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Las Vegas Deuce - World's Slowest Bus

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I used the Deuce as my main mode of transport in Las Vegas during my recent trip. Here are a few tips:

- It's the world's slowest bus, especially if you're going southbound right now between Wynn and Bellagio. On my few trips down that way, that 1.1 mile took 30-45 minutes. Yes, you can walk that a lot faster. Three main reasons:

a. Traffic was horrible. The City Center construction site blocked 2 out of the 4 lanes. It can take 20 minutes for bus to cross Flamingo Road.

b. Most of the passengers seem to have never taken a city bus in their life. And nobody carries change. Even though the bus has signs that says $3 single trip, $7 24-hr pass, and the bus stops have the same info, the driver has to repeat that info TWICE to each boarding passenger. A mid-strip stop can be 5+ minutes for 10 people to get on.

c. The drivers are in no hurry, as they don't need to meet schedules. They'll take their time to explain to you the cost of the bus TWICE, and show you how to feed the paper bills. And they'll make sure you get up to the top level safely before they start the bus.

- Because the bus is so slow, don't jam on a crowded bus. They are usually very frequent, so wait for the next one. Chances are, you will find a seat on that next bus. It makes no sense to stand on a crowded bus for 45 minutes to get from Wynn to Bellagio. If you're in a hurry, walk instead.

- The view out the front window on 2nd floor is awesome, especially at night. I took a lot of pictures, since the bus is 80% stopping anyways. But don't expect good view out the sides, because most buses are wrapped with semi-transparent advertising.

- There is actually a 72-hour pass for $15. [In addition to the $3 single ride and $7 24-hour pass.] It's not mentioned on the transit authority's website, or on most buses. I only learned it when ONE of the bus driver announced it.

- I am very familiar with the buses they use, the Enviro 500, as they're the same model used by KMB in Hong Kong. It has a straight staircase to get to the 2nd floor easily. But unlike in HK, the Deuce also has a 2nd staircase for getting down. Pretty good.

- The Deuce passes are also good for other city buses. I actually use the 109A between the airport and the South Strip Terminal where I switched to the Deuce. Or one can ride the 108 from airport to Downtown, or 109A from airport to Stratosphere and DT. For my 48-hour trip, I only paid for two Deuce passes for $14. No taxi, no shuttle, no extra travel expenses.

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