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The Deuce

Las Vegas Blvd. Double Decker Bus

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The Deuce

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Whether you're a Las Vegas local or one of the multiple millions of visitors who come to Sin City, you'll need to get around. The temptation to party hardy and then jump in your car may be greater here than in any other city in the country, which is why alternate modes of transportation like The Deuce become so invaluable.

The Deuce is the Las Vegas Regional Transport systems double decker bus route that runs up and down the Strip (aka Las Vegas Blvd) from Mandalay Bay (and on occasions down to the Southern Strip Transfer Terminal) all the way up to the Las Vegas Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement in Downtown. With stops at just about everything of note on the Strip the Deuce will get you there.

As part of the Las Vegas Regional Transport System, the Deuce is just one cog in a machine that can get you from anywhere to anywhere across the valley. See the routes of the other lines of the RTC.

The Pros

  • Convenient
  • Runs 24 Hours a Day
  • Air Conditioned
  • You Won't Have to Drive (Don't Drink and Drive)
  • It is relatively cheap. A one day pass costs $7 and can be used as many times as you want in that period. Try getting that offer from a Cabbie.
  • A great view is available from the second level, aka the Deuce.
  • Great for a large group of casino hoppers.
  • The Deuce pass is usable on other RTC buses.

The Cons

  • It can get ridiculously busy leading to full buses passing you by as you wait.
  • It can be very slow, especially during peak times when nearly every stop is dinged for service by a passenger.
  • It can be a hour drive from end to end.
  • You can't look like a baller pulling up in a double decker bus. (had to throw that in there for a buddy of mine)

The Deuce Routes

  • 2 Hour Ticket: $5
  • 24 Hour Ticket: $7
  • 3 Day Ticket: $20

The Skinny

Like most Las Vegas residents who are not multi-millionaires, I live a fair distance form the Strip so that makes using the Deuce more difficult since I still need to make my way to the Strip. There are many possible ways around this issue however. Take a cab to your first destination, party hardy up and down the Strip by way of the Deuce and then cab it home. Designate a driver and park and take the Deuce or spend the night in one of the Strip's innumerable rooms. Check Room Rates Using Kayak.com.

That being said, The Deuce can also be an event on its own. Grab a drink at the Griffin downtown and then hop on heading South, stopping along the way at the Stratosphere, see Mystere at Treasure Island, make a bet at Caesar's sports book, watch the Fountains of Bellagio and end the night staring at the light atop Luxor (don't stare, really it is ridiculously bright).

Regardless, look at the Deuce as just another tools for enjoying life in the massive arsenal we Las Vegans are lucky to possess. Sure it may not be perfect, but there are a heck of a lot worse places to live, and few better.

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