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Getting Around Las Vegas Without A Car For Families 2024

Explore the Best Ways to Navigate Las Vegas with Your Family

Are you planning a trip to Las Vegas with your kids but worried about how to navigate the city without a car? Fear not! First, check out our post on how to get to Vegas, if you haven’t already. Second, Las Vegas is incredibly pedestrian-friendly and offers a variety of convenient transportation options perfect for families. Whether you’re exploring the iconic Strip or venturing off to some hidden gems, here’s your ultimate guide to getting around Las Vegas without a car.

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Las Vegas Monorail

map of free las vegas monorail
Courtesy of LV Monorail

The Las Vegas Monorail is a fantastic option for families, especially if you’re staying along the Strip. The monorail is completely electric with zero-emission trains, and runs from the MGM Grand to the SAHARA Las Vegas, with seven stops in between. It’s fast, reliable, and offers stunning views of the Strip. Kids will love the smooth ride and the chance to see the city from above.

Las Vegas Monorail Hours:

  • Monday: 7 a.m.–midnight
  • Tuesday: 7–2 a.m.
  • Wednesday: 7–2 a.m.
  • Thursday: 7–2 a.m.
  • Friday: 7–3 a.m.
  • Saturday: 7–3 a.m.
  • Sunday: 7–3 a.m.

Tickets:

There are a variety of tickets you can purchase to ride the monorail, from a one day single ride pass to a multiple day unlimited ride pass. It really depends on your needs during your time in Las Vegas.

Tickets can be purchased at any of the tram vending machines, located at the entrance of each station or at the monorail customer service offices. Note that kids under 5 ride free and you can also purchase discounted E-tickets online or via their mobile app. There are discounts available for group ticketing, Nevada residences, and conventions.

Locations for the tram vending machines:

Locations for customer service offices:

  • Horseshoe/Paris Station: 10 a.m.– 6 p.m.
  • Flamingo & Caesars Palace: 10 a.m.– 6 p.m.
  • Harrah’s & The LINQ: 10 a.m.– 6 p.m.
  • Westgate: 10 a.m.– 6 p.m.
  • SAHARA: 10 a.m.– 6 p.m.
  • MGM Grand Underground Station: Sunday through Thursday: 9 a.m.– 7 p.m.
  • MGM Grand District Station: Friday & Saturday: 9 a.m.– 9 p.m.

Free Las Vegas Trams

In addition to the monorail, there are several free trams that connect key hotels and attractions. These simple and easy trams do not require any tickets to board and can be enjoyed with unlimited access.

  • Mandalay Bay – Excalibur Tram: Perfect for hopping between Mandalay Bay, Luxor, and Excalibur.
  • Aria Express Tram: Connects the Park MGM, Aria, and Bellagio.
  • Mirage (HardRock) – Treasure Island Tram: Links The Mirage and Treasure Island.

Walking The Las Vegas Strip

Las Vegas Pedestrian Bridges

Don’t underestimate the power of walking in Las Vegas! The Strip is about 4.2 miles long, and walking is a great way to soak in the sights, sounds, and lights of the city. To help you get the most of your walking adventure, I have put together a full walking the Strip guide with more details specific to families and their safety, like which time of day and side of the Strip is better for walking with your kids. So go check that post out for all that information.

Remember to wear comfortable shoes, stay hydrated, and take breaks in the many free family-friendly spots along the way. The Strip is loaded with exciting family hotels with fun affordable attractions and great restaurants.

Connected Las Vegas Hotels And Pedestrians Bridges:

Las Vegas is designed for easy pedestrian movement, with a network of inside tunnels and overhead bridges connecting major hotels and casinos. The outdoor overhead bridges are a safe way to cross the wildly busy streets of the Las Vegas Strip and can be accessed via escalators or elevators. The inside pathways are not only convenient but also air-conditioned, providing a comfortable way to get around, especially during the hot summer months.

  • Hotel to Hotel Inside Pathways:
    • Luxor to Mandalay
    • Luxor to Excalibur
    • Paris to Horsehoe
    • Bellagio, Vdara, and The Cosmopolitan
    • Planet Hollywood to Miracle Mile
    • Venetian to the Palazzo
    • Wynn to Encore
  • Las Vegas Pedestrian Overhead Bridges:
    • The Mirage (Now HardRock) to Venetian
    • MGM Grand to New York-New York
    • Excalibur to New York-New York
    • MGM to Tropicana
    • Excalibur to Tropicana
    • Park MGM/T-Mobil Arena to Showcase Mall
    • Cosmopolitan to Planet Hollywood
    • Planet Hollywood to Tex Mex Tequila Bar
    • Aria to Cosmopolitan
    • Cromwell/Flamingo to Caesar’s Palace
    • Caesar’s Palace to Bellagio
    • Flamingo to Grand Bazaar Shoppes
    • Bellagio to Grand Bazaar Shoppes
    • Wynn to Palazzo
    • Wynn to Fashion Show
    • Fashion Show to Treasure Island

Las Vegas Taxis, Uber, And Lyft

For times when you need to travel further distances or prefer a direct route, taxis and ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft are readily available. Taxis can be easily hailed from hotel taxi stands or flagged down on the street. They’re a quick way to get to your destination without the hassle of parking. You can also call an Uber or Lyft by simply using the app to request a ride. These services are often more affordable than taxis and provide the convenience of cashless transactions. Many hotels have designated pick-up and drop-off points for ride-shares.

Las Vegas RTC Buses

The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) operates an extensive bus system that’s family-friendly and affordable.

  • Deuce on the Strip: This double-decker bus runs 24/7 along the Strip, making frequent stops at major hotels and attractions. It’s a fun way to sightsee as you travel.
  • SDX (Strip & Downtown Express): Offers express service between the Strip and Downtown Las Vegas, including stops at the Premium Outlets and Fremont Street Experience.
  • Fares: Kids 6 and under ride free. Consider purchasing a day pass for unlimited rides.

That’s A Wrap!

Las Vegas is more than just a city for adults—it’s a playground for families, too. With these transportation options, you’ll have no trouble getting around Las Vegas without a car. For more help planning the best Vegas family vacation ever, check out our other Las Vegas family travel guides as well as guides for exploring Nevada.

Disclaimer: Links in this page are meant to help you find relevant information and book attractions easier by linking directly to specific pages on partner websites (i.e. TripAdvisor, Vegas.com). If you click a link, we may earn a small commission on transactions. This helps support the cost of running our website, and it adds absolutely no extra cost to you as the consumer. Thank you, we appreciate your support! You can read more on our disclosure policy.

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Tips For Getting Around Las Vegas Without A Car for Families
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I am a busy mama with 3 delicious babies and a serious itch for travel and writing (when I am not bartending, that is)! After graduating from Cal State San Marcos with a B.A. in Communications, I decided to start a family and pursue a career in freelance writing. I created HotMamaTravel as an outlet to do what I love while sharing useful travel tips and inspiration with others. Our mission is to show parents how to master travel with kids, while keeping your Saturday-night selves. We call it "Family travel...with a twist".

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