Welcome to Las Vegas, a city filled with endless possibilities! With so much to do and see, it’s important to have a reliable way to get around. In this guide, we’ll break down the pros and cons of various Vegas transportation services, helping you find the perfect fit for your travel plans. Whether you prefer the freedom of driving yourself or the convenience of public transit, here are the best ways to get around Las Vegas. Let’s hit the road and explore all this bustling city has to offer!
👎 Parking fees
If you’re looking for flexibility in your travel plans, renting a car is a popular option. You can find the most popular rental car companies at the McCarran International Airport, making it easy to pick up a vehicle as soon as you arrive at Las Vegas. You can also typically find car rentals at hotels, like Enterprise Rent-a-Car at the D. For those looking to cruise in style, vintage car rentals offer a unique experience. Whether you’re looking to show up to an event in a classic car, or just want to cruise in a rocking retro ride, there are many options available in Vegas!
However, do keep in mind that most hotels do charge daily parking fees. So if you’re staying on The Strip, parking in the city might add to your list of expenses.
👍 $5 rides
👎 Limited stops
If you’re staying at a hotel on the Las Vegas Strip, take advantage of the trams that run between the major hotels. The Las Vegas Monorail offers a quick and convenient way to get from one end of the Strip to the other. With $5 rides and $13.45 day passes, you can enjoy an inexpensive and fast mode of transportation. The tram is the perfect option for those looking for an accessible ride, however, predetermined stops may be limiting when you have somewhere specific you need to be. Though the tram does not run 24/7, its hours of operations are from 7am through 2am on most days of the week.
👎 Busy peak hours
Different from the new Vegas Loop project but with a similar name, this fast and convenient shuttle called the Downtown Loop brings visitors to the exciting scene in Downtown Las Vegas, and other destinations such as the Mob Museum, City Hall, Symphony Park, the Art District, Circa Hotel & Casino, and so much more. Oh – and did we mention is it FREE!? Though the loop can get busy during peak hours, this free transportation is an easy way to move around Vegas for anyone.
👍 Quick transportation
👎 Still under construction
The Vegas Loop is a new underground transportation service that shuttles passengers around the city. The future of transportation in Las Vegas is here, or at least the first phases of it! Currently offering Tesla transportation around the Las Vegas Convention Center, the Boring Company’s project aims to add stops all along The Strip and up to Downtown Las Vegas. Once all the stops are built, the Vegas Loop will help transport thousands of passengers every hour to popular spots all around Vegas for an affordable price.
👍 Convenient pick-up/drop-off locations
👎 Surge pricing & wait times
Among the most convenient ways to get around the city are rideshare apps like Uber and Lyft. Most Vegas hotel properties have rideshare pick-up/drop-off locations where you can catch a ride when your ride arrives, like the Garage Mahal. While these services tend to be more cost-effective than calling a cab, surge pricing during peak hours may become an issue. During high demand hours, wait times for a ride may also increase. However, if you plan ahead of time, ride sharing may be more convenient than dealing with the hassle of driving and parking.
👍 No wait times
👎 More expensive than ride shares
Taxis are a readily available mode of transportation everywhere in Las Vegas. They can be a good option if you don’t want to deal with the potential wait times of ride share services. However, fares tend to be more expensive than their rideshare counterparts. Located at sometimes more convenient pick-up locations than Uber/Lyft, taxis are an easy way to get around if you don’t mind paying the extra fees.
👍 One of a kind experience
Feeling fancy? Want to feel like a Vegas VIP the moment you arrive? Splurging on a limousine can be a fun way to make your Vegas experience that much more memorable. Whether you’re celebrating a special event, or just want to cruise the city in style, limo services are available right as you arrive at the airport. However, expect luxury to come at a price. As one of the most expensive transportation options on this list, limo services average at around $60/hour depending on your selection.
👎 Many stops
Public transportation is also available in Vegas! The Deuce bus has two routes, one running up and down the Vegas Strip and another connecting to Downtown and Fremont Street. Offering numerous stops at almost every resort in Vegas the bus stops are easy to find and catch. With buses running every 15 to 20 minutes 24 hours a day, the bus is an accessible and reliable way to sightsee at any time of the day. While the bus may be one of the cheapest transportation options in Vegas, it may not be the fastest due to its frequent shops. If you’re in a hurry, it may be best to find another alternative. Bus fares are $6 for a 2-hour pass, $8 for 24 hours, and $20 for 3 days.
👍 Convenient and FREE
👎 Longer commute time
Lastly, the most common way to get around Las Vegas is by foot. If you’re staying within the Strip, walking along the street is a fun and easy way to explore the town and come across new activities. With street performers and mascots all over the place, walking The Strip may be the most eventful form of transportation. While most hotels, restaurants, and casinos are within walking distance of each other, make sure you wear comfortable shoes while you get those steps in.
No matter how you choose to get around Las Vegas, it’s important to plan ahead and know your options. With so many transportation options available, you’re sure to find the perfect way to explore all that this city has to offer! Whether you’re looking for a flexible, affordable, or luxurious ride, Las Vegas has an option that suits every need. From rental cars and trams to ride shares or simply walking, there is no one right way to explore the city. Book your room at Golden Gate Las Vegas to start exploring!