We recently spent three eye-opening nights in Las Vegas for the very first time. Las Vegas is a world-renowned destination full of glitz, glamour & casinos. We’ve put together a beginners guide to Las Vegas to help others who are visiting Las Vegas from anywhere in the world for the very first time make the most of their experience.
- Travelling To Las Vegas
- Las Vegas Hotels
- Las Vegas Casinos
- Las Vegas Food
- Things To Do In Las Vegas Besides Casinos
Travelling To Las Vegas
Whether you’re coming from a different state within the USA or from somewhere else in the world entirely. It’s more than likely that you’ll fly here. So, let’s start our beginners guide to Las Vegas with some hints and tips about travelling around this vibrant city.
If you don’t already have your flights to Las Vegas booked then I recommend using the Skyscanner widget above. We always use Skyscanner as an aggregate to compare the different flight prices by different companies. This should certainly help you in getting the cheap flights to Vegas.
McCarran Airport to Las Vegas Strip
The closest airport to the Las Vegas strip is McCarran Airport. Travelling from McCarran Airport to Las Vegas strip takes approximately 10 minutes in a car.
Depending on your time of arrival and the hotel you’re staying in you could always go from McCarran Airport to Las Vegas Strip via public transport using the 108 or 109 bus before transferring onto the Las Vegas monorail or another bus.
Las Vegas Strip Monorail
The Las Vegas strip is connected with a monorail system. The monorail runs from the SLS hotel right down to the MGM Grand hotel. Running from 7am until midnight daily, with trains arriving every 6 to 8 minutes it’s a great way to get around if you plan on visiting the Las Vegas Convention Centre, or like we are staying slightly outside of the Las Vegas strip (Westgate Resort)
Single tickets on the Las Vegas Strip Monorail cost $5 with 24-hour tickets available for $13. Children under the age of 5 travel on the Las Vegas Strop Monorail for free. Tickets for the Las Vegas Strip Monorail can be purchased online in advance or at one of the Las Vegas Monorail stations and unused tickets are valid for 365 days post-purchase.
Las Vegas Limo Rides
A popular way to see Las Vegas is in a limo. Various Las Vegas limo rides can be booked online in advance or upon your arrival into Las Vegas. Below are a number of reviews of different Las Vegas limo companies from Yelp.
You can book any of these Las Vegas limo rides or check out other Las Vegas limo companies in advance by clicking on one of the links on the reviews above.
Las Vegas Car Hire
If you want to hire a car in Las Vegas then you can do so from the Airport or major locations throughout the strip. When hiring a car anywhere in the world we always suggest using a comparison website to ensure you get the best price possible – see the comparison widget below.
That said, unless you’re planning on taking a trip out of Las Vegas maybe to the Gran Canyon or Los Angeles then I’d suggest against doing such a thing as everywhere within Las Vegas is in walking distance.
Las Vegas Hotels
There are hundreds of different hotels and rooms available in Las Vegas. When booking any hotel I always use the hotel comparison website Booking.com. They offer the widest selection of hotels and most competitive prices. Plus, once you’ve booked 5 trips with them you become a Genius member and become eligible for 10% off a selected number of hotels.
Airbnb Las Vegas Strip
If you’re looking for something a little more homely. Then why not consider checking out some of the many Airbnb’s in Las Vegas. Side note: If you’re thinking of sub-letting your own home in Vegas ensure you comply with the laws, read more here.
Airbnb’s on the Las Vegas strip is pretty impressive, for example, you can stay in this entire penthouse that sleeps 4 guests for just £15 a night!
Alternatively, enjoy an Airbnb private room in Las Vegas within this apartment. A 15-minute drive from the strip for just £23 a night. The apartment complex features; keyless entry, swimming pool, manmade sand beach, a gym and more…
If you’re coming to Las Vegas as part of a large family or group then Airbnb’s are a great way to save money, and stay together. There are plenty of Airbnb’s in Las Vegas that accommodate 8+ people, and this home that sleeps up to 14 guests over 10 bedrooms is a great example of that.
Las Vegas Casinos
Las Vegas is what it is, thanks to some of the most extensive and lavish casinos you’ve ever seen in your life. This adult playground is a mecca for those who are looking to try their luck with hundreds of thousands of dollars being paid out every single day.
High Roller Casino Las Vegas
Inside the vast majority of the Casinos on the Las Vegas strip, you’ll find a ‘High Roller section’. Whether this is a high-stakes area or a dedicated lounge to casino club members. As you might come to expect, inside the high roller areas of any Casino the minimum wager for any slot or game will be higher.
Gambling should be fun. If you find yourself betting more than you can afford, or struggling then please do stop and seek help. In fact, maybe you don’t need to go to the casinos to be a high roller… maybe you can be a ‘higher roller’ without any gambling at all…
Best Las Vegas Casino Rewards Program
Whether you’re a regular to the Las Vegas Casinos or this is your very first time. You’ll find yourself benefitting greatly from joining one (or more) of the Las Vegas casino rewards programmes.
With more resorts than any other hotel brand in Vegas, the best Las Vegas casino rewards program, in my opinion, has to be M Life by MGM Resorts. There are currently five different tiers within the M Life program with Noir (the highest) being invite only.
The benefits to the M Life programme include; priority access to valets and taxi, VIP access to selected nightclubs and bonus earnings on slots and with rewards on practically every dollar, you spend you can’t lose!
Total Rewards is the Casino rewards programme of popular hotel casinos including; Ceasers Palace, Flamingo, Planet Hollywood, Paris and more…
The number of reward points you receive will vary depending on how you spend your money on these resorts. With a spend on hotel rooms being $1 to 1 point, and casino spends being $5 to 1 point (subject to the casino game in question). Similar to M Life you’ll find different tiers available with the highest tier being invitation only.
Total Rewards can be spent on a number of things within the selected resorts including; hotel rooms, free play on the casino, spa treatments, shows and more…
Las Vegas Food
Like the rest of the USA, Las Vegas has some amazing food options. There really is something here for all tastes, dietary requirements and budgets. We’ve broken down the various Las Vegas food options below to help you find the most suitable places to eat during your visit.
UberEats Las Vegas
For those of you who prefer getting your food delivered to your door, I have great news… UberEats is available in Las Vegas!
UberEats is a fantastic way to get some of your favourite food delivered directly to your hotel room door. We get McDonald’s delivered when we’re having a
particularly lazy work day New customers can get $5 off their first order (that’s usually free delivery depending on location) by using our referral code: eats-cwhfj on check out.
Indian Food in Las Vegas
If you’re looking for Indian food in Las Vegas then you’re in luck. There are plenty of restaurants in Las Vegas, and plenty serving Indian cuisine.
The most highly rated Indian food in Las Vegas (according to TripAdvisor) is served at Mint Indian Bistro which is located just off the strip at East Flamingo Road.
Indian Buffet In Las Vegas
If you’re looking for all you can eat when it comes to Indian food then why not check out one of the Indian Buffets in Las Vegas. This provides you with a great opportunity to try different Indian foods without worrying about whether you’re going to like the meal choice or not.
Not to mention a great place to fill up on fuel for the rest of your day exploring the Las Vegas strip. Due to popularity, you’ll find most Indian restaurants only offer buffets over lunch time. Our favourite of which is at Delhi Indian Cusine just off S Maryland Pkwy which is available for just $12.99 a person!
Halal Food Las Vegas
Las Vegas is also home to some fantastic Halal food, the most popular of which (according to TripAdvisor) is Marrakech Mediterranean Restaurant. Here you’ll be able to dine on fantastic Halal food while you watch the authentic Moroccan dancers.
If you’re looking for more affordable Halal food in Las Vegas then consider checking out The Halal Guys who have a Halal fast-food restaurant in Chinatown and inside of Ceasers Palace Food Court.
Read Justin C.‘s review of The Halal Guys on Yelp
Lebanese Food In Las Vegas
There are a number of fantastic restaurants serving Lebanese food in Las Vegas. As we mentioned above, the Halal Guys is a popular choice. However, if you’re after something a little different then why not check out Cleo.
Situated inside the SLS Las Vegas you can view the Cleo menu in advance online. To make things even easier you’ll find that the menu has been split for dietary requirements should you need this.
Kosher Restaurants In Las Vegas
In our opinion, there’s a real lack of dedicated kosher restaurants near the Las Vegas strip. The nearest is Simon & Joes is situated around 2 miles away on W Tropicana Ave.
As the Las Vegas strip is constantly changing and adapting we’d love to know if you recommend any Kosher restaurants in Las Vegas, preferably that are within walking distance to the strip.
Things To Do In Las Vegas Besides Casinos
While Las Vegas is a gambling mecca, there are plenty of things to do in Las Vegas besides casinos. Here’s what we suggest you do in your time here;
Go Golfing At One Of The Golf Courses Near The Las Vegas Strip
One of the most popular things to do in Las Vegas besides the casinos is golfing. In fact, there are a vast number of golf courses within a 5-mile radius of the Las Vegas strip that you can visit during your time here.
Try Escape At Escape Room Las Vegas
Escape rooms continue to grow in popularity. Being the adult’s playground that it is, Las Vegas has plenty of Escape Rooms to choose from. The best of which (based on customer reviews) is Escapology.
Escapology have Escape Rooms across America and in Las Vegas, they have multiple different ‘game styles’ to choose from meaning if you’re local you can visit the attraction again and again.
Prices start from $35 per person and can be booked in advance online.
Walk The Las Vegas Strip
Below is our day walking the Las Vegas strip. We visited a number of major attractions including;
- M&M World
- Coca-Cola Store
- Hersheys Store
- Miracle Mile Shops
We also called in some of the casinos inside the hotels along the Vegas strip. However, there is plenty to do along here without including that.
Take A Day Trip To The Grand Canyon
A 250-mile drive from the Las Vegas strip you’ll find the Grand Canyon. Where the rock matter found there dates back to approximately two billion years, and the nearly 300 miles of land hold around 70 different species of animals.
You can take an organised tour either via minibus or helicopter from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon. Alternatively, you can even drive to the national park and visit the national park yourself.
See A Show
There are shows for just about anyone in Vegas whether it’s magic, dancing, singing or something else entirely. You’ll find it all here.
The best place to see what shows are on during your visit to Vegas is online at the Las Vegas website. You can also use this website to book tickets for your chosen show in advance. Alternatively, if you’re staying in a Las Vegas hotel then your concierge is likely to offer show tickets to purchase last-minute.
Visit The Neon Museum
The neon museum is perhaps one of my favorite museums in Las Vegas. Founded in 1996, the non-profit museum is dedicated to collecting, preserving and studying Las Vegas signs for educational, history, arts and cultural enrichment.