It may be tempting to walk or grab a taxi between hotels, casinos, and attractions, with Las Vegas offering so many things to do on the Las Vegas Strip. Using taxis can add up quickly, and attractions are not as close as they seem, especially when trying to get as many in as possible throughout the day.
Instead of opting for these two options, try using the free Las Vegas tram and monorails. These will get you to your next destination easily and sometimes for free.
Below, you’ll find options for both paid and free transportation.
Free Vegas Trams on the Strip
Who doesn’t love free transport? Here are three free trams you can utilize that will take you from place to place.
Mandalay Bay Tram to Luxor
This tram takes you between three different hotels – Mandalay Bay, Luxor, and Excalibur. It’s important to note that this tram is only complimentary and available to those staying at one of the mentioned hotels.
Each hotel is combined with a casino and offers various entertainment options. For example, Mandalay Bay has a pool paradise and shark reef aquarium.
Luxor hosts a variety of live shows like the famous “America’s Got Talent” that guests and non-guests can attend. Playing casino games at these resorts/hotels does not require an entry fee. However, additional activities and shows will need tickets to be purchased and are not free.
If your primary intent is traveling between casinos/resorts, this is an excellent option for a free Las Vegas tram. A quick note, this tram is only available on weekends (Friday through Sunday) from 2 pm to 10 pm.
Mandalay Bay to Luxor is a quick 3-minute trip, while traveling between Mandalay Bay and Excalibur will take about seven minutes.
You can find additional information here: Mandalay Bay Transportation.
TI- Mirage Tram
The Treasure Island tram only travels to the Mirage and back. Again, this tram is only free (and available) if you stay at either of the above hotels. The Mirage has a combination of free and paid activities ranging from live shows to an erupting volcano and, of course, slot machines and casino tables for playing.
There’s a large sports bar available that you can stop at inside the Mirage between games. Treasure Island also offers live shows, a bar, and an impressive number of casino games and slots to play.
The free Vegas tram that travels between these hotels takes about 90 seconds and offers pretty views of palm trees on the short trek. These trams are pretty frequent, with stops every five minutes or so.
Trams run Thursday through Sunday each week with different hours depending on the day. Sunday and Thursday, the Treasure Island Tram hours are from 12 pm to 9 pm.
Friday and Saturday, you can expect the tram to have a longer opening time from 12 pm to 12 am. The Treasure Island tram is not open during holidays or when bad weather occurs.
Note: It’s best to let passengers exit the tram before trying to enter and find a seat. This will help avoid any potential jostling that may occur.
You can find more information on the tram here: Treasure Island tram.
The Aria tram is an excellent option for those who want to try multiple activities beyond casinos while visiting Las Vegas. This tram runs between the Bellagio Hotel, Vdara Hotel, Park MGM, and The Shops at Crystals. Each hotel and stop offers a separate appeal.
Vdara is well-known for its spa services, while Park MGM and the Bellagio offer live entertainment and casino games.
After exploring the hotels, you can spend time in the Shops at Crystals which is in the heart of The Strip. This final stop is an easy way for travelers to pop out to the famous Las Vegas Strip afterward for additional activities and attractions.
This free Vegas monorail is available more often than the two noted above as it’s open every day, though only for special occasions on Friday and Saturday. Sunday through Thursday, the trams are available from 8 am to 9 pm.
Fridays and Saturdays, special event trams run from 8 am to 2 pm. Expect these free trams to run every 15 minutes or so, with trips lasting between three and six minutes each way.
More information is available here: Aria Express tram.
Non-guests at the above hotels and resorts can still benefit from riding a monorail between attractions and casinos. This option is more convenient than trying to hail a cab during a busy evening out. Plus, the Las Vegas monorail takes only a few minutes to get from place to place.
The Las Vegas monorail runs daily, starting at 7 am. Mondays, the monorail is only available until midnight. Tuesday through Thursday, the monorail closes at 2 am, and the remaining days’ transport stops at 3 am.
Stops and Route
The Vegas monorail conveniently travels to some of the most popular resorts/casinos in Las Vegas. The monorail is generally available every four to eight minutes, so you’ll have plenty of options for rides throughout the day.
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Avoid using the monorail if you’re arriving right before closing time, as you may not catch a ride.
The stops are in the following order:
- MGM Grand
- Paris/ Bally’s
- Caesar’s Palace/Flamingo
- The LINQ/Harrah’s
- Las Vegas Convention Center
Vegas Monorial Prices
Many options are available for tickets for the Vegas monorail.
The least expensive option is a one-way, one-ride ticket for $5. If you’re planning on heading to multiple destinations on the line during your stay, it’s more affordable to purchase unlimited rides based on your length of stay.
You can find tickets for one day through seven days for purchase ranging from $13 to $56 per ticket.
If you’re traveling with a large group (12+), ticket discounts are available, though you’ll need to purchase group tickets together.
- 1 Way: $5
- 24 Hour Pass: $13
- 2 Day Pass: $23
- 3 Day Pass: $29
- 4 Day Pass: $36
- 5 day Pass: $43
- 7 Day Pass: $56
Where to Get Tickets
You can purchase tickets on the Las Vegas Monorail app or through the ticket vending machines. The app allows you to scan your ticket directly from your phone instead of carrying a physical ticket. All of the listed tickets above are available through this method.
Ticket vending machines are located at each of the seven stops listed. Cash and credit cards can be used with these machines.
Skip the wait for a taxi by using the free Las Vegas tram system. Or, head to the monorail for affordable pricing and quick transport between top downtown Las Vegas hotels.