By Steve Beauregard
(Update: Palms Hotel/Casino Shuttle service to the Strip ended permanently on September 30th, 2018. Below is the original article about the shuttle).
The Palms Casino Resort provides to its guests a shuttle bus that runs from the resort to Caesars Palace on the Las Vegas Strip and back.
The shuttle is free to hotel guests. And by “free” I mean it’s one of the amenities included in the daily resort fee added to your bill at the Palms. Unlike some other hotel shuttles, this bus is only for those of you staying at the Palms. Most of the time you will have to show your hotel room key to board.
You’ll get on the shuttle in the front valet area, next to the taxi cab line.
Palms To Strip Schedule
The Palms/Las Vegas Strip shuttle runs every half hour. The bus is scheduled to leave from the Palms on the hour and on the half hour.
Hours for the shuttle are as follows:
From the Palms, the shuttle makes only one stop: the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace.
Specifically, you’ll be dropped off at the valet area in front of the Forum Shops. This is a great center-strip location that will make it very easy for you to explore the Strip, whether you wish to walk around Caesars, head across the Strip to the Linq Promenade, or go south to the Bellagio.
The Forum Shops valet area where you are dropped off will be the same place you’ll hop on the shuttle when you want to return back to the Palms.
Keep in mind, this is the official schedule, but the shuttle can be late depending on traffic conditions on and around the Strip.
(The Palms is the red dot and the black dot represents the drop off point at the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace).
Also note that while the Palms shuttle is free, it’s always courteous to tip the driver a buck or two.
Other Nearby Free Shuttles to the Strip
While the shuttle is small and doesn’t run too frequently, I suppose we can’t complain about a free service.
(Related: A.Y.C.E Buffet at the Palms)
After all, the Palms’ neighbor up the street, the Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino, recently ended their long-running free shuttle to the Strip.
However the casino directly across from the street, (across W. Flamingo Road), still provides complimentary bus service to the Strip. Here we’re talking about the Gold Coast Hotel and Casino. Priority is for guests staying at the Gold Coast, (or their sister hotel, The Orleans), however this shuttle may be an option should you miss the Palms shuttle.
Palms Airport Shuttle
The Palms Hotel and Casino does not offer a complimentary shuttle to or from McCarran International Airport.
There are numerous pay-for shuttles to the airport of course. These are usually slightly cheaper than taxi or ride sharing services, however keep in mind there are often several stops involved before getting to the airport.
Lyft and Uber rides from the Palms to McCarran run in the $12 to $15 range.
More about the Palms Hotel and Casino
Opened in November of 2001, the Palms Casino Resort has 1,200 hotel rooms, suites and condos spread out amongst three rising towers: Palms Place, Palms Fantasy Tower and the Palms Ivory Tower.
The casino has over 1,200 slot machines/video poker machines, and nearly 50 table games, in addition to their race and sports book.
In 2016, Red Rock Resorts Incorporated, who owns the Red Rock Resort Casino and the Stations brand of locals casinos around the greater Las Vegas area, purchased the Palms for just over $312 million dollars.
(Photo courtesy of Tony Webster via Flickr).