Las Vegas Monorail
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Las Vegas Monorail: Traveling the Strip in Style

Whether you’re a tourist or longtime resident, driving on the Las Vegas Strip can be a traffic nightmare. Instead, try the underused and two-decades-old Las Vegas Monorail, which travels the length of the Strip and offers an air-conditioned and uncrowded view of the city. Passengers can enjoy a clear view of various attractions along Las Vegas Boulevard from the monorail’s elevated platform.

Serving the entire stretch of the Strip, the monorail takes about 15 minutes to travel from one end (about the same time via car without traffic) to the other and offers seven stops at major Vegas destinations: MGM Grand, Bally’s/Paris Las Vegas, Flamingo/Caesar’s Palace, Harrah’s/The Quad/The Linq, Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas Hilton and Sahara. According to its official website, the trains come every 4 to 9 minutes, depending on the time of day.

Riding the Rail

A single-ride ticket costs $5, but Nevadans are entitled to a $1 single-ride fare by simply presenting a valid Nevada driver’s license, a State of Nevada government-issued ID or a Nevada Sheriff’s Card to a manned ticket counter. Locals are only allowed two single-ride tickets per day, so if you’re planning to make several stops you might want to buy the one-day pass for $12, which offers unlimited rides and is generally cheaper than paying for a taxi when traveling around the Strip.

In addition, multi-day passes are also available. Visitors pay the same rate as locals for these passes, according to the Monorail website. Although you can park for free in most areas in Las Vegas, a few places still charge parking fees either by the hour or as a flat rate. One option is to find a hotel or attraction near a station that offers free parking, leave your car there and ride the monorail to your final destination. Service is available from 7 a.m. to midnight on Mondays, 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, and 7 a.m. to 3 a.m. Fridays through Sundays.

Touch-screen ticket machines accept cash, credit and debit cards. Manned ticket booths are open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. This transportation option is completely ADA compliant with access to wheelchairs, walkers, mobility scooters and motorized scooters. All stations have elevators serving all levels. People accompanied by properly harnessed and trained service animals are allowed entry to the trains. Children 5 and under ride for free.

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