Long-distance walking is the hot Las Vegas weather isn’t ideal. Instead, make use of the fantastic Las Vegas monorail and tram system. These fantastic modes of transport are a quick and smooth way to go between casinos and hotels, which can be deceptively far apart.
There are three trams and one monorail option. Although there isn’t a tram in Las Vegas that runs the entire length of the Strip, there are a few that can save you some steps and some money as you navigate the city.
3 Free Trams in Las Vegas
Mirage-Treasure Island Tram
The Mirage-Treasure Island tram runs between the two popular spots. Running every 5 minutes, the 90 seconds long trip will drop you off at the front door of Mirage or just inside Treasure Island.
The Mirage stop of this Las Vegas tram is located outside in a well-shaded spot with a misting system, just to the left of the hotel’s front entrance. The Treasure Island stop is found near the entrance to the parking garage.
The tram track is set away from the Strip and the ride is smooth, passing lush palm trees and visually appealing vegetation. You can enjoy a nice aerial view of the Treasure Island pool on the west side. Seating is bus-style, with long benches with some standing room. The tram takes about 90 seconds to go from one end to the other and is free to ride.
- Hours Open: Sun – Thu 9am – 1am; Fri – Sat 9am – 2am
- Frequency: Every 5 minutes
- Length: 2-4 minutes
- Price: Free
Aria Express Tram to Bellagio and Park MGM
The Aria Express is free and convenient tram system that shuttles passengers to and from the three MGM Resorts on the Las Vegas Strip: The Park MGM, the Aria, and the Bellagio.
Previously known as the Bellagio/Crystals/Monte Carlo tram, it has been serving Sin City visitors since 2009. Although, in 1998 it liked the Bellagio with what is now the Park MGM.
Starting on the south end of the line, the tram begins at a station located in-between the Park MGM and Aria Resort and Casino. When returning from the Park MGM, you can get access to this tram station via a carpeted, enclosed walkway at the back of the casino. Head up the escalator to the tram station.
The tram travels north from the Park MGM, through the heart of the city, past the Aria and to the Shops at Crystals. The Bellagio stop is at the extreme south and west part of the result. This stop is also useful if you’re staying at the Vdara Resort Hotel and Spa. Be warned, you’ll have to walk through the convention center, restaurants, and shops to go to the casino.
- Hours Open: Sun – Thurs 8:00 am – 9:00 pm Fri and Sat (Special Events Only) 8:00 am – 2:00 am
- Frequency: Every 7-10 minutes
- Price: Free
Mandalay Bay Tram
This free Las Vegas tram on the south end of the Strip connects Mandalay Bay, Luxor, and Excalibur. The tram terminates at the intersection of Tropicana and Las Vegas Boulevard, where you can find MGM Grand, New York New York, Excalibur, and Tropicana.
When you travel north, the tram will stop at both Luxor and Excalibur, however, when traveling south from Excalibur, the tram skips Luxor and only stops at Mandalay Bay. The Mandalay Bay tram station is located at the edge of the casino in the northeast corner. Head up the escalators and around a corner, walk past Starlight Tattoo and the House of Blues Restaurant & Bar to see the station in front of you.
You can find the Excalibur Tram station at the front of the building. If you walk on the street overpasses from MGM Grand, or New York, New York, there’s no need to enter the casino. The Excalibur station is really well signposted, so you are sure to find it. The station at Luxor is placed outside the hotel, directly in front of the Sphinx.
Alternatively, there is an enclosed walkway that connects the three resorts if you want a stroll away from the heat. The cars on this free tram are clean, air-conditioned, and run about every five minutes for your ultimate convenience.
- Hours Open: Daily 10am-12am
- Frequency: 3-7 minutes
- Price: Free
Las Vegas Monorail
Las Vegas Monorail is a fantastic way to experience a convenient, state-of-art air-conditioned alternative to walking around the Las Vegas Strip. The monorail glides above traffic at speeds reaching 50 miles per hour. This monorail will cover the 4-mile route and seven stations in about 15 minutes.
This rail system travels through seven stations located at MGM Grand, Flamingo/Caesars Palace, Harrah’s/The LINQ, Sahara Las Vegas, Bally’s/Paris Las Vegas, Westgate Las Vegas and the Las Vegas Convention Center. Each of these stations sits at a popular point of interest along the Las Vegas Strip.
Whether you’re staying in one of these hotels, want to try your luck at their casinos, enjoy the nightlife, or grab a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants, this monorail train can help you navigate the Vegas Strip efficiently and cooly.
Once you have purchased your Las Vegas monorail ticket, jump on a one-way ride or travel all day at your leisure. Choose a pass that suits your needs from: 24-hour, two-day, three-day, four-day, five-day and seven-day passes. Ticket discounts are available for parties of 12 or more, check the website for more information.
- Hours Open: Monday: 7 am – 12am Tuesday, Weds days and Thursday 7 am – 2 am, Friday, Saturday and Sunday: 7 am – 3 am
- Frequency: 4-8 minutes
- Price: One ride pass $5, one day pass $13, 7 day passes $56
Las Vegas Tram: FAQs
Are trams air-conditioned in Las Vegas?
Yes, all the trams on this list are air-conditioned for your ultimate comfort. Las Vegas heat, especially when walking about, can be very high which is a pleasant experience. This is why trams offer a cool escape from the Nevada heat.
Are the trams free in Las Vegas?
There are three free Las Vegas Trams located on the West Side of the Strip. These three free monorails are owned and operated by casinos, helping visitors get a cost-efficient way to travel between hotels and casinos.
The monorail is NOT free but tickets come at a modest price. You can purchase a range of different ticket types, ensuring you get the right option for your trip. One-ride and unlimited-ride passes are both available. You can use mobile tickets as well as traditional paper tickets, making it easy to travel around the city.
What other travel options are there in Las Vegas?
Taxis are a popular form of transport in Las Vegas. They are reliable and there are lots of different companies to choose from. Unlike other cities around the world, you can’t hail a taxi. You need to book it in advanced, via an app, by calling a company or via the concierge. There are lots of designated taxi pick-up areas around Vegas, usually near the valet or main entrance.
The Harry Reid International Airport Rental Car Center is home to 10 different car rental companies under one room. The center is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, with continuous shuttle service to and from the airport terminals. There are lots of different standalone rental sites located across Las Vegas and a few on site of some hotels.
The Deuce is Vegas’ public transportation that is usually used by locals. It has routes all over the city, but if you are heading to the Strip there are two main routes. Deuce on the Strip will stop at nearly all resorts on the Strip, while DVX runs partially through downtown and Fremont Street.
The Downtown Loop is a free shuttle bus that is used by visitors to visit spots around Downtown Las Vegas, including the Arts District, the Las Vegas North Premium Outlet and Fremont Street Experience.
No matter where you’re heading to in Las Vegas, the tram system has a way to comfortably get you there. The Monorail travels the distance of the Strip, with seven ultra-convenient stops that take you past practically every hotel and casino in the Nevada city. Alternatively, ride for free with the trams that travel between the Park MGM, Luxor, Mandalay Bay, Aria, Bellagio Excalibur, and more.
Next time you are on the Las Vegas Strip, catch a ride on a monorail or tram.