• Posted on October 12, 2021 in Buses Travel

    Charter a Bus from Las Vegas to Los Angeles

    At 260-miles or 4.5 hours, the ride between Las Vegas and Los Angeles is popular for group weekend trips. If you’re traveling from Vegas for a friends’ weekend, family vacation, or even a business trip—a charter bus rental is one of the best ways to travel. With most of the trip being through the Mojave Desert, you’ll want a comfortable ride for the journey. Don’t worry, the trip isn’t all desolate desert; there are a few highlights to see between the two bustling metropolises. Keep on reading to learn more about travel options and the best stops on your journey!

    A Shofur charter bus in Los Angeles

    How to Travel

    Chartering a bus from Las Vegas to Los Angeles offers multiple travel benefits for large groups hitting the road for a trip. Shofur offers a variety of charter bus rentals for group trips across the country. Booking a charter bus rental is an efficient and safe way to travel with a group. With a minibus, your small group can stay together and enjoy each other’s company on the road. Got a big group? Forget needing a caravan of cars—rent a spacious charter bus for your entire group.

    Your charter bus will also include modern amenities for a comfortable ride throughout the Mojave. Beat the desert heat in a climate-controlled cabin, catch up on sleep in plush reclining seats, and stream your favorite shows or music with WiFi to pass the time. Just unwind and leave the road between Sin City and the City of Angels up to your professional driver.

    Call the Shofur rental team at 1-800-436-8719 to charter a bus from Las Vegas to Los Angeles today. One of our team members will get you a free, personalized charter bus quote!

    Route

    The primary route between Las Vegas and Los Angeles will take your group on I-15, on part of the famous Route 66, and through the Mojave Desert. There are a few more roundabout ways to get between the cities including a route that will take you through small towns on the historic Highway 66. Taking one of these alternative routes will take a significant amount of travel time (at least 2 hours) to your trip.

    Stops

    If you take the standard 4.5-hour route from Las Vegas to Los Angeles, here are a few stops your group should consider making on the way:

    Seven Magic Mountains outside of Las Vegas

    Suggested Stop: Seven Magic Mountains

    Distance from Las Vegas: 26 miles or 33 minutes

    Distance from Los Angeles: 244 miles or 3.5 hours

    Seven Magic Mountains is one of the most famous desert art installations located just a short drive outside of Las Vegas. The 7 colorful towers were created by Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone and erected right off of I-15 in 2016. Each tower stands at around 30 to 35-feet and is a popular photo-op spot for visitors traveling into and out of Las Vegas.

    The installation is considered temporary but an extended plan is being developed to hopefully keep the colorful sculpture in its current site. Visiting Seven Magic Mountains is free and open to the public 24/7. Since the installation is open to the elements in the desert be sure to bring plenty of water, sunscreen, and a pair of shades. There aren’t any facilities on-site but if you need a break from the heat or a bathroom, your charter bus will be right there for you.

    Charter bus tip: You can park at the installation’s public parking lot. The lot may be full on an exceptionally busy day but parking along the highway is not recommended.

     

    Suggested Stop: Baker, California and Mojave National Preserve

    Distance from Las Vegas:  68 miles or one hour

    Distance from Los Angeles: 180 miles or 3 hours

    Baker is located right next door to the Mojave National Preserve and has one of multiple entrances to enter the protected area. Baker is home to The World’s Tallest Thermometer (yep, seriously) and a few stops to refuel or pick up food, if needed.

    At over 1.5 million acres, the Mojave National Preserve is the third-largest area in the National Park System within the contiguous United States. You can access the expansive Mojave National Preserve via Kelbaker Road in Baker. The road will take you through part of the desert landscape to the Kelso Depot Visitor Center. This visitor center is in a historic train station and has exhibits, a gift shop, and ranger programs. If it’s an exceptionally hot day, your group can stay onboard your climate-controlled bus and enjoy views of the sand dunes, rock formations, and towering cacti through panoramic windows.

    Charter bus tip: Parking can be found at the Kelso Depot Visitor Center and Hole-in-the-Wall Information Center.

    Calico Ghost Town sign

    Suggested Stop: Barstow and Yermo, California

    Distance from Las Vegas:  156 miles or 2.5 hours

    Distance from Los Angeles: 115 miles or 1 hour and 45 minutes

    The small town of Barstow, California is located at the intersection of multiple highways, including I-15 and the historic Route 66. You’ll find standard stops like Starbucks and Del Taco if you need to stop for refreshments. One of the highlights of Barstow is the Route 66 Mother Road Museum, Mojave River Valley Museum, and Western America Railroad Museum. These small but unique museums offer plenty of informative tidbits for groups interested in the centuries worth of history of the Old West.

    If you have more time in the area, check out the Calico Ghost Town in Yermo. This historic silver-mining town is a few miles northeast of Barstow and is a great stop if you’re traveling with kids. The town has a train ride, gold panning, and performances like old-timey street shootouts between cowboys.

    Charter bus tip: There’s plenty of parking for oversized vehicles in the main lot at Calico Ghost Town. Plenty of parking can also be found at Barstow museums in lots operated by each establishment.

     

    Suggested Stop: Elmer’s Bottle Tree Ranch

    Distance from Las Vegas:  182 miles or 3 hours

    Distance from Los Angeles: 95 miles or 1.5 hours

    Elmer’s Bottle Tree Ranch is a quirky folk art stop located in Oro Grande on Route 66, just 15-minutes off of I-15 from Victorville. Local resident Elmer Long began building a forest from repurposed glass bottles, metals, antique signs, and found objects. The bottle forest grew to take over much of Elmer’s yard and became a popular stop along historic Route 66. Visitors that stopped by would often find Elmer on the property. He would occasionally offer short tours and tell stories that inspired his creativity. Unfortunately, Elmer passed away in 2019, and the ranch is indefinitely closed.

    Although the ranch is technically closed, you can still view the towering glass bottle forest from the road. Keep in mind that this is private property. So please be respectful and stay behind the fence along the ranch’s perimeter.

    Charter bus tip: Parking can be found on the side of the road in front of the ranch. Since you’re traveling in an oversized vehicle, be sure your driver is pulled far enough off the road.

    Mormon Rocks in the San Bernardino Mountains

    Suggested Stop: Mormon Rocks

    Distance from Las Vegas:  209 miles or 3 hours and 10 minutes

    Distance from Los Angeles: 65 miles or 1 hour

    I-15 runs between the San Bernardino National Forest and Angeles National Forest, but you’d have to make quite the detour off this main highway to explore each forest. Instead, visit Mormon Rocks, a group of rock formations and hiking area located right off of the highway. This scenic spot is a quick stop for a picturesque photo op with the natural landscape in the distance.

    An interpretive trail can be found behind the Mormon Rocks fire station. This one-mile loop trail is a relatively easy hike that will give visitors a beautiful view of ​​Mormon Rocks.

    Charter bus tip: A viewpoint with a parking lot can be found on CA-138/Abiel Barron Memorial Highway.

    Rent a Charter Bus From Las Vegas to Los Angeles Today

    Whenever you’re ready to embark on your journey from Las Vegas to Los Angeles, our rental team will be available to help you. Give us a call 24/7 at 1-800-436-8719 to get a no-obligation quote for your group trip.

     

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