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EDITED: The $0.99 offer is now gone. The lowest one way to Vegas now starts at $2.99. Flexibility is key.

One of my travel buddies, Norman C., recently shared an entry that he found on how to travel from Los Angeles to Las Vegas for under $3. It was an entry written by JohnnyJet. Too good to be true? For $2.99, of course I had to check it out. Thank you, Norman, for sharing this info.

Image courtesy of FlixBus

I live in Southern California, just an hour north of Los Angeles. I honestly don’t remember the last time I was a “passenger” during my countless visits to Vegas. I have always driven over 5 hours from where we live. The journey would always include one to two pit stops in Barstow or somewhere in Baker, California.

What’s the deal

  • $2.99 one-way from Los Angeles to Vegas (vice-versa) – this includes a $2 booking fee
  • Service begins May 31, 2018
  • Pick up points from Los Angeles are Downtown Los Angeles, UCLA, or USC
  • Check the FlixBus site directly for other pick-up and drop off locations (I saw availability from Burbank, Anaheim, Montclair)
  • Drop off points in Las Vegas are Las Vegas Strip and Las Vegas Downtown
  • Each passenger is allowed to bring 1 baggage and 1 hand luggage. Additional charge for extra luggage
  • Options to reserve seats in advance
  • Limited offer, (as of May 25, the $0.99 cents offer had expired)

Image courtesy of FlixBus

Sample round trip booking – June 1-June 3

I chose next weekend as an example. People tend to go to Vegas after working on Friday, drive to Vegas, and head home on Sunday. For this round trip, the total cost is $3.98. That’s $2.00 booking fee, plus $0.99 cents each way. I repeat, $3.98 and you don’t have to drive.

Image courtesy of FlixBus

What else do we know about FlixBus

According to JohnnyJet’s entry, he referred to Travel + Leisure’s article about what we could expect from FlixBus.

“FlixBus utilizes a network of coaches that are owned and operated by independent, local companies in each destination they serve. This way, the company is able to avoid extra costs like paying to park all of its buses when they’re not in use. FlixBus has also made the decision to spend its money on its product — not on advertising.”It continues: “This model has helped drive down costs for both the company and its customers while allowing FlixBus to incorporate small luxuries into its fleet including free Wi-Fi, a selection of onboard entertainment passengers can stream to their personal devices, LED lighting, and up to 31 inches of legroom. Each seat on the buses, which tend to only be one to two years old, also comes with a tray table, cup holder, and footrest.”

I’m all about trying something new, especially if the price is right. I don’t have any immediate plans to go to Vegas, but this just might do the trick. Five hours of being a passenger? I don’t have to drive. I could sleep, I could eat, I could listen to music, watch a movie, surf the Internet, I could blog, or I could do nothing and just relax.

How about you? Will you be trying FlixBus on your next trip to Vegas?

 

 

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