We have visited Las Vegas a number of times in recent years but until our last trip in July 2019, we had never tried the Las Vegas Monorail. It was a very hot week in July in the run-up to Independence Day. The strip and casinos were all really busy with overexcited ‘young adults’ frequently whooping. So to avoid the heat and the crowds we decided to explore the resorts by monorail.
If you shop around there are plenty of reduced price ticket offers online. Mel was playing the myVegas game on Facebook to get her in the ‘Vegas‘ mood and transferred her extensive winnings into a ‘buy one, get on free’ offer for a 48-hour monorail ticket.
The Monorail’s Route
The monorail runs from the SLS Hotel and Casino which is close to the Stratosphere and runs south as far as the MGM Grand. There are seven stops in total, after the SLS it stops at the Westgate Hotel, The Convention Centre, Harrah’s, The Flamingo, Bally’s and finally, the MGM Grand. The trains run approximately every 8 minutes in each direction.
The Tickets And Stations
We had a 48-hour pass which cost $23 but as mentioned, we did have a buy one, get one free offer which you could redeem at the monorail information office. They also have mobile ticketing for your phone.
The stations are clean and sheltered although, unlike the trains themselves, the stations are not air-conditioned. You can find the monorail at the back of the hotels on the eastern side of the strip but the stations can be tricky to find in the maze of the casino floor, especially in the MGM. These casinos don’t want to make it too easy for you to leave.
Exploring The Resorts On the Route
Firstly we travelled south to the MGM Grand station. From here we crossed over to the Excalibur Hotel and took the free tram to the Luxor and Mandalay Bay. It would be good if the monorail did extend as for as the Mandalay Bay.
After exploring the south end of the strip, it was back to the maze of the MGM to catch the monorail north. This is where the monorail does come in useful, it is an excellent way to get to the Las Vegas Convention Centre, the Westgate Hotel and the SLS Hotel. They do say that the Westgate station is the stop for Circus Circus but it isn’t that close, 15 to 20 minutes walk in the afternoon sun isn’t that comfortable.
However, as a fan of the James Bond films, it was good to finally visit the Westgate Hotel (as seen in ‘Diamonds Are Forever’). The final stop north was the SLS Hotel which is a very nice resort and due to its northerly location on the strip, it is a fraction of the price of hotel further south and other SLS resorts, especially the SLS in Miami.
Would We Use The Monorail Again
With the growing trend of hotels charging for everything which now includes parking, an alternative to getting around without a car is appealing. Avoiding the crowds and that intense summer heat is another reason to try the monorail.
We enjoyed exploring other resorts and heading up to the Westgate and SLS Hotel. We are now considering staying
So, next time you’re in Las Vegas, give it a ride. Unfortunately, there’s no gambling on board!