Here’s A Good And Cheap Sin City Alternative To Taxis
Casino hopping along the Las Vegas Strip can be an expensive adventure if you rely on cabs, it can be tough on the feet if you try and walk it frequently – this is not an option if you’re a girl going out to the clubs in those heels – and the once-affordable “Deuce” bus is no longer a cheap option.
And forget about Uber.
That’s why PubClub.com suggests taking the Las Vegas Monorail. It’s quick, easy (even for public transportation-challenged people from Los Angeles) and very reasonably priced. A full-day ticket is just $12 and that’s for limitless rides.
It will get you from one end of the Strip to the other in just 15 minutes. And it’s kind of European-cool, too, arriving to a destination as if on a train.
The monorail goes from the MGM to the SLS Hotel. Stops, from the MGM headed north are: MGM Grand, Ballys/Paris, Flamingo/Caesar’s, Harrah’s/The LINQ, Las Vega Convention Center, Westgate and SLS Hotel.
It is particularly convenient for the casinos on that side of the Strip; for the others (Mandalay Bay, New York/New York, Caesar’s, Bellagio, etc.), you’ll have to walk through the casino the cross Las Vegas Blvd. The Linq stop drops you right at the Observation wheel.
The monorail is rarely crowded so you can just walk right on it and there are easy-to-use (even for public transportation-challenged people from Los Angeles) automated machines at the turnstiles, which take credit cards. Trains run every seven minutes during the day and every 15 minutes at night.
The one drawback from a PubClub.com perspective is that they quit running long before the bars and clubs close. The last train Sunday-Thursday is at 2 a.m. (Except Mondays, when it ends at midnight). The last train on Friday and Saturday is at 3 a.m. Still, you can take it to a bar or club, then cab back to your hotel. Or you can just stay out until it starts running again at 7 in the morning!
• One-way fare, $5
• All-day pass: $12
• Multi-day passes: $22 for two days, $28 for three days, $36 for four days, $43 for five days, $56 for seven days. These tickets can only be purchased at customer service booths, not at the machines. Those offices are located at the MGM Grand Station, Bally’s/Paris Las Vegas Station, Flamingo/Caesar’s Palace Station, Harrah’s/The LINQ Station, Westgate Las Vegas Station and The SLS Station. Hours of operations: daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Las Vegas Monorail Website: www.lvmonorail.com