Like many other large cities, getting from A to B in Las Vegas can be stressful and time consuming. That said, Las Vegas is mostly organised in a grid-like pattern and therefore isn't too hard to navigate. The city is also home to a fairly comprehensive network of bus routes, though other forms of public transport are limited.
Public transport in Las Vegas
Run by the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC), the bus system in Las Vegas is affordable and highly developed. Service is provided along residential and downtown routes, including the Strip. There are also express services as well as special services during sporting and concert events.
The Las Vegas Monorail is an elevated train system primarily intended for tourists. It serves the Strip, with seven stations between the MGM Grand and SLS Las Vegas. Trains arrive every four to eight minutes, and service begins daily at 7am, and runs until midnight, 2am or 3am depending on the day.
Taxis in Las Vegas
Cab fares in Las Vegas can get expensive, depending on the distance to the destination and the traffic conditions. They can be useful for short distances when walking isn't a viable option. Note that taxis can't be hailed on the street in Las Vegas – they may only pick people up at a set address.
Ride-hailing applications such as Uber and Lyft are also available and can be used to summon a cab to one's location within minutes.
Driving in Las Vegas
Apart from high volumes of traffic, driving in Las Vegas is fairly easy. The city's structure makes navigating a simple task, and newcomers should find their way around with little trouble once they've settled in.
Expats with a valid licence from another country may legally drive in Nevada until their licence expires or until they are officially resident in the state. An international driver's permit is not required. Once they become residents, expats will need to acquire a local licence from the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).
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