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2017 NFR Bus Routing Schedule

NFR Express

DECEMBER 7 - 16, 2017

Shuttle to Thomas & Mack - 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Shuttle from Thomas & Mack - 9:00 pm. - 10:30 pm

Rodeo Start - 6:45 pm

  1. COWBOY CHRISTMAS *one way only Las Vegas Convention Center, South Halls (east entrance)
  2. MGM GRAND West wing entrance
  3. NEW YORK - NEW YORK Main entrance
  4. SAM'S TOWN Rear Entrance (behind the food court)
  5. MANDALAY BAY Tour and travel lobby / TROPICANA North entrance
  6. HARD ROCK HOTEL Main entrance (before Porte-Cochere) / WYNN South Tower bus loop
  7. GOLD COAST Valet entrance / THE ORLEANS Valet entrance
  8. SLS Main entrance / WESTGATE East Tower entrance
  9. THE D Main entrance / GOLDEN NUGGET Carson Tower entrance / PLAZA Plaza welcome sign (Main St. & Carson Ave.)
  10. CAESARS PALACE Tour bus area (under the Planet Hollywood sign) / THE COSMOPOLITAN Main entrance
  11. THE MIRAGE North valet entrance / TREASURE ISLAND (TI) Bus loading zone, near south side valet
  12. HARRAH'S Bus tour lobby / FLAMINGO Tour bus area
  13. BALLY'S North entrance / PLANET HOLLYWOOD Tour bus area
  14. SILVERTON Main Entrance / SOUTH POINT Main Entrance

    Please see the list of frequently asked questions (below) for additional details on the NFR Express Shuttle Bus Service.

    Q: Do you have wheelchair capable buses?
    Throughout the ten days of the NFR, we operate several ADA compliant shuttle buses. If you require this accommodation, simply notify the on-site transportation supervisor at your hotel and he/she will arrange to have one of these buses available, as soon as possible.

    Q: Do you allow drinks on the shuttle buses?
    Beverages are permitted onboard the shuttle buses as long as they are contained in plastic bottles or cups. Aluminum bottles are permitted and wide mouth cups are permitted as long as they have lids. Glass containers are not permitted onboard the shuttle buses.

    Q: How often do the buses leave from each hotel?
    The shuttle bus departure frequency varies from host hotel to host hotel. Most shuttles will depart every 15 minutes or when the buses are full. There are some hotel departures that will be based on anticipated ridership volume. In cases where anticipated ridership volume determines the schedule, the shuttle buses will leave between every 30 to 60 minutes. All hotels will have a GPTLS Ambassador located at the bus pickup location. If unsure of the schedule for your host hotel, please feel free to ask the Ambassador and he/she will be happy to provide you with the best on-site schedule information available for your hotel.

    Q: If I leave my car at Cowboy Christmas, will the shuttle bus return me to that location, after the rodeo performance?
    The Cowboy Christmas shuttle location is one way to the Thomas & Mack Center ONLY and at no time does it return/drop-off at Cowboy Christmas.

    Q: Do you have space for child strollers?
    Yes. Please fold the stroller and give it to the driver when you board the bus. The stroller will be placed in one of the under-bus compartments. Be sure to ask the driver for your stroller when you arrive at your destination.

    Q: What time does the last shuttle bus leave the Thomas & Mack Center at the end of the rodeo perforamance?
    From December 7 - 16, 2017 the last buses will leave the Thomas & Mack Center at 10:30 p.m.
    *All schedules are subject to change.

    Q: I am not staying at an official host hotel. Can I still ride the shuttle bus?
    Yes. However, the shuttle buses will only stop at official host hotels. You may take a shuttle bus to a host hotel closest to where you are staying.

    Q: Do I need a ticket to ride the shuttle bus?
    No. The NFR Expess shuttle service is provided to all attendees free of charge.

    Q: Where do I go to find items I may have left/lost on a shuttle bus?
    All items found on a shuttle bus are immediately turned over to the Lost & Found department at the Thomas & Mack Center. Please go to the Lost & Found to search for your lost items.

    Q: How do I return to my hotel if I decide to leave the Thomas & Mack Center after the shuttle buses have finished for the evening?
    Fans can choose to use LYFT or taxicabs available at the front of the Thomas & Mack Center to take you to your destination of choice.

    Note: Desert Tickets has obtained this information from a third party, and cannot be held responsible for any issues arising from the accuracy of this information. We have no other details or information about the NFR shuttle buses other than what is posted above. We hope that this is helpful in planning your trip to the NFR!


The National Finals Rodeo is held at the Thomas & Mack Center. The address is 4505 S. Maryland Pkwy, Las Vegas, NV 89154. This is approximately 1.5 miles East of where Las Vegas Blvd. and Tropicana Ave meet. You can click on the link below for a Google street map showing the exact location of the Thomas & Mack Center.

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The Thomas & Mack Center holds just about 17,000 rodeo fans for the NFR each day. The lower level is called the "Plaza" with rows A-V (20 rows); and above that is the "Balcony" level with rows A-U (19 rows). In addition, there are four rows of "Gold Buckle" seating down in front of sections 104-110 and 113-116 of the "Plaza" level.


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Click the link below for a moveable map that shows streets, hotels, casinos, and other points of interest in the Las Vegas area.

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In addition to taxis and rental cars, there are complimentary NFR shuttle busses from many of the casino resorts on The Strip and Downtown, as well as some outlying resorts. Click the link below for bus routes and times.

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