We have all heard stories of cab drivers “long hauling” or taking unknowing tourists on the “scenic route” to drive up fares, specifically from the airport to their hotel in Las Vegas. Even though new flat rates have been introduced that cab companies must abide by to curb that unscrupulous practice, prices from the airport to Strip hotels still range from $19 up to $27 plus tip.
Luckily, you can save some money by using the bus to get from the airport to the Strip when visiting Las Vegas.
How To Get To the Strip From The Airport By Bus
The most common way to get to the Strip from the airport by bus is by first taking the 109 and then transferring to the Deuce. You can catch the 109 bus at Terminal 1’s Ground Level Zero. If you didn’t arrive at Terminal 1, you can utilize McCarran’s inter-terminal shuttle service to move to Terminal 1. If arriving at Terminal 3, that shuttle stop can be found on Level 0 in the center of the curb.
Take route 109 to the South Strip Transfer Station (which is about a 15-minute ride) where you’ll need to get off and transfer to the Deuce bus route which runs the length of the Las Vegas Strip.
You can view the full deuce bus route and stops here.
Another Bus Option From The Airport to South Strip Resorts
An alternate and more direct bus route for those looking to get to resorts on the South end of the Strip like MGM Grand, New York New York, Excalibur, or Tropicana is the Centennial Express (CX) (more on that route here) which will save you the hassle of needing to transfer. Although that bus doesn’t run the length of the Strip, it does stop at the intersection of Tropicana and Las Vegas Boulevard near those aforementioned resorts before heading down Interstate 15 to Fremont Street.
If you don’t mind walking, the more direct Centennial Express (CX) bus route could also be used to access Luxor, Mandalay Bay, and Park MGM. Just ensure to get off at Tropicana and the Strip. Note too that a free tram connects Excalibur to Luxor and Mandalay Bay which will save you some wear and tear.
While the Deuce also runs to downtown Las Vegas hotels, the more direct bus option from the airport to Fremont Street is using the CX (Centennial Express).
How Much Will a Bus To The Strip Cost?
Utilize the bus ticket vending machine at Level Zero of Terminal 1 to purchase your fare. The machine accepts all major credit cards. Alternatively, you can pay cash as you enter the bus, however, exact change is needed. Fares can also be pre-purchased by using the RTC app on either Android or IOS devices.
Visitors can purchase 2-hour bus passes for $6, 24-hour passes are $8, and 3-day passes will set you back $20.
Note that discounted visitor fares ($3 for a 2-hour pass, $4 for a 24-hour pass, and $10 for a 3-day pass) are available for K-12 students, senior citizens over 60 years old, people with disabilities, and Medicare-eligible persons. Check out the RTC’s reduced fare information page if you think you may qualify.
For those looking to save money, taking the bus from the Las Vegas airport to the Strip can be a good option. Regardless of how you get to your resort, we hope you have a great time and win big!