Las Vegas Monorail

by JoAnna on August 18, 2010

by JoAnna | August 18th, 2010  

LV MonorailIf you’re looking for the cheapest way to get up and down the Las Vegas Strip, you’ll probably want to take the Deuce, the public bus that runs the length of Las Vegas Boulevard and into downtown. But if you want to get somewhere quickly and enjoy the ride on the way, you may want to hop on the Las Vegas Monorail, which runs north along Koval Lane and Paradise Road.

After years of problems and delays, the Las Vegas Monorail began offering stable service on its four-mile route in 2005. Many people ride the Monorail as a form of entertainment but many others use it as a form of transportation, which can be especially useful during the city’s sweltering summers.

The traffic on the Las Vegas Strip sometimes moves at sub-pedestrian speeds, so the fast and air-conditioned Monorail may especially be worth the money during these times. There are cheaper methods of transportation in Las Vegas, but if you’ve got four wheels, you’ll be stuck in the traffic. Not so for those who opt for the Monorail.

The Route

The Las Vegas Monorail has seven stops, starting with the MGM Grand Station near the south end of the Strip to the Sahara Station, located on the north end of the Strip. It makes stops at the Hilton, Las Vegas Convention Center, Harrah’s / Imperial Palace, Flamingo / Caesars Palace, and Bally’s / Paris. People who are in town attending a convention find the Monorail particularly convenient.

In the past, there have been discussions about extending the Monorail north into downtown Las Vegas and south to McCarran International Airport, but no ground has been broken for either project, so if this ever happens, it is a long way off.

The stops from north to south:

  1. Sahara Station
  2. Las Vegas Hilton Station
  3. Las Vegas Convention Center Station
  4. Harrah’s / Imperial Palace Station
  5. Flamingo / Caesar’s Palace Station
  6. Bally’s / Paris Las Vegas Station
  7. MGM Grand Station

Hours of Operation

7:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. Monday-Thursday
7:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m. Friday-Sunday
365 days a year

Schedule

Traveling the Monorail route from one end to the other takes 15 minutes, and delays are rare. Trains arrive every 4-12 minutes and usually every 5-6 minutes during peak periods.

Price

  • Single ride: $5.00
  • One-day pass (unlimited travel for a single person in 24 hours): $12.00
  • Three-day pass (unlimited travel for a single person in 72 hours): $28.00

Nevada residents can purchase Monorail tickets at the station booths for $1.00 per ride with a valid Nevada driver’s license.

Children 5 and under are free.

Buying tickets

You can buy tickets in advance online on the Las Vegas Monorail website and have them mailed to you, but you can also buy them at the stations. Each station has a touch-screen ticket vending machine that accepts cash and credit cards (no extra fee). Ticket sellers in booths at the MGM Grand Station and Sahara Station can assist with questions between 11:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. every day.

{ 2 comments }

Gray August 18, 2010 at 7:55 pm
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Glad to hear it’s still running. I was a little concerned when they declared bankruptcy. I love the monorail. It’s not cheap, but if you’re going from one end of the Strip to the other, it can be a real time-saver, and it’s air-conditioned to boot. Plus you don’t wind up standing armpit to armpit with 50 of your new closest friends like you do on the buses.

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JoAnna August 18, 2010 at 8:04 pm
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@Gray ~ The bankruptcy has me concerned to, but after all the money they sunk into the Monorail to build it, I really hope they can find an agreement to keep it running. It’s not cheap (especially for visitors to the city), but it’s there so I hope it is able to revitalize itself.

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