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The monorail, which has fallen on hard economic times recently, gives Las Vegas an even more Disney-esque look. It stretches from MGM Grand, in the south, to the property formerly known as the Sahara, to the north, with several stops in between, including the Las Vegas Convention Center. All told, the trains make the 4-mile trip in about 14 minutes. To the north, a Downtown monorail extension is in the planning stages but completion is several years away. The monorail runs Monday through Thursday 7 am-2 am, Friday through Sunday 7 am-3 am. Fares are $5 for one ride, $12 for a one-day pass, and $28 for a three-day pass. You can purchase tickets at station vending machines or in advance online, where special deals on passes are sometimes offered.
A number of west-side Strip properties also are connected by free trams that run roughly every 10 to 15 minutes, 9 am-1 am. There's one that runs between Excalibur and Mandalay Bay, one that runs between the Mirage and Treasure Island, and a new one that stretches from Monte Carlo through CityCenter to Bellagio.
Las Vegas Monorail Company (702/699–8200. www.lvmonorail.com.)
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