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Getting around Las Vegas 

By Public Transport

The Las Vegas Monorail runs on the east side of the strip behind the hotels with stops at several of the hotels. It costs $3 one-way and $5 round-trip. Do the math before boarding, it could be cheaper for a small group to take a taxi.

The city bus line, Citizens Area Transport or CAT, operates 49 routes thoughout the valley. Most routes operate 5:30 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. seven days a week. Some routes operate 24-hours a day. The fare is $1.25; $2 for the 301 and 302 routes that connect Strip and Downtown. They follow the same route but they differ in frequency of operation and number of stations along the way. The fare may be paid directly to the driver. You may find these lines overcrowded to the point of unavailability -- a taxi is usually a better idea.

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By Taxi

One of the easiest ways to get around is by taxi. It is relatively cheap to go from hotel to hotel. The cab driver is required to turn on the meter and to take the shortest route to your destination. There is a surcharge for rides originating at the airport, but not for extra passengers. Taxi lines (queues) are typically found at the front of hotels. You would be unwise to attempt to hail one on the street, especially on the Strip as it is illegal for a cab to stop traffic to pick up or drop off a passenger. The best way to hail a cab outside of a cabstand is to use the following method: if you are wanting to go north on the strip, stand on the east side about 20 feet before a turn off. The cab you want to wave over will have the yellow lights off. Standing like this allows the cab to turn off the road and pick you up. It is customary to tip the hotel taxi dispatcher $1, and to tip the cab driver $3 to $6 for a normal ride, and about a $1 per bag of luggage.

 



 

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