Many Las Vegas visitors, especially those booking a stay at Mandalay Bay, get the impression that the resort is far away from the action, and they’ll wonder how far it is away from the Strip. In reality, Mandalay Bay is ON the Las Vegas Strip, albeit on the extreme southern end of it.
There are no definite set boundaries for the Strip, but it’s widely acknowledged that the Strip consists of that portion of Las Vegas Boulevard that runs from Mandalay Bay to the South, and ending on the north end at the Stratosphere. (The Las Vegas Strip’s official name is Las Vegas Boulevard).
Not only does Mandalay Bay mark the beginning of the Strip on the south side, for many drivers coming into Las Vegas from California, it marks the start of Las Vegas. In fact, you can walk from Mandalay Bay to the iconic “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign which is just down the street from the hotel.
Therefore, Mandalay Bay is actually on the Strip. That doesn’t mean, however, it’s in the heart of the action though. For example, the distance from Mandalay Bay to the Bellagio is 1.3 miles.
What it is close to however, is the main south Strip hub: the intersection of Las Vegas Boulevard and Tropicana Avenue. This is the bustling corner that is home to the Excalibur Hotel and Casino, the Tropicana, New York – New York, and MGM Grand. In fact, Mandalay Bay is just around a 10 to 12 minute walk to this corner, as it’s just over 1/2 mile to this action-packed corner of the Strip.
Better yet, there is a free tram that runs from Mandalay Bay to the Excalibur, dropping you off just outside the hotel on this intersection. From there, you are just catty-corner from the MGM Grand.