Monday, April 29, 2013

Getting Around in Las Vegas

Photo courtesy of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority
If you decide you want to see a bit of Las Vegas while at the conference, we have some suggestions for how to get around town.    

The Las Vegas monorail has a station at the conference hotel, the Las Vegas Hotel (LVH). To reach the station, walk toward the North Tower and follow the signs to the station.  It takes you from the LVH, which is at the northern end of the strip all the way to the southern end of the strip with 7 stops in between.  The hours of operation are Monday, 7 a.m.–midnight; Tuesday–Thursday, 7 a.m.–2 a.m.; Friday–Sunday, 7 a.m.–3 a.m.  The monorail runs every 10 minutes or so.  Fares are $5 for a single one-way ticket, $12 for a one day pass and $22 for a two day pass.  Tickets are available from machines at each of the stations, including the LVH station. For those warm Las Vegas days, the monorail is air conditioned! The security includes a K9 unit, private security guards, and a full video surveillance system.

All stops are behind casinos on the east side of Las Vegas Boulevard.  If you want to see something on the west side of the boulevard (Fashion Mall for instance), there will be a little bit of walking.

There are no bus stops at the LVH.  There are routes that go up and down the strip and will also take you downtown.  The best route is the “Double Deuce.” It’s a double decker bus that runs up and down the strip all the way from the southern end and to the Mob Museum downtown with numerous stops in between.  The cost is $2 for two hours and $8 for twenty-four hours.  Tickets are sold at vending machines throughout the city. 

There are about sixteen cab companies that operate under the Taxi Authority in Las Vegas.  Taxis are available just outside the front door of the hotel right by the valet. The “drop” (when you get in the cab) is $3.30 and $2.40 per mile thereafter.

Cabs cannot be hailed in Las Vegas. Hotels and restaurants will call for you. If you are walking around, go to the nearest hotel or restaurant and there are usually cabs lined up.

Bell Trans operates shuttle buses from the airport to the hotel.  The price is $7 one way, $13 round trip.

Thanks to Betteann Myers, Publicity Chair, Local Host Committee


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