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Thoughts on monorail?

Discussion in 'Getting There & Getting Around' started by VegasChic-, Oct 27, 2014.

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  1. VegasChic-

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    Every trip I seem to fall into the deception of other hotels looking closer than they are! So far we've usually walked, but, aside from being tired, it chews up a bunch of time that we could be doing something else. I wouldn't consider driving in Vegas as we really don't go off strip, but just looking for a better way to get around. We could do taxi's, but wonder how much time I'd be stuck in taxi lines and how much that would end up costing by the end of the trip. I have no issue with spending $$, but spending it just for transportation seems a bit of a downer! I'm thinking of checking out the monorail especially since I see it's one of the MyVegas rewards. Much of our time will likely be spent close to the Paris terminal, and would like to get to MGM and up to the Venetian (Quad/Linq terminal is closest for the mall and Venetian?).

    I'm wondering if anyone has bought a MyVegas pass before and if they found it actually saved time?

    Thanks for any insight!
     
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    For some places the monorail is convenient, for some places its not...

    If you were at Paris and wanting to go to Venetian it will likely be faster to just go out front and catch The Deuce and ride it to Venetian - otherwise you have to go through Paris, through the connecting shopway to Bally's, down to the end of Bally's, catch the monorail to Harrah's, get out there and walk to The Strip and then walk down to The Venetian. Thats a fair bit of walking and there are lots of choke points along the way to slow you down.

    Going from Paris to MGM Grand taking the monorail would be a good idea since the walk from Paris to MGM Grand is pretty long and it'd be quicker to just go through to Bally's and then ride the monorail to MGM Grand and then you are right there at your destination.

    For taking a taxi: you can expect most rides from hotel to hotel on The Strip to run you around $10-15 including tip (though the rides seem short and could be expected to be cheap, there is the drop fee as soon as you get in the cab starting the meter off at a significant amount already and then with traffic lights and pedestrians there is usually a few minutes of wait time on every trip).

    For taxi waiting versus taking the monorail for time: it usually balances itself out unless the hotel you are at has a big event just letting out or its early and close to the 11AM checkout time.


    Personally I don't mind taking the monorail. There are lots of times when its not convenient at all but when we are taking it we usually try to incorporate it in to our plans - IE: if I am going from Luxor to Harrah's if I really want to get to Harrah's then I will take a taxi there, but if its just a day of relaxation and no real plans then we'll probably walk over to Tropicana, gamble there for an hour or two and see how our luck is going, then wander, perhaps even mosey, over to MGM Grand and play there for an hour or two before working our way to the back to the monorail where we'll take the monorail.
     
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    Think it should have been in the middle of the strip instead of the east side. And have gone from the airport to downtown. LOTS of walking involved getting to and from. Badly planned.
     
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    And, here we go again about what the mono should have been.

    It does not save much time and is more a novelty than a serious people mover. Sorry.
     
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    I have used it to travel between MGM and the convention center, very convienent for that trip. Also when staying at MGM, the wife and I have taken it down to Harrah's and casino hopped back to MGM. That makes for a fun day. I guess if you were staying at LVH, it would be convenient.
    But if you're not staying at one end of the line, or the other, I just don't see using it much....
     
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    I'm usually in Vegas on business. The monorail does take up some time but it's a great way to get to the convention center if you're staying at one of the hotels with a stop on the strip. If you're staying at the Orleans, riding the shuttle to Bally's and then walking to the monorail station, it takes FOREVER. Been there, done that. :thumbsdown:
     
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    Thanks everyone, it gives me an idea of what to expect if we want to give it a try! The way it looks on the monorail route, I thought the station was at Paris itself, not one more property over at Bally's!
     
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    Yeah, two of the stations are like that: the Paris/Bally's station is actually located at Bally's at the lowest level at the far back of the property and the Harrah's/Linq/Quad station is located at the back of Harrah's though there they had a quick walkway to Imperial Palace - I haven't ridden it since The Linq opened so don't know if they're actually connecting to The Linq area itself.
     
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    When you are not able to use the monorail and have to walk it is sometimes a good thing as you have probably been sitting for inordinate hours playing a game or eating or relaxing off your feet. FOR ME it is good to get up and circulating again although not overdone. And as mentioned above, some of the stops are an exercise in and of themselves from the station to the casino and back.....and yeah, too bad about poor planning but so it goes.
     
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    Electroguy563 Over-Fried Gambler

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    It was poor planning in the sense that the special interest groups (taxi, shuttle, limousine, etc) saw it as a threat and made sure their interests were not impacted. This is why the monorail does not go to the airport or downtown.

    As previously mentioned, if you need to get from one end to another, it's practical. In other instances, the walk to the stations itself doesn't make it worthwhile. Faster to just walk the strip.
     
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    Exactly. If this had been the case, everyone except taxicab/limos, etc come out of ahead. Even the casinos win because of all the extra time people save that could be used for gambling. In my opinion, Vegas blew a brilliant opportunity.
     
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    It's great for getting to the LVCC from the main parts of the Strip.

    Now that the SLS is there it will probably see a lot more traffic.
     
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    [video=youtube;sZBPoRwog00]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZBPoRwog00[/video]

    This is the only thought I have when I hear the word monorail.
     
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    Our home base is Planet Hollywood and if going to the MGM we will walk instead of taking the monorail. We will take the monorail back if we plan on doing some gambling at Bally's and Paris. It is great if you are going to the convention center.

    Mark
     
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    The last couple of times we stayed at Harrah's we used the cabs a bit. We would casino hop down to NYNY or Excalibur, then get a cab back to Harrahs. Usually just over $10.
     
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    My wife and I purchased all day passes on our last trip. Just to say we rode it. It was a fun, leisurely ride to one end and then to the other.

    Some stations were manned by attendants, some seemed to not have anyone around. During the day it's o.k. but I often wondered how secure it is at night.

    I think it was the Harrahs/Linq station or was it the Flamingo that the walk was very long just to get to the monorail.

    Unless you are going to the Convention Center or need to get to the far ends of the strip in both directions on a daily basis, I can't see it as a viable means of transport based on the price and time variable. It's great for the Vegas visitor who just wants to ride it for the novelty and is in no rush to get anywhere.
     
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    If I choose not to rent a car, I buy a pass for "the Deuce". I have taken it up and down the strip (it runs 24 hrs. a day). I have found it to be the most convenient mode of public transportation.

    http://www.lasvegas-how-to.com/las-vegas-deuce.php
     
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    It made more sense when it was FREE years ago.......now, not so much.

    BTW "FREE" is my favorite four letter word.
     
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    Under the current way it's set up the monorail stinks. You say we which means you won't save any money over a cab because the monorail is to expensive. If you are not by yourself a cab won't cost anymore on the strip. Cabs far outnumber passengers and are located right out the front door. Monorail you have to walk all the way to the back of the casino then back again when you get off.
     
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