By Steve Beauregard – Two of the most popular and beautiful resorts in Las Vegas, (both built by Steve Wynn) are pretty close to each other, as it is just 6/10 of a mile walk (or 900 meters) from the Mirage Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas to the Bellagio. It would take you anywhere from 11 to 15 minutes to walk the distance.
Completed in 1989, the Mirage was the first mega-resort on the Las Vegas Strip. It dazzled visitors with its exploding volcano out front. The (at the time) amazing, free state-of-the-art light and sound show drew in curious visitors from the Strip, and this free frontage entertainment as way of bringing in the crowds, was a model Steve Wynn would copy later when building Treasure Island and the Bellagio.
To get from the Mirage to the Bellagio, just take a right outside the front of the Mirage entrance, going south on the sidewalks fronting Las Vegas Boulevard (The Strip). Unlike a trip going north, to the Treasure Island, there is no tram or monorail from the Mirage to the Bellagio. There is no tram from the Mirage to Caesars Palace either, as the two properties are owned by competing casino conglomerates.
Going south on the Strip, first you’ll pass the huge “Mirage” sign, which usually advertises the Terry Fator show. Immediately to your right will be the entrance to the famous Forum Shops. If it’s a hot day, you may want to take this route, meandering your way through the luxury mall then through Caesars Palace casino, then back onto the Strip, but know that it is not a shortcut. In fact, it would add around 1/6th of a mile to the trip, but it would be more visually appealing to be sure.
For those of you staying on the Strip sidewalk, you’ll go past the Caesars Palace Forum Shops, past the Colosseum, (where Celine Dion, Elton John and Shania Twain frequently play), and past the gardens and fountains of Caesars Palace.
As you get closer to Flamingo Road, past the pedestrian walkway that takes you over the Strip to the Flamingo Hotel and Casino, the sidewalk will meander to the right, following along the courtyard that is on the southeast corner of the Caesars Palace property.
The pathway naturally leads you alongside Flamingo Road, and up the pedestrian overpass, which will take you over Flamingo Road, onto the Bellagio property.
From there, you may enter through the doors and go to the right, at which point you’ll be inside the Bellagio’s shopping promenade, called “Via Bellagio.”
Alternatively, you may go left, down the escalators to the Strip street level. You’ll want to go left at the Bellagio’s entrance if you’re wanting to watch the resort’s incredible dancing fountains show.
Bus from Mirage to Bellagio
The nice thing about bus service between these two resorts is that there are stops directly in front of each.
A bus from the Mirage to the Bellagio would take about 10 minutes: 2 minutes to walk from the Mirage to the bus stop, then around 7 or 8 minutes or riding time. This doesn’t including waiting time for the bus. In addition, it’s about a two minute walk from the Bellagio bus stop to its front doors.
The bus line you’ll be taking is the very popular and easy-to-navigate “Deuce.” The bus stop is on the south part of the Mirage property, right on the Strip, just south of the volcano.
The Deuce is very affordable plans, including day and multiple day passes. Busses arrive every 10 to 12 minutes or so, during most of the day and night.
Once on the Deuce, the bus takes just seven minutes (in normal traffic) to get to the Bellagio, as there is another stop along the way.
Driving From the Mirage to the Bellagio
At just .7 mile away, driving from the Mirage to the Bellagio would take you between three to five minutes of actual driving time (in normal traffic). This is from door-to-door, so account for extra time (ten minutes or so is my estimate) walking to and from the two resort’s parking garages. Also keep in mind, the driving-time figure of 3 to 5 minutes could easily turn into twenty or thirty minutes depending on a traffic accident or whether you are driving during the Strip’s notoriously slow Friday/Saturday night traffic.
Taxi from the Mirage to the Bellagio
At just a five minute or less ride, door-to-door, a Mirage to Bellagio taxi run would be quick and affordable, and around $6. However you may get a nasty look and tone from the taxi driver for the very short fare.
Again, it’s just an 11 to 15 minute walk, so that may be your best option.
Tram or Monorail from Mirage to Bellagio
As mentioned earlier, there is no tram or monorail system that goes from the Mirage to the Bellagio. Taking the Las Vegas Monorail on the other side of the Strip would not save you any hassle on this particular route, and in fact, would add considerably to the distance you would walk, given the fact you’d have to cross the Strip and make the long trek through two casinos to get to and from the monorail stations on the far east side of the hotels.