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When to visitVisit mid-week if you can! Hotel rooms often cost three to four times as much on the weekends as during the week! Plus, with weekend crowds you'll wait in line for everything. Mid-week visitors save tons of money and have a much better time.
Vegas rarely gets below freezing in winter, but it will bake you in summer with average highs of 100°F+ (37°C+). See average temps at right, or the forecast for the next week.
Getting to VegasHipmunk will get you the cheapest airfare most of the time. Use the "Flexible Dates" feature to save even more. For more tips see my guide to cheap airfare. Though I actually hope you won't fly.
Here's a link to the McCarran Airport website to check flight times.
Buses from Los Angeles take 5 to 7 hours and roundtrip prices start at $8 (Megabus), $40 (GoVegasBus), $55 (Greyhound), or $63 (LuxBus, the "luxury bus").
Rideshares can be found on Craigslist.
Vegas isn't served by train, but Amtrak (the train company) lets you book a trip to Vegas on their site; they take you on a bus for the last leg of the trip. The closest the train gets to Vegas is Los Angeles or Kingman, AZ, which are 6.5 and 2.5 hours away from Vegas by bus respectively.
Where to stayThe Strip is usually your best bet, because it's where most of the sights & sounds are, and you usually won't pay extra to stay there. The catch is that every strip hotel charges a resort fee of $5-25/night, but some of the downtown casinos don't (Four Queens, Fremont, California, and El Cortez). So those non-fee hotels will usually be your cheapest bet, though sometimes a strip hotel will be cheaper even with the resort fee. Before the resort fee, strip casinos sometimes have rates as low as $24 a night mid-week, and $50 on weekends. Every hotel/casino on the strip is very good quality, too.
If you're coming on the weekend and need to pay less than $50, you can do so be staying dowtown or near the Strip (rather than on the Strip). See our cheap hotels page for more.
If this is a special/romantic trip and you want luxury, the classiest hotels are the Four Seasons, Venetian, Bellagio, and the Wynn. But a better value is to get a suite at one of the lesser properties. You can get a massive suite with a hot tub at places like the Luxor and Stratosphere for a fraction of what you'd pay for just a room at a high-end hotel.
See my list of Vegas casinos to see which are on the strip, downtown, and elsewhere.
Getting to your HotelTHE BUS. The Westcliff Airport Express goes from the airport straight to the South strip (MGM Grand, Tropicana, NY NY, Luxor), and then to downtown. The #108 bus goes from the airport straight to the Stratosphere and Downtown. Either bus is $2. If you're going elsewhere, you can take the #108 or #109 and then transfer to a Strip bus. (If you're making a transfer, buy a $7 day pass when you get on the first bus.) See our bus page for more.
SHUTTLES. The private shuttles are $6 (to the Strip) or $8 (to downtown) per person. They're a great deal if you're traveling solo, a kinda good deal if you're traveling as a couple, but no cheaper than a taxi if there are 3+ in your party, since taxis are the same cost for 1-4 people. To find the shuttles, go to the space between the two big baggage claim areas and face the direction of the escalators that are coming down from the second floor. Walk past the escalators, walk out the door, and look left or right. Note that your hotel likely doesn't have its own shuttle service, unless you're a high roller.
TAXIS. Taxis will run you about $17 to the Strip or $23 to downtown, plus the (recommended) 15% tip. See our guide to taxis.
CAR RENTAL. There's no need to rent a car. Buses go up and down the Strip and to downtown 24/7, and walking is also an option.
Here's a map of all the strip casino/hotels.
Get a free room upgrade when you check inWhen you check in, sandwich a $20 bill between your credit card and ID and casually ask if there are any complimentary room upgrades available. Nine times out of ten you'll get it, and if you can't then the clerk will return your $20. See FrontDeskTip.com for more.
Vegetarian FoodIf you're a vegetarian or vegan you're gonna be shocked at how little is available for you on the Strip. But my vegetarian survival guide will make it a lot easier.
Getting aroundWalking the strip is a viable option. Cabs are expensive, and you often have to wait in a long line at the hotel to get one. (They can't and won't stop on the street.) The entire strip is only four miles long and you could walk the whole thing in an hour and a half.
Two buses serve the Strip: The Deuce, and the "Strip & Downtown Express" (SDX). There's no such thing as a single-ride fare, you pay either $5 for a two-hour pass, or $7 for a 24-hour pass (good for 24 hours from the time of purchase). Get the $7 pass for sure. The Deuce stops at every casino, so it's slow. The SDX makes only a few stops so it's faster, but it might not pick up or drop off exactly where you like. Both buses run frequently, 24/7. See more about the buses on our transportation page.
Up to four people can ride in a taxi for the price of one, so if there are 3+ people in your party then a cab ride could be competitive with the bus. Personally, I usually boycott taxis because so many of them drive so dangerously. Taxis cost $3.30 to get in, $2.40 per mile, and a $1.80 surcharge for airport service. See our taxis page for more.
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Here are other all-in-one guides cover all aspects of Vegas for visitors -- gambling, dining, weddings, conventions, recreation, bookstores, you name it.
Fun stuffNews. What's new and changing in Vegas.
Las Vegas on $19/day
This isn't a how-to guide, it's an incredibly funny story of how two guys managed to spend less than $19 a day on their Vegas trip. (The rest of their site has how-to tips for saving money.) Note this is circa 2000, so lots in the story -- like the prices -- are rather dated.
From LasVegas.com, BestReadGuide, FunTrivia.com.