So, you've made it to your Vegas vacation rental. Or maybe you haven't even made it there yet; let's just say you've made it to the Vegas airport. What do you do now? With so many modes of transport to choose from, including your own two feet, what's best for getting around Vegas?

Rental Cars: Basic Las Vegas Travel Tips

Vegas Rental carsIn Vegas, you can cover a lot of ground on foot! If you're sticking to the Strip, there's no reason to rent a car. However, if you plan to do more than gamble and hotel hop, a rental car is a great way to get to know the town, especially its naturally scenic outskirts. If you do some driving in Vegas, just keep the following safety tips in mind.

When driving in and around the Strip, be on the lookout for bad drivers and wandering pedestrians. Things can get a little hectic here, especially during rush hour, and you don't want to wreck your rental car. If you're driving outside the city, traffic won't be a concern.

However, there are some important Las Vegas travel tips to keep in mind regardless. Why? You're driving through the desert! Make sure you have lots of water to quench your thirst and to cool off the radiator whenever needed. As well, you may be driving in the heat for long distances, without a gas station in site. So, keep your tank full at all times! With Vacation's desert driving tips, you'll be set for your Vegas road trip.

One of the best advantages of riding around in a rental car in Vegas is free valet parking at the casino hotels (don't forget to tip). If for some reason you can't find a valet, the numerous hotel parking garages make a good alternative.

If you forgo the rental car, as many Vegas tourists do, that doesn't mean you're destined to walk everywhere. Read on for more valuable Las Vegas travel tips.

Modes of Las Vegas Transportation

Airport Shuttle

The cheapest and quickest way to get to your Vegas vacation rental from the airport is to hop aboard an airport shuttle and take it to the Strip or downtown Vegas, where your vacation rental is likely to be. (These rides normally only cost about $10.) If you're staying outside the city, a taxi's the way to go.

Las Vegas Taxis

The Taxi

There's no shortage of Vegas taxis. They're everywhere! At the airport and all around Vegas. Just stand outside a random hotel casino and you'll see one pop up soon. However, taxi fare can really add up, especially if you're taxi driver takes you the route with the most traffic. Share a cab when possible.

CAT Bus System

The Citizens Area Transit bus system runs 24 hours a day, every day, and takes vacationers to and from many Vegas hotspots. The strip, of course, is one of them.


Limousine rentals are very popular in Las Vegas. After all, they fit in so well with their lavish surroundings. You can rent a limousine at an hourly late, which can be as low as $35/hour to as high as $80/hr. Limousines are a fun way to see the sights, especially for couples and groups of friends.


The trolley is an easy way to get from one end of the Strip to the other, but it won't take you anywhere else. Fare is $1.50 and you've got to have exact change on you.

There are free shuttles and trams that will take you to and from Vegas' hotel casinos, so just keep your eyes peeled for them. You may be able to see everything you want to see, without spending a penny on transportation!

The Las Vegas Monorail

The Las Vegas Monorail takes about 15 minutes to get from the MGM Grand Hotel (the south end of the Strip) to the Sahara Hotel (the north end of the Strip), making various stops along the way. It runs every day from 7 am to 2 am. This eco-friendly ride is a convenient and efficient way to sightsee; no traffic congestion here! However, the Las Vegas Monorail has been a very controversial item since its beginning. At $5 per ride (though there are discounts for frequent riders), most prefer cheaper buses and well, their feet. As well, the Las Vegas Monorail isn't always as speedy as its riders would like.

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