Originally Posted by arahel_jazz
Driving is always cheaper from AZ unless your car just can't make it. The road is about 80% 4-lane divided now and it's nice. Heck, I've done the run in about 4.5 hours now that the bridge is done. Flying in and taxis can get pretty expensive. The Bus trips... do your research. Most of the time they are targeted to the slot players and run a 24-hour turnaround.
That being said, cheap hotels near Aria? Not many. I've gotten good rates at Bally's, Harrah's, and The Quad (former Imperial Palace). All are within a good walk to Aria. (Or you walk through Bellagio and take the tram over).
The best transportation value on the strip and to Fremont street is to get a day pass on The Deuce bus. Yeah, it can be crowded at times, but it's the cheapest way to get up/down the strip. You will want to take the bus to go to Mandalay Bay. It's out there.
There are tons of places to eat - but not as many cheap one's as there used to be. The legend is "The Hash House a Go-Go". Worth the trip.
Best of luck.
Yeah.. I have old BMW and it would worry me to drive it all the way up there. This is the plan I've made so far, but since you seem to know the city well could you correct me where my faults are?
VEGAS TRIP PLAN:
$10 bucks to have someone drop/pick you up at the greyhound 2x.
About $40 bucks to take the greyhound there. 2x
SDX from greyhound to hotel. $3 2x.
Use the vegas trams to get around a bit. Free with Sister casinos
Where to stay.
*Hooters hotel is $25 a night.
11-minute walk from there to MGM Grand on the strip.
25-minute walk to the Aria
I'll mostly be on the central part of the strip where the resorts are anyhow.
*Howard Johnson for $26 bucks a night, just in case hooters is booked.
Where to eat.
About 10 dollars or less a meal in most Casinos.
New York, New York has pretty great deals.
(Food is cheap because they wanna keep you there.)
Extra I.D. just in case I lose mine. $10
Batteries for camera $10
A knife for protection.
Sweater because it does get cold at night.
Antibacterial hand sanitizer. $5
New watch battery. $10
Paper for allergies.
Comfy Shoes. $50
Bring cash prior, ATM's are very expensive.
-Top of Eiffel Tower $14 dollars
-Watch the bellagio fountains, goes off every 15 minutes after 8pm.
-Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay $16 dollars, you can take the trams from Excalibur
to Mandalay bay for $5
-Play poker at the Aria. $200
You can end the night prior to getting back on the greyhound drinking at fremont downtown because that's where the Greyhound is.