The 270-mile trip from Los Angeles to Las Vegas takes just over four hours through the fairly nondescript Mojave desert and has been immortalized in Hollywood movies such as "Swingers" and "Diamonds Are Forever." In truth, arriving in the world’s most iconic gambling city by bus is hardly the calling card of an ambitious high roller, but with some one-way fares not much greater than a winning blackjack score, the passenger gets to win before the house takes over.
Just the Bus
American Lion picks up on East Olympic Boulevard and Maple Avenue and whisks passengers in a daily service to a choice of two stops on Las Vegas Boulevard. Onboard features include TV, air conditioning and reclining seats. Go Vegas Bus operates a similar service between Los Angeles Bus station on Maple Avenue and Las Vegas Bus Station and six other hotels. The Greyhound Lucky Streak service allows an open-ended return trip from Las Vegas and can be booked online, with discounts for students, military personnel and veterans.
Arrive Like a Player
LuxXpress runs a daily service along Interstate Highway 15 from LA to Sin City in a fleet of Mercedes Benz Sprinters, complete with Wi-Fi, movies and beverages. The service leaves South Western Avenue in LA and deposits at West Flamingo Road four and a half hours later. Similarly, Lux Bus uses modern coaches equipped with Wi-Fi, seat-back audio and onboard coach attendant. The company will pick up from select LA hotels; otherwise, the terminal is at the Anaheim GardenWalk.
Tours Beyond the Strip
Starline Tours works with Lux Bus to create a longer package which includes overnight stops. The tour incorporates a break for a stretch in Barstow and Las Vegas accommodation at the famous Tropicana Hotel. The coach returns passengers the following day in the early afternoon. An extended three-day version of the tour throws in a trip to the Grand Canyon South Rim and a spin down Route 66 before returning to Vegas for another night at the tables. Take Tours runs a three-day jamboree which picks up in Chinatown and includes a Vegas day-trip to the Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam. Tours are accompanied by qualified guides speaking English and Chinese.
Start the Party Immediately
Certain niche carriers ensure that the party doesn’t have to wait for the bright lights of Las Vegas. Crown Limo employs professional limo chauffeurs to transport up to 34 passengers eastward in a luxury bus rigged out with sound system and optic interior lighting. Rock Star 24/7 also specializes in red carpet bachelor or birthday party trips, staying on call throughout the Las Vegas portion of the tour. Buses are equipped with DJ lights, flat-screen TVs and fully-stocked bar.