Getting around Las Vegas is fairly simple. It isn’t too difficult to navigate the Vegas Strip or downtown Las Vegas. It’s easy to figure out the non-touristy areas of Las Vegas once you learn the highway system and local streets.
There are now two new ways to get around Las Vegas that won’t cost you a penny. In fact, one of the modes of transportation isn’t available anywhere else in the United States.
Last year the city of Las Vegas introduced the Downtown Loop. The free shuttle service operates all over downtown Las Vegas. While you may easily navigate from one end of the Fremont Street Experience, leaving to explore the rest of downtown Las Vegas isn’t so simple.
The area known as “Old Vegas” is a small part of Downtown Las Vegas. The actual downtown area is much larger than many people would think. The free shuttle bus will bring you to parts of the area you might normally skip or take a car service to. Here’s the routing of the Downtown Loop:
- Bonneville Transit Center – 101 E. Bonneville Avenue
- The Arts District – Art Way and Boulder Avenue
- Pawn Plaza – Las Vegas Boulevard, South of Garces Avenue
- Fremont East Entertainment District – North side of Fremont Street, West of Sixth Street
- Mob Museum – 300 Stewart Ave.
- Fremont Street Experience – Main Street, South of Fremont Street
- Las Vegas North Premium Outlets – South Grand Central Parkway, between Nautica and Tommy Hilfiger Kids
The only downside to this free shuttle service is that it isn’t available 24/7. You can catch the free Downtown Loop during the following hours.
- Monday through Thursday: 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
- Friday through Saturday: 3 p.m. to 12 a.m.
- Sunday: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Visit LasVegasNevada.gov for more information on the Downtown Loop.
Las Vegas is the first city in the country to offer a driverless bus. This small shuttle doesn’t travel very far but it’s a fun and free way to get around a sliver of downtown Las Vegas. The autonomous bus on holds eight people and has a route shorter than a mile.
This one-of-a-kind pilot program was introduced in November of 2017 and scheduled to continue until November of 2018. The driverless bus circulates the Fremont East area and has three stops.
- Fremont Street Experience at Las Vegas Blvd. and Fremont St.
- The corner of 7th and Carson St.
- The Donut Bar at 6th and Carson St.
You can easily walk to these locations, but why not sit inside of a driverless bus to experience the short ride? File riding the free and adorable driverless bus under “things you can only do in Las Vegas.” The shuttle is scheduled to run between 11 am – 6 pm daily.
Visit the shuttle’s sponsor, AAA, for more information.
Marc Meltzer covers Las Vegas, gaming and men’s lifestyle for various outlets. Check out his blog at Edge Vegas.