LAS VEGAS -- Compared with other tourist meccas, taxi fare here is
not astronomically expensive, and there are transportation
alternatives for getting around this city.
For example, a taxi ride from McCarran Airport to a property on
the Strip will run about $10 without tip.
However, depending on the time of day and the day of the week
clients wish to travel, traffic -- especially on the Strip -- can
be very heavy, pushing the fare up quite a bit.
Some properties feature free monorail or tram service to other
properties, a quick, efficient way for visitors to change their
scenery. This option is especially attractive when the weather is
warm and a jaunt between properties -- word of warning, they are
farther apart than they appear -- seems more like a 10-mile
Another option, depending on where clients want to go, is a
shuttle bus or trolley. Some are scheduled to stop at several
properties along the Strip, allowing you to get the lay of the land
for practically nothing, while others feature point-to-point
One thing you should keep in mind, though, is that with this
mode of transportation, in terms of time, it might not be as
convenient as walking out the front door of a hotel and hailing a
waiting cab. Most shuttles only pick up and drop off at specific
times, so there could be some waiting involved.
The following are alternative methods of transportation for
getting around the city. Those interested in shuttle bus or trolley
service would be best advised to call about scheduled pickup and
drop-off times as well as any route changes:Monorails and trams are fast becoming the preferred modes of
transportation between casino properties.
Tram service is available between the newly opened Bellagio
resort and the Monte Carlo Hotel Casino just south on the Strip as
well as between Treasure Island and the Mirage.
The MGM Grand, meanwhile, is connected to Bally's Las Vegas via
a monorail system that also will include a stop at the Paris-Las
Vegas Casino Resort property when it opens next fall.
Monorail service has been planned to link the Excalibur, the
Luxor Hotel and the new Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, which is
scheduled to debut in early March, according to Mike Mecca,
Mandalay Bay's vice president and general manager. When it is
completed, Mecca said, the monorail system will offer guests the
choice of an express trip between the Excalibur and Mandalay Bay or
a stop at the Luxor, which is sandwiched in between.
Currently, the Excalibur and the Luxor are connected by a system
of moving walkways. For more information, contact Bellagio at (702)
693-7111; Monte Carlo, (702) 730-7777; Treasure Island, (702)
894-7111; the Mirage, (702) 791-7111, or the Luxor, (702)
262-4000.Clients who want to get away from the Strip for a while can
choose from two different shuttle bus operations.
The first, which began operating in June, takes passengers from
the Strip to the Golden Nugget Resort Casino on Fremont Street in
the city's downtown. The area also is home to one of the city's
most spectacular moving light displays, the Fremont Street
Experience. There is no cost for the shuttle. Visitors cannot
initiate a trip from the Golden Nugget to the Strip.
Instead, they first catch the shuttle on the west side of the
Strip -- the office is located just north of the Holiday Inn
Boardwalk Casino -- and have their boarding ticket validated at the
Golden Nugget's main casino cage for the return trip to the Strip.
The bus leaves from the Strip every hour beginning at noon until 11
p.m.; it operates its return from the Golden Nugget every hour
beginning at 1:30 p.m. until 12:30 a.m. For more information, call
Another shuttle departing from the Rio Visitors Center on the
east side of the Strip takes passengers to the Rio Suite Hotel
& Casino, which is west of Las Vegas Boulevard on West Flamingo
Road. There is no cost for the bus ride, which departs every 20 to
30 minutes from the visitors center located just south of Bally's
and the Paris-Las Vegas site and drops off passengers at the
Masquerade Village garage.
Shuttle service begins at 9 a.m., with the last shuttle leaving
the Strip at 1:30 a.m. Going from the Rio to the Strip, the shuttle
service is a little more infrequent. The bus leaves from the west
casino entrance next to the Carnival World Buffet every two hours
beginning at 9 a.m.; the last shuttle departs from the Rio at 1
a.m. For more information, contact the visitors center at (702)
733-7573 or the Rio at (702) 252-7777.Free trolley service is available between Polo Towers, a
nongaming property located on the east side of the Strip, and the
Stratosphere, situated on the north end of the Strip.
The trolley departs from Polo Towers every hour on the hour from
9 a.m. to 11 p.m.; service from the Stratosphere is every hour on
the half hour from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. For more information,
call Polo Towers at (702) 261-1000 or Stratosphere at (702)
Visitors can get a scenic ride aboard the Las Vegas Strip
Trolley, which picks up and drops off passengers every 15 to 20
minutes at stops located at major properties along the Strip. The
service operates from 9:30 a.m. to 2 a.m., and the fare is $1.40,
regardless of where passengers get on or off.
Until September, the company also ran trolley service from the
Stratosphere to the city's downtown area, including Fremont Street,
according to a company employee.
The service was suspended because that route wasn't getting
enough passengers, he said. However, he added, the company is
looking at ways to bolster business for the route so it can be
reinstituted. For more information, contact the Las Vegas Strip
Trolley at (702) 382-1404.