Exploring the Strip requires nothing more than a comfortable pair of shoes. You can get a feel for the neighbourhood and the casinos that clutter along the streets. Most resorts are just a few feet from each other.
Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) offers 51 bus routes for those who need to get out of the Strip and venture elsewhere in Vegas. The buses are easier to get to than taxis. The Deuce, the double-decker bus, travels exclusively around The Strip, to South Strip Transit Terminal and all the way to Downtown Strip Transit Terminal. It stops at all major hotels and casinos along the way, so it does take time to get from one place to another. Just like the city, The Deuce operates 24 hours, 7 days per week. Purchase a Deuce Pass and use it on other RTC buses too. To reach the Vegas Premium Outlets, you will need the Strip & Downtown Express bus. It also takes you to the Las Vegas Outlet Center, and the South Strip Transfer Terminal on Fremont Street. This bus only operates from 9:00 am to 12:30 am and comes every 10 to 15 minutes. The Westcliff Airport Express route offers a faster ride to downtown as well as the Outlets, Strip at Tropicana, and McCarran International Airport. It comes every 20 minutes in the morning, and 30 minutes during the afternoon hours. In the evening, it operates hourly.
Fares for bus rides will range from $6 USD for 2 hours to $8 USD for a 24-hour pass and $20 for a 3-day pass. Multi-day passes are better, because they allow you to move within different lines without multiple ticket purchases.
Cars can be parked using valet services at almost every location, including shopping malls. However, this can become costly. Average valet prices are $1 – $2 USD tips, because the valet service is free for visiting the establishment.
Taxi cabs are popular, but they have a $3.30 USD drop fee to hire and then charge $2.40 USD per mile after that. If the trip involves a ride to and from the airport, they add a $1.80 USD fee, and waiting fees are $30 USD per hour if the cab is in traffic. During peak hours and heavy traffic, you could spend more on a single taxi ride than a day of rental car fees.
Trolleys are the slower option for Las Vegas Strip adventures. These take the roads behind the casinos, but stop at all major casinos and hotels along the way. There are three routes: Vegas Strip (Stratosphere to Mandalay Bay); South Loop (Mandalay Bay to Grand View); and Downtown Vegas Loop (downtown terminal to the outlet mall). Trolleys run every 30 minutes and the fees vary depending on hourly, day or weekly passes. A three-day pass is recommended for travelers, costing only $12 USD.
The Las Vegas Monorail runs along the Strip from 7:00 am to 2:00 am Monday to Thursday and 3:00 am on the weekends. Stations are at MGM Grand, Bally’s, the Flamingo, Harrah’s, Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas Hilton, and SLS. Pick up is at the back of the hotels and it arrives every 5 – 10 minutes. The Monorail is very fast, clean and safe. Single fares are $5 USD, while day passes cost $12 USD. You can also buy 2-day, 3-day and up to a maximum 7-day pass which costs $56 USD. There is an option to purchase shareable passes, and all tickets are available at the Monorail’s station.
Trams are free and located on the western side of the Vegas Strip. They connect between properties of similar ownership, so you will only travel between those related hotels and casinos. For example, one connects the Excalibur to Luxor and Mandalay Bay.
Free casino shuttles and resort shuttles are offered privately by the hotel you are staying at, but they have extensive wait times. The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino has a shuttle that moves hourly, stopping at resorts along the Strip. Inquire at your hotel or resort to see what free shuttles they may offer visitors.