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Essential information

At a glance

Best time to go
Year round
Current Time
GMT -8
area code
702, 725

Money and costs

Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
  • Downtown casino hotel room: $29–80
  • Takeout meal: $6–12
  • 24-hour RTC bus pass: $8
  • 24-hour monorail pass: $11
  • Standard Strip casino hotel room: $65–150
  • Discounted show ticket: $30–90
  • Casual restaurant meal: $20–45
  • 24-hour self parking at a Strip hotel: $10–15
  • Rideshare between south Strip & Downtown: $15
Top end (more than)
  • Luxury Strip hotel suite: $200-plus
  • VIP show ticket: $125-plus
  • Celebrity-chef dining: $100-plus
  • Spa treatment: $125-plus
  • 24-hour valet parking at a Strip hotel: $15–25


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When to go and weather


Getting to Las Vegas

Despite being in the middle of a desert, Las Vegas is a surprisingly easy city to reach, with the majority of visitors arriving by road or air.

Las Vegas is a great road-trip destination, but in the desert, vehicles may overheat when outside temperatures top 90°F. If you're driving here on a hot day, watch your air-con usage to avoid overheating the engine. By car it's about a four-hour drive (265 miles) from Los Angeles, five hours (330 miles) from San Diego and 8½ hours (570 miles) from San Francisco. Expect long delays on weekends and holidays.

Landing in Las Vegas by plane is often easier, not to mention more scenic if you happen to have a window seat as you descend into the city past the neon-lit Strip. Vegas is served by McCarran International Airport, near the south end of the Strip, and a couple of smaller general aviation facilities around the city.

Flights, cars and tours can be booked online at www.lonelyplanet.com/bookings.

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Getting around Las Vegas

  • Walking The Strip is 4.2 miles long – don't assume you can walk easily between casino hotels, even those that appear to be close together.
  • Bus Day passes on the 24-hour Deuce and faster (though not 24-hour and not servicing all casinos) SDX buses are an excellent way to get around.
  • Monorail Expensive, inconveniently located on the east side of the Strip and with a limited route, but great views and regular services.
  • Tram Operates between some casinos. Free and slow.
  • Taxi Expensive. Tips are expected.
  • Ride-share By far the best way to get around Vegas in most circumstances, and even cheaper when traveling with others.

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