Everything you need to know about getting around Vegas is here.
People walk down Fremont Street in Las Vegas. © Jorg Hackemann / Shutterstock
When walking short distances, keep in mind that the strip is more than 4 miles long. Don’t assume that you can easily walk between casino hotels even if they are close to each other.
Bicycling is a great way to get around downtown, and bikes (albeit chunky) are available in inexpensive rental capsules through the Regional Transportation Commission in southern Nevada. Technically, you can ride between downtown and the Strip or other outskirts, but we don’t recommend doing so due to the distance, the heat, and the general lack of cycling infrastructure.
Night traffic outside of the Wynn and Encore Hotels in Las Vegas © 4kclips / Shutterstock
RTC buses run daily from 5 a.m. to 2 a.m. The popular Strip and Downtown routes run every 15 to 20 minutes, 24 hours a day. Double-decker buses to downtown Deuce stop every block or two along the strip. Faster SDX express buses stop outside some strip casino hotels and at the Fashion Show, the city’s convention center, and some off-strip shopping malls.
Two-hour passes are $ 6. 24-hour passes are $ 8. and 3-day passes are $ 20, with discounted rates for seniors, veterans, children, and people with disabilities. Have exact changes when boarding or buying passes on board Deuce vehicles, at selected ticket machines or in the RideRTC app.
Many off-strip casino hotels offer limited shuttles to / from the Strip, usually reserved for hotel guests (sometimes free, but an extra charge may apply).
Traffic on the Vegas Strip © Mark Read / Lonely Planet
Driving the strip can be stressful. Locals are known to drive carelessly, and accidents on interstate approaches are just as common as drunk drivers. Keep your wits about you.
The golden days of free self-parking (and sometimes even parking service) in strip casino hotels and shopping centers are over. Locals and tourists alike may be aware of what can add significant additions to your Vegas vacation bill (depending on where and how long you stay), but paid strip parking seems to stay here. Prices vary depending on the accommodation, but the roll-out for paid parking spaces is taking place across the board.
Here is a current list of the latest prices.
Tips for driving in Las Vegas: Pedestrians legally have right of way at all times, even if they are crossing illegally. Motorists must stop at pedestrian crossings. Beware of jaywalkers – a lot of people get hit while crossing the street.
If you’re in an accident, dial 911 for Emergency Police, Fire Brigade, and Ambulance.
The blood alcohol limit above which you are considered legally drunk is 0.08%. If you are not sober enough to drive, give Designated Drivers Inc a call to pick you up and drive your car back to your hotel. The fees vary depending on the mileage.
Stretch limousines in front of the Parisian Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas © Ray Laskowitz / Lonely Planet
The Las Vegas Monorail connects several Strip Casino Resorts between MGM Grand, Ballys / Paris, Flamingo / Caesars, Harrahs / LINQ, the Las Vegas Convention Center, Westgate and SLS. Although service is frequent (every 4 to 12 minutes), the stations are only on the east side of the Strip, set back from Las Vegas Blvd at the back of the serviced casinos. On the plus side, air-conditioned trains are stroller and wheelchair friendly, and it only takes 13 minutes to travel the entire route.
A ride costs $ 5. Prices for 1-7-day passes range from $ 13 to $ 56.
Many off-Strip casino hotels offer limited free shuttles to and from the Strip, though some are reserved for hotel guests. Conveniently, free public shuttles connect the Rio to some of its sister casino hotel hotels on the Strip – Harrah’s and Bally’s / Paris Las Vegas – usually every 30 minutes from 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. daily.
It is illegal to collect a tax on the street in Las Vegas. © Jason Patrick Ross / Shutterstock
Taxi and limousine
It is illegal to call a taxi on the street. Instead, there are taxi ranks in almost every casino hotel and mall. According to the law, the maximum number of passengers is five. All businesses must have at least one wheelchair accessible van, but typically you’ll have to call ahead and then wait.
Vegas is surprisingly compact, so cabs can be reasonable per trip. An elevator from one end of the strip to the other, or from the middle of the strip to downtown, costs at least $ 20, depending on traffic. Tip the driver 10% to 15%, rounded up to the nearest dollar. Not all taxis accept credit cards (cash only). Ask when boarding. For more information on renting a taxi in Vegas, visit here.
For special occasions or to get out of the car in style, some parties rent a limousine. Popular companies include Presidential Limo. Hourly rates start at around $ 45 for a city car and go up to $ 125 for a 14-passenger Super Stretch Hummer H2 sedan with a free champagne bar. Rent a 20-seat party bus for $ 175 an hour.
How to survive a trip to Las Vegas
Free air-conditioned trams that any shuttle can take between some of the Strip Casino hotels. It connects the Bellagio, CityCenter and Park MGM. Another connects Treasure Island and Mirage. A third zip between Excalibur, Luxor and Mandalay Bay. Trams run all day and into the evening and usually stop late at night until the early hours of the morning.
Vegas has the most ADA accessible rooms in the US. Almost all attractions are wheelchair accessible. Wheelchair spaces are common and most showrooms offer hearing aids. Most public transport and several hotel pools have an elevator. According to the law, all taxi companies must have a wheelchair-accessible van. If you are traveling by car, bring your disabled parking sign from home.
Guide dogs can be brought to restaurants, hotels and shops. Some payphones are equipped for the hearing impaired. Most banks offer ATMs with Braille instructions and headphone jacks.
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