Sunday, December 16, 2007

Saving Tips in Las Vegas

Las Vegas is the world’s playground with lots of exciting sightseeing venues, entertainment, and things to do. If you are planning your very first trip to Las Vegas, there are things that you should know before you go.

Las Vegas hotels, restaurants, shows and clubs are not cheap, but if you know about some tips that can save you money and get freebies, you have an advantage.

- Bring at least one pair of comfortable walking shoes. There are many things to see in Las Vegas, and the majority of the hot spots are located on the Strip – Las Vegas Boulevard. The hotels are far apart, let alone they are so big that walking from one end of a single hotel to the other takes a long time. Of course, there is cab service, but if you want to hop from one hotel to the next, it can eat a lot of your spending budget.

Don't forget to tip the driver. Las Vegas drivers are very protective about their tips and they expect good tips. Some players tip hundred dollar bills after they win big.

There is a bus that runs from the Downtown Las Vegas and Fremont St. all the way to the South end of strip. The fare is $2 for one ride or $5 for all day pass. The bus is a great way to move around Las Vegas, but it gets extremely crowded and if you are not wearing comfortable shoes, even getting on and off the bus gets difficult.

If you get on the bus in the middle of the strip during the day, chances are you will be standing jammed amongst other bus riders. Even though it is a two-story bus, it gets packed all year round.

As an alternative, you may want to check out MonoRail. It is a tram that runs on the back side of the stip. It has only few stops and runs from MGM Grand to Sahara with the following stops

Sahara Station
Las Vegas Hilton Station
Las Vegas Convention Center Station
Harrah's / Imperial Palace Station
Flamingo / Caesars Palace Station
Bally's & Paris Las Vegas Station
MGM Grand Station

MonoRail operates from 7 AM to 2 AM Monday through Thursday and 7 AM to 3 AM Friday through Sunday.

The fare is as follows:

One Ride Ticket $5

Two Ride Ticket $9

6-Ride Party Pack

One Day Pass
SPECIAL $15 $9

Three Day Pass $40

Children 5 and Under Free

- Always carry a small bills on you. You will need them to buy a bus ticket, pay for the cab, tip waitresses and more. Taxi cab drivers sometimes ask you if you have cash for the ride and if you don't, they won't serve you. They decline to acceps credit cards. The bus driver does not carry change, so you need to make sure you have enough to pay the bus fare withough having to break large bills.

If you are driving, you can always park for free at hotels and casinos. Just pull up to the vallet partking stand at any casino and park your car free as long as you want. If you have luggage, you can leave it for as long as you need at the bell desk at any casino, and if you are taking a cab afterwards, the bellman will even get you a cab ahead of the line of other people waiting for a cab as well.

If you are going to a mall, park at the nearest hotel for free and walk to your destination.

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