Bright lights, neon glamour, expensive hotels and flashy casinos; welcome to Sin City. This is a city that serves to please, offering endless restaurants, bars, nightclubs, hotels, spas, concerns and events. You can spend days wandering around gorgeous hotels (inside only of course, avoiding humidity) or sample food from around the world in just one buffet. I do love a trip to Vegas – and it’s even more affordable than you might of thought.
For those who love to gamble, welcome to heaven; though your bank cards may not agree. With options for all budgets and spenders, Vegas is great for newbies to pros. Spend some time in the big hotel casinos and enjoy the free beverages. Take in a show, whether its a fabulous singer or a Cirque De Soleli performance; all our worth a visit. Admire the hotel architecture and interior decorations; with many hotels offering a host of activities, excitement and exhibitions. Don’t forget you can also head to the amazing Canyons nearby. There is so many things to see and do in Vegas you will never get bored.
The key thing to remember with Vegas, is that your trip can be as cheap or as expensive as you want it to be, there is something for everyones budget. We wrote a full comprehensive cost breakdown >> here.
Hostel/Budget rates – Dorm beds can be found from $10+ whilst privates are around $50+. However most hostels are not in the centre or the strip and a little further away.
Midrange Hotel rates – The great thing about Vegas is that prices of budget strip hotels are getting better, with rooms in strip hotels going for $40 if booked in advanced and most central hotels costing $100 – $170.
Luxury Hotel rates – Top hotels are obviously pricey, but for us it is all part of the experience. Suites in the big named hotels start at $200+.
Transport – Deuce and SDX day passes cost $7, the monorail costs $12 for a 24 hour ticket whilst most taxis will take you around the Vegas area for $15 – $25 plus tip.
Average cost of food – Most hotels offer buffets, with the cheapest starting around $15 for lunch and $18 for dinner; there are some great buffets in Vegas to choose from. For those on a budget, there are plenty of pizza and fast food places around but avoid the chains inside hotels as they can be more expensive. Avoid using the mini-bars in your hotel as these cost a fortune, stock up at Walgreens; with many dotted along the strip. Top notch restaurants at the best hotel will cost upwards of $200 for two people with drinks, whilst most sit down meals at reasonable restaurants cost between $50 – $100 for two.
Where to stay
Hostel/Budget – For those looking to stay on the strip, head to Sin City Hostel; dorm beds start at $16. Offering a swimming pool and hot tub, the Las Vegas Hostel on Fremont Street is a good choice for those wishing to relax and party as well as see the sights. Don’t forget you will have to catch the bus to and from the strip- dorms start at $10 whilst private ensuite rooms start at $30.
Midrange – The Flamingo, found in the centre of the action, can be found from $42 a night when booked in advanced whilst the MGM Grand is a popular choice for those interested in boxing, nightlife and clubs, rooms start at $140.
Top End – The Cosmopolitan is a luxurious hotel smack bang in the centre of the action. The hotel is elegant and gorgeously decorated and the rooms are modern and stylish. Rooms start at $220 and you can also upgrade your room ($400) to get a balcony with a Bellagio fountain and Paris hotel view; beautiful!
How to get there
Fly – Many visitors fly into McCarran International Airport; where they’re greeted with slot machines galore before even getting past arrivals. There are shuttle buses from the airport to strip hotels for $7 each way and $9 for off-strip hotels. There is a set rate from airport to hotels via taxi, with taxis to south and centre strip hotels costing $16 whilst northern hotels charge $18 – $20.
Bus – Greyhound buses run from LA to Vegas several times a day, with the greyhound station located downtown; just off Fremont street. Catch the Deuce bus line to connect to the strip.
Drive – Many will drive to Vegas, taking about 4 and a half hours from LA, 5 hours from San Diego and 10 hours from San Francisco. When driving into Las Vegas Blvd, take the Tropicana or Charleston turning to avoid traffic.
The 24 hour Deuce stops at every major resort and attraction, whilst the SDC runs between the strip and downtown, maps can be found: HERE. Parking is free in most places, making driving a little less stressful. If covering ground between the strip and downtown take 1-15 instead of the Blvd. Monorails link casinos on the east side whilst taxi rides are convenient but pricey.