If you’ve never been to Vegas, then you probably assume it’s a breeze to walk from one end of the Strip to the other. Well, while you could probably make the trek, we wouldn’t recommend it. Unless, of course, you’re willing to invest a whole day and wear through a pair of shoes, then go ahead. But for everyone else out there, we’ve put together a list of all your transportation options throughout the city and our recommendations for when to use these options.
Uber & Lyft
About: After a long debate, Las Vegas finally approved Uber and Lyft as means of transportation throughout the city. For those unfamiliar with them, they’re both forms of riding-sharing apps where drivers will pick you up in their personal car and transport you to your destination.
Cost: Varies depending on where you want to go. Uber will display price range. Lyft will not.
Recommendation: Always a great choice, but our recommendation would be to use ride sharing when you’re off the Strip, not while at a hotel property or looking to come to the Strip.
What you need to know: Always be aware of when surge pricing is in effect as you could end up paying $100 for a trip that could have cost $30-$50. There are certain areas at hotels where Uber and Lyft can pick you up. Make sure you know the pick-up location. Also, as of now, both Uber and Lyft will pick you up at the airport.
About: The monorail stops at seven points on the Las Vegas Strip: MGM Grand, Bally’s/Paris, Flamingo/Caesars Palace, Harrah’s/The LINQ, the Las Vegas Convention Center, Westgate and SLS Las Vegas.
Cost: A single ride is $5; a day pass is $12; and they also have two to seven-day passes with prices that range from $22-$56. If you’re a Nevada local, you can buy a single ride for $1; restrictions apply depending on how many you want to buy.
Recommendation: Great to use if you’re at or near a hotel that the monorail stops at and want to visit another hotel with a stop or near a stop. This is also a great option for anyone attending a convention at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The monorail also offers free shuttle rides at various off-the-Strip hotels. If you’re looking to go to the Strip, be sure to see if they have a shuttle at your hotel.
What you need to know: The monorail does not run all night. After a certain hour, you will need to take a different form of transportation.
About: Taxis are the main form of transportation used throughout Vegas. There is an abundance of them all over the city and, most likely, always 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. Additionally, taxis requested at the airport have an additional fee included.
Recommendation: Taxis are great to use when you want to go from property to property, to and from the airport, or if you’re just trying to get back to your house after a night at the club. There are plenty of them throughout town so you never have to worry about there not being enough drivers at a late hour.
What you need to know: As with Uber and Lyft, you cannot hail a taxi on the Strip. There are also certain areas taxis pick you up at hotels. Just look for the taxi line sign, usually near valet. If you have any concerns with a taxi driver, you can call the Nevada Taxi Cab Authority at 702-668-4005 to report any issues.
About: The Deuce is the name of Las Vegas’ form of public transportation that’s operated by the Regional Transportation Committee. While the bus runs throughout town, there are two routes you can specifically take for the Strip and Downtown. These are Deuce on the Strip, which will stop at about every property on the Strip, and SDX Strip & Downtown Express, which stops at about half the stops as the other route.
Cost: A two-hour pass is $6; a 24-hour pass is $8; and a three-day pass is $20. You can buy your ticket on the bus.
Recommendation: If you’re looking to check out the old Strip and don’t want to pay a lot and don’t mind riding a bus, this is what we recommend. It is the cheapest form of transportation from the Strip to Downtown Las Vegas/Fremont Street.
What you need to know: Unlike taxis, The Deuce will actually pick you up on the Las Vegas Strip. If you’re looking to head back to your hotel after midnight, you’ll have to catch The Deuce on the Strip as the express bus will only run until midnight.
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.