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Regina, Canada
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3-day Bus Pass

We are interested in using the bus when in Vegas for 3 days. I've read posts here and looked at the RTC website, but am still confused. We want a pass for mainly the strip, possibly going to Freemont, and will even consider taking public transit from the airport to our hotel (Harrahs). My questions: 1) Do I need a basic 3-day pass for $15 or do I need the "premium" pass for $20? 2) Is it easy to get to Freemont with the bus? 3) How hard is it to take public transit from the airport to Harrah's? If I order the pass in advance and it is straight forward to take the bus to our hotel, we would certainly consider doing that. Thank you.

Lisle, Illinois
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I also am interested in the bus pass, but i think from reading up on it you would need the premium pass ($20) and I don't think you can order that pass online.

Any other questions you have I don't know the answer to, so I will watch this thread in hopes to get some answers also.

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2. Re: 3-day Bus Pass

You'll need the premium pass for the Deuce and/or Goldline. However, this will work on the other buses as well.

Very easy. Take the Goldline from the strip to downtown. It is an express bus and quicker. The Deuce stops at virtually every casino thus slower.

Depends on how much luggage you are toting. I usually take short trips and use a backpack so airport to/from trips are easy. You have a choice of taking the 108 north to Flamingo, then catching the 202 west to LVB. Then walking a couple of hundred feet north to Harrahs, or you can take the 109 south to the Southside Transfer Terminal (SSTT) and catch the Goldine north to either the Paris stop and walk north or to the Wynn stop and walk south to Harrahs. Probably about the same distance to Harrah's either way. The Deuce, which stops at Harrahs, does not go to the SSTT.

It's easy to get from the airport to downtown but kind of a hassle to go to the strip, especially with a lot of luggage.

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Lisle, Illinois
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4. Re: 3-day Bus Pass

Great info on the duece bus web site, thanks 1PoorGlobetrekker!!! and ShowMeVegas also thanks for informative input.....

Just a few more questions,if any one knows: how far is it from the Downtown Transit center to Fremont St? I am a 69yr old lady with some "joint problems!!!)

Do both Duece and Goldline go to the Downtown transit center?

Finally, can you buy the 3 day ticket on either of the buses? (i read that the driver on the Goldline bus is completely enclosed, and not available to public?

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It's a couple of blocks from the DTC but theres no need to go there as the Deuce and Goldline buses both stop at Fremont St. Just get off there without the added walk.

There are kiosks at each Goldline stop. You can also order passes in advance and have them sent to you via mail. This includes the 3 day pass which would be handy to have if traveling to your hotel from the airport. If you dont have your 3 day pass in advance, you will have to buy a ticket from the driver on the bus at the airport as there is no kiosk there.

They do not sell 3 day passes on the bus. You must buy at a kiosk, in advance, or at one of the transit centers.

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This is the emailed response I received from the RTC. It addresses some of the questions posed here:

Thank you for visiting the RTC Web Site.

Our apologies for the confusion, the 3-Day and 5-Day passes are ALL ACCESS passes, however they are only listed on the Web Site under Residential Routes, with the "Buy Now" option you mentioned. Please feel free to "CLICK" on the Buy Now button under 3-Day All Access Pass under Residential routes.

Both passes will afford you access to the entire RTC Transit route system, both Residential Routes and our Premium Service routes, the DEUCE on the Strip and the Gold Line Express on the Strip.

Once purchased online, the pass will be mailed to your billing address, we always suggest to allow 10 days for U.S. Mail.

Before you may use the pass it must be VALIDATED, you may do that either on board the coach, any coach other than the Gold Line Express, C-Line Express or the MAX as none of these coaches have a FARE Box, the DEUCE on the strip, (double decker coach) does have a fare box and can validate your ticket. You may also validate the pass at any Ticket Vending Machine located up and down the strip and throughout the Las Vegas Valley. Once validated the pass will be time and date stamped valid from that time on.

The RTC looks forward to serving your transit needs, hopefully we have answered your questions.



Bolton, United...
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They no longer sell 5 day passes- the maximum pass is a 3 dayer and IMHO is well worth the $20. Our pass paid for itself in just 1 trip down to Fremont/Premium Outlet and back. It can get a tad crowded at times and i personally think this mode of transport is a lot quicker than getting to your destination than a cab

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The premium passes are good for both "normal" routes and the Ace/Gold buses. We usually stay downtown and take the 108 bus from the airport to Fremont Street. We will use the Duece or new Goldline buses to visit the strip a couple times each trip.

You cannot buy any bus passes on the Goldline (it is no longer called the Ace) bus. You can buy a 24 hour pass on the Deuce. There are ticket vending machines at all Goldline stops where you can buy your 3 day pass. You may also mail order it from the RTC website.

The Deuce & Goldline stops are right at Fremont street (drop off right next to the canopy, pick-up one block away). The 108 bus dropoff is on Mainstreet by the Golden Nugget Rush tower check-in. Pickup is on Mainstreet in front of the train cars up closer to Mainstreet station. The RTC is only about 2 blocks north of Fremont street - when staying at 4Queens or Fitz, it is about the same distance walking to there as to the 108 South stop by the train station.

Lisle, Illinois
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i also emailed the RTC Web site, and in my understanding if you purchase a 3 day pass on line (All Access , residential routes), you can buy it for $15.00, but it is also good for the strip Deuce bus and the Goldline bus. So apparently it is cheaper to buy online than to buy on the strip

I ordered it, so will see what is looks like (takes about 10 days to receive), than you activate it on one of the buses when you get to Vegas. (Can't activate on the Goldline, tho.) but can be activated at any of the Ticket Vending machines on the strip,

Hopefully this info is correct, but got it right from the Rtc email reply.

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