We’ve all been there. Your friends want you to take a trip, but you don’t have a ton of money to spare. The best part about Las Vegas is that you don’t need to break the bank to have an amazing experience.
So, how do you get the most bang for your buck without compromising the fun that only Las Vegas can deliver? Here are a few suggestions, at no charge. (See, you’re already saving.)
El Segundo Sol inside the Fashion Show mall offers discounted tacos, quesadillas and nachos every day from 3-6 PM. Just off the Strip is Firefly Tapas Kitchen & Bar, where you can indulge on $6 tapas selections, which can be washed down with $5 beers, $6 wines and $8 cocktails.
Fashion Show Mall
For those who love the all-you-can-eat option, Las Vegas has plenty of buffets costing $30, or less. A few options to check out are The Buffet at Excalibur Hotel & Casino and Garden Court Buffet at Main Street Station. However, if that’s still too costly for your budget, don’t worry, there are plenty of other choices.
One of the best things about Las Vegas is that plenty of the big attractions are completely free. The Fountains of Bellagio and the hotel’s botanical gardens and conservatory, the Welcome to Las Vegas sign, and the Wildlife Habitat at Flamingo Las Vegas are great sights you can see without opening your wallet.
The Fountains of Bellagio
You can also check out some incredible artwork inside the ARIA Resort & Casino, and the street art lining Downtown Las Vegas. Or, if you’re an art enthusiast, AREA15 is a must see. The experiential art complex features numerous installations and several unique experiences—you’ll want to get lost in this immersive and imaginative playground.
Clubs, Bars and Lounges
It’s true what you’ve heard − the drinks in Las Vegas are a little bit pricier than you’d probably find in your hometown. Most bars will charge an average of $15 (clubs are around $20). But don’t be discouraged!
If your group is interested in heading to a nightclub, the entry cost can be quite high, especially for guys. Your best option is to look for a promoter to help get you into a club. Promoters can be found all over the Strip, as their main job is to help bring crowds to the clubs.
If you do find a promoter that can get you and your crew in, the cost could be cut in half—or even waived!
And for all those lucky ladies out there, many clubs have drink specials—some even with dedicated Ladies Nights. Start with Blue Martini and McFadden’s Restaurant and Saloon at Town Square Las Vegas, then work your way down the Strip.
The Strip is known for its luxury hotels, but some visitors might not know that Las Vegas Boulevard is home to many affordable, world-class hotels as well. If value is what you’re looking for, be sure to check out Excalibur Hotel & Casino, Flamingo Las Vegas, Treasure Island Hotel & Casino and Tropicana Las Vegas.
The savings don’t stop there, either. Several budget-friendly hotels can be found in historic Downtown Las Vegas, many of them right on the bustling Fremont Street Experience. Take a look at El Cortez Hotel and Casino, Golden Gate Hotel & Casino, and Oasis at Gold Spike if you’re looking for a great rate.
Fremont Street Experience
Save even more by visiting during the week as prices tend to be much lower when visiting Sunday through Thursday. And if you don’t mind taking an Uber or Lyft occasionally, off-the-Strip hotels can be a less expensive option as well. Many of these resorts offer a fabulous Las Vegas experience, with options including Palace Station Hotel & Casino, M Resort, and South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa.
The best-kept secret in Las Vegas. All right, so Fremont Street is by no means a secret, but it is the best-kept secret when it comes to price. Pretty much everything on Fremont Street is well under the price of the Strip − from the hotel rooms to the food and drinks, and even the entertainment.
The Las Vegas Monorail is a secret gem and extremely helpful in getting around the Strip quickly. With stops putting you just steps away from some of the destination’s favorite resorts, why not save some time while taking a minute to kick back and enjoy the view?
You also could opt to take a bus called The Deuce, a double-decker that is synonymous with the Strip at this point. It’s an extremely affordable option and stops at every hotel.
Want to explore more transportation options? Find more information on getting around Vegas here.
Vegas doesn’t have to break the bank—it might end up being the most budget-friendly adventure you’ve had in a while! That’s the best part about Vegas—there’s always something for everyone and every wallet. For more budget-savvy things to do, check out our suggestions of free things to do in Las Vegas. Start building that itinerary with electrifying entertainment, delicious dining and so much more!