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WAX? and Trop Bus Lobby?

Discussion in 'Getting There & Getting Around' started by Tammy58, Apr 12, 2014.

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  1. Tammy58

    Tammy58 Frugal Slot Jockey

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    Planning on doing some different things on my June trip. #1 can anyone tell me where the bus/tour area is at the Trop? Looking at an Anniebannanie tour and they pick up there. Their TA ratings are a bit "too good", I hope they're not all fake reviews. I watch all the Vegas tv shows so I thought the TV show tour would be fun for me to do alone while the dh is doing work related things. Anyone ever use this company?

    #2 Thinking of taking the WAX downtown from the stop on Trop Blvd next to NYNY. I am not a normal bus person. If I am reading the RTC site correctly they have a $5 24 hour ticket. Do I buy this at the stop or on the bus? I am considering doing this alone while the dh is at a convention. I figured out where the stops are downtown and where the WAX stops coming back. I am staying at Luxor. I think the WAX would be less crowded and quicker than the SDX. If anyone has info on this I would be glad to hear it.

    Thanks for any and all help :thumbsup:
     
  2. Turtleman

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    The WAX is definitely your best bet, and you can buy a 2-hour or 24-hour pass onboard. The downtown stop is near Walgreen's – a short block away from the east end of the FSE canopy. Coming back, you catch the WAX by Binions (across from the Fremont). I've ridden it many times.
     
  3. dewey089

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    You could also just buy one way fares. $2 each way. If you are just going downtown and back on the WAX, that will save a dollar over a 24 hour pass.

    The buses can run as far apart as an hour, so check the times at the stops and plan accordingly. I'd be at the stops as least seven minutes before the bus is to arrive.

    Use correct change.

    Also, if you at other times you are planning on buying strip bus passes, that pass is good on the WAX bus as well. Buy those at a machine along the LV Blvd. I am not sure the residential bus drivers sell those strip bus passes. A strip bus day pass is $8 and will cover all your bus needs for 24 hours from the time you activate by boarding any bus, or by putting it in a machine before boarding the SDX.
    This would let you use the WAX to go downtown (it is still the fastest) but use the SDX or Deuce to come back if you'd like to stop anywhere along the North strip.

    Binions is a common stop for at least four buses, so watch for the right one. When the WAX comes there, often the RTC people at the stop will shout into the crowd, "This is not a strip bus." All they mean is that it does not go up and down the strip, not that it won't stop at the Tropicana Casino.

    The Deuce does not stop at Binions. It stops just past the canopy area on the far side of Neonopolis. It will be more crowded and slower than the WAX. It will be slower than the SDX but have fewer stops.

    Here is a map of both the Deuce and the SDX.
    http://www.rtcsnv.com/wp-content/uploads/routes/2013/SDX(07-07-13).pdf
     
  4. Jimbo338

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    Tammy,
    Your plan is good for the WAX, it is comfortable, and quick, seldom crowded, get tickets as you board for A$2.00, HALF OF THAT IF YOU'RE OLD ENOUGH. Off at trop, over to Excalibur and walk to Luxur outside if it's nice and inside if it is too hot.

    Jimbo338
     
  5. robert m.

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    Yep. Agree with Dewey & others.

    I would:

    1. Put four $1 bills in my pocket

    2. Catch the WAX at NYNY

    3. I would have checked the exact schedule at www.rtcsn. I have found them to be remarkably
    on time.

    4. Enjoy your rapid ride on I-15N

    5. The bus stops for a couple of minutes at the Bonneville Transit Center downtown. Just stay on the
    bus & it will take you much closer to Fremont Street at the next stop.

    6. To return, look for the benches & ticket machines on the corner next to Binion's. There is also
    a schedule there.

    7. Remember, the SDX does NOT take cash. You need to buy a ticket from the TVM first. The WAX
    will take cash.

    This is a very subjective thing, but I just really enjoy taking the express buses -- WAX, SDX & CX.
    I find it to be a carefree way to ride aroun Las Vegas & see the sites.
     
  6. Tammy58

    Tammy58 Frugal Slot Jockey

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    Thanks all, I've been on the deuce years ago and lets just say cramming 400 people into a 50 person bus just isn't my thing. I looked at the SDX but the nearest stop heading north looks like I would be melting in the sun too long (will probably be noontime in June)...plus a slower ride to downtown. I knew about the ticket machines for the deuce and SDX but was uncertain about the WAX. We always rent a car and just drive but the June trip I will be alone a lot...and I'm not driving down myself.
     
  7. dewey089

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    The WAX will not be crowded. You will find the ride fast and comfortable. If you are not going to ride any other buses that day, just pay a one way fare down and then another back. Very comfortable access to downtown.

    times are here
    http://www.rtcsnv.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/AirportBrochure_0114_24x11.pdf


    And if you have not done this, take any Player's card into the Four Queens, sign up for their card, and they will give you $10 freeplay. So, for a $4 bus investment, you get to play $10.
    Further advice: When you play the freeplay, win. :licklips:
     
  8. Cinwhim

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    The wax bus we road last year was not crowded at all and clean. If you are not a bus person it's not a bad way to get around. If you are a bus person the you will feel like you are royalty. :)
     
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