By Steve Beauregard
Along its four mile route, the Las Vegas monorail has seven stops, making this slick, smooth tram a very convenient form of transportation – especially for those of you staying at one of the six Strip hotels that have monorail stations, or for those of you attending a meeting at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
All of the seven Las Vegas monorail stops are situated on the east side of the Strip.
While this makes it easy to casino hop up and down the Strip on east-side properties, it also translates into a longer walk for guests staying at places like the Excalibur, Luxor, and Caesars Palace, for example.
The Las Vegas Monorail has 7 stations
Here are the seven Las Vegas Monorail stations:
Las Vegas Convention Center
SLS Las Vegas
All seven Las Vegas monorail stations are clean, safe, and brightly lit. In other words, they aren’t like a scary, dark, desolated underground subway station you might find in a rough area of New York City. I personally am comfortable going to and from these monorail stations with my young children at all hours. (All by “all hours,” I mean before 8 p.m., which is their bedtime).
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So starting from the south end of the Las Vegas Strip going north, here’s a little more detail the seven monorail stops on the Strip.
MGM Grand Station
Like all of the other stops, the MGM Grand’s monorail station is located at the far eastern end of the resort, (in this case, it’s the far north east part of the massive MGM Grand property, on the way to the pool area).
What this means is that it’s a good walk from the Strip. To be exact, it’s .38th of a mile from the sidewalk out in front of the MGM Grand to the resort’s monorail station.
Still, the Monorail is the best option for those of you staying at the MGM Grand and wanting to visit other areas of the Las Vegas Strip – especially the convention center. There have been times when I’ve stayed at the MGM Grand, I’ve used the monorail exclusively, rather than cabs or the city of Las Vegas’ Deuce bus.
This MGM Grand station is the closest Las Vegas monorail stop to the following hotels: New York – New York, Tropicana, Monte Carlo, Excalibur, Luxor and Mandalay Bay.
This stop should really be called just the “Bally’s” stop, as the station is physically located at Bally’s Hotel and Casino. In fact, it’s a decent walk from the Paris Las Vegas to Bally’s station. However, Paris and Bally’s are jointed owned, and are basically combined all under one roof, so I guess it counts as a dual stop.
This monorail station is the closest one to those of you staying at the following properties: City Center (i.e. Aria, Mandarin Oriental, Vdara), Planet Hollywood, The Cosmopolitan, and the Bellagio.
This station at the back end of the Flamingo Hotel and Casino is technically called the “Flamingo/Caesars Palace” station, even though it is nearly 1/2 mile away from Caesars Place (.44 mile to be exact).
The Flamingo Monorail Station is the one you’ll want to use if staying at the following hotels: The Cromwell Hotel & Casino, Caesars Palace, and of course, the Flamingo.
Harrah’s/The Linq Station
Unlike the Bally’s/Paris stop, which is really just Bally’s, the Harrah’s/Linq monorail station is legitimately named, as the station sits nearly exactly between the two resorts.
This is the monorail stop you’ll want to use if wanting to visit the Linq Shopping plaza or ride on the High Roller Observation Wheel.
It’s also the station you’ll use to catch the tram when staying at the Mirage, Treasure Island, and the Venetian or Palazzo.
Las Vegas Convention Center
It’s just a 1/10th of a mile walk from the Las Vegas Convention Center’s south entrance’s doors to this monorail station, so you can see why it’s such a popular option for convention attendees. Lord help the unwise you battle Strip traffic to drive their car to a meeting at the Convention Center, when the monorail offers you a very quick and affordable way to be dropped off in front the building.
You’ll see this stop elevated, and directly in front of the Las Vegas Convention Center.
The LV Monorail Stations are clean and have ticket kiosks
A former Las Vegas icon, that used to be the performing home to Elvis, the once “International Hotel” turned “Las Vegas Hilton” turned “LVH” is now the Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino. While the casino is off the Strip and away from the action, the fact it has a monorail stop makes it a more attractive option to me – especially since Westgate’s hotel room rates are pretty competitive compared to similar properties on the Strip.
The Westgate’s monorail stop is on the north end of the resort. You’ll want to go left when entering the front of the hotel’s entrance.
SLS Las Vegas
This station marks the end of the line of the Las Vegas monorail, and the point where it turns around to head back south.
The stop is actually on Paradise Road, right behind the SLS Las Vegas, however there is a pedestrian bridge that goes over Paradise Road, leading you into the casino.
Besides the SLS, this station is the closest monorail stop to the Stratosphere Hotel and Casino.
There is always talk about extending the Las Vegas Monorail both north, to Fremont Street, and south, to McCarran International Airport. We hope those rumors eventually materialize, until then, however, these seven stops will have to do.
(Photos courtesy of Teresa Boardman and Joe Wolf via Flickr)