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So Cal residents who are tired of fighting traffic, speeding tickets, or remaining sober in or on the way to Sin City will be excited to hear that BoltBus has launched a new route from Los Angeles to Las Vegas.
The discount bus service is advertising $1 fares to celebrate, but in searching the schedule for the next few weeks, the cheapest we could find was $5 one-way. Eight bucks was the most common. The $1 fares are apparently no more, but eight bucks ain't bad! According to General Manager Dave Hall, the trip will take five hours and one-way fares will be approximately $20 or $30 in the spring.
Sometimes, you just gotta go. From point A to point B. And, while we've explored the thought of it, we've never actually taken a Deuce on the Strip. Or, anywhere else in Las Vegas for that matter even though the RTC transit bus operates 24 hours a day. As a local, we usually have a car, but for big Vegas nights like New Year's Eve, for example, we have at least researched how to go to and from the Boulevard from off Strip hotels in order to ditch our wheels.
Blessed growing up with maps so on and such as didn't necessarily translate into being able to read transit maps on the RTC website. Taking a Deuce up and down the street -- pretty easy. But, navigating transfers, cross streets and road closures usually drives us to the nearest Cycle Pub. Guess we're subway people when it comes to public transportation.
We'll be the first to admit that driving into Vegas from the west, while certainly beautiful and anticipatory, has its drawbacks, most of which occur on the tail end of the trip when you're battling traffic and struggling to keep your eyes open. Ever gotten a ticket on I-15? We have.
High-priced airline fares are the reason so many people drive from Los Angeles and the surrounding So Cal areas and, for a long time, there were no other option for budget travelers. Enter Megabus who welcomed the first passengers on-board its new route from Los Angeles to Las Vegas last week, kicking off what will be daily low-cost service from the City of Angels to the City of Sin. Pricing is approximately $25 or less one way which is amazing considering a cab ride from one end of The Strip to the other costs about $15 and a taxi from the airport is an average of $16 depending on the hotel.