Although there are many ways to get up and down the Strip, the RTC bus system is without question the simplest and the cheapest. The Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) operates an elaborate bus system that serves the entire valley. However, as a visitor to the Strip in Las Vegas, you need only concern yourself with the buses that operate there.
There are two buses that operate along the Strip: The Deuce and the SDX. These two buses are easy to tell apart. The Deuce is a double-decker bus. The SDX has only a single story to it, but it is twice as long. Although they both operate on the Strip, the SDX is an express bus and does not pick up and drop off passengers at every bus stop along the trip, so it moves up and down Las Vegas Blvd more quickly than the Deuce, but you do need to know where it will stop in order to take advantage of the express nature of this bus. Because this is Las Vegas, naturally, both buses operate 24/7.
Except for the early morning hours, both buses arrive approximately every 15 minutes, so there is seldom a long wait. The Deuce operates from the Mandalay Bay hotel on the south end of the Strip and travels all the way to downtown Las Vegas. The SDX route travels well past Mandalay Bay on the south end. It travels to the popular Towns Square and to the Premium Outlets South before ending its southern trek at the Sunset terminal. Here, it begins its journey north.
The SDX travels north on the Strip until it reaches Desert Inn, and then it makes a right turn and heads to Paradise. It does this for those going to the Convention Center and Westgate hotel. The SDX doesn’t get back to the Strip until the Stratosphere Hotel, so from Desert Inn to before the Stratosphere, visitors need to take the Deuce. The most popular destination it will bypass is Circus Circus. Also, the path the SDX takes downtown has an extended range from that of the Deuce. Although it will get you to the downtown hotel and casino area, it also loops around to the west and will take you to the Smith Center and the Premium Outlets North.
You can access more information about the two bus routes from the RTC website guide at this link: https://www.rtcsnv.com/wp-content/uploads/routes/2014/09/SDX.pdf
It costs $6 for a two hour pass; however, a 24 hour pass is only $8 and a good value. Passes can be purchased on the bus or at the vending machines located at most of the bus stops along the Strip.
Further information on fares can be found here:
I have taken the bus on the Strip at all hours of the day and week. For the most part, it isn’t much different than any other city bus, but there are a couple of things to keep in mind. Because this is Las Vegas, the bus can become a bit rowdy, often with a party-like atmosphere. Sometimes people may appear to be intoxicated. Take all of this in stride. As long as there is no violence, remember to be tolerant. Also, these buses can become crowded, usually though, this is on the weekends or holidays. You may have to stand up, but younger people may give you their seat if you are an older person. If you find the bus too crowded, you can simply get off and catch the next bus.
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