Best Method of Transportation in Las Vegas

March 19, 2013

When someone says they’re going to Las Vegas there are usually a few images that come to mind; gambling, expensive hotels, fine dining, and live entertainment. For the practical traveler, long lines, trouble with the flight in, crazy taxi drivers, and lots of foot traffic may also present itself. Without a doubt, Las Vegas offers some of the best entertainment in the world, but it can also be one of the most challenging cities to travel in as well. Fortunately, there are many people willing to share their travel advice in order to avoid transportation frustration.

If you’re flying in to Las Vegas as most people do, trouble at the airport can hardly be avoided. However, you can try to save yourself some stress by not flying the weekends. If possible travel on a less popular day during the week. An absolute rule is to avoid the holidays as much as possible. Las Vegas peaks in popularity around each holiday whether it is national or cultural. Avoiding the big travel times will save you some time standing in a line at the airport.

If you’re in the city, you may find automobile traffic terrible. During rush hour, people may find pedestrians making better time than their automobiles. Tourists may also be surprised by the amount of speeding done by the city’s taxi drivers. Perhaps one of the easiest methods to navigate the famous Las Vegas Strip is by the Las Vegas Monorail. The strip itself is about four miles long and may not seem so bad by foot, but with sweltering summer heat, many pedestrians may find the walk intolerable. While taxis are an option, tourists may find they wait a long time to get an empty taxi only to pay a high fare to go a mile or two down the strip. Fortunately, the monorail is air-conditioned and runs every day from early morning to 2am weekdays and 3am weekends.

Of course, walking is by far the cheapest way to travel on the Las Vegas Strip. But tourists aren’t tied into walking or the monorail. Other travel options include the busses or shuttles. Some casinos offer free shuttle rides and if using a bus, be sure to look up the schedule and bus routes.

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