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LAS VEGAS
on a budget

Here are a few suggestions on how to economize while you are in Las Vegas.
  • Room rates are usually less if you stay downtown.
  • If you get a casino Player's Card you might get a letter offering you better room rates for your next visit.
  • Wait for the late-night specials for great meal deals.
  • If you do not have a fridge in your room, a cooler can be very useful.
  • Get coupons from magazines for savings on shows and meals. Magazines to look for - What's On, Las Vegas Style, Today in Las Vegas and Showbiz.
  • Most of the shows are quite expensive....check out the lounge acts (some do not have a cover-charge) . You can buy tickets for half-price on the day of the show, booths are at four locations (see tix4tonight )
  • Transportation : If possible take the bus or trolley. -- it is cheaper than a taxi. The Deuce offers a 24 hour pass for $2.50. There are some free shuttles -- between Treasure Island and Mirage; from downtown to Sam's Town; from Hard Rock to Fashion Show Mall and Planet Hollywood; and a shuttle from Harrah's to the Rio. A monorail links Mandalay Bay, Luxor and the Excalibur.
  • Sightseeing for free - there are some casino-hotels that you really should see because of the unique architecture and interior design --- Paris, New York-New York, Luxor, Excalibur, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, Caesars Palace, Bellagio, Venetian.
  • There are free shows available. Check out :
    • an erupting volcano at the Mirage
    • Fremont Street Experience (downtown)
    • Mystic Falls Park at Sam's Town
      (take a free shuttle from downtown)
    • Masquerade Village at the Rio
    • in front of the Bellagio - dancing waters show
    • inside Caesars at the Forum Shops - Atlantis show and moving statues of the Gods
    • Lake of Dreams at Wynn
  • More information about sightseeing and free shows

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updated Dec/07