The RTC (The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada) manages the buses that run up and down the Strip and Downtown Las Vegas, and offers one of the best ways to get around Las Vegas without shelling out a ton of money. Tourists in particular will want to take advantage of the Deuce, a bus that operates along Las Vegas Boulevard, and the SDX, better known as the Downtown Express, which connects the Strip to Downtown. The RTC fleet features 39 routes served by more than 400 vehicles.
How to Ride the RTC
Using RTC transit services offers a quick, safe, and affordable way to see the sites on the Strip and in Downtown Las Vegas. Buses regularly stop at points along both routes, so riders can jump on and off while sightseeing without walking. The Las Vegas Deuce is a San Francisco-style double-decker and air conditioned bus dedicated a route along the Strip with room for up to 97 people.
Deuce and Downtown Express (SDX) make stops every 15 minutes. Buses require exact fare. Children five years of age and younger ride free and must be accompanied by an adult. A two-hour pass costs $6. A 24-hour pass goes for $8. A three-day pass costs $20.
How to Pay
Riders can purchase a ticket on board buses with exact change. Some stops also offer vending machines where riders can purchase tickets using cash or a credit card. The RTC app, rideRTC, is free to download and offers tickets as well.
Ticket vending machines accept $1, $2, $5, $10, and $20 bills and/or Visa, MasterCard, Discover, Diners Club and debit cards, but do not give change. All tickets are validated with a time stamp and are ready to use at the time of purchase.
Hours of Operation
The Deuce operates 24 hours a day, stopping every 15 minutes from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. and every 20 minutes from 2 a.m. to 7 a.m. The SDX Downtown Express runs every 15 minutes from 9 a.m. to midnight. After hours, riders can hop on the Deuce.
Important Things to Know
Riders are not allowed to eat, drink, or smoke on board. Riders cannot bring any object that is too large to fit between passenger seats, including luggages. By law, the aisles must be kept clear of packages.
Riders must wear a shirt and shows on board.
Pets or animals are not allowed on board with the exception of service animals, which are trained to assist individuals with a disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Children must be removed from strollers and fold down strollers.
Deuce on the Strip stops are located about every quarter mile in each direction of the Vegas Strip and are marked with signs or by bus shelters. The Deuce makes numerous stops, starting at the Fremont Street Experience on Las Vegas Boulevard, at Las Vegas Boulevard and Clark Street, at the Bonneville Transit Center (BTC), Las Vegas Boulevard and Hoover, Charleston Boulevard, Las Vegas Boulevard and Fourth Street, Oakey, The Strat, the Sahara, Hilton Grand Vacations, Slots-A-Fun/Circus Circus, Convention Center Drive, Fashion Show Drive, Fashion Show Mall, Treasure Island, the Mirage, Caesars Palace, Bellagio, Park MGM, Excalibur, Luxor, Mandalay Bay, the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign, Sunset Road, Town Square, LV Premium Outlets - South, McCarran International Airport, the Rent-A-Car Center, and South Strip Transit Terminal (SSTT).
The SDX makes stops at the Las Vegas Premium Outlets - North and Government Center, Symphony Park and the World Market Center, City Parkway, Ogden at Main Street, the Fremont Street Experience, Bonneville Transit Center (BTC), the Arts District at Charleston Boulevard, The Strat on Main Street, the Sahara at the Monorail Station, the Las Vegas Convention Center, Channel 8 Drive, Wynn Las Vegas, Paris, Las Vegas, The MGM Grand and Showcase Mall, Mandalay Bay, the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Sign, Las Vegas Golf/Town Square, and the South Strip Transit Terminal (SSTT).
Request a transfer from your bus driver in order to get on a different bus.
All Deuce buses are lift-equipped, kneel to the curb, and have low floors to accommodate passengers using mobility devices. Seating and space for up to two wheelchairs are reserved in the front of the vehicle, just behind the operator's seat.
You can use the trip planner on the RTC website to plan your route and find out real-time departure/arrival information.
Trip to Strip
One way to ride anywhere you want on the Strip, in Downtown Las Vegas, or from McCarran International Airport is through Trip to Strip, a RTC-driven ride share for groups with no surge pricing. The comfortable vans have include WiFi and room for 11 passengers. Book these rides for free through the app, available for download for free from the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store. Trip to Strip operates 24/7.
Riders can access McCarran International Airport on the Strip and Downtown Express buses by going to the South Strip Transfer Terminal (SSTT) and riding Route 109 there. To plan a trip online, use the Google Transit Trip Planner.
Arrivals at McCarran International Airport's Terminal 3 and Terminal 1 can use the McCarran Airport inter-terminal shuttle ride between terminals. Route 109 located at Terminal 1 allows travelers to access the South Strip Transfer Terminal, where they cab connect with other routes.
Other Modes of Transportation
Public transportation isn't always the easiest way to get around Las Vegas. Sometimes other modes, such as taxis, ride share programs, the Las Vegas Monorail, or even rental cars might be a better bet.
More than 10 taxi companies service Las Vegas. Taxi lines form at the front of most resorts on the Strip or in Downtown Las Vegas. At McCarran International Airport, taxis queue up on the east side of baggage claim, outside door exits 1 through 4 at Terminal 1 and outside on Level Zero at Terminal 3.
Uber and Lyft have designated places to pick up riders at every resort on the Strip and in Downtown Las Vegas. At McCarran International Airport, riders meet their vehicle at level 2 of the parking garage at Terminal 1 and on the valet level of the Terminal 3 parking garage.
Many resorts offer limousine service for a fee. Ask a concierge for limousine services. From the airport, limousines are available on the west side of baggage claim, outside door exits 7 through 13 at Terminal 1 and on Level Zero on the west end of the building at Terminal 3.
The McCarran Rent-A-Car Center is located at 7135 Gilespie Street, three miles south of the airport with 11 rental car companies represented. The center is open 24 hours, 365 days a year with continuous shuttle services to the McCarran International Airport terminals. Keep in mind that hotels owned by MGM Resorts, Caesar Entertainment, and the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas do charge for self-parking and valet parking.
Las Vegas Monorail
The seven-stop, 3.9-mile (6.4-kilometer) elevated system along the east side of the Strip travels from the Sahara to the north down to the MGM Grand on the south end of the Strip.
Most visitors contain their trips to the Strip and Downtown Las Vegas. These tips apply to those areas of Las Vegas
- Don’t try to get across town at rush hour. For Las Vegas, the busiest commuting times are between 7 to 9 a.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. During these windows, trying to use the I-15 to the west of the Strip to travel can mean delays.
- Driving on the Strip always means traffic, so add buffer time to any trip, even between casinos.
- Las Vegas doesn't get a lot of rain, but when it does, that means accidents. Add time to your travels if rain is involved.
- Download the RTC app to find out when buses will arrive, where stops are located, and pay for fares.