- By kevin
- On May 14, 2018
- North America
- Travel Tips
We talk about how to explore & getting around Las Vegas in this paper. The best way to get around Las Vegas is by taxi or by bus. The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) offers bus routes 24 hours a day along the Strip and downtown area, providing easy, affordable transportation. And you can find the bus tour from Los Angeles to Las Vegas on the Globerouter.com website.
And you won't find any shortage of cabs should you wish to move around on your own schedule. If you're based on the Strip, the Monorail provides fast transportation to many of the casinos along the northern part of Las Vegas Boulevard. If you prefer to walk, you won't have an issue finding most of Vegas' top things to do, but you should arm yourself with plenty of sunscreen and water to avoid heat stroke.
The RTC operates 39 bus routes throughout the city and the greater Las Vegas Valley. If you plan on sticking close to the Strip and the downtown area, you can rely on two different buses: the Strip & Downtown Express (SDX) and the Deuce. Both routes run from the South Strip Transfer Terminal near the airport to the Fremont Street Experience (Duece route) and the LV North Premium Outlets (SDX). From midnight to 9 a.m., the Duece offers a shortened route. Both buses run approximately every 15 minutes.
Fares on both routes are paid by time period, and passes can be purchased from ticket vending machines (located at various bus stops as well as select 7-Eleven, Circle K and Walgreens stores) or downloaded through the rideRTC smartphone app. A two-hour pass costs $6; a 24-hour pass costs $8; a 3-day pass costs $20 and a 5-day pass costs $32. Note that fares are different for residential routes, which include routes directly servicing the airport terminals.
Despite the ample bus services, a cab is your best bet for getting around quickly. Taxis cluster along Las Vegas Boulevard and in front of all major hotels, making them very easy to catch. Meters start at around $3.50, with each additional mile costing $2.76. While that may sound like an unnecessary expense, keep in mind that up to five people can travel in the same cab for the same fare. Ride-share companies, Uber and Lyft, also operate in the city.