How Far is It From the Las Vegas Convention Center to the Strip? And Can you Walk It?

The Las Vegas Convention Center is Just One Long Block from the Strip

The Las Vegas Convention Center is Just One Long Block from the Strip

By Steve Beauregard

It depends on where you want to end up, but overall, you most certainly can walk from the Las Vegas Convention Center to a part of the Las Vegas Strip, as it’s only 6/10th of a mile away from the main, concourse plaza entrance.

Those of you not wanting to walk can easily hop on the Las Vegas Monorail, which will take you to the back of several strip hotels. More on that in a second.

Originally a silver domed rotunda, the original Las Vegas Convention Center opened in April, 1959. Funded by a 5% lodging tax on all hotel rooms in Clark County, the convention center was built as a way to bring in visitors to Sin City during the city’s slow times.

The busy, modern, tech-savvy facility now has over 3.2 million square feet of space and is the second busiest convention center in the United States, (behind McCormick Place in Chicago).

Back to the walkers: Las Vegas Boulevard, (or the Strip), is just a block away – .6 miles away to be exact – and should only take you 10 to 15 minutes to walk it.

(Go here to see if you can walk the distance from the Bellagio to the Las Vegas Convention Center)

Those of you who find yourself on the southern end of the convention center, rather than at the plaza concourse entrance, may be tempted to walk on Desert Inn Road. Do not do this. The sidewalks do not follow Desert Inn Road all the way, meaning you’d have to zig-zag north by the Blair House Suites then go left by the church, and then…well..let’s just stick with the Convention Center Drive route.

To get there, you’ll want to cross over Paradise Road on the pedestrian bridge. Once on ground level, just head west (away from the Convention Center) on Convention Center Drive. Try to walk on the south side of Convention Center Drive, as it’s a little more pleasant.

The walk has sidewalks the entire way, and is safe and quick. Disclaimer so I don’t get sued: I consider it safe and would walk it at any time during the day. At night, I’m usually drunk and tired and would probably take the Las Vegas Monorail to the Strip.

Convention Center Drive usually has a lot of traffic and pedestrians, also making it safe if my view. You
I wouldn’t flash around the hundred dollar bills I just won on the slots during my walk. But then again, I wouldn’t do that anywhere in Las Vegas.

On your quick walk, you’ll pass by Piero’s Italian Cuisine, the Las Vegas Marriot, as well as the oddly named, “Clarion Hotel and Casino Near Las Vegas Strip.”

These are on the nicer, south side of Convention Center Drive. On the north side, you’ll find some parking lots, and some strip motels, strip malls, and a Rodeway Inn.

Closer to the Strip, you’ll pass by (again on the south side of Convention Center Drive), some nice high rise office buildings, a 60’s style motel, then a strip mall. (Walgreens will be across the street to your right).

It’s here where you’ll look left and see the giant, gleaming bronze Encore Las Vegas tower. Just a hundred feet or so in front of you will be the Las Vegas Strip.

If you’re tired of walking by now, you can easily catch the Las Vegas Strip bus system, called “The Deuce,” by hopping on the nearest stop, which will be about 200 feet south of Convention Center Drive, on the west side of the Strip, before you get to Encore. (The low bus far for the Deuce is certainly worth it after what by now has been a nearly 3/4 of a mile walk).

Las Vegas Convention Center Monorail Station

Although it will cost you $5 for a one-way trip, or $12 for an all day pass, the Las Vegas Monorail is the easiest way to get from the Las Vegas Convention Center to the Strip.

Conveniently, there is a station at the Convention Center.

It’s situated above the street, towering above the intersection of Desert Inn Road and Paradise Road. By my calculation using satellite imagery, it’s only about 400 feet from the Convention Center entrance to the Monorail station.

Once there, you’ll have the option of going north, which will take you to the LVH, and then on to the old Sahara Hotel and Casino. Although the Sahara closed in 2011, it’s being remodeled and rebuilt as the new “SLS.” It’s scheduled to open in the fall of 2014.

Going south on monorail will take you first to the Quad (formerly the Imperial Palace)/Harrah’s Station. The next stop is the Flamingo Station, followed by the Bally’s/Paris Station.
The last stop is the MGM Grand Station. Even going all the way from the Convention Center Station to the MGM Grand Station, you’ll only spend about ten minutes on the tram.

This makes the Las Vegas monorail extremely convenient to Strip hotel guests. Having attended conventions there twice a year so years, I highly recommend that you stay at a hotel on the east side of the Strip (which is the Convention Center side).

Staying at places like the Flamingo, or Harrah’s or Paris, Bally’s or the MGM will enable you to have a very short walk and short tram ride to the Convention Center for your meetings or business.

Compare that to places like Mandalay Bay, where you’ll have to call a cab, or get to the MGM and THEN take the monorail to the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Staying at the Aria, Bellagio, or Caesars Palace is almost as bad. While it’s a shorter distance to the nearest monorail station, you will be walking the length of your resort, then crossing the Strip, then crossing the length of another resort to get to the monorail station, which are always tucked in the far most eastern part of the east side hotel/casinos.