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Las Vegas Transportation
Las Vegas has an efficient and simple to understand public transportation system for tourists and locals. Much of the public transportation in Las Vegas centers on connecting people to various attractions along the Las Vegas strip. The transportation, consisting of mostly bus routes, taxis, an airport, and the Las Vegas Monorail, has been expanding considerably in the 21st century to meet the action-packed needs of Sin City.
Located roughly five miles south of the city, on the South Strip, this airport offers visitors quick access to and from the areas of Las Vegas. The airport can be reached via cab, public bus, or private car. The RTC Transit bus routes numbered 108 and 109 offer 24 hour transportation services to and from the city and airport.
The Vegas Monorail
Established in 2004, the Monorail is the best method for getting around Vegas attractions along the Strip. The rail moves at a slashing 50 miles per hour and can take passengers from the MGM Grand to the Sahara Hotel in just fifteen minutes.
From the south end of the Strip to the North Strip, stops for all major spots exist. Stops of note include the Flamingo Casino, Imperial Palace, Las Vegas Convention Center, and Las Vegas Hilton. And plans are in place to build a new phase that takes passengers to the nearby airport.
Tickets are $5 for single far, $12 for a day pass, and $28 for a three day pass. Young children, aged less than five, ride free. The train runs until two in the morning on weekdays and until three on the weekends.
Taxis in Las Vegas
Taxis in Vegas can take you to pretty any place you want to go. Keep in mind that riding in taxis can get quite costly and make the price of a Las Vegas trip a little higher. However, taxis offer convenience and speed.
Fares for taxis are always changing. Prices are always usually rising. As of now (late 2011), it is $3.30 for activating the meter and $2.60 per mile after that. Waiting time has a rate of $30 per hour and pickup from the airport has an added fee of $1.80.
There are a total of sixteen cab companies in the valley of Vegas to choose from. Call to book beforehand, as nighttime can get quite busy in this city.
Las Vegas Buses
Buses in Vegas are a common sight and such automobiles offer cheap transportation to all of the major areas in the city and outside of Las Vegas.
The Deuce Bus on the Strip carries passengers throughout the Strip on a double-decker that runs twenty-four seven. Other specially named buses carry passengers to the more popular sights in Las Vegas.
Routes like the Silver Star lines numbered in the 700’s carry passengers to outlying places like North Vegas, Henderson, and Decatur. Lines in the 200’s roam about the various hotels and casinos in Las Vegas. Lines in the 100’s operate to connect to some of the suburb areas of Vegas.