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How to spend 24 Hours in Vegas on a budget

Las Vegas can be very pricey, and with all the casinos and tourism, not everyone can afford it. But I am a budget queen who loves to save money on her trips, so I created this guide on how you can spend 24 hours in Vegas on a budget.

There are many free things to do in Las Vegas, as well as affordable dining and accommodations, even on the Vegas Strip! While doing my research before my trip, I was expecting Las Vegas to be quite expensive, but I was pleasantly surprised!

Let me know in the comments below if you have tried these and how you found them, or share your recommendations!

Top 10 free things to do in 24 hours in Vegas

  1. The Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Sign just south of the Vegas Strip.
  2. The Gateway Arches Sign near Strat Hotel.
  3. The Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, seasonally themed
  4. The Fountains of Bellagio, right next to the gardens but a lot nicer at night.
  5. Downtown Container Park, free entrance, free live entertainment and concerts.
  6. Silverton Las Vegas Aquarium, see a live mermaid show! It’s a bit far but I have always been fascinated with how humans played mermaids.
  7. The Flamingo Wildlife habitat at the Flamingo Hotel.
  8. Circus Acts at Circus Circus. Unique performances every hour starting at 1:30.
  9. The Fremont Street Experience for free live entertainment after 6 pm and the Viva Vision Light Show, the largest LED Canopy Screen.
  10. Roam and admire the art at Area 15. Free before 9 pm every day, except on Fridays and Saturdays.

To travel between all these free attractions and generally on the Strip, consider getting yourself a day pass on the Las Vegas Monorail for about 13.45 USD at the time of writing this post, or opt for the Deuce, a double-decker bus offering a 24-hour pass for $8 USD. Both options have stops at practically every major hotel, whether it’s the Eiffel Tower, MGM Grand, the Venetian, and many more.

It’s no secret that Sin City welcomes a lot of tourists every year, making it impractical to rely on your car. You’d end up wasting too much time and gas, so the next best thing is public transport.

Affordable accommodations in Las Vegas

For accommodation, I recommend staying on the Strip. You will have better access to public transport and all the activities, optimizing your Vegas trip.

The Strip is known for its luxurious hotels such as the Hilton or the Bellagio, but they also offer a few budget-friendly options that are world-class and provide excellent value!

#1 Pick

Treasure Island

Here are some perks:

  • Parking included
  • Amazing View
  • A chapel if you want to elope ;P
  • Room service
  • 5 minutes from the Fashion Show Mall
  • 1 minute away from the bus stop
#2 Pick

The LINQ Hotel

Here are some perks:

  • Direct access to LINQ Promenade
  • Parking is available at an extra fee
  • Room service
  • 1 minute away from a bus stop

Affordable dining in Las Vegas

Breakfast

EggSlut located in the Cosmopolitan, is all about eggs. The highest-priced item on the menu is around $15, which is a steal in Vegas.

La Salsa Cantina is another option, in Planet Hollywood, offering typical Mexican breakfast with generous servings at very reasonable prices!

Lunch

Jaburrito, an Asian fusion eatery on the LINQ Promenade, offers great options for as little as $20 per meal. They cater to different dietary needs, ensuring you’ll find something you like. Plus, the portions are extremely filling, making it worth every penny.

In-and-Out is a convenient spot for a quick bite, though they don’t offer vegetarian options. Nevertheless, they are very budget-friendly!

Dinner

The Village Pub at the Ellis Island Casino boasts a full menu with numerous options, all reasonably priced. Their signature item, the fish and chips, is a must-try—super delicious and very filling!

Chipotle is always a reliable option for a late-night munch. Whether it’s morning, lunch, or late at night, Chipotle has you covered.

Panda Express was my trip’s surprising discovery! They even offer discount codes for first-time purchases, making it a winning spot for budget-conscious diners!

Many restaurants offer happy hours free drinks or reduced price that you should definitely take advantage of! Alcohol is super pricey in Las Vegas, and it can easily add up if you like to indulge.

How to spend 24 hours in Vegas on a budget

And now, onto how I spent 24 hours in Vegas.

Even though the city is known for gambling and casinos, there are so many more things to see and do, and I wanted to experience as much as possible in my limited time of 24 hours.

Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas

This has to be your first stop. I would suggest you go there as early as possible as it is always crowded, and it can get very hot very quickly in the summertime. This spot is free and open 24 hours a day. You can even go in the evening when the sun is going down, but we had other plans, so the morning was the best option for us.

Btw, this was at 9 am and you can see my free versus your view!

From there, hop on the Deuce and head to the Bellagio.

The Strip is very walkable, and everything is close to each other. You will be able to see a lot in just a few hours.

Have some breakfast at Eggslut, located right next to the next destination.

Bellagio Botanical Gardens

The Bellagio hosts a flower show five times a year, completely redecorating the space in the colors of the season. This spring, they called their exhibition ‘Tea and Tulip,’ and it was beautifully executed!

You can go check out the fountain show while you are near, but I would highly recommend coming back later in the evening when the vibe is just a lot nicer.

High Roller LINQ

The High Roller Observation Wheel located on the LINQ promenade lasts for about 30 minutes but gives you an amazing view of Las Vegas. It is one of the tallest monuments on the Strip other than the hotels!

The flamingo Wildlife habitat

This is a quick stop because it is right next to the Ferris Wheel at the Flamingo Hotel. They have created a habitat in the middle of the hotel with flamingos, ducks, and fishes.

On the promenade, you have plenty of budget-friendly lunch places that you can check out before you hop on the bus again to go more toward the north of the strip!

Downtown container park

The concept of this park is quite fun and unique. You are surrounded by old shipping containers that house restaurants, bars, stores… There are playgrounds all around and stages for live entertainment. You can sit pretty much anywhere and just enjoy the weather and the live music.

Fremont Street Experience

The Fremont Experience was something I had never experienced before. What is it, you might ask? They host the largest LED Canopy Light show in the world. Every hour they celebrate a different artist, whether it’s Katy Perry, Imagine Dragons, or many others. They have a DJ mixing every night after 5, and when I tell you everyone is euphoric, everyone is euphoric.

You can zipline right under the canopy if you want some thrill.

You can grab dinner around that area before calling it a night.

24 hours in Vegas is not enough time to visit everything considering the amount of activities there are. Las Vegas is a dream place with so much to offer, and contrary to popular belief, it’s not all about the casino. I know I only scratched the surface of Las Vegas, and I can’t wait to go back to discover even more parts of the city! And if you want to use your car and go further distances, then a whole new world opens up to you!

Until next time,

Sofyah.

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Sofyah Ov is the founder of Sofyahscorner. Through her travels, she emphasizes the art of living comfortably while adventuring, showing readers how to strike a harmonious balance between world exploration and the soft life. Having lived in 3 different continents, the writer, passionate traveler, and lifestyle enthusiast would love to teach you how you can have it all!

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