I hope you’re in shape and in the mood for a good workout, because at 4.2 miles in length, it would take you about an hour and half to walk down the entire length of the Las Vegas Strip.
This is assuming you walk at a normal pace. It also doesn’t include stops for drinks or gambling or general sight-seeing.
This 1.5 hour walk down the length of the Strip from the Stratosphere Hotel and Casino down to the far end at Mandalay Bay, (or vice-versa) includes the time spent having to traverse up and down, and around, several pedestrian bridges.
Las Vegas Strip distances and corresponding walk times are notoriously difficult to calculate on the fly. You look and see, for example, the large “Mirage” sign in glittering gold lettering, and say to yourself, “Oh, it’s not too far.” But a half hour later, you’re still trudging through 100 degree heat on your way there.
In addition, the sizes of the resorts themselves are so large, there is a not-so-insignificant amount of time spent just getting from your hotel room to the Las Vegas Strip sidewalk.
For example, if you’re staying in one of the Spa Tower rooms at the Bellagio, it can be 1/3rd of a mile from your room to the Las Vegas Strip sidewalk (trust me, I’ve walked it and measured it).
How Long Does it Take to Drive the Length of the Las Vegas Strip?
This answer really depends on the time of day. An early morning drive on the Strip (which is wonderful by the way), takes just about ten to fifteen minutes, whereas the stop-and-go traffic on a weekend night can make this scenic drive stretch to a half an hour.
In general, however, you can assume a drive on the entire length of the Strip to take around twenty minutes.
Taking a bus the entire length of the Strip, could take just 39 minutes, assuming two things (normal traffic), and that you take the city of Las Vegas’s SDX bus.
How Long Would it Take to Bike Down the Las Vegas Strip
Unfortunately, the Las Vegas Strip is not very bicycle friendly. The only bikers you usually see are the ones in yellow shirts with walkie-talkies. Otherwise known as Las Vegas PD.
There are no bike lanes, nor shoulders in most places on the Strip. In addition, the cars going by you are likely to be driven by either inattentive taxi drivers, excited tourists focus on the unique architecture (instead of the road), and of course, drunks.
Having said all that, it would take you between 25 minutes to a half hour to bike your way down the length of the Strip. Most mapping systems, however, recommend that bicyclists take side roads, such as Frank Sinatra Drive and Industrial Road. These are the side streets west of the Strip.
As for attempting to ride on the Las Vegas Strip sidewalk? Forget it. This would be near impossible due to the number of pedestrians on the sidewalks at all hours. Heck, it’s hard enough sometimes to be a pedestrian on the strip, navigating past the legions of fellow tourists, meandering up and down the sidewalk, gawking at the sights.
One recent study conducted for the Clark County Transportation Department counted exactly 2,633 pedestrians walking past on the Strip sidewalk south of the Bellagio. That doesn’t sound too bad until you realize that was just in a 15 minute time span.
Are there any 5K races down the Las Vegas Strip?
Considering it is 6.6K long, it seems the Las Vegas Strip would be an ideal route for a 5K race. Yet other than an annual “Strip on the Strip” 5K Charity race that starts south of McCarran Airport and goes by the south part of Mandalay Bay, there isn’t a 5K race on the Strip.
There is, however, the Rock n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon held each year in November. The race starts by Mandalay Bay on the south end of the Strip, and has entrants running up the entire length of the Strip, before going further on North and then back.
In addition to the marathon, the Rock N’ Roll series has a half-marathon and a 5K. The 5K course runs partly on the Strip, on the north part by the Riviera Hotel and Casino. (Photo courtesy of La Citta Vita and Thomas Kriese via Flickr).