By Steve Beauregard
It’s 1.6 miles, or 2.6 kilometers, from the bridge outside of the Treasure Island Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas to the strip entrance of the MGM Grand. It would take you just over 1/2 hour to walk it without stops.
To get there simply head south on the Las Vegas Boulevard sidewalk; either side is fine, but you’ll have to cross over to the east side of the strip at some point.
You can do this in one of the few remaining crosswalks, or by using the pedestrian bridges that are popping up. The first one you’ll see almost borders TI. It’s on the south side of Siren’s Cove Boulevard, the first street south of the hotel.
Mapping systems say it’ll take you 33 minutes to walk the 1.6 miles to the MGM Grand. That’s not including many drinking and gambling stops along the way – which you’ll certainly want to do – especially if you’re walking in the Las Vegas heat.
Here are a couple of better ways to get to the MGM for those of you dressed up and not wanting to sweat out a hot walk over 1 1/2 miles in distance.
Uber/Lyft/Taxi from Treasure Island to MGM Grand
An UberX estimate from Treasure Island to the MGM Grand is $11.29 as of this writing.
You could also take the Las Vegas strip bus system. (Cheaper than taxis and ride sharing if it’s just you or one other person). There are two different lines you could take: The Deuce or the SDX.
The Deuce runs every 10 to 15 minutes (during most hours, including night), and taking it all would take about 20 to 25 minutes. (This includes walking time to and from the bus stops).
To take the Deuce, head south of TI on the strip sidewalk and go to the first bus stop, which is just south of Siren’s Cove Boulevard. It’s about 500 feet to the bus stop.
The ride itself to the nearest MGM Grand bus stop will take about 17 minutes and will have 5 stops.
You’ll want to get off at the Excalibur stop, just south of Tropicana Boulevard. From there, you’ll go over the pedestrian bridge over to the Tropicana Hotel and Casino, then over the Tropicana Boulevard pedestrian bridge.
I’ve calculated it to be an approximately 600 foot walk (about 1/10th of a mile) to the south entrance of the MGM Grand.
While on the Deuce, you may be tempted to get off at the second closest stop to the MGM Grand – the bus stop in front of the Monte Carlo. Don’t do it. Although the MGM will appear to be pretty close, the distance from the Monte Carlo bus stop to the MGM Grand is nearly twice as long as it is from the Excalibur bus stop.
The other bus line, the SDX will get you faster, but there’s more walking involved. First you’d get on it at the Fashion Show mall, rather than the bus stop near the TI you would take for the Deuce.
The Fashion Show SDX bus stop is about 1/3 of a mile north of the bridge out in front of Treasure Island. The nice thing about the SDX is that is has fewer stops, and will therefore get you from the TI to the Excalibur bus stop in just 12 minutes, rather than 17 minutes.
From the Excalibur stop, follow the same walking directions as I wrote with the Deuce stop above. It’s only 3 to 5 minutes from this bus stop to the south side entrance of the MGM Grand.
One note, the SDX runs from 9 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. only. It runs every 15 minutes.
Driving from Treasure Island to MGM Grand
Not counting time spent walking to and from parking garages, a drive from the TI to the MGM Grand is about 2.4 miles (or 3.7 kilometers), and would take you about 10 to 12 minutes.
The fastest route has you driving down the Las Vegas Strip to Flamingo, where you’ll want to go left, (East). The first major road you’ll come across is Koval Lane. Go right (south) on Koval for 2/3rd of a mile where you’ll see the signs for self parking at the MGM Grand.
For my money, the best route would involve taking the Las Vegas Monorail. (And no, I’m not a paid spokesman).
The nearest Las Vegas Monorail Station to Treasure Island is the Harrah’s Station. The way I figured it, the station is approximately 1/3rd of a mile from the front of the TI.
The monorail ride is smooth and comfortable and quick. Best of all, it drops you off at the MGM Grand, with no further walking needed, other than to get inside the casino.