Last Updated on June 23, 2022
Navigating the city of Las Vegas for the first time can be a bit overwhelming. Okay, maybe more than a bit! Public transit in the city makes it cheaper and easier to get around Las Vegas. Las Vegas buses, managed by the Regional Transportation Commission, are one of the most easily accessible types of transportation you’ll find on the Strip and downtown. With ticket vending machines and 24-hour routes, there’s no reason not to take advantage of Las Vegas buses!
RTC Bus Routes
Las Vegas Deuce
The Las Vegas Deuce bus route is the busiest by far. This route runs 24 hours a day with stops at all the biggest attractions on the Las Vegas Strip.
Las Vegas Deuce buses run every 12 to 30 minutes, so you’ll never have to wait long to catch a ride. The bus route begins just past the “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign and continues to the north end of the city past the end of the Strip.
Buses run northbound and southbound, so you’ll be able to find a stop no matter which direction you’re headed.
Las Vegas Deuce stop locations include
Strip and Downtown Express
The Strip and Downtown Express is another bus route that runs along the Strip but isn’t available 24 hours a day. These busses operate from the Las Vegas Premium Outlets to the South Strip Transit Terminal.
This bus route has fewer stops on the strip than the Las Vegas Deuce buses but more stops towards Downtown Las Vegas. Buses run every 12 to 15 minutes during peak times.
Westcliff Airport Express
The Westcliff Airport Express is a newer bus route that runs every 20, 30, or 60 minutes depending on the time of day. This bus route runs from downtown Las Vegas to Harry Reid International Airport, formerly known as McCarran International Airport.
The route includes stopping at the Las Vegas Premium Outlets and Tropicana Resort on the Las Vegas Strip.
How to Purchase a Las Vegas Bus Pass
A bus pass is required to ride an RTC bus. Bus pass prices depend on what type of ticket you buy. Tickets are available for as short as 2 hours and as long as three days. Riders have multiple different ways they can purchase their bus pass too!
The RideRTC app is the easiest way to purchase a bus pass. On the app, you can view ticket options, track bus schedules, and purchase your bus pass. Plus, you’ll never have to worry about losing your bus pass since it’s digital!
Using your bus pass from the mobile app is as simple as opening the app and showing the driver your ticket when you board.
TVMs or ticket vending machines can be found at many RTC transit bus stops. A ticket vending machine allows you to buy your pass with a credit card, debit card, or exact cash.
The only downside to TVMs is that your ticket time begins when it’s purchased. If you purchase a 2-hour ticket at a ticket vending machine, it will only be good for 2 hours from when you paid for it.
Alternatively, mobile ticket options don’t start the clock until your ticket has been scanned for your first ride.
Bus passes can be purchased in person at select RTC transit stops and RTC transit-approved vendors. Additional fees may apply if you purchase your ticket in person. To find the closest RTC pass vendor near you, use this interactive map.
Bus passes are available on board a limited number of busses too, but that’s the least reliable method of purchasing a pass.
Discount Bus Passes
The Regional Transportation Commission offers discount bus passes for qualified riders. Discount rates are honored at ticket vending machines if you have your reduced fare ID card.
Veterans living in Clark County with a valid ID are eligible for 50% off bus passes.
Riders aged 6-17 pay lower bus fares. Anyone aged five or younger rides free.
Seniors aged 60+ are eligible for discount rates.
Students & Faculty
Local college students and faculty are eligible for discounted rates on monthly and semester-long bus passes. CSN, UNLV, and NSC students and faculty are eligible with a valid school ID.
Disabled and Medicare Approved Riders
RTC makes every bus accessible to meet ADA standards. In addition, all disabled and medicare approved riders receive discounted rates.
View a complete list of reduced fare requirements and apply for your reduced fare ID card here!
Other Transportation Options
Regional Transportation Commission busses aren’t the only method of public transportation in Las Vegas. Check out these alternative transportation options available around Sin City!
Taxis are easy to find on the Las Vegas Strip. There’s a taxi stand in front of most major resorts with taxis ready to give people a ride.
Riding in a taxi isn’t the cheapest transportation option, but it is one of the only ways to get a ride without any wait time.
Rideshare apps like Uber and Lyft are prominent in most big cities, and Las Vegas is no exception. Using a rideshare service is ideal if you’re traveling with at least two other people. Once you split the cost, it won’t be much more than a bus pass!
If you’re traveling alone, rideshare services aren’t the most cost-effective option.
Most large resorts on Las Vegas Boulevard have free shuttle services for their guests. Shuttles run during limited hours and are known for having long wait times during peak hours.
If you don’t mind waiting, taking the free shuttle at your resort is a fantastic way to save some money!
Las Vegas Monorail
The Las Vegas Monorail is a train system that runs adjacent to the Las Vegas Strip. There are seven stops with trains running every 4 to 8 minutes.
Riding the monorail is a good choice if you plan to stay on the strip. Multiple ticket types are available, including one with unlimited rides for a designated period.
Getting Around Las Vegas
Whether you plan to ride the bus for the duration of your stay or if you’re just exploring options, Las Vegas is filled with transportation options to fit every itinerary and budget. Explore more Vegas Food & Fun articles to plan your dream vacation! Readers can even enjoy access to coupons that will save you some serious cash around the city.