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    Getting around in Las Vegas: the means of transport to visit the city

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    To visit Las Vegas is a lot it is important to know how to move in the city. The city is very big and distances can be much greater than you think. For example, the distance between The Strip and Downtown Las Vegas, the two main tourist areas of the city, is approximately 10km.

    To move around and visit the city you can use the following means of transport: the extensive bus network, the monorail that connects the back of many hotels on The Strip, a rental car or on foot or by bicycle when you don't have to travel long distances.



    By car

    Renting a car in Las Vegas is quite inexpensive and probably the best choice too. In Las Vegas you can rent a limo for as little as $ 55 an hour, obviously the rates to rent a regular car are lower and are valid for the whole day.

    Park the car it is very simple, almost all hotels in Las Vegas have their own parking, moreover each casino has a large parking lot where you can park your car independently ("self-parking").

    Most of the car parks are directly connected to hotels or casinos and can be reached directly from the Strip via a driveway. In the few cases where the car parks are outside the hotel there is also a chauffeur service.

    Many casinos apply parking fees between $ 5 and $ 10, usually from the second hour onwards. At the moment the casinos whose parking spaces are free are the Venetian, Palazzo, Planet Hollywood, Circus Circus, Tropicana, SLS Las Vegas and Treasure Island.


    In downtown Las Vegas, around Fremont Street, most public parking is subject to charges.


    Las Vegas offers wide streets, cheap gas prices, and plenty of free parking. If you want to rent a car, we recommend that you do so at one of the airport car rental companies offering best rates.

    Rent a car in Las Vegas

     

    Especially on weekends you could find a lot traffic on Las Vegas Boulevard (The “Strip”). In the case of heavy traffic it might be more convenient to take the streets parallel to the Strip.

    On foot

    Las Vegas isn't a city designed for pedestrians, however it is the best way to visit The Strip and Down Town Area. The sidewalks are very wide and there are walkways that allow you to safely cross the busiest corners of the Strip.

    All along the avenue there are suspended walkways with escalators that connect both sides of the boulevard and make life easier for tourists. These pedestrian bridges have glass walls that allow you to have a great view over the city.

    Stroll on Fremont Street or on the Three Strip is very pleasant, surrounded by large hotels, casinos, bars, restaurants, shops and attractions of all kinds. Many street artists also meet on the avenues. On The Strip hotels are connected by a bridge or subway or a free train shuttle, as is the case at the Excalibur, Luxor and Mandalay Bay hotel-casinos.


    Due to the large size of Las Vegas hotels, distances may seem shorter than they really are. During the summer, the heat during the central hours of the day can be uncomfortable for long walks.

    By monorail

    The Las Vegas monorail line is located along the eastern end of The Strip and also stops at several hotels. If you are in a hurry or are in a small group, it may be more convenient to take a taxi. The monorail can carry up to 4.000 people simultaneously.


    As the monorail stops at the rear entrance of the hotels, getting to The Strip can take some time to go through the mazes of hotel casinos.

    Monorail fares say Las Vegas:

    • a $ 5 ride
    • one day pass $ 13
    • 2-day pass $ 23
    • 3-day pass $ 29
    • 4-day pass $ 36
    • 5-day pass $ 43
    • 7-day pass $ 56

    Monorail lines free and paid to move between the various hotels are:

    • Mandalay Bay – Luxor – Excalibur (gratuito)
    • Monte Carlo - Bellagio (free)
    • Mirage – Treasure Island (gratuito)
    • MGM Grand – Bally’s e Paris Las Vegas – Flamingo e Caesars Palace – Harrah’s and Imperial Palace – LV Convention Center – LV Hilton – Sahara (a pagamento)

    Before getting on the monorail, find out if the route is free or paid, as the conditions of use may change over time.


    By bus

    Buses are definitely a 'cheap and comfortable option, especially if you are traveling up and down the Strip or to and from downtown. The bus ride is also a good way to rest and cool off on hot summer days.

    To get around the city by bus you can choose between the city bus network and the double-decker bus network that connect the most touristic areas of the city, namely The Strip and Downtown Las Vegas.

    RTC Transit

    RTC Transit is the name of the system city ​​buses in the metropolitan area of ​​Las Vegas. The service has 50 lines covering all areas of the city. Most of the lines run every day from 5:30 am to 01:30 am. Some lines run 24 hours a day.


    I ticket prices they are $ 2 for adults and $ 1 for children and seniors.

    The Deuce e SDX

    In addition to the regular city bus service, there are also those of The Deuce, a double-decker bus (London-style buses), and that of the Strip & Downtown Express (SDX), both operating at 15-minute intervals along the way. Strip, also connecting Downtown. I am those most used and preferred by tourists.

    La difference between the two services is that The Deuce runs 24 hours a day and makes all the stops, while the SDX runs from 9:30 to 00:30, and even if it uses more or less the same stops as the Deuce, it skips three out of four, making the faster service.

    Le stops they are clearly marked and often advised for tourists by the bus driver.

    I Tickets for The Deuce they cost $ 6 (adults) and $ 3 (children and seniors), payable directly to the driver. The 24-hour pass is either $ 8 (adults) and $ 4 (children and seniors) or $ 3 (adults) and $ 20 (children and seniors) for 10 days.

    Le rates for the SDX service they are the same as for The Deuce, except that it is not possible to buy the ticket on board the bus, but only using the ticket machines at the bus stops.

    By taxi

    Il easiest way to get around in Las Vegas it is by taxi, it is relatively cheap to get from hotel to hotel this way. Every hotel in Las Vegas and most attractions have a taxi rank.

    You cannot get on or off a taxi on the street, especially on The Strip. Because of this it is advisable to pick them up or be dropped off in front of the hotels.

    Le rates of taxis are quite cheap, especially when compared with those in Spain, and vary according to distance and with a supplement for night hours. There is an additional cost for travel to / from the airport. Taxi drivers are obliged to take the shortest route.

    It is customary to leave one tip $ 1 to the hotel staff calling the taxi and 15% of the meter fare to the taxi driver, plus $ 1 for each bag.

    If you are a large group it might be worth renting one Limo, the price per person may even be lower than that of a taxi. Limousines usually queue in front of the taxi rank and can be approached directly.

    By bike

    As the city is quite flat, cycling can also be a good choice to move freely in Las Vegas. It is advisable to be careful when driving, especially on the Strip where traffic can be quite intense.

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