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The Best Kept Secret in Vegas – the Las Vegas Monorail

Posted by on May 17, 2011

MH900056728 150x150 The Best Kept Secret in Vegas   the Las Vegas MonorailI sat down and slid off my sandal to check on why my bare foot was hurting and there it was – a blister. Waaay too much walking. We had walked from our fabulous and classy Paris Hotel all the way to the amazing and fascinating Luxor and I couldn’t imagine walking all that way back. Then I remembered the tickets I had in my purse for the Las Vegas Monorail. Couldn’t we ride it back home to Paris – or even to Caesar’s Palace where I was supposed to do a site visit? Surely we could. But where was the station?

The Las Vegas Monorail may very well be the best-kept secret in Las Vegas. Cool, comfortable and with a state-of-the-art design, the Monorail runs quietly and efficiently behind the scenes at most of the major hotels on the strip. Check out this video and see if it doesn’t make you want to find the nearest station.

I thought I had seen a monorail station as we passed by the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino and, sure enough, when we limped back that way, we found it. After wandering through the MGM Casino and following about 4,391 signs to the monorail, we finally located the station suspended high over Las Vegas Boulevard. I think there were actually much easier ways to find it if we had just thought to check our TWO iPHONES we were carrying for a monorail map!

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Cruise along above all the congestion!

There are 7 stops on the monorail route and the entire trip only takes about 15 minutes. Well, look. Here’s a map of the route.

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The monorail runs pretty much all the time and is the fastest (almost 50 miles an hour – compare that to the gridlock traffic on the strip), safest and cheapest way to get around.

7 a.m. to 2 a.m. Monday – Thursday
7 a.m. to 3 a.m. Friday – Sunday

365 days a year

You can get a three-day pass for only $28 which as much as you would pay for a couple of taxi rides or a few tips to the valet guys for bringing you your car and you can easily get tickets online or from the vending machines at every station. The tickets are actually good for a whole year, so hang on to it – you can use it the next time you to to Vegas!

Interestingly enough, this is the only privately owned public transportation system in the United States. It’s wheelchair-friendly and kids under 5 are free. If you go HERE you can find some coupons and deals in Vegas from the Las Vegas Monorail.

I told my husband he could just get off at the Bally’s station to get back to our Paris Hotel while I continued on to the Flamingo/Caesar’s Palace stop but he was way too intimidated to do that on his own so he just rode along with me. Wimp. (she said affectionately)

I really wanted to ride it from one end of the strip to the other (once I actually remembered I had tickets) and just do some sight-seeing, but we ran out of time.

Oh, well.

This means I’ll just have to go back to Vegas.

NO PROBLEM.

Full disclosure: the Las Vegas Monorail provided us with free tickets, but as always, I will share my honest opinion about any travel experiences I have.

12 Responses to The Best Kept Secret in Vegas – the Las Vegas Monorail

  1. Cathy Sweeney

    This is a good tip for Vegas visitors. I used it when I was there last time. It was very convenient, especially for getting to the Convention Center from the hotel on the strip.

  2. Michael Figueiredo

    The Vegas Monorail is awesome…. but they need to connect it to the airport already! It would serve SO MANY more people if it did. I also think they should lower the price a bit too. Over all, it is great for Las Vegas though :)

  3. Sophie's World

    Don’t think that was in Las Vegas when I was there – more than 20 years ago (yikes… time flies). Have tried the monorail in Sydney, though (the one to Darling Harbour). Efficient. And fun.

  4. adventureswithben

    Monorails are great – but I thought I read somewhere that the monorail in Vegas may be closing. Am I thinking of something else?

  5. Jeremy Branham

    I have to admit I am not a big fan of Vegas but I had no idea there was a monorail there!

  6. robin

    I don’t drive so this would definitely be welcome when I visit Vegas..

  7. Scott - Quirky Travel Guy

    That monorail is definitely a secret – I had no idea it was there!

  8. Debbie Beardsley @ European Travelista

    The monorail is very useful and works great but there is something about walking in Vegas! But when the dogs start barking it is really nice to know the monorail is there for me.

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