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According to survey data from the Las Vegas Convention and Visitor’s Authority (LVCVA), 42% of Las Vegas visitors visited downtown in 2019. The reasons guests want to visit Fremont Street are numerous. Draws include viewing the new Viva Vision canopy light show, dining at authentic feeling restaurants, and seeing vintage neon that has been slowly disappearing from the Strip. Our personal favorite reason to visit downtown is gaming though. Table game minimums are more palatable, and slots/video Poker are slightly looser than their counterparts on the Strip.
For budget conscious visitors, taking public transportation in the form of the bus can be a great way to get from the Strip to downtown for less. After all, an Uber, or Taxi cab can cost upwards of $20-$30 one way depending on where you depart from.
Below, we will tell you how you can easily, and inexpensively use the bus to get to old Vegas.
Related: 44 ways to save money in Vegas.
How to use the Bus to get from the Strip to Downtown Las Vegas
There are two main bus routes that run up and down the Strip – The Deuce, and the SDX (Strip and Downtown Express). While they both run the length of the Strip and to Fremont Street, The Deuce stops at nearly every casino along the route making the ride significantly slower than if you catch the SDX which stops less frequenly.
Both bus options that run between the Strip and Fremont Street also make stops at the “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign and the Arts District.
You can view the full Deuce and SDX map of stops from the Strip to downtown here.
How to Buy Tickets for the Deuce and SDX
Bus tickets are offered in 2 hour, 24 hour, and 3 day increments and cost $6, $8, and $20 respectively. Those options are available for purchase at electronic ticket vending machines which are easy to use and can be found at each Deuce/SDX stop. Additionally guests can pay cash as they enter, but exact change is required.
The quickest and easiest way to buy your ticket, though, is via the RideRTC smartphone app which is available for both IOS and Android devices. Simply purchase your pass and scan the electronic ticket in your phone upon entering the bus.
Hopefully our quick guide to taking the bus from the Strip to Fremont Street helped you realize that taking public transportation in Las Vegas is easy, inexpensive, and convenient. Enjoy your trip to downtown Las Vegas, and saving some money in the process!