We scoured the Internet for the cheapest deal to get us to Vegas, looking at driving, flying and taking the coach. Eventually I came across a price comparison website for land travel across America called Wanderu, we booked greyhound tickets through here for $19 each which was a significant amount cheaper than flying. If you would like to book tickets through Wanderu please click here
We took the underground and a bus to the greyhound station, the directions we were given sounded like the journey would be quite an ordeal but it turned out to be fairly straightforward once we got going and far cheaper than a taxi.
We used greyhound the entire time we were in Australia so knew what to expect with the busses, they were equipped with wifi, toilets and spacious leather seats. Although flying would have be a LOT quicker, our journey took us along Route 66 which is part of the reason why we opted for the coach, as when you’re up in the sky you don’t always get to see much!
We arrived in Las Vegas at around 5pm, you could see the bright lights just starting to flash as we were getting closer and you could begin to make out the Luxor and Excalibur hotels in the distance. The greyhound terminal is located near Fremont street, we had planned to take a taxi to our hotel but a security guard told us the directions to the local bus stop and told us to take the Deuce bus as it was far cheaper. The bus cost $6 each for upto 2 hours, and took us from Fremont street right to the end of the strip to our hotel, Excalibur.
We chose Excalibur as it was one of the cheapest on the strip, Circus Circus was slightly cheaper but we both knew it was slightly too far at one end for us to walk every night to other hotels. We checked in, dumped our bags and headed straight out into the glittering lights of the strip. We walked through New York New York, MGM Grand and stopped for a bite to eat at Denny’s Diner. John had a sizzling chicken Skillet loaded with fresh broccoli and potatoes, I went for a steak skewer skillet with eggs (sunny side up) and potatoes. It was great to have such a tasty meal and venture away from pasta! We walked it off with a trip to The Paris and ended our night watching the bellagio fountains before heading back to our hotel after our long day.
We were just getting into bed at around 1:30am when someone was trying to open our room door. Thankfully we had the metal latch across the door so no one could get it. We contacted a very unhelpful guest services who said they though it might be house keeping (at that time?!) and never bothered to phone us back. The following morning I went to reception to complain about the nights events and the very unhelpful guest services employee. Patrick the front desk supervisor was very understanding and moved our room for us, upgrading us to the newly refurbished Royal Tower, which was a great result. He phoned our new room sometime later explains it was security who were trying our door, as it apparently wasn’t shut properly. We are both not sure we agree it was infact security as we had both checked the door was closed and locked, and also would a security guard not knock the door first, and explain who was knocking? We got a free upgrade from the drama anyway so we were both happy with the outcome!
Our first full day in Vegas began with a Denny’s Diner American breakfast, we both had pancakes, bacon and eggs and we were both defeated by our two buttermilk pancakes as they are so filling! We spent the day wandering along the strip, visiting the Wynn, the Venetian, Palazo, Bellagio, Ceasars Palace and many of the other famous grand hotels. We stopped to buy a $1 beer at the flamingo before some more exploring, a little bit of gambling and some more cheap beer from walgreaves. We stopped in New York New York and went on the roller coaster, it was quite expensive at $14pp but it was deceivingly long and John said it was one of the best roller coasters he had ever been on! My Stepz app on my phone told us we walked over 30,000 steps, a new achievement for us!
The best part of our Friday daytime in Vegas was spent wandering around the outlets, I purchased a few new tshirts to replace mine with holes in, and we both purchased hats and gloves for our impending trip to Canada. We had a result with our bus ticket, as there was no conductor onboard when we first got on we didn’t need to buy a 24 hour pass until we left at 6:30pm, so we could use it for pretty much the whole next day! The cost of a 24 hour pass is $8 and a 3 day pass is $20. We used our bus pass to take us to Fremont street, watching the zip liners and enjoying the street entertainment. We gambled in Golden Nugget but our luck wasn’t in and we left empty handed! The bus runs 24 hours a day so later that evening we caught it back to our hotel.
Our final full day in Vegas started with a 12pm can of beer and a walk upto the Las Vegas sign. We then used our bus ticket again to take us to Circus Circus. We had a look around the hotel and the huge amusement park inside, we purchased an early valentines feast of pretzels and Krispy Kreme doughnuts, then continued our way back along the strip through all the famous hotels. We managed to catch the volcano explosion outside of the Mirage Hotel which is something neither of us had seen before. We watched the bellagio fountains which were playing valentines specials and ventured inside to see the stunning floral displays for Chinese New Year. We made a pitstop at Fatburger for some latenight chilli cheese fries before heading back to pack our bags for our flight to Vancouver the next day.
We talked to some of the bus wardens who said you can catch the bus for $2 each (the busses give no change) to the airport from outside the Tropicana hotel, which was a great tip as taxis cost around $25!