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Navigating parking fees on the Las Vegas Strip

Paying for Parking on the Strip

Steve Marcus

A man and his son walk by parking payment machines at the New York-New York parking garage Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016.

First hour free

All casino resorts on the Strip offer free self-parking for the first 60 minutes your car sits in their lots or garages. The resorts do not offer a free first hour for valet, though.

Tips

• Use the monorail: With a discounted one-way rate of $1 for locals with IDs, the monorail is one of the most cost-efficient ways to get around the Strip. Parking for free at the SLS and taking the monorail to and from a destination would cost only $2 for parking and transportation for locals.

• Get the cards: For parking at MGM properties, self-parking is free for M Life rewards members with pearl, gold, platinum and NOIR status. Valet parking is also free for gold, platinum and NOIR members. MGM also offers an M Life rewards Mastercard that, among other perks, gives cardholders access to free self-parking. Caesars allows free self-parking and valet for its Total Rewards members with platinum, diamond and seven star status.

The days of the Las Vegas Strip offering free parking are in the past for most resorts. Here’s a list of where to park based on your activity for the day, where to park for free and rates at locations that have fees.

The Cromwell, Paris, Bally's, Flamingo, Harrah's, the Linq

• Self-parking: 1-4 hours is $9; 4-24 hours is $12; more than 24 hours is $12 for each additional day

• Valet parking: Up to 4 hours is $15; 4-24 hours is $20; more than 24 hours is $20 for each additional day

Luxor, Excalibur

• Self-parking: 1-2 hours is $6; 2-4 hours is $8; 4-24 hours is $10; more than 24 hours is $10 is for each additional day

• Valet parking: Up to 2 hours is $12; 2-4 hours is $14; 4-24 hours is $16; more than 24 hours is $16 for each additional day

Wynn Las Vegas, Encore

• Self-parking: 1-2 hours is $7; 2-4 hours is $12; 4-24 hours is $15; more than 24 hours is $15 for each additional day

• Valet parking: Up to 4 hours is $15; 4-24 hours is $20; over 24 hours is $20 for each additional day

Caesars Palace

• Self-parking: 1-4 hours is $12; 4-24 hours is $15; more than 24 hours is $15 for each additional day

• Valet parking: Up to 4 hours is $18; 4-24 hours is $23; more than 24 hours is $23 for each additional day

Bellagio, Aria

• Self-parking: 1-2 hours is $9; 2-4 hours is $15; 4-24 hours is $18; more than 24 hours is $18 for each additional day

• Valet parking: Up to 2 hours is $21; 2-4 hours is $24; 4-24 hours is $30; over 24 hours is $30 for each additional day

MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, the Mirage, Park MGM (Monte Carlo), New York-New York

• Self-parking: 1-2 hours is $9; 2-4 hours is $12; 4-24 hours is $15; more than 24 hours is $15 for each additional day

• Valet parking: Up to 2 hours is $16; 2-4 hours is $18; 4-24 hours is $24; more than 24 hours is $24 for each additional day

Free parking

• Venetian and Palazzo: Located in the center of the Strip, Las Vegas Sands properties still offer complimentary parking. A hotel spokesman said guests of the hotel have preferred access to the two resorts’ garage, but the public is also invited to park when the garages are not full.

• Circus Circus: MGM’s northernmost Strip property also allows free self-parking, the casino chain’s only resort on Las Vegas Boulevard to do so. MGM spokeswoman Mary Hynes said the infrastructure of Circus Circus’ self-parking facility prevented the company from making parking “upgrades and improvements,” so it decided not to charge visitors for parking.

• SLS Las Vegas: This northernmost property conveniently has a monorail stop, making transportation to the heart of Las Vegas Boulevard quick and simple. Spokeswoman Michelle Huntzinger called SLS’s decision to keep free parking “a special, value-added touch” that enhances

• Tropicana: Perhaps the best “free parking” location for events at T-Mobile Arena or the myriad MGM properties in the area, the Tropicana still allows Strip-goers — even those not staying at the resort — to park their cars on site.

• Treasure Island: Spokeswoman Michelle Knoll said in honoring the hospitality of the Las Vegas Strip, Phil Ruffin’s casino remains a free-parking property. Knoll said Treasure Island does not plan to begin charging for parking “anytime soon.”

• Planet Hollywood: Shopping at the Miracle Mile Shops doesn’t require parking fees, nor does spending an afternoon at Planet Hollywood. Located in the heart of the Strip, the free garage is also an ideal place to park for free before an afternoon or nighttime walk down Las Vegas Boulevard.

This story originally appeared in the Las Vegas Weekly.