Transportation Tips

Las Vegas Strip Trolley
These old-fashioned, dark-green vehicles have interior oak paneling and are comfortably air-conditioned. Like the buses, they run northward from Hacienda Avenue, stopping at all major hotels en route to the Sahara, and then loop back from the Las Vegas Hilton. They do not, however, go to the Stratosphere Casino Hotel & Tower or Downtown. Trolleys run about every 15 minutes daily between 9:30am and 1:30am. The fare is $2 for a single one-way ride or $5 (free for children under age 5) for an all-day pass, and exact change is required. (
Getting Around By Taxi
There are hundreds of taxis available throughout Las Vegas 24 hours a day. Regardless of the taxi service you choose, rates have been standardized between all companies operating locally. You will be charged $.20 per one-twelfth of a mile or $2.40 per mile in addition to other fees. Most taxi drivers will not accept credit cards as a valid form of payment.

Since cabs line up in front of all major hotels, an easy way to get around town is by taxi. A taxi from the airport to the Strip will run you $12 to $20, from the airport to Downtown $15 to $20, and between the Strip and Downtown about $10 to $15.
Driving Safety - Driving through the desert
Coming from California involves desert driving, you must take certain precautions. It's a good idea to check your tires, water, and oil before leaving. Take at least 5 gallons of water in a clean container that can be used for either drinking or the radiator. Pay attention to road signs that suggest when to turn off your car's air conditioner. And don't push your luck with gas it may be 35 miles or more between stations. If your car overheats, do not remove the radiator cap until the engine has cooled, and then remove it very slowly. Add water to within an inch of the top of the radiator.
Catch the CAT (BUS)
Some locals complain about Citizens Area Transit (CAT) bus service in certain neighborhoods. But the Strip routes are frequent and well serviced, running around the clock from the South Strip Transfer Terminal to the Downtown Transportation Center in the north. The 301 runs every 10 minutes during busy hours, and there's also a limited-stop express bus (no. 302) every 15 minutes.
The Monorail
After decades of abandoned plans and false starts, a commuter monorail serving the Strip is finally a reality! This 4-mile system is a larger, faster, and more modern version of the Disney hand-me-down that used to run between the MGM and Bally's. The Las Vegas Monorail now has seven stations sprinkled from the MGM to the Sahara, with a one-way fare running $5 per person.
Valet Parking
Parking -- Free valet parking is one of the great pleasures of Las Vegas and well worth the $1 or $2 tip (given when the car is returned) to save walking a city block from the far reaches of a hotel parking lot, particularly when the temperature is over 100°F (38°C). Another summer plus: The valet will turn on your air-conditioning so that you don't have to get into an oven on wheels.
Storing alcohol in your car
If driving, you cannot carry alcohol in your car
unless it is safely locked up in the boot.
Planning to drive into town?
If you are planning to drive into town then AVOID THE STRIP (its always busy). Buy a map and learn Industrial Blvd and Frank Sinatra Dr. to the West of the Strip and Paradise Blvd. to the east. The mentioned roads will shorten north/south travel time by alot. For east/west travel, Desert Inn Dr. goes under the strip and completely takes away the problems with roads like Sahara and Flamingo.
Car Rental - Is it worth it?
Las Vegas is one of the cheapest places in the country to rent a car. You can enjoy a rental car from about $20 a day, if you take two or more cab rides a day it will pay for itself. Every major casino/resort in Las Vegas also offers free parking. A wide variety of rental cars, from smaller economy cars to large luxury vehicles, are available at rental car locations within McCarran International Airport and at many rental car locations throughout Vegas.
Staying on the Strip & Renting a car
If this is your first Las Vegas trip then you will most likely be staying on the Strip. You probably wont need a rental car since there are so many things to do and see within walking distance.

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