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Shuttle Question

Discussion in 'Getting There & Getting Around' started by lyonc, Nov 12, 2012.

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  1. lyonc

    lyonc Tourist

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    Hey guys, I need some advice! I am flying to Vegas next month from TN. My dad is meeting me there flying for CA. We get there at different times and leave at different times so I was thinking of just taking a shuttle. We are staying at LVH so I figured it would be cheaper than doing a cab since it is further away. Anyone have an experience with any particular shuttle company or have any advice for me? Thanks!
     
  2. lowsmith

    lowsmith Low-Roller

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    my last trip was just a couple of weeks ago. We took the "Executive" shuttle. THis one is just outside the door next to the baggage carousel. there is a window where you can pay for the shuttle. If you want you can pay for one way ($6 to the strip) or round trip. I only did the one way and took a cab back to the airport. once you pay they give you a casino chip (your ticket). The driver collects these at the shuttle. the shuttle leaves once it is full. we arrived about 2pm local time and so did not have to wait more than 5-10 minutes for the shuttle to fill up. we lucked out and our hotel was the first stop. Very pleasent experience all around. I would definately use them again.
     
  3. Jimbo338

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    Shuttles have taken a lot of flack here on the forum but I can only speak for my own experiences. Some have been better than others and they have changed over the years and for 16 of my 18 trips I was solo or with one of my teens and used shuttles for both legs of my trip. Most shuttles filled up fast and when people complained they had to wait 20-30 minutes I started timing the lapsed time from when I gave my luggage til the van started rolling and most were 8-10 minutes. Many times I was the first or second stop but other times there were others but it was relaxing after being cooped up on a plane for 6 hours. For the return trip I called the night before and was given a time. I always plan on being at the airport 2 hours prior to takeoffl If the shuttle is more than 10 minutes late I am on the cell, and they tell me where the shuttle is and the ETA....no problems. Since I now like to stay downtown I prefer the WAX (bus) cleaper and faster, but shuttles are good for solo travelers. For several people, a taxi is more cost effective.

    jimbo338
     
  4. VegasSteven

    VegasSteven Low-Roller

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    Shuttles are fine. I've only used Bell Trans (www.bell-trans.com) and they were good. Very pleasant drivers. You may have a wait but I've found it's not too bad. After sitting in a plane for a few hours, I usually walk around the shuttle and stretch out until its full. You don't have far to go so while you may not be the first stop, you probably won't be last either.

    LVH has another option: The Monorail. A lot of people curse the monorail (and it does have issues), but it's great if you're going to the LVH. It does NOT have an airport stop, but I sometimes catch a short cab ride from the airport to MGM Grand (which does have a monorail stop), hang out there for a while, toss some dice, grab lunch, then monorail it to the the LVH if I'm headed that way. Is this faster? No. Cheaper? No. But I think it beats hanging out in the shuttle area and stopping at a few other hotels before you finally get to yours.

    For me it's just a question of where I'd rather be: In a bus or in a casino? Vegas time is precious so I'll take the casino every time.
     
  5. makikiboy

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    I think the biggest knocks on the shuttles are the return trip to the airport.

    If you are at the airport it is easy to find a shuttle and wait for it to fill up to take you to your hotel. Very convenient, just walk out the door that says shuttle and choose your shuttle company. As others have mentioned, the time it takes to get your hotel varies, depending on how many stops, whether you are the last drop off, etc.

    The problem I have is on the return trip. Bell trans seems very unreliable, once my return shuttle was 2 hours late! They used excuses for the late shuttle but it happened a second time (an hour late) a year later which leads me to think that this is a regular thing. :Þ

    Usually I end up buying only a 1 way pass from the airport (a buck or more cheaper if you buy r/t) and calling for a pickup the day or more before I leave. If I see a shuttle at my hotel I usually just take that one, that way I don't have to wait very long or risk delays. (that's why I don't purchase a r/t ticket on the shuttle, can take any shuttle back to the airport that way).

    Lately I have been renting a car instead, so much easier, don't have to wait very long (except at the rental counter unless I have a fast pass or their quick plan).

    But IMHO the shuttle is a good option to get to your hotel. Not sure about the LVH as it is off the strip though so not sure about shuttle service there.
     
  6. keno60

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    if you would consider a bus at the 0 level you can take the 108, it will get you there faster than a shuttle and cost two dollars.:wave:
     
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