The Deuce is the popular and low-cost Las Vegas bus system that is excellent in taking folks up and down the length of Las Vegas Boulevard, which is a the real street name of the Strip. Actually the Deuce goes beyond just the Strip, since most people consider the Strip to start at where the Sahara used to be (now the SLS) and end at Mandalay Bay.
Either way, it’s usually just a short walk to a Deuce bus stop from nearly every casino on the Strip. And because buses arrive every 15 minutes or so, you’ll never have to wait too long for one. Go here for the Deuce route and bus stops.
The main advantage of the Deuce of course, is the fact you’ll save a ton of money when taking the bus, rather than a taxi. However if you’re wanting to get to a different casino, and you’re with a party of say, three or more people, you’re better off getting a taxi, (assuming you are unlike my friends and you are all going to chip in on the ride).
For the most part a ride on the Deuce is comfortable. There’s always a chance you get stuck in front of some wannabe thug, or guy who smells, but if that’s the case, just ask me to leave.
In the summer, the bus can get crowded and hot, but usually you won’t be on the bus too long, so it’s manageable, (unless you happen to be my wife when she was pregnant with our first child).
If you are going to be on the bus for awhile, traveling from one end of the Strip to another, you may want to head upstairs for a better view. (The Deuce buses are double-deckers). It’s usually less crowded up there, and the views of both the Strip and the freaks walking it provide some entertainment during the ride.
Deuce Prices and Fares
There are no longer single ride tickets offered, so to ride the Deuce, you’ll be purchasing tickets that give you unlimited access in increments of 2 hours, 24 hours, 3 days, or 30 days.
Kids five years of age and under can ride the Deuce for free, so long as they are accompanied by a paying adult.
Tickets can be purchased at vending machines found at (I believe) every Deuce stop. At least, every Deuce stop I’ve been at has had a ticket vending machine. Some (not all), take cash, but that ones that do will only accept exact change. Every machine takes credit and debit cards. Currently no machine takes $5 chips from Circus Circus that you forgot to cash in.
The prices below are for unlimited rides during the designated time frame. But please note that if you purchase a 2 hour pass at say 1 p.m., you will not be able to get on a bus after 3 p.m. with that same pass.
2 Hour Pass: $6
24 Hour Pass: $8
3 Day Pass: $20
30 Day Pass: $65
You can order your bus passes online, however unlike tickets to a lot of concerts and sports events, you cannot download them or print them from home. The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTCSNV) will mail them to you, so be sure to order them well ahead of your trip. Here is the site for ordering tickets for the Deuce: RTCSNV.com
On another note, the Deuce passes are for the Deuce and SDX (Strip/Downtown Express) buses only. If you want to venture into the non-touristy parts of Las Vegas, you’ll have to purchase a separate pass for what’s called the “Residential” route. Most of us, however, will be sticking around the casinos and tourist attractions. If that’s your situation, you’re set. Whether you’re wanting to visit the Town Square mall south of Mandalay Bay, the fountains of Bellagio or the Freemont Street Experience light show to the north in old downtown Las Vegas, the Deuce pass will cover all your transportation needs.
You can catch the Deuce 24 hours a day, every day of the week.
During the prime hours, (defined as 7 a.m. to 2 a.m.), buses depart from each stop approximately every 15 minutes.
In the slower hours, (2 a.m. to 7 a.m.), the Deuce arrives every twenty minutes.