Getting around Las Vegas is always a consideration when you are planning your trip. Your selections are influenced by your budget and destination. If you are moving over long distances, a taxi or Uber, or even Lyft can be a better fix than the train. The same goes if you are moving within the Strip.
Bus drives or deuces are a common feature in the city. They are operated by the municipal authority offering the most affordable trips in Vegas, and they are quick and available. If you want to save more, then buses are your option, no buts about that.
The double-decker city buses are run by the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC), a municipal authority responsible for the smooth sailing of the buses and fare moderation to passengers riding the buses. The buses run 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They are a dependable transportation channel while in the city.
The Deuce Schedule
The bus makes trips from Fremont Street Experience to South Strip Transit Terminal. You are assured to board a bus virtually anytime. Catch a ride every ten to fifteen minutes on the Strip from 7 am to 1 am and every twenty minutes from 1 am to 7 am.
Bus Hours: 24 hours
- 7:00 am-1.00 am (bus arrives every 10-15 minutes)
- 1:00 am-7.00 am (bus arrives every 20 minutes)
Deuce Routes Along the Las Vegas Strip
The bus operates 24 hours along the strip, from Fremont Street Experience Las Vegas Boulevard to South Strip Transit Terminal. In between, it makes stops in the dedicated bus stops with a shelter and stops sign. These stops are a quarter-mile apart at main attractions and hotels in the Strip.
The buses ply 51 routes in the city, so you are assured that a bus will come your way within the Strip. With a full capacity of 97 persons, you and your party will fit in perfectly on the bus.
The RTC Deuces run on two main routes, the Southern Bus, and the Northern Bus routes. Both run from FSE Las Vegas Boulevard to South Strip Transit Terminal.
# The Northern Bound Deuce Route
|1. Fremont Street Experience (on Las Vegas Blvd)||2. Fremont Street Experience (on Carson at 3rd St)||3. Bonneville Transit Center (BTC)
Access to LVNorth Premium Outlets,
transfer to Route 401 at BTC Bay 19.
|4. Arts District|
|5. Las Vegas Blvd & Charleston||6. Las Vegas Blvd & 4th St||7. Oakey Blvd||8. The STRAT|
|9. Sahara Las Vegas||10. Hilton Grand Vacations||11. Slots-A-Fun/Circus Circus||12. Resorts World Las Vegas|
|13. Encore||14. Fashion Show Mall||15. Treasure Island||16. Mirage|
|17. Caesar’s Palace||18. Bellagio/Cosmopolitan||19. Park MGM||20. Excalibur|
|21. Luxor||22. Mandalay Bay||23. Welcome to Las Vegas Sign||24. Sunset Rd|
|25. Town Square||26. LV South Premium Outlets||27. McCarran Rent-A-Car Center||28. South Strip Transit Terminal (SSTT)|
# The Southern Bound Deuce Route
|1. Fremont Street Experience (on Las Vegas Blvd)||2. Stewart & 4th St (Mob Museum)||3. Fremont Street Experience (on 4th St)||4. Fremont Street Experience (on Carson at Casino Center)|
|5. Bonneville Transit Center (BTC)
Access to LVNorth Premium Outlets, transfer to Route 401 at BTC Bay 19.
|6. Access to LVNorth Premium Outlets, transfer to Route 401 at BTC Bay 19.||7. 4th St & Las Vegas Blvd||8. Oakey Blvd|
|9. St. Luis Avenue||10. The STRAT||11. Sahara Las Vegas||12. Hilton Grand Vacations|
|13. Sky Las Vegas||14. Circus Circus/ LV Convention Center||15. Convention Center Dr||16. Wynn|
|17. Venetian Hotel||18. Harrah’s||19. Paris Las Vegas Hotel||20. Planet Hollywood|
|21. Polo Towers||22. MGM/Showcase Mall||23. Tropicana||24. Mandalay Bay|
|25. Four Seasons||26. Welcome to LV Sign||27. Las Vegas Golf||28. South Strip Transit Terminal (SSTT)|
Deuce Bus Fare
The RTC aims to make transportation within the city accessible and affordable. As a result of this regulation, fares are usually well cushioned and cheaper than a taxi. It is one of the cheapest transportation modes within the city and a suitable one to tour the Vegas Strip. Amazing views, aerated interior, and fair pricing is the ultimate price riding the deuce.
The fare for the bus is $6 for a regular 2-hour pass, an $8 ticket valid for 24 hours, and the $20 3-day pass.
All passes are valid for the period stated starting from the time it was bought. If you buy a 2-hour $6 ticket, its validity expires after two hours.
So when should you buy the ticket?
There is nothing as bad as buying a ticket, and it runs out of use before you can use it. To avoid this, make sure that your purchasing time falls within the caped period of the ticket. Buying such a ticket 5-15 minutes before you travel is always ideal. Also, take into account the waiting time at the deuce stop, an average of 20 minutes. Conclusively, you should buy a ticket when you are ready to travel. That way, you can use the pass for several stops as long as it’s valid.
Residents of Nevada State can buy discounted 5-day or 30-day ticket passes to travel in the RTC deuce service. You must have a valid ID to qualify for these passes. Children under five accompanied by adults also will not be charged a ticket fee.
Related Read: Taxi Fares In Las Vegas
Deuce Bus Tickets
Deuces are boarded using the ticketing system. You can pay for passes at the bus or prior in a Ticket Vending Machine (TVM). The advantage of buying a TVM ticket is that your boarding time is saved significantly. You can also get the comfort of boarding without the hustle if you have enough change.
Both the TVM and the bus driver accept exact change. They are not able or are not allowed to give you change, so better you carry money that fits the pricing.
The TVMs can accept bills and coins. You can also use your Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, or debit cards to pay for the passes. The machine will only accept bills: $1, $5, $10, and $20 with no change back. So if you want to buy a $6 ticket, you will need a $5 and a $1 bill. Again, these tickets are valid from the time of purchase.
Where to purchase TVM tickets?
TVMs are at popular bus stops, casinos, and attractions. The following is a list of TVM shops in the Vegas Strip:
- Fremont Street Experience Las Vegas Boulevard
- Fremont Street Experience 4th Street
- The Strat Hotel
- Circus Circus Hotel and Casino
- Las Vegas Golf
- Planet Hollywood Las Vegas
- Bellagio Hotel
- Cosmopolitan Hotel
- Las Vegas Conventional Centre
- Las Vegas Premium Outlets
- Wynn Las Vegas
- Treasure Island Hotel & Casino
- Polo Towers
- Tropicana Las Vegas
- Harrah’s Las Vegas
- MGM Grand
- Town Square Las Vegas
- Paris Hotel Las Vegas
- Fashion Show Mall
- Mandalay Bay
- Caesar’s Palace
- Mario’s Westside Market
- 7 Eleven
- Cash Land
- Check City
- Circle K
- Money Tree
Why Would You Choose a Deuce Ride Over Other Transportation?
First off, it is cheap. It is one of the most affordable transportations in the city and on the Strip, known for extravagant expenses. This is a treat to your pocket for sure.
Second, the deuces are well-conditioned, so you will not have a heat problem onboard. It is livable even at peak hours when the bus rides at full capacity. The RTC makes sure to maintain these buses so that riders can enjoy their trips.
The bus is also the perfect ride if you are a traveler. You will get to see the many stops the bus makes. You feel like you are on the tour bus! Not to mention the deuce makes stops in virtually all casinos and hotels on the strip. You can shorten your distance by just boarding this bus, imagine that. It is one of the best ways to tour the Strip, seeing all the night glory of the city.
Bus fare in the city of sin is most affordable with the RTC’s deuce service. They are not only cheap but offer a better view of the Strip. They are fitted with air conditioning to make your drive comfortable, with stops in all major hotels and casinos from FSE Las Vegas Boulevard down to The Welcome to Las Vegas Sign at the South Strip Transit Terminal (SSTT)
Ensure you carry exact change when buying tickets as the driver, and the TVM does not give back change. You can also book your ticket on the RTC App at the comfort of your home or hotel. The tickets start validity at the time of purchase-timing is key. All in all, taking a deuce ride around the city during the day or at night will give you the best free views. Happy travels!