Las Vegas Monorail: The Easiest Way to Navigate The Strip
The Las Vegas Strip is roughly four miles from end to end, so you wouldn't think it would be too hard to get from one hotspot to another, but even a 15-minute walk in three-digit temperatures can be excruciating. Driving up and down the Strip, either in your own vehicle, a cab, or bus, often means long waits in traffic and high fares for short rides. The Las Vegas Monorail travels from the Sahara at one end of the Strip to the MGM Grand at the other end in 15 minutes or less. With seven stops along the Strip, the monorail is convenient to nearly all of the Las Vegas hotels and casinos located on Las Vegas Boulevard.
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Opened in 2004, the Las Vegas Monorail is the first driverless public monorail system in the world. The rail runs behind the resorts along the east side of the Strip, with 72 seats per air-conditioned train, as well as room for approximately 150 standing passengers. Trains run 365 days a year, from 7am each morning to 2am on weeknights and 3am Friday-Sunday.
A one-trip pass on the Las Vegas Monorail is $5 -- maybe a little pricey, but cheaper than a cab ride and the same price as the bus. If you're going to be going back and forth a lot, though, you can really save money with the $12 all day pass or the $28 three-day pass. You can purchase these passes online or at station vending machines. Sometimes you can score discount coupons on the Las Vegas Monorail website, so definitely scan the site before you buy your passes. Children 5 and under ride free.
The seven stops along the Las Vegas Monorail line are the MGM Grand, Bally's/Paris Las Vegas, Flamingo/Caesar's Palace, Harrah's/Imperial Palace, The Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas Hilton, and Sahara. Visit the Las Vegas Monorail Station Guide for a complete list of hotels and attractions convenient to each stop. Note that both Rio and Sam's Town offer free shuttles to the Harrah's/Imperial Palace monorail stop.
The Las Vegas Monorail is the fastest and most comfortable way to navigate the Strip almost any time of day, and also the greenest, besides walking, of course. It is estimated that in 2009, the monorail helped to cut 2.7 million vehicle miles in the Las Vegas area.