Chapter 4: Getting around the
4.1 Getting from
here to there
the hotels offer free parking, driving in Las
Vegas is slow and the traffic gridlock and
pedestrians can be a real problem ...especially
if you are new to the area.
|Las Vegas strip
||Driving in Las Vegas
if you flew into Las Vegas, we do not
recommend that you rent a car unless you
want to tour outside the city. You will
be spending most of your time on the
strip and Las Vegas mass transportation
is very good.
A double-decker bus nicknamed "The
Deuce" runs up and down the Strip every
few minutes 24 hours a day, seven
days a week.
If you must drive, don't drive on the strip,
that is, avoid Las Vegas Boulevard! Use
Paradise Road to the east and Industrial Road
to the west. They run parallel to the strip.
And always use the free valet parking whenever
you are driving from Los Angeles to Las
Airport to Hotel.
There are several shuttle services that run on
a 24 hour basis from McCarran Airport to strip
and downtown hotels. You need not purchase
shuttle tickets in advance. Cost is around
$6.00 one way (about $12.00 round trip) to
strip hotels; $8.00 to downtown (about $16
round trip.) Suggest you buy a round trip if
you must return to the airport. Prices
include airport tax & fuel surcharge. All
shuttle companies operate 7 days.
|The shuttles can be found just outside the baggage claim area. Be sure to ask the driver for a telephone number and when to call for a pick-up to return to the airport. Allow two or three hours between pick-up and when your plane leaves!
The main shuttle services are:
Ambassador / Ritz -
4 a.m. - Midnight - To strip hotels: $7.00 one
way, $13.00 round trip - To downtown hotels:
$8.50 one way; $16.00 round trip - Off-Strip
hotels - subject to hourly rate - (702)
362-6200 - Location: Terminal 1 - Outside
Baggage Claim Door #11
Trans - Open 24 hours - To
strip hotels: $6.50, Roundtrip: $12 - To
downtown hotels: $8.00, Roundtrip: $15.00,
Off-Strip hotels: $8.00, Roundtrip: $15.00 -
Walk-up limousine: $57.00 per hour - Walk-up
sedan - $46.00 per hour - (702) 385-5466, (800)
274-7433 - Location: Terminal 1 - Outside
Baggage Claim Door #8
Transportation - Open 24 hours
- To strip hotels: $6.00, Round trip: $12,00 -
To downtown hotels - $8.00, Round trip: $16.00
- (702) 740-4050 - Location: Terminal 1 -
Outside Baggage Claim Door #13
Executive Las Vegas
- Open 24 hours - To strip hotels: $6.00,
Roundtrip: $12.00 - To downtown hotels: $8.00,
Roundtrip: $16.00 - Off-Strip hotels: $7.00,
Roundtrip: $124.00 - (702) 646-4661 - Location:
Terminal 1 - Outside Baggage Claim Door
Line/Coach USA - Open 24 hours
- To strip hotels: $7,00, Roundtrip: $13.00 -
Downtown hotels: $8.50, Roundtrip: $17.00 - Off
Strip: $9.00 to $12.00 - (702) 739-5700, (800)
559-9522 - Also can be booked online. -
Location: Terminal 1 - Outside Baggage Claim
Showtime Shuttle -
Open 24 hours - Strip hotels: $6.50, Roundtrip:
$12.00 - Downtown: $8.50, Roundtrip: $16.00 -
(702) 895-9976 - Location: Terminal 1 - Outside
Baggage Claim Door #12
There are many free shuttles between
hotels. More than are listed here.
Ask the desk clerk when you check in if
your hotel has any. The major
Hall to Gold Coast to The Orleans
shuttle - Runs about every 30 minutes from 9
a.m. to 1 a.m. The last shuttle leaves Bill's
Gambling Hall at 12:30 a.m.. (Shuttle stops at
a loading zone on the south side of the
Bill’s Gambling Hall near Bally’s
and across from Caesars Palace. The Gold Coast
is next to the Rio and The Orleans is on
Tropicana, a couple of miles west of New
Rio Hotel has a
free shuttle service to Bally's/Paris and
Harrah's Las Vegas. Pick up locations: Rio
(Carnival World Buffet entrance); Bally's/Paris
(Limousine entrance); and Harrah's Las Vegas
(Shuttle/Bus/Trolley drop off.) Shuttle runs 7
days approximatelyh every 30 minutes: 10 a.m. -
1 a.m., No luggage allowed.
Sam's Town (on the
Boulder Highway) shuttle
Sam’s Town at 9:30 a.m., 10:50
a.m., 12:10 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 3:40 p.m., 5:00
p.m., 6:30 p.m., 8:00 p.m. (Return trips: 10:10
a.m. to 7:20 p.m.)
California Downtown to Sam’s
Town (leaves from outside "California"
hotel lobby entrance by valet parking) at 8:30
a.m., 9:45 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 1:30
p.m., 2:45 p.m., 4:00 p.m., 5:15 p.m., 6:30
p.m., 7:45 p.m and 9:00 p.m. (Return trips:
9:00 a.m. to 8:15 p.m.)
Fremont Downtown to Sam’s
Town at 8:15 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 10:45
a.m., 12:00 p.m., :15 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:45
p.m., 5:00 p.m., 6:15 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 8:45
p.m. (Return trips: 9:00 a.m. to 8:15
All times are approximate and subject to
Hard Rock Hotel
runs hourly free shuttle service from 10 a.m.
to 6 p.m. daily to and from the Fashion Show
Mall on the strip. The shuttle makes only the
one stop. It leaves the Hard Rock on the hour;
returning from the Fashion Show Mall at 30
minutes past the hour.
Station Hotel runs a strip shuttle
service to the Fashion Show Mall (Saks 5th Ave.
Entrance.) It operates from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30
p.m. Departs Palace Station at 10:00 a.m.,
11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 4:30 p.m.,
6:00 p.m., 8:00 p.m., 9:30 p.m. and 11:00 p.m.
And returns from the Fashion Show Mall to the
Palace Station at 10:15 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 1:45
p.m., 3:15 p.m., 4:45 p.m., 6:15 p.m., 8:15
p.m., 9:45 pm and 11:15 p.m.
shuttle runs twice daily to the
Fashion Show Mall, then to Caesar’s Forum
shops and back to the Palms. Departs the Palms
(west entrance near sports book) at 10 a.m. and
5 p.m. Departs Fashion Show Mall (Saks 5th Ave
entrance) at 10:15 a.m. and 5:15 p.m. Departs
Caesars Forum Shops (downstairs valet entrance)
at 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Transportation around the strip
Trolleys: The Vegas.com Arrow trolley bus has three separate routes including one to Downtown Las Vegas.
Riders can get off at
a number of stops along both sides of the Las
Vegas Strip. You can
purchase the passes at most hotel tour
desks. Arrow one-way rides
cost $2.50, $10 for an all-day
trolley bus is generally less crowded than the
city "Deuce" buses.
Las Vegas public
Transit) operates double decker buses
(called the "Deuce") along Las Vegas
Boulevard from the South Strip to Fremont
Street downtown . The Strip Deuce stops at
every stop along the strip while
the Express Deuce makes fewer stops.
Fares for double-decker Deuce bus
on the Strip; 2-Hr Pass: $5.00; 24-Hr. Pass: $7.00; 3-Day Pass: $20.00. Exact fare required, drivers can not make change. Buses run every 15 to 20 minutes.
Bellagio - CityCenter - Monte Carlo hotel tram
runs every few minutes 20 hours a day (8 a.m. to 4 a.m). City Center stop is at Crystal’s Shopping, Dining and Nightlife Center
, close to the Aria hotel. Two (4 car) trains run in opposite directions. Each holds over 100 passengers. (Uses cable car technology and two independent rope-hauled parallel tracks.) Free to ride.
Excalibur - Luxor - Mandalay Bay hotel tram operates Monday to Thursday 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. (Runs 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m. Friday to Sunday.) Express non-stop service on the southbound trip. On the return (northbound) trip, the tram stops at the Luxor. Free to ride.
Treasure Island - Mirage tram runs approximately every 10 minutes - 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. Sunday to Thursday. (Runs 9:00 a.m. to 3 a.m. Friday & Saturday. Free to ride..