You do this by going along E. Harmon Avenue (the road on the south side of the resort), in a straight line for just about a mile even. On the way there are some nice hotels, (The Wyndam Grand Desert, the north side of the Signature at MGM Grand), some apartments, and even a medical center. Because E. Harmon is a pretty busy street,
Is it safe? That’s hard to say, because this is Las Vegas, and you never know what some drugged, or drunken crazed idiot is up to. Personally, I would not walk it. I wouldn’t walk it in the day, or night. Not for security reasons, but because it’s Las Vegas.
Do you really want to spend an hour (round trip) just walking to and from your destination? Walking for miles up and down the Strip is one thing, where there is interesting scenery, architecture, and daiquiri bars. But a walk along Harmon Road is nothing compared to the excitement and buzz of Las Vegas Boulevard.
Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Free Shuttle to the Strip
As a convenience to guests, the Hard Rock offers a free shuttle from the resort to the Las Vegas Strip. I say “free” but I suppose you could say you’ve already paid for it as part of one of those annoying “resort fees” that are common in Las Vegas. At the Hard Rock Hotel, the resort fee is $22 per night, if I remember correctly.
(Here’s a Map of the walking route to the strip. Pretty simple huh? “B” Marks the Hard Rock, and “A” is the Aria)
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You’ll get on the free strip shuttle inside the self park parking garage, on the west side of the resort, right in front of Harmon Drive at the entrance to the HRH Tower. The large parking lot building has the huge “HRH” in front.
The shuttles leave the Hard Rock every hour, on the hour, from 10 am to 5 pm, seven days a week.
They don’t make stops along the Strip, rather, they make one stop, at the North end of the Fashion Show Mall, which is on the North End of the Strip, across from the Wynn and Palazzo.
To ride back, you’ll get back on at the same place. Shuttles from there leave at 15 minutes past the hour, every hour, from 10:15 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.
Having stayed at the Hard Rock, I can tell you this shuttle gets crowded. If I recall, the shuttle can only hold 25 people or so, so get there early and reserve your place in line. When we were there, there were several folks who had to either wait for the next one, or take a taxi. Which leads us to…
Taxi From Hard Rock Hotel and Casino to the Las Vegas Strip
Having done it tons of times during my stay at the Hard Rock, I can confirm that that the cost of a taxi to the Strip (in my case the Aria), is about $9 to $10 dollars, including the tip.
The base fare for the 16 different taxi companies that operate in Las Vegas is $2.60 per mile. As I said, it’s a little over a mile to the strip, so if you wanted to be dropped off at a hotel (they can’t let you off on the Strip or a street), it would be around $3.00. But then you have to add in the initial charge that occurs right when you get into the cab. That fee is $3.30. In addition, so we’re at $6.30 or so. Then there’s a 25 cent fee per 30 seconds of wait time. Throw in a tip for a couple of bucks and you’re in the $9 to $10 buck range.
Distance from the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas to the Strip
As mentioned above, it is a little over 1 mile to the closest part of the Strip from the Hard Rock (1.25 miles according to some mapping systems, but they count the far eastern part of the Hard Rock as the starting point, whereas you’d be starting a little closer, presumably from your hotel room). Either way, the 1 mile and change would put you at the southern part of Planet Hollywood. The distance from the Hard Rock to the mid-strip resorts, (Caesars Palace) is another ½ mile roughly, or a total 1 and ¾ miles from the Hard Rock.