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Las VegasThe lights, the excited crowds, and the non-stop action truly make Las Vegas live up to its reputation as THE glitzy amusement park for adults. Hey, it's Vegas, baby!

Yet despite the high glam quotient, it doesn't have to cost you an arm and a leg to enjoy all the attractions that Sin City has to offer.

In addition to affordable hotels everywhere outside the main strip, there are cheap eats and even Las Vegas attractions for non-gamblers available nearby or right in the middle of all the action. You just have to know how and where to find it.

Flying to Las Vegas on the cheap

Thankfully, getting a cheap flight to Las Vegas is usually a no brainer. Most tourist agencies in the US and worldwide probably offer a Las Vegas package deal to fit your budget — complete with hot bargains on airfare, hotels, restaurant vouchers and transfers.

You may save more on airline tickets if you do it yourself with an online search of any one of the big budget travel sites such as Orbitz, Expedia, Travelocity, and Priceline.

The best time to go to Las Vegas

The cheapest months to go to Las Vegas? Although popular year-round, you'll probably find your best deal during the hotter months of July and August, and then again in January and February when most people are still trying to pay off bills from the holidays.

Staying in Las Vegas on the cheap

Along with Caesar's Palace, the MGM Grand, and more top Las Vegas hotel casinos along the main strip, you'll find other more affordable hotel options just a couple of blocks east or west. Off the beaten path, but still very nearby, you'll find major hotel chains such as Comfort Inn, Travelodge, the Marriot, Clarion Hotel & Suites, and at least a dozen more cheaper options.

That's Free (or Cheap) Entertainment!

Bellagio dancing fountains on the Las Vegas strip
Free stuff: dancing fountains
outside the Bellagio Hotel.


For the best free entertainment, stroll the main strip at sunset for the world famous Bellagio dancing fountains. It's a breathtaking display of music, light and lots of water (all the more spectacular for the fact that Las Vegas is, yes, situated in the middle of the Mojave desert.)

For even more water antics, walk up a few blocks to the Treasure Island hotel (now known simply as TI) for Sirens of TI, the cheesiest pirate battle reenactment you'll see anywhere. But at no charge, at least the price is right.

In contrast, the gondola rides at the Venetian hotel come very highly recommended even at $16 a clip, although It's still a bargain when you think that a real gondola ride in Venice costs around $100. And believe or not, it's a much more pleasant experience.

Also don't miss the spewing "volcano" in front of the Mirage casino that erupts every hour accompanied by an awesome light show. And for what some say is the most glittering free entertainment in town, check out the "Masquerade Show in the Sky" at the Rio hotel for a hot mix of Mardi Gras, Rio Carnival and Victoria's Secret fashion show.

The cheapest way to get around Las Vegas

The Las Vegas monorail - $5 for a one-way fare - that runs the length of the strip may seem more affordable, but the fastest way to get from hotel to hotel is still by taxi. If you're traveling with a group (do the math) it's also the cheapest. In addition, a taxi will deliver all of you directly to your destination saving you hot-footing it from the monorail station to the hotel.

Not in a particular hurry? The double decker bus, called the Deuce, is another good bet that runs the length of the main strip, and offers $5 passes with hop-on, hop-off access all day long.

More about cheap or free Las Vegas:

Around the Web, check out the more about what Las Vegas gurus can tell you about saving time and money on your next trip to Vegas, with been-there advice and invaluable insider tips on navigating the city on the cheap ...

The Big Empire Guide to Las Vegas on 25 Cents a Day - A jackpot of insider tips about where to eat, where to gamble cheap, what to see and more, plus check out their Cheapo Vegas guide with maps and more detailed reviews on where to rest your weary head...

Las Vegas - Wikitravel - The full gamut from cheap hotels to hostels, including a guide to getting there and getting around, the best free entertainment, related safety tips and travel resources.

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