Ok so in january of 2008 part of my RTW trip will include being in LA for about 10 days, but i was thinking of either purchasing and internal flight of purhapse getting a bus to Las Vegas for a couple of days,..
Was woundering if anyone has done this before? what prices could i expect for such internal flights (return)? & with bus fares, approx prices and journey time, obviously depends on what time of day, tho i wouldnt rule out a night bus..
Can't comment for the flight, but Southwest Airlines is meant too be the cheap airline for that route. I got the bus last October so prices may have gone up, but it was about $43US one way or $53US for a return journey. So if you could plan your trip to know when you want to return to Los Angeles, then you could get it considerably cheaper each way than if you needed to buy two seperate one way tickets. I got the bus that left LA at about 10.00am and arrived in Las Vegas at approximately 4.00pm (it did make a few brief stops at depots and had a longer break at Barstow depot). That was about half way through the journey. Right now the cheap fare on South West Airlines is $118.30 for a return journey or $59.15 for a oneway trip and that doesn't include the transport to and from the airport.
Have a great trip.
[ Edit: Edited on May 10, 2007, at 3:41 AM by aharrold45 ]
Here's something a lot of people don't know. Amtrak no longer provides train service to Vegas but they do have bus service from LA. Go to www.amtrak.com to look for tickets. Might be a better choice than Greyhound.
check online they have deals for flights. its only a 45 min flight to Vegas as apposed to 5 hours on a bus!
If you need a fun cheap hotel try NY NY. It right in the center of it all and they have Zumanity, its edgy and provocative. Lots of great places to eat also, a pseudo Greenwich village.
If you have some flexibility in your schedule, try to visit Las Vegas midweek and avoid weekends Friday through Sunday.
Weekends draw heavy crowds from Southern California and the hotel rates are quite higher. Most of the hotels will offer their best booking rates online, and it is best to look for rates within 60 days of your visit.
Another trick is to get yourself on the hotel's E-mail list for promotional rates and packages.
The previous poster's suggestion of staying at New York New York is not a bad idea, but even more important is the location: you want to be around that intersection of LV Boulevard South at Tropicana. This area is very close to the airport and the hotel Strip area has monorail and transit options.
Look for hotels such as Excalibur (economy), Luxor (my favorite mid price), Mandalay Bay (pricier), MGM Grand (pricier), Monte Carlo (mid price).
Have a great trip!
If you're gonna make the journey, do it by road - the sight of Vegas appearing out of the desert is mad