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Discussion in 'Misc. Vegas Chat' started by Ben Jammin, Apr 9, 2013.

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  1. Ben Jammin

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    You may purchase a 24 hour bus pass all access to anywhere the Buses go 24/7 for only $8. Route maps on signs and buses and kiosks along the way and at the bus stops. Just ask any bus driver.

    You can take the Deuce down the Strip and to Down Town Vegas. The Deuce (double deck enclosed) Drops you off right at Fremont Street and Las Vegas Blvd, (Fremont Street Experience) or any where up and down the Strip as well.

    There is a special bus that looks like a train and is way faster than the metro, the stops are only along the strip and downtown. Called the Strip and Downtown Express, or "SDX" included with the 24 hr pass. Passes are available at multiple locations, and at the Kiosks at the bus stops. You just board and flash your ticket at the reader. They don't sell tickets on the bus or collect the fares so it's way faster. The express bus (SDX) stops are along the strip mostly. It drops you on the strip or Downtown right in front of Binion's at Fremont St, and as far south as Mandalay Bay the other way (South Strip).

    Look in the Las Vegas Sun newspaper for coupons for food and free play around town.

    If you play Black Jack you can get a basic strategy card at most any gift shop for $5 dollars. A wise investment, it fits in your wallet. You may use it at the table, but I wouldn't share it with the other players. If they want one they can go to the gift shop and buy their own. Most of them won't and don't have a clue about basic strategy.

    "Clark, it's people like you that come here and blow the family nest egg that built this town, not this pretty boy" scene from the movie "Las Vegas Vacation" starring Chevy Chase, Randy Quaid, and Beverly D'Angelo."

    As far as Craps just put $5 on the pass line on the come out roll and take it from there. You are not required to make any other bets than this one and yo can get into the action.

    If you want to read my post on craps go to Vegas Message Board, see Casino Gaming, see the sticky threads at the top of the category, "Did you want to try craps but felt too intimidated".

    just ckick on this link (below)

    http://www.vegasmessageboard.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=14

    insert 4-11-2013 ok as usual I mis-spoke when I wrote the post. It's 24 hours, not 3 days. So, nobody's perfect.


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  2. oldandfit

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    Bus Pass

    3 day bus pass is $20
     
  3. tacallian

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    I agree, Yo is an awesome bet. :)

    Great thread BenJ
     
  4. Candy Apple

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    That would be nice....it's $8.00 for 24 hours.
     
  5. dewey089

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    15 day all access pass at downtown Walgreen's is $35. (oops, make that $34) Half price ($17) for seniors who take the time to get photographed and get an ID at BTC. Seniors means over 60. ID is good for 5 years. No charge.
     
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    Is it still uncontrolled madness getting onto the bus, where the lines are longer than the bus can hold and mob rules apply?
     
  7. dewey089

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    It can be at the busy times. However, using the residential routes you can avoid the kind of crowds on the strip buses.
     
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    We tried the bus thing a few years back.
    A number of us stood there while buses passed and the ones that stopped were either too fun for anyone else to get on or they said they weren't making any more stops on the strip.

    Hopefully they improved since then.
     
  9. ClownHo

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    i have yet to ride a fun bus in vegas.
     
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    ha ha!:thumbsup:
     
  11. Busyman

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    It's $34.
     
  12. Busyman

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    It has.

    I've seen what looked like back-to-back buses quite often now.
     
  13. VegasVegan

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    Las Vegas had such a grand opportunity when they initially planned the monorail. I mean literally change the landscape of public transit. Instead, they planned the thing to death and gave in to all the special interests (taxi monopolies, etc.)

    Imagine a monorail system that ran from the airport all the way downtown. Imagine a better route than the current convoluted one that no one knows about or uses.
     
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    Thanks Busyman, I'll post edit that typo
     
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    My busiest bus ride in my last trip, which was last year, came when I decided to grab my 30 day pass ($32.50 senior rate) at the SSTT by taking the 109 from the airport. My first casino of the trip was Quad (Imperial Palace). I had no trouble getting at seat at the SSTT, but getting off at Paris was a real struggle with my overly large and overly heavy suitcase. The SDX was packed and more wanted to enter where I wanted to exit. If I did that again, I'd take the Deuce. It would be a longer ride, but getting on it first could get me one of those seats facing the exit doors, with room for the suitcase and a much easier exit since everyone would just be going out that exit.
    Or were I to start a trip again with strip rooms (highly unlikely now that everything, even comps, have resort fees) I would take the 109 North to Flamingo, buy an all access pass in one of the places near Maryland and Flamingo, and then take Flamingo to the strip.

    My next trip I'll start with bookings downtown, since the WAX is never crowded and a quick, cheap ride and the Walgreen's there is a good source of my 30 day all access pass, a fine value for a trip of 25 days.

    Routes that are uncrowded are WAX, Centennial Express, Flamingo, Tropicana, and the new Boulder highway buses. That being said, if time is a great factor some of these can be long rides and we do have to pay attention to when buses run and when they don't.
    I appreciate where Bigdogmom felt it was too long a ride to Boulder Highway along Flamingo.
    From downtown now on the HDX it is just 16 minutes (give or take a few) to get to Sam's town from across the street at the Gold Spike. There is only one other stop, at Sahara, along the way. The BHX takes longer and stops often.
    I like that HDXroute going out, but late at night it takes longer going back along Boulder. I am more apt to make a different plan, perhaps walk from Sam's Town to the Eastside Cannery and form their parking lot take the Flamingo bus to the strip, play poker until early morning and then take an uncrowded Deuce back to downtown.
    Or I might ride up to Tropicana and take the 201 to the Orleans for Big Al's comedy, then the shuttle back to the strip for late night poker and an early morning Deuce ride back downtown.
    I avoid strip buses when I can accessing from the residential routes, walking, using that free tram from Bellagio to Monte Carlo. There is another that goes from Excalibur to Mandalay Bay. And when it is inconvenient to go residential routes, early in the morning, then the strip buses are uncrowded.
    Making loops seems the most effective plan for my needs, integrating the bus with those free shuttles.
    I do think that having more time than money makes buses the better option than being in a hurry and worried about wasting time.
    Actually, the best users of the bus I know are a couple from Scotland who come for a couple weeks and ride all over the place on all access senior passes, using American Casino Guide 2 for 1 coupons to eat cheaply at the outlying casinos, and playing penny slots (for just a few pennies) for gambling pleasure. It is amazing to me to see the value they get out of these all access bus passes. However, I think that they are good frugal travelers, have a good long stay (Usually at the Stratosphere which is another great place to catch buses) and perhaps a different attitude toward public transportation than Americans.
     
  16. Ben Jammin

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    Bus service in Las Vegas is awesome. The buses are clean and for the most part you really don't need a car. Just might be tough to go the "M" or some of the local's joints in Henderson or points north whatever.

    You can see the side of Vegas regular tourists never see,and it's way more fun.

    I usually go down the Boulder Highway and on into Henderson, the heart of the locals scene.

    You can pick up a weekly throw away rag (newspaper) from one of the paper boxes located just outside the door at most of the casinos in Henderson.

    Have fun!
     
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