A new shuttle service is bringing Las Vegas visitors to Boulder City.
The Boulder City Express was launched Friday, March 15, by the National Park Express shuttle service to increase accessibility of the town’s attractions such as the downtown historic district, Hoover Dam and Lake Mead.
“Not only will they be helping the local attractions shuttle their guests, but they will also be filling the gap of not having a mechanism to get tourists from the Strip to Boulder City, to the Hoover Dam,” said Jill Rowland-Lagan, CEO of the Boulder City Chamber of Commerce. “We have had locals actually give guests ride to the dam once they got to town via an (Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada) bus … Now, all options are open to them. This is a game changer and one Boulder City can utilize to keep our tourism economy strong and our businesses vital.”
National Park Express caters to tourists in the Southwest, connecting travelers to national parks, cities and destinations in Arizona, Utah, Nevada and California.
“We are very excited to make Boulder City more accessible to the tourists at the Las Vegas corridor,” said David Lusvardi, vice president of public relations for National Park Express.
Lusvardi said the company is hoping to increase foot traffic for restaurants and businesses in town as well as improve its accessibility to visitors to the Strip.
“Many of them don’t even know the gem Boulder City is,” he said.
National Park Express has arranged for Boulder City Express passengers to receive discounts for purchases at various downtown restaurants and retailers.
“For several years, the Boulder City Chamber has been working to find a way to bring tourists directly into town from the Las Vegas Strip,” added Rowland-Lagan. “Thankfully, we have finally found a partner that is making that a reality.”
The shuttle plans to make four trips a day from the Las Vegas area to Boulder City. Passengers may select from at least six stops including the historic district, adventure hub, Lake Mead National Recreation Area and Hoover Dam.
Lusvardi said the goal is to increase frequency of the shuttles as well as provide an option for overnight stays in Boulder City as the shuttle service’s popularity grows. Additionally, they hope to create a “circulator bus” to transport visitors throughout the community.
Round-trip shuttle tickets start at $25; they vary by destination. The company offers several hotel pickup options for ticket holders.
For more information or reservations, visit https://www.nationalparkexpress.com/bce.
Boulder City Review Editor Hali Bernstein Saylor contributed to this report.
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