The following companies offer airport shuttles for transportation to Las Vegas hotels:
Strip hotels: $6.50 one way
Off-Strip hotels: subject to hourly rate
Strip hotels: $6
Off-Strip hotels: $7.50
Strip hotels: $6 - $12
Executive Las Vegas
Strip hotels: $6
Off-Strip hotels: $7
Gray Line Tours of Southern Nevada/Coach USA
Strip hotels: $11 round trip
From cabs, rental cars and shuttles to trams, buses and monorails, Las Vegas offers several modes of transportation to navigate the city as well as the Strip. No matter what you choose to get from one place to another, however, be sure to allow enough time to get where you want to go.
Depending on which of the show hotels you are staying at and how busy the airport is, it could take up to an hour or more to reach your hotel or the Mandalay Bay Convention Center.
If you are staying at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, THEhotel at Mandalay Bay or Luxor, you can walk directly to the convention center without going outdoors. Be aware that the hotels and the convention center are large — allow yourself at least 15 to 20 minutes to reach the convention center from Mandalay Bay and THEhotel and 30 minutes from Luxor. If you are staying at Excalibur, New York-New York or MGM Grand, you can take the free tram that runs from Excalibur to Mandalay Bay and then walk through the casino to the convention center. If you are staying at New York-New York or MGM Grand, it could take from 30 to 40 minutes to reach the convention center, including tram and walking time. Be sure to bring comfortable shoes to the show.
If you are leaving Las Vegas directly from the convention center, there are taxis available to McCarran International Airport. The fare is about $15, plus tip. There will be a coat/baggage check at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center.
Las Vegas also has its RTC Transit bus system that offers one-way tickets for $2, three-day passes for $15 and five-day passes for $20. While this is an economical alternative, it is not convenient for someone in a hurry, as a wait for the “Deuce” — the double-decker bus that travels up and down the Strip 24 hours a day — can be from 12 to 21 minutes depending upon the time of day. With the Deuce making stops at every casino, it can be slow going to get to your destination. Visit www.rtcsouthernnevada.com for complete route and fare information.
Traveling to or from the hotels and casinos further north along the west side of the Strip, there is a tram that runs daily from 8 a.m. to 4 a.m. from the Bellagio to the Monte Carlo, with a stop in between at Crystals. The tram arrives about every 15 minutes and the ride lasts about two to six minutes.
For those who don’t mind walking, it would be about a 15-minute hike from the Monte Carlo tram station past New York- New York and down to the Excalibur to catch the Excalibur-Mandalay Bay tram.
On the east side of the Strip there is the Las Vegas Monorail, which runs from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. during the week and 7 a.m. to 3 a.m. on weekends. The monorail runs from the Sahara at the north end down to the MGM Grand at the south end. The stations, from north to south, are:
- Sahara Station
- Las Vegas Hilton Station
- Las Vegas Convention Center Station
- Harrah’s/Imperial Palace Station
- Flamingo/Caesars Palace Station
- Bally’s and Paris Las Vegas Station
- MGM Grand Station
A single ride ticket on the monorail is $5, a one-day pass is $12 and a three-day pass is $28.
For those opting to use the trams and/or monorail along the Strip, be aware: these systems are set at the back of the properties and it is quite a walking distance just to get to the tram and monorail stations, often without signage for directions. The walk from the MGM Grand Station to the Excalibur tram station can be about 20 minutes. The Bally’s/Paris monorail station has people movers/escalators that take you from Las Vegas Boulevard to the station. Also, the wait times for the “next train” can be variable, so if you choose to use these modes of transportation, give yourself an extra cushion of time for these factors.
For a map of the Vegas monorail system go to: http://22.214.171.124/transportation/monorails.html