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Getting Around Vegas: Transport Options

Monday, November 5th, 2012

One of the more important things to learn when moving into a new place, apart from finding out where the nearest grocery store or bakery is located, is finding out how to get from A to B.

What follows is a quick run-down on the kinds of transport available in Las Vegas, so whether you’ve just moved in, or you’re just passing by, you’ll know how to get where you need to be.

Getting a Cab in Vegas

Due to the nature of its entertainment industry, the Las Vegas taxi industry is a tight and highly regulated business. It is under the control and monitoring of the Nevada Taxicab Authority.

Thus, it is illegal to hail a cab on the streets. You will also find out you will not readily find one loosely cruising the Strip, because they are usually lined up along the entrances of casino hotels. Surprisingly, getting a cab in Vegas is much easier than getting one in other mega metropolis. The line moves fast and the average waiting time is as little as 5-10 minutes.

For peak hours though, which are between 3 p.m. to 6 pm., the waiting may be longer. Apart from the hotel and casino entrances, cabs are also plentiful at the McCarran International Airport, or else you can simply call one of the many taxi services and have them come to you.

Taking the Bus in Vegas

The CAT system

Las Vegas has a vast and extensive public bus system. The most important routes that you’ll want to familiarize yourself with are # 301 and #302, both of which regularly ply the Strip area. The former stops at every bus stop along the strip, while the latter is an express ride and makes very few stops. The buses are definitely cheaper than taking a cab or renting a car, but they are only for those who have the luxury of time and for those who do not mind the inconvenience of a crowded ride.

The Deuce Double Decker Bus

The double deck buses, known as the Deuce, are the best alternative for tourists who wish to move around Vegas in a cheap yet exciting way. These also ply the Strip route, to and from Mandala Bay, and provide tourists with a great opportunity to take photos of the Strip due to the elevated view. The Deuce is a tourist attraction in itself, and is the most photographed vehicle in Vegas.

Trams and Monorails

The Las Vegas Monorail is probably the fastest and most comfortable way to get to the Strip without shelling out for a pricey cab ride. What’s good is that most of the casinos provide free trams from the Las Vegas Monorail stops, to enhance their businesses.