Updated January 1st, 2021
(Editor’s note: the Mandalay Bay – Luxor – Excalibur tram remains closed, as it has since last March. Once a re-opening plan is announced, we’ll update this article accordingly).
The three major Las Vegas Strip casinos south of Tropicana Boulevard, (Excalibur, Mandalay Bay and Luxor), have a safe and convenient monorail, (or tram system) that shuttles guests and visitors back and forth between the resorts. Best of all, the ride is completely free.
These three southern Strip casinos are all owned by the same casino conglomerate (MGM Resorts), are thus have no qualms about sending a guest off property to another one of their sister casinos.
The monorail from the Excalibur to Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino is an express tram, meaning it goes directly to Mandalay Bay without stopping at the Luxor, (For those of you who don’t know, the Luxor is in the middle of the three casinos).
You’ll get on the tram at the white turret in front of the Excalibur. The express tram going from Excalibur to Mandalay Bay takes about 3 minutes. The ride back is a little longer, say five to seven minutes, as it stops going north at the Luxor.
(Go here to read about the other free Las Vegas strip trams.)
The cars are usually clean, and are air-conditioned, and offer good views of the three, distinctive-looking resorts.
Excalibur – Luxor – Mandalay Bay Monorail Hours
Previously this tram closed down fairly early (by Las Vegas standards), with closing times of 10:30 on weekdays and 12:30 weekends.
That has changed, as now the tram hours are as follows:
Thursday to Saturday: From 9 AM until 2:30 AM.
The monorail arrives at each stop every five minutes or so. Timing sometimes depends on the volume of passengers, as there are more tram cars that can be put into operation.
At the Luxor stop, you’ll cross through the valet parking entrance before entering into the massive casino.
The only other complaint is that the TV ads blaring inside the cars are too loud. These usually are promoting MGM Resorts “M Card” and they can be annoying, but it’s free, and only a five minute ride or so, not that big a deal.
And yes, you’ll occasionally have the tram that has a spilled beer on the floor, but for the most part, the trams are clean, safe and very pleasant to ride.
Walking From Excalibur to Mandalay Bay
There are two ways to walk from the Excalibur to Mandalay Bay, outside, or by staying inside all three resorts.
To just walk through the casino, go to the second level of the Excalibur, where you’ll find the Castle Walk Food Court and Thunder From Down Under show. You’ll see the signs pointing to the walkway to the Luxor.
Once inside the Luxor, follow the signage pointing you to escalators taking you upstairs to the Mezzanine Level (where Carrot Top performs and where the other showrooms are located). On the Mezzanine Level, you’ll see the big Mandalay Bay entrance sign leading you to the Shoppes at Mandalay Bay. It’s on the south side of the Luxor.
The walkway from the Luxor to Mandalay Bay is also enclosed and covered and is actually part of the Shoppes at Mandalay Bay. The distance from the Luxor to Mandalay Bay is 1/4 mile. You’ll pass by a Starbucks and yogurt shop through the walkway, which goes over Mandalay Bay Road.
Overall, this shortcut (the indoor walk) from the entrance of the Excalibur to where Mandalay Bay starts is approximately a 1/2 mile, and should only take you around ten minutes to walk if you don’t stop to shop or gawk.
The other route is outside. Here you would simply take the sidewalk outside the Excalibur and follow it, as it meanders past the Luxor then south to Mandalay Bay. This route is 6/10 of a mile long and will take you 15 minutes or so, depending on how fast you walk.
Don’t bother with a taxi or Uber/Lyft to the Mandalay Bay from the Excalibur unless you physically require it, as the tram and short walk renders this a time and money wasting option.
If taking this tram north to the Excalibur, it’s fairly short hop over the pedestrian bridge to the NY-NY Hotel and Casino and through the casino to the Park MGM, where you can take the free Park MGM tram tram all the way to the Aria and/or Bellagio.