegas – from Mandalay Bay to Fremont Street – is approximately 7 miles.
  • It takes between 1.5 and 2 hours to walk the Strip. And that’s without stops for drinks, pictures and playing.
  • There are more than 10 taxicab companies in Southern Nevada.

Now you know how to get around, get out there and have fun!