Las Vegas is one of the top tourist destinations in the US. If you’re thinking about visiting, you’re probably picking out some of the tourist attractions you need to see. You’ll soon realize that the city can be hard to navigate at times. With all the cars on the road from locals who just want to go home, tourists who just want to party, and actual billboards on trucks, driving yourself can ruin your trip.
You don’t want to waste a minute of your time in a city like Las Vegas trying to find parking. It’s a good idea to have transportation options to get you from point A to point B and beyond. Here are the 7 best ways to get from one place to another when you visit Las Vegas
Ridesharing apps have become pretty common and are a staple of getting around a lot of major cities, especially if you’ll be drinking or seeing tourist attractions. This is Vegas, so you’ll likely be doing plenty of both. One of my favorite things about rideshare apps is that you can count on a local driver picking you up and telling you some of the secrets of the city.
One warning to keep in mind when ordering a Lyft or Uber ride, is that they usually will not pick you up directly on the Las Vegas strip. Police tend to crack down on vehicles blocking the flow of traffic. It’s not a big deal, but be prepared to move to a side street for pickup and dropoff.
2- Electric Bikes
You know those electric scooters and bikes people keep dumping in the most inconvenient places along the sidewalks? You too can save your feet and rent one to get around Las Vegas. Keep in mind that your normal scooter and bike app, like Lime, will not do you any good in Las Vegas. The city has not agreed to let those companies invade their streets and sidewalks yet, and for good reason. Like I said, people throw those things anywhere and everywhere.
The electric bikes in Las Vegas are local businesses. You can rent a bike with a motor to assist your pedaling at stores and kiosks. At around 15 mph, you can take in all the sites Las Vegas has to offer at a relaxing pace. Just remember not to dump the bike anywhere and return it to a designated charging station.
One example of an electric bike rental business is RTC Bike Share. But, be sure to look for others to choose the one that suits your needs the most.
3- Party Busses
This is actually one of my favorite modes of transportation in Las Vegas. You should look into getting reservations on a party bus if you plan on going clubbing on the strip, and especially if you’re with a group.
A party bus will pick you up at a starting point and take you to several bars and clubs around the city. There is a time limit at each club, but you can always choose not to get back on the bus if you find a place that you love and want to stay there. Also, each party bus will make different stops around the city. So, be sure not to reserve a seat on one that’s going to take you to a club you don’t want to be in.
If you don’t like strip clubs, avoid the strip club bus.
The last time I took a party bus in Las Vegas, I paid $40 for the entire night. That one-time fee got me into every club and bar we visited. The best part? Drinks are provided all night on the bus.
It is a party bus after all.
When you reserve a place on a party bus, it’s likely that you’ll be partying with strangers. It’s a great way to meet people. You can find different party busses on websites like Eventbrite.com, or by just Googling.
4- City Busses
If there’s one thing that we can all come together on hating, it’s public transportation. But, the bus system in Las Vegas has a positive side. Actually, it has a few.
It’s reliable—you don’t have to worry about finding a random pickup or dropoff area to avoid traffic because bus stops are constant. The city bus will take you from several stops just behind the Las Vegas stip to Fremont Street and more.
Unfortunately, it will not take you to the airport. But there are other options for that.
Most importantly, it’s cheap. A 24hr pass is just $8. If you can plan a day around destinations close to city bus stops, which is pretty easy, you’ll get around the city for a steal.
You can check out the city’s bus routes and schedules through their website directly.
5- Las Vegas Monorail
The Las Vegas Monorail is a step up from taking the bus, but it will take you to fewer destinations (only 7 stops). The monorail runs most of the length of the strip, starting at the MGM Grand and ending at the SLS Las Vegas.
Day passes start at just $13, so if you’re tired of walking, jump on the monorail during the day to save some time and energy.
The monorail is driverless and goes up to 50mph. That means that it’s fast and efficient. In fact, trains arrive every 4 to 8 minutes, which is perfect for alleviating some of the foot traffic on the strip.
If you want to move from casino to casino, you’ll want to take the monorail. Some station entrances can be hidden in the back of casinos, and casinos in Las Vegas are huge. So, be sure to ask an employee in the area where to board if you get lost.
In a lot of cities, the war between taxi drivers and ride sharing apps rages on. Las Vegas is definitely one of them. Step out of McCarran International Airport looking for a ride and you’ll see what I mean. You’ll be greeted by a fleet of luxury busses, SUVs, and a long line of taxis waiting for customers. The ridesharing pickup location is tucked away out of sight. But that isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
In my experience, taxi prices in Las Vegas are similar to ridesharing app prices. They may be slightly more expensive. But there are so many taxis, it’s just as easy to catch one while you’re at the airport or at a casino as it is to order a Lyft or Uber ride. From places like the airport, it’s faster too.
So, don’t be afraid to jump in a taxi and have a friendly chat with the driver. You can keep an eye on the meter and swipe your card in the card reader attached to the seat for payment.
If you’re worried about cost, just avoid taking the taxi too many times. The slight price increase from ridesharing apps adds up.
So this probably isn’t an answer you wanted to read. But, if you want to see everything on the strip, walking is the way to go.
You’ll get the opportunity to go in and out of every casino and attraction as you please and take the perfect photos to show off to your friends on Instagram. So don’t be afraid to sweat a little in the Vegas heat if you really want to soak everything in.
The first time I visited Las Vegas, I walked from one end of the strip to the other because I thought I could do it 20 minutes. I took at least an hour.
I guarantee you’ll get your steps in.
And if you’re like me, you’ll want to walk to burn all the calories from the junk food and complimentary drinks from the day before.
Las Vegas is a relatively compact city, but with all the traffic and people, worrying about driving yourself will drain your energy faster than the desert heat. With these options in mind, you don’t need to stress about transportation.
Have you been to Las Vegas, or have you been recently?