So you wanna know HOW to do Las Vegas on a shoestring budget – saving a few buckaroonies and making your funds stretch that little further, right?
Don’t we all!
Great news, you’ve found the right article because I’m about to help you do just that, my fellow jet-setter!
So without further ado, check out my top 5 money-saving tips for when you’re out and about letting ya hair down in the city that never sleeps…
Tip #1: Ride The Bus or Monorail…
Let’s face it, with Sin City being so gargantuan, who actually has the time and energy to walk absolutely miles and wear out those feet/legs out, huh?
More importantly, who can afford to splash out on taxi rides, especially when there’s a rate of $3.50 JUST to jump in a taxi, a $0.20 waiting time fee every 24 seconds when the car’s almost stationary, and 3% tax ON TOP of the mileage fees?
I’m sure you’ll agree that those costs can easily rack up!
Your best two cost-effective solutions for traveling around Vegas on a shoestring budget are to catch the bus or ride the Monorail.
If you choose to jump on the “Deuce” bus, you can grab a 2-hour pass for only $6, a 24-hour pass for $8 or a 3-day pass for $20.
The good news is that the Deuce runs up and down the 4-mile strip, stopping at every hotel/Casino 24 hours a day – which means you can travel to and from Fremont Street and take in the sights until your heart’s content.
There are numerous Ticket Vending Machine Locations (TVM’s) throughout LV or there’s a smartphone app for buying your tickets.
When it comes to the Monorail which is adjacent to the strip, it’s actually THE fastest way to travel through LV. Period.
The ticket prices vary from $5 for one-ride to $56 for an unlimited 7-day pass.
Tip #2: Indulge in Free Shows/Attractions…
Well, they do say the best things in life are “free”, right? 😉
In my opinion, one of the best aspects of Vegas is that there are heaps of free entertainment shows and attractions, both on and off the strip to enjoy day and night.
When it comes to the freebie attractions in LV, you’ve got stuff like the Bellagio Secret Botanical Gardens, Silverton Aquarium, and Flamingo Wildlife Habitat, to name a few.
As for the freebie LV shows, there’s the world-famous Bellagio fountains, Mirage Volcano, acrobats inside the Circus-Circus hotel, and also plenty of stuff to see at the Fremont Street Experience.
So whatcha waiting for? Grab those bargain Deuce/Monorail passes to get your ass to those $0-cost shows/attractions!
Tip #3: Download a Bunch of Apps…
Whether you’re still in the planning stages of your trip or even already in Las Vegas as you’re reading this, start downloading and using some cool money-saving Apps.
If you’re anything like me, you’ll probably be taking hundreds of selfies and tagging yourself everywhere you go in Vegas – basically p*ssing everyone off on social media LOL.
So since your mobile’s gonna be permanently glued to the palms of your hands, you may as well use it to save yourself a few bucks.
With free Apps like “My Vegas”, “Groupon/Living Social”, “AllPoint”, and “WiFi Map”, to name a handful – they can really make a difference combined.
You can do stuff like play virtual Casinos for rewards like show tickets, find awesome deals on food/drink/entertainment, locate surcharge-free ATM cash machines, and also find the nearest cheap/free WiFi spots – especially when hotel WiFi charges can be extortionate.
But obviously, you don’t wanna ruin the whole Sin City trip with your head buried in your smartphone.
So it’s best to use your chosen App(s) when the need arises or you’ve got free time to kill in and around the hotel.
Tip #4: Grab a Bite For Under $20 (or Even $10)…
One of the great things about Las Vegas is that there are SO many places for grabbing a bite-to-eat when you’re feeling peckish throughout the day and night.
But with so much choice on the menu, also makes it difficult to find the best food joints that give you the best bang for your buck.
So one thing I would definitely recommend is to do your research into the cheapest eats before touchdown in Sin City.
To help start you off on the right foot, check out these places where you can eat for under $20:
- Shake Shack
- Cheffini’s @ Container Park on Fremont Street (THE best hotdogs in LV!)
- 800 Degrees Pizza (one of my lunchtime Faves!)
- Earl of Sandwich
- D.O.C.G at the Cosmopolitan hotel
- Secret Pizza also at Cosmopolitan (probably the best pizza in LV)
- Hussong’s Cantina at the Mandalay Bay hotel
- Burger Bar also at Mandalay Bay
- Tacos El Gordo
- Le Thai on Fremont Street
And if you’re looking for places serving food for under $10, you might also wanna try:
- Silver Sevens (Deuces Wild Breakfast)
- Ondori Asian Kitchen (Tomodomo Hour)
- Palace Station (lunch buffet)
- Silverton (lunch buffet)
- Coronado Cafe at South Point (Midnight Specials)
- Du-par’s at The Suncoast
So whether you want brekkie, lunch (or brunch even), dinner or a midnight feast, there are loads of places to lock away that hunger.
OK, not all of these cheap recommendations will be on the strip. But this is where your unlimited travel passes come in handy, right? 😉
** BONUS TIP **
Who doesn’t love a cheeky snack or beverage inside the hotel room, hey?
But the problem is, hotels can charge and arm and a leg for those snacks/drinks inside the mini-fridges.
So if you wanna save yourself EXTRA cash, then I recommend grabbing your nibbles and alcoholic/non-alcoholic refreshments from CVS or Walgreens which are open 24 hours per day.
In fact, I’ve heard on grapevine that snacks are cheaper OFF the strip (which I guess makes sense). So check out the stores on Fremont Street first.
Tip #5: Get Merry at Happy Hour…
Last but not least, there’s no better way to unwind than pouring a few beers down the hatch or sipping on those fruity cocktails.
So when the clock strikes “let’s get merry” time, there are numerous bars you can hit that have Happy Hours for saving a few dollars in your pockets.
I’m not gonna list each and every bar in LV because there’s a GAZILLION of the things, but here are a few Amazing ones (with happy hours) to start with:
- Margaritaville – get beers for just 5 Cents each! (5 pm – 6 pm daily)
- SkyLounge (4 pm – 7 pm daily)
- 4949 Lounge @ Santa Fe Station (4 pm – 7 pm daily)
- 5 O’ Clock Somewhere (3 pm – 6 pm – Mon – Fri)
- A Bar @ Texas Station (5 pm – 11 pm. Sun – Thurs)
- Buca di Beppo @ the Excalibur (all day, every day)
- Minus5 Ice Bar @ Mandalay Place – IF you’re brave enough! (5 pm – 8 pm)
- Rí Rá Irish Pub @ Mandalay Place (3 pm – 6 pm. Mon – Fri)
During happy hours, various bars have offers like 2-for-1 and just cheaper prices on a selection of drinkie-poos, in general.
I guess it depends on your budget (obviously lol) and the type of reduced-priced beverages you’d like to enjoy.
Final Take on Doing Vegas on a Shoestring Budget…
Before calling it a day – First of all, I’d just like to point out that all places, days, times, and prices are correct at the time of publishing this article.
(If you feel anything needs updating, it would be super cool of you to drop a comment below).
While Sin City may not be one of the cheapest cities on the planet, there are still plenty of inexpensive ways you can thoroughly enjoy yourself WITHOUT breaking the bank.
If you truly want the best Vegas experience possible on a budget, then I suggest doing heaps of research prior to your trip and/or asking the locals/other tourists for the money-saving “go-to” places while you’re there.
And remember: “what happens in Vegas…“
Your Friend, Neil 😀
Do you have any questions or other ways to save money in LV, that you’d like to share? We’d LOVE to hear from you below…