By Steve Beauregard
There’s no such thing as a free lunch, however there is a free shuttle that takes guests from two different Las Vegas hotels, to the Las Vegas Strip (and back).
The two hotels are The Gold Coast Hotel & Casino and The Orleans Hotel & Casino.
Both casinos are located west of the Las Vegas Strip and cater to locals looking for friendly, low-limit games, as well as visitors looking for something more casual and affordable than the expensive Strip mega-resorts.
The complimentary shuttle gives guests a chance to get out and explore the Strip, without having to pay parking fees or taxi/Uber/Lyft fares.
The free shuttle runs from the Gold Coast to The Orleans (pictured here) to and from the Strip
The free shuttle goes from the Gold Coast, then south to The Orleans, then back up North to a drop off point at the Linq High Roller Ferris Wheel, behind the Linq Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip. Previously it stopped at the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace.
The route back goes from the Strip to the Gold Coast, then back to The Orleans.
Gold Coast/Orleans to Las Vegas Strip Shuttle Schedule
9 AM to 12:30 AM
Every 30 minutes
Seven days a week
Please note that the last shuttle from the Strip leaves at 12:30 AM to go to the Orleans and Gold Coast.
Pick Up/Drop Off Locations
At the Gold Coast, the complimentary shuttle stop is in front of the resort’s Flamingo Road entrance.
At The Orleans, you’ll get on or off directly in front of the casino entrance, in front of the big glass windows with “The Orleans” lettering.
On the Strip, the drop-off isn’t really on the Strip, but rather at the High Roller Observation Wheel just behind the Strip at the east entrance to the fun and pretty Linq Promenade.
Also, while the shuttle is scheduled to arrive at each drop off point every 30 minutes, that can change depending how on bad traffic is on and around the Strip.
(The red pins on the map below represent the three shuttle stops)
You do not have to show a room key or anything to board the shuttle, however please note that both casinos state on their website that hotel guests get first priority on the shuttle.
In other words, if the shuttle is at overflow capacity, riders who are staying at either the Orleans or Gold Coast would get to ride before non-guests.
Please also note that it’s a nice gesture to tip the driver. Yes it’s a complimentary ride, however think of the money you’re saving by not having to take an Uber/Lyft or taxi.
Some of you may ask: why would a casino provide guests with a free bus to the competition?
The answer: The Orleans and Gold Coast are owned by Boyd Gaming, so they don’t mind if you drop a few bucks into a slot at a sister property.
It’s similar to the Sam’s Town Shuttle, which ferries guests from Sam’s Town (a Boyd Gaming property) to both the Strip and two other Boyd Gaming hotel/casinos in downtown Las Vegas.
In addition, by offering a free shuttle from the Strip to the casinos, they figure there’s the chance that some tourists staying on the Strip may take advantage of an opportunity to check out the Orleans or Gold Coast and try their luck at a new change of scenery.
And in an era, where the Rio has ended its free shuttle to and from the Las Vegas Strip, (yet still charges a hefty resort fee), it’s nice to see a few casinos still offer this very convenient (and free) amenity to its guests.
Orleans Hotel Las Vegas & Gold Coast Casino Airport Shuttle
The free Orleans/Gold Coast/Strip shuttle does not go to McCarren International Airport.
You’ll have to take an Uber/Lyft/Taxi or one of the numerous pay airport shuttles available.
(Photos courtesy of Mark Goebel, and Tony Webster via Flickr).