I posted about the bus in my trip report but thought it warranted it's own section. The bus gets a bad rap on this board so i thought i would write about my experience with it. I know it is not for everyone, but not everyone wants to waste $500 in cabs either. For a lot of folks on this board time is money. For myself & my husband our time is really not that precious because in most cases it would just save us a few minutes. If you are not going to be moving around a lot or are there just a short while then i am sure taxis suit most people fine. We were there for 8 nights/9 days and taxis would have been really expensive for all the plans we had. We switched hotels twice and used a taxi each time and a taxi back to the airport but *gasp* we took the bus from the airport to our hotel. Many say they do not want to stay at MB because it is so far from everything. I actually found that not to be the case and i loved MB. I packed tight for the way there to minimize our luggage. We had a backpack, a medium size suitcase and a large suitcase and my carry case for my sleep apnea machine. We took the shuttle from T3 to T1 and walked across the lane to the bus stop. Bus is there every 20 minutes. Waited about 5 minutes, paid the $2 each and shortly were at SSTT. We wanted to go here to get the 15 day pass but if you want the 30 day or 3 day i believe you can get those at the airport. If you want the 15 day pass you have to go back by the washrooms to purchase it. If you are not from america or don't have an american bank account you have to pay in cash. Once you have that you go to the platform and it is the sdx that comes. It makes less stops than the deuce so it is fine. We had no issue with our luggage. A transit officer got on with everyone and made them prove they had a pass which was fine. If you ONLY use the sdx it is never validated so it can be used on more than one trip. I was very upset the first time i got on the deuce and it said my pass was not valid. I told the guy that i had just bought it a day ago. He validated it for me and my heart went back to normal lol. I loved staying south strip and using the bus to get everywhere. The longest trip we had and the only time i found a problem was going to the venetian friday afternoon at 4. Only the deuce stops there, we should have taken sdx and got off stop before and hopped on the deuce. Taking a taxi wouldn't have been faster and would have been much more expensive. Traffic was horrid at that time of day. Having the bus pass gave me freedom, if we were only going 1 stop but were tired it gave us a 5 minute break. We took the sdx downtown and deuce back as it was late. I found the ride back to be just fine, not as much traffic at 2 am. We also stayed off strip at Gold Coast and while they do have a shuttle we had to come up to Ballys at 6am one morning and shuttle goes from like 9 am-10:30. We were also coming back later than that so it did not work for us. I think it gets a bad rap here but if you do as much as we did in our time it is/was well worth it. We both agreed it was a great investment for us. Of course it is not for everyone but much more economical. The money saved for us was better spent elsewhere. Not once did we get asked for ID. They say the 15 is for locals but as Dewey has said they are just trying to get more money out of the tourists. Dewey is a hotbed of info for the bus as well. I went to him more than once in my planning. I found the bus system super easy to navigate. I did not know where to get on from downtown back to the strip but i just asked a security guard at GG and he showed me where to go. Other than friday late afternoon going to the venetian and downtown we never spent more than 10 minutes on the bus going anywhere. It wasn't even an inconvenience to go from the airport with our luggage. Ya it may have taken about 30-40 minutes total getting to the hotel but that also gave me time to process we were now in vegas and help me get more excited. We even took the bus one stop to the whole foods with one of our suitcases to get beer/water.