Costs can vary widely in Vegas. Here is some basic info, and some tips on how to save money.
For car rentals, plan on paying $35-45 per day. If you take taxis, you’ll pay about $10+ for every ride. Buses should cost $5 per person per day for unlimited rides on both the Deuce and city buses. The monorail’s 3-day pass with unlimited rides is about $40.00 per person (monorail runs from the MGM Grand to the Sahara; www.lvmonorail.com). You can also get a 10-ride ticket for about $40; those rides can be shared with others, unlike the 3-day or 1-day passes which limit their use to a single person. There is a 5-day bus pass that can be purchased at Walgreens on Fremont Street; it’s supposed to be for locals, but no ID is required to purchase it except, in the case of Seniors, for the Vegas transit senior ID. For Seniors with Vegas transit ID, the cost is $10; you can get a Senior ID at the downtown transit center on Casino Centre Drive. To save on trips out of town to Grand Canyon and Hoover dam, Las Vegas Tours Inc has a link to its 2-for-1 deals site for the budget minded.
For inexpensive,sandwiches or fast food, no cocktails, assume $10-12 per person per meal. If you are enjoying fine dining, a nice dinner with drinks will cost $100 per person per meal. You can get a decent sit-down at some local off-strip restaurants; there’s a good Mexican/Cuban restaurant on Fremont Street across from the El Cortez, for example, where you can get an entree and 2 sides for about $12-14.
For shows, a cheap show will cost $20-45 per person, a mid-range show $50-75 per, a headliner $125 per and up. Attractions such as coasters, shark reef, wax museum around $12-20 per person per attraction. There are several companies that sell same-day reduced-price tickets to shows and for dining at some locations. The show prices are 1/2 the regular price; these places open around 10 a.m. each day; there’s one located on Fremont Street and several located on The Strip – one near the Riviera, one at Fashion Show Mall and one near the Outdoor Polynesian Market; another company has one at the Coke Bottle near the MGM. The service charge is $2/ticket.
Gambling costs are the hardest to estimate, if you don’t gamble at all don’t factor it in.
Three sources you should consider checking out before heading to Las Vegas are:
- An Entertainment Book
- The Las Vegas Advisor
- American Casino Guide
- On-line sites dedicated to Las Vegas discounts such as http://www.lasvegas-entertainment-gui…
If you are a first-time visitor, or even if you are a repeat visitor to Las Vegas, you can save money and have a great time on a limited budget. Instead of taking a taxi or shuttle to your hotel, why not rent a car? A rental car (especially the compact type) can cost about the same or less than taking taxis or shuttles, plus you get the added freedom of being able to explore the city and beyond. One rental agency that offers great deals and unlimited miles is Alamo. You can save additional money by purchasing an Entertainment book for your local city or Las Vegas and using the national Alamo coupons. You can get great deals on the book as well. Here is the website:http://www.entertainment.com/discount… The trick is to check Alamo rates on a regular basis and check all the coupon rates before booking. Alamo does not charge you to cancel and re-book your rental like most other rental agencies. If you are 100% sure you are going on your trip, then you can save an additional 10-15% off of your rate by pre-paying for your rental car. However, if you cancel, there is a penalty. It also helps to have a Quik Silver Membership Card so you don’t have to wait in line. The Alamo rental facility is a few miles from the Las Vegas airport, so you will need to take a free shuttle to and from the facility. Because of this, make sure you plan your time accordingly. You can also receive free tickets to comedy shows by going to www.ticklemeentertainment.com. TickleMe Entertainment provides tickets to shows that need seats to be filled.
Before you even set your sights on those bright lights that Vegas is so famously known for, make sure you research your trip. The Las Vegas Advisor is a great website to begin. The website address is: http://www.lasvegasadvisor.com/ . You can find more information than you ever dreamed of by visiting this site. You don’t have to become a member to use this site, but if you do, you will receive what is called “The Pocketbook of Values” or “POV”. This little book will save you a great deal of money in Vegas. There are many 2 for 1 deals for hotels, meals, shows, gaming deals, etc. You get even more out of the book if you have a car so you can visit all of the great places listed in the book. A couple of other added benefits of becoming a member is access to the forum pages where you can talk to other members and share information (it is a great resource in itself). The other benefit is the monthly newsletter, which has great articles and information to help you save even more money during your visit.
Another great resource is “The American Casino Guide” or “ACG”. This book, which is published annually and retails for $16.95, is worth its weight in gold. In addition to offering great coupons for casinos located all over the U.S., if also gives you excellent gaming advice and information on every casino located in the U.S. You can check out current promotions at each casino at this ACG website: http://www.americancasinoguide.com/Pr… You can get a great deal on the ACG book by going to this website: http://www.pricegrabber.com/search_ge…
Depending on the time of year, there will usually be people passing out 2-for-1 coupons outside major Strip casinos. Also, when you sign up for slot club (Players club) cards, you will usually be given some of those coupons and other freebees.