By Steve Beauregard
It’s a long way from Egypt to the Venice, but only 2 miles from the Egyptian-themed Luxor Hotel and Casino to the Venetian-themed, um, Venetian, on the opposite end of the Las Vegas Strip.
The actual distance from the east side exit doors at the Luxor to the Venetian is 2.12 miles. And here I’m talking about to the moving sidewalk on the Strip that leads you up and to the front doors to the casino itself. Including the pathway to the front door, it’s actually 2.22 miles from the Luxor to inside the Venetian. It would take you about 45 minutes to walk it. Some mapping systems tell you it’s less than 2 miles, however they’re not factoring in the walking detours you have to take up and around pedestrian bridges along the strip.
Either way, it’s a long walk, especially if done under a scorching Sin City sun. You can easily do it of course, stopping at casinos along the way to shop or drink or play or cool off, however if you just need to get to the Venetian from the Luxor without any stops, there are a couple of easier and faster ways:
Bus (the Deuce) from the Luxor to the Venetian
This is probably the best way to get from the Luxor to the Venetian – especially if you don’t want to pay for a cab, and don’t wish to walk much.
The downside is that this bus ride will be about a half-hour in length, as it makes a total of seven stops between the Luxor and the Venetian.
To catch it, find the closest Deuce bus stop to the Luxor, which is the one on the east side of the Strip, south of the hotel by Mandalay Bay Road. It’s about a five minute walk from the Luxor’s front door.
(Directions to other casinos here: distance from Luxor to Aria)
The nice thing about the Deuce is that there’s one every ten minutes, and that it stops smack dab in front of the Venetian. You’ll also get to check out all of the casinos up and down Las Vegas Boulevard, as the bus traverses a good chuck of the Strip on this route.
Tram or Monorail from Luxor to the Venetian
While there is not a tram that runs directly from the Luxor to the Venetian, the Las Vegas Monorail stops close to the Venetian.
Using a combination of the complimentary shuttle to the Excalibur, and the Las Vegas monorail, your walk would be reduced from 2.12 miles down to only one mile of walking.
To do this, first take the tram from Luxor north to the Excalibur. (Go here to for Excalibur reviews, resort fee info, etc.)
At the Excalibur tram stop, go to the MGM Grand (pssst. It’s the green one). The fastest way is to cross over the bridge to the Tropicana Hotel and Casino. Inside the MGM, and the east section of the resort, you’ll see signs pointing you to the LV Monorail Station, and you can purchase a monorail pass here.
You’ll take the monorail to the Harrah’s/Quad Station, which is situated between the two casinos.
From the Harrah’s/Quad Monorail station, it’s a .47 mile walk to get inside the Venetian, (.36 miles to get to the moving walkway out front). You’ll have your choice when getting off the tram to walk through either the Quad or Harrah’s. Choose Harrah’s, as it is a more direct route.
Taxi from Luxor to the Venetian
A taxi ride from the Luxor to the Venetian averages around $13 or so. This does not include a driver’s tip, and assumes that there is just moderate traffic on the Strip.
Driving from Luxor to the Venetian
It’s about a 2.3 mile drive from the parking behind the Luxor up the Las Vegas Strip to the Venetian’s self parking garage. It’s about a 15 minute drive in normal Strip traffic.
Simply go north on the Strip, turning right into the main Venetian entrance off of the Strip. There is also access to this parking garage from the back of the resort, off of an un-named road off of Koval Lane behind the Venetian. (It’s pretty well marked however).