People ask about the bus service in Las Vegas and whether they should consider getting a bus pass while on vacation on the Las Vegas strip. The simple answer is no, you don't need a bus pass, but you can utilize the public transportation options in Las Vegas.
Taking into consideration the time of day, taking a bus on the Las Vegas strip can save you some time and money compared to cab fares. However, you must realize that if you get on a bus on a Friday night, you might as well take a nap because you will never get to where you are going on time.
While the Las Vegas strip is a favorite place to stroll and people watch, you might be more inclined to get somewhere with less energy. For you, if the bus works and you are patient when on vacation, you should have no problem getting around using the bus service on the Las Vegas strip.
The Deuce is the double-decker bus that runs from the Fremont Street Experience in Downtown Las Vegas to the end of the Las Vegas strip 24 hours a day.
The Regional Transportation Commission, (RTC) of Las Vegas has a great site that will help you find your way and find a route.
Can I Take a Bus From the Airport?
You can, but if you are going to the Las Vegas strip you have to get off at the corner of Tropicana Avenue and Las Vegas Boulevard, and then transfer to either the "Deuce" strip bus (operates 24 hours), or the strip and downtown express. If you are going downtown, the Westcliff Airport Express bus may be an option, and it is only $2 (limited hours).
As of June 2019, fare prices are:
- 2-Hour all-access pass—$6
- 24-Hour all-access pass—$8
- 3-Day all-access pass—$20
Uber Versus Bus
Using a ride-hailing service in Las Vegas is far better than the public bus or a taxi. Uber in Las Vegas is not only convenient, but it is far less expensive than taking a taxi. Now, a taxi driver will explain why their service is better, but after trying various routes and numerous rides, there is no evidence taking a taxi is any better than Uber.
Most hotels have a designated Uber (or Rideshare) pick-up and drop-off area. You have control of where you go and how much you are willing to pay. Also, parking is no longer free in most of Las Vegas, so keep that in mind when considering renting a car to save on taxi rides.