If you’ll be attending CES this week in Las Vegas, you won’t be alone. The Consumer Electronics Association estimates that about 120,000 others will be doing the same thing.
Unless you’re staying a short walk away at the Hilton or the Renaissance, getting to and from the Las Vegas Convention Center can be a time-consuming nightmare. Between drivers, taxis and shuttle buses, traffic to and from the place gets gridlocked. It can take less time to walk from The Strip, and that’s saying something. But with weather projected to be quite chilly this week, walking a half-mile or more might not be your cup of tea.
My recommendation is to take the Monorail. Often it’s not the most convenient mode of transportation, seeing as it’s located at the back of he hotels on the east side of The Strip. But for CES it’s perfect. It glides above the traffic and delivers you right to the Convention Center. It costs $5 each way* – more than a free shuttle, but less than you’d spend on a taxi. Either way, you’re likely to save a lot of time, and your time is worth money, right?
*If you’re going back and forth more than once a day, you can get a one-day pass for $12, or a 3-day pass for $28.
Bonus tip: If you’re staying on the south end of tThe Strip (Four Seasons/Mandalay/THEhotel, Luxor, Excalibur, NYNY, MGM Grand, Monte Carlo, etc), board at the MGM Grand. It’s where the Monorail originates, so it’s your best chance at getting a seat, and the cars will be quite crowded by the time you get to the Convention Center.