Walking

Walking is of course the cheapest mode of transportation in any city however, there are reasons that this might not always be the best choice in Las Vegas. Depending on the time of year, the desert heat might not permit a stroll down the street without some air conditioning.  You also might have opted to stay off the strip, and if this is the case, your desired destination might not be reachable just by simply walking.  However, if your destination is close enough to walk to, depending on your limitation, I highly recommend it.  There is so much more to see in Las Vegas when you walk. 

Hotel Courtesy Vehicle

It used to be common for resorts to offer free shuttle service to and from the airport.  Unfortunately, this is a dying courtesy in Las Vegas but still does exist at some hotels, primarily off the strip, unless you are a high roller.  Always call your hotel and do not be afraid to ask if this is a service they provide. If it is, make sure you have your itinerary ready, as this service usually needs to be planned ahead of time.

Loop Network

This is Elon Musk’s new tunnel system comprised of you guessed it, Teslas. If you are traveling to Las Vegas for a Convention, you will be able to take advance of this system within the convention center free of charge, if you show your convention badge.  However, this system is still limited at the moment and will only currently take you outside the convention center to the new Resorts World for a small fee under $5.  This system does seem like a quiet and effortless way to get around Las Vegas with all the expansions planned, but for the moment, we will have to wait for the tunnels to be built.

Monorail

The Monorail is by far the easiest way to get up and down the strip.  With seven different stops from Sahara Blvd the entire way to Tropicana Blvd and a train that comes on average of every eight minutes, this can be the least congested and fastest way to get to different spots on the strip.  The cost is minimal compared to other methods of transportation in Las Vegas.  For example, a 1-day pass is under $15, while one taxi ride could cost more than this.  If you plan ahead and buy online, the fare is even cheaper.  You an even get discounts for purchasing a several days pass. 

Current Station Locations:

  • MGM Grand Station
    • Horseshoe/Paris Station
    • Flamingo/Ceasars Palace Station
    • Harrah’s/The LINQ Station
    • Boingo Station at the Las Vegas Convention Center
    • Westgate Station
    • Sahara Las Vegas Station

Note: If you are on the other side of Tropicana, there is also a free shuttle that goes from the Luxor to Mandala Bay.  

Rideshare

By now I am sure you have heard of Uber or Lyft.  These are the most popular rideshare companies right now. If you are not quite sure what rideshares are, they are private individuals driving their own vehicles to transport you to your destination. Rideshares provide you with a way to get from point A to point B quickly, without additional stops or extra walking along the way.  Traditionally in Las Vegas, rideshares are significantly cheaper than the alternate taxi.  So, if you are able to navigate an easy to explain app on your phone, you should head to the closest rideshare pick up spot and request a ride through a rideshare app of your choice. The only downfall of using rideshare is that you will have to wait for you car.  This can be eliminated by planning ahead and ordering your ride before you head to your pick up spot.  

Car Rental

If you are planning to travel off the Strip, a car rental can come in handy, and be one of the cheapest ways to travel if you are moving around a lot.  There are plenty of websites such as Priceline, Expedia, ect., that can help you plan this in advance.  I personally use the website AUTOSLASH.com because it always gives me the cheapest rates, has free cancellations if you find a better deal, and will even notify you if there are cheaper prices, if you chose.  Even after you book, you may want to continue to search, as expected demands might change and prices may fall.

Taxi

If you are not handy with your smartphone, or do not have a smartphone (yes, some people still do not… but they probably are not reading this), then a taxi might be your cheapest alternative.  Taxis are pretty self-explanatory, but for the fact that in Las Vegas, and especially on the strip, downtown or a casino off the strip, they are only allowed to pick you up in designated places.  They are not allowed to just pull over anywhere that someone is trying to flag them down.  This place is usually one of the main entrances and will be easy to spot as most of the time, there are taxis lined up at the ready.  On top of the higher expense of taxis, if you use a credit card, there will be an up charge.

Black Car/Limo

This is probably one of the most expensive transportation options in Las Vegas.  I am guessing if you are reading this, that you are not that familiar with car services.  These are high luxury autos that come with a driver and can be reserved for a simple trip from the airport to an all day excursion.  Most often these automobiles are always black, whether it is a Cadillac Escalade or a Mercedes Sprinter, which is why the car service rental business has been known as getting a “black car”.  There are plenty of these in Las Vegas that if you want to splurge, you can go online and book.  Or if you want to try to get a discount, you can negotiate at the airport if you arrive when they are not busy.  Some business is better than no business sometimes.