Las Vegas Transportation Options

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There are a number of Las Vegas transportation options available to assist you in getting around to include public transportation, cabs, rideshare, as well as monorail/tram systems. We put together an all-inclusive list of transportation options in and around Las Vegas spanning all budgets and luxury preferences.

Uber/Lyft: One of the best ways to get around Vegas without a car is by employing rideshare apps. Most Vegas casino properties now have Uber/Lyft pick up locations that are clearly labeled. This method of transportation has become popular because it’s cheaper than using cabs and you are less likely to get “long hauled” as Uber and Lyft drivers just follow the directions provided by the app.

If you ever do have concerns that a rideshare driver took the “scenic route” you can easily ask Uber or Lyft to review the ride to see if a refund is in order.  

Uber Pool is a way to get a cheaper ride in Vegas. Essentially, you are volunteering to share a car with another person or group. It can delay your trip by a few minutes but if you aren’t in a rush you can save a few bucks.  

Cost examples: 

Bellagio to Fremont Street: $11 using Uber Pool / $14 using UberX 

TI to Mandalay Bay: $9 using Uber Pool / $10 using UberX 

Flamingo to Circus Circus: $7 using Uber Pool / $9 using UberX 

A new option offered by Uber known as Uber Express Pool offers a cheaper alternative to Uber Pool. This model is similar to Uber Pool as you’ll be sharing a car with others, however, instead of picking all riders up where they are, Uber will pick a centralized pickup point that all parties will walk to. Uber Express Pool will combine riders originating from roughly the same area and traveling to the same area (Example: Getting from Fremont Street to the Strip). Uber will then drop everyone off at a central location between all rider’s destinations and provide you with walking directions the rest of the way. Uber Express Pool will save you $2-3 as compared to Uber Pool on a Fremont to Center Strip ride.

See Also: Best options for getting from the airport to your Las Vegas hotel.

Taxis: All Casino properties in Las Vegas have cab pickup locations and they are the quickest way to grab a ride in Vegas as you don’t have to wait for them to arrive as you do with Uber and Lyft. Fares are generally a bit more expensive than rideshare apps but if you are looking to take off quickly or don’t have a smartphone then cabs can be a good option.  

Cabs charge an extra fee to use a credit card so bring cash or prepare for an even more expensive ride.

Limos: The most expensive and luxurious transportation option in Vegas are limos. Limousine services from companies like Presidential, Bell, and Omni are typically billed by the hour and you can expect to pay around $60/hr for a stretch option.

Las Vegas Monorail: The Monorail can be an inexpensive way to get up and down the east side of the strip. The Monorail runs north from Sahara to Westgate and then down the east side of Las Vegas Blvd. south to MGM Grand. There are stops at Harrah’s, Flamingo, and the Las Vegas Convention Center as well. Here’s a breakdown of Monorail costs: 

Monorail Rates:

Single Ride: $5 

24 Hour Pass: $13 

2 Day Pass: : $23 

The main knock on the Las Vegas Monorail as a form of transportation is that the stations are located behind the casino properties and are often a significant walk. If you’re OK with covering some ground on foot though, the Monorail can be a great way to get up and down the east side of the strip and north to Sahara or Westgate. Day passes can be purchased in advance here.

 The Monorail does not currently connect to the airport or downtown.

The Deuce Bus/SDX: A mass transit option, the Deuce and SDX buses are among the cheapest ways to get from place to place on the Strip or to Fremont Street. You can catch the Deuce/SDX at stops located up and down the Strip and can conveniently buy a single ride, 2-Hr or 24 Hr passes at most stops. Buses run every 15 minutes during the day and the route is in operation around the clock.  

Deuce/SDX Bus Rates: 

2-HR Pass: $6  

24-HR Pass: $8 

3 Day Pass $20 

While the Deuce is an inexpensive way to get around the city, it’s often not the fastest as buses make frequent stops. If you’re in a hurry, employ another mode of transport.  

Note that the SDX (Strip Downtown Express) is the quickest way to get from the strip to downtown Las Vegas as the SDX makes fewer stops along the way. You can buy tickets for the SDX at the machines located at the SDX stops – pricing is the same as it is for the Deuce above.

View SDX and Deuce schedules HERE for a list of stops!

Getting around Vegas on Foot: The most common way to get around Las Vegas is on foot. There is no better mode of transportation to view all the properties and people-watch along the way. Be warned, everything looks closer than it actually is. Wear comfortable shoes and don’t be afraid to catch a ride if you get tired!  

Free Las Vegas Transportation Options: There are a few free trams in Vegas that may help you out. There is a free tram that runs from Excalibur to Luxor to Mandalay Bay at the south end of the strip on an elevated track.

There is also a tram that connects Mirage and TI and another that connects Bellagio, Crystals, and Park MGM/Aria. 

Several hotels downtown and off the beaten path offer free shuttle service to the Strip. Check out our full list of hotels that offer Strip shuttle service here.

Downtown Las Vegas Loop Shuttle: The free shuttle which allows riders to hop on and off at notable destinations downtown like Circa, the Mob Museum, City Hall, Symphony Park, Pawn Plaza, the Arts District, and even Strat. Check out the full Downtown Loop route/stop list and other tips here.

Renting a Car: If you plan to rent a car to get around Vegas, ensure you book your reservation in advance as it will be significantly cheaper. If you go with a second-rate (meaning cheap) rental company, you can reserve a car for as little as $20 plus fees and tax (which will drive the cost up to about $45 per day).

If you wait until you get to your hotel, there will still be opportunities to rent, but it will be more expensive.   

Paid parking at many Las Vegas resorts is making renting a car a more spendy proposition.  

Underground Loop Transportation System: A new addition to the Las Vegas Convention Center campus, Elon Musk’s Boring Company has drilled two tunnels which will ferry convention-goers across campus via autonomous electric vehicles. Although no plans to expand the system citywide have yet come to fruition, Boring has drawn up preliminary plans to connect the airport, Strip properties, and downtown Las Vegas via their subterranean Loop system. At this point, both Wynn and Resorts world are exploring connecting to the Las Vegas Convention Center via Boring’s Loop solution. Read more on the current convention center system, and potential citywide expansion here.

Hopefully, our rundown of Vegas transportation options was helpful! There are certainly options for all needs and budgets making a car rental unnecessary in most cases. Let us know in the comments what your preferred method of getting from place to place!  

See Also: Las Vegas packing list items that you won’t want to leave behind. 

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