Done right, a trip around Las Vegas can be quick and painless. It can also be glamorous and
unforgettable. On the other side of the coin, transportation can be arduous, miserable, and
needlessly costly. Before taking the plunge, take a look at the best and worst ways to get around.
For economy: The Monorail
No need to break the bank when traveling down the Las Vegas strip. From the MGM Grand to
the SLS Hotel, the most reliable way around is the monorail. One-way tickets are sold at the
station, but the best deal is to buy a pass for the length of the visit. A five-day pass, good for an
unlimited number of trips during a five-day period, is cheaper than a single taxi ride in traffic.
The monorail may only be good for trips up and down the strip, but it connects with the bus lines
for access around the city.
For glamor: A Limo
There are very few places around the world where ordering a limo is as easy as it is in Las
Vegas. For a simple pick-up from the airport, prices are comparable with taxi rates, but the cost
begins to shoot up. Short limos are available for affordable prices for short periods of time, but
large, luxurious limousines are also available. For those who wish to travel in style, a limo can be
rented for several hours at a time, or instructed to pick up at an exact time and place for the
ultimate dramatic effect.
For misery: Walking
It doesn’t get talked about much, but Las Vegas is actually in the center of an arid desert. The
sun is scorching throughout the day, and the summer temperatures creep over 100° Fahrenheit.
With no clouds in sight and no breeze to speak of, traveling more than a few blocks in Las Vegas
can be miserable for people accustomed to colder temperatures. Before committing to a forty-
minute walk to the next hotspot, take a look at the other options.
For price: A Taxi
Most buildings on the Las Vegas strip have a dip near the entrance just for taxis to pull in. It may
be tempting to step inside and say where you are going. After all, this form of transportation
requires no research, just the knowledge of where to go next. The problem is that the foreboding
price does not hold a candle to the mediocre customer service. When even a single other option
stands, it may be time to say no to taxi service.
Aside from these four, there is only one basic option left: the bus system. Buses are affordable
and travel almost anywhere in the city, but often require personal experience traveling the
particular area by bus. Bus routes can also be navigated by the map apps on smart phones, for
those who are brave enough to set out inexperienced. For good or for bad, the bus system is the
middle ground of Las Vegas transportation.
This has been the five main forms of transportation throughout Las Vegas. Hopefully everyone is
a little more prepared for a trip down to the city of lights.