Updated: 12/13/18

Insider Guide: Atlantic City

Airport transportation
If you're unable to get complimentary limo service, in addition to taxis, which run about $35, the Atlantic City Jitney Association offers transportation from the airport to any casino or hotel in the tourist district for $10 per person.  The return trip is $10 per person, as well.  There also are a number of private car and limousine services.

Click here to use this interactive map,
courtesy of Caesars.

Hotel registration
While Bally's, Caesars and Harrah's each has its own "VIP Check-In" room, these can get crowded on Fridays and Saturdays.  Consider using the Seven Stars Check-In at the front desk.  To avoid delays at departure, consider using the "Check-Out" feature on your television.

VIP Check-In at Harrah’s is just to the right of Caffe Tazza.  VIP Check-In at Bally's is to the left of the front desk and at Caesars VIP Check-In is on the second floor at the top of the escalators leading from valet parking, directly across the lobby from the front desk.

Fees and taxes - Caesars hotels in Atlantic City add a $27 per day resort fee (which includes a 14 percent state tax) to all room rates, whether for a paid or complimentary stay.  The resort fee includes standard speed Internet access for up to two devices per room, unlimited local phone calls and a $5 voucher toward parking.  Seven Stars and Diamond cardholders are exempt from the fee, but receive all the benefits.

Insider Tip

The direct number to Bally's is (609) 340-2000; Caesars, (609) 348-4411; and Harrah's, (609) 441-5000.

Seven Stars cardholders get one complimentary in-room movie every 24 hours.

In addition, guests are responsible for from $5 to $8 in additional taxes and fees (though this may be waived for certain Seven Stars cardholders), and sales and occupancy taxes are additional on all paid rooms.

Getting around town
Total Express Shuttle - Shuttles run daily 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. from Bally's, Caesars and Harrah's, but seating is limited.  Seven Stars cardholders get priority boarding status.  (To find the boarding locations for the shuttle, check any of those casinos' pages on the Seven Stars Insider Web site.  Click on the links above and scroll down to "Getting Around Atlantic City".)

Cabs - Maximum fare for up to five passengers within town is $13, plus tip.
New Jersey Transit buses - From the Atlantic City Bus Station (about a 15-minute walk from Bally's/Caesars) to/from Harrah's, the exact fare one-way is $1.50 (or 70¢ if you're 62 or older],
Atlantic City's Jitneys
  - One-way fare is $2.25.  There are discounts if you plan to use the jitneys frequently ($2 one-way) or are a senior (75¢ one-way if you're 62 or older), but you must purchase those tickets in advance in quantities of 10.  Click here to learn where you can buy

Insider Tip

Those of you who receive offers for buffets or food and beverage credits, note that the offer is restricted to certain outlets.

Valet parking is complimentary for Seven Stars and Diamond cardholders, but Seven Stars cardholders get priority service.  Be sure to show your card to the valet attendant who parks your vehicle and, again, when you retrieve it.

Except at Bally's, the location where you drop off your car is not the same as where you retrieve it.  Be sure to ask if you're not sure where to go.

Self-parking in adjacent garages is complimentary for Platinum, Diamond and Seven Stars cardholders.

Using Reward Credits 2:1
Several restaurants and retail outlets in Atlantic City accept Reward Credits, but at 2:1, i.e., 1,000 RCs = $5.  Among them:
  • Bally's - Fralinger's, Harry's Oyster House, Johnny Rockets, Sack O' Subs, Primo Pizza
  • Caesars - Morton's and Tazza
  • Harrah's - McCormick & Schmick's, Tazza
  • The Playground - Select restaurants and retail outlets

Click below for links to the Bally's, Caesars and Harrah's websites:

Boardwalk Event Center
In case you're wondering where the Boardwalk Event Center is – several gift giveaways are scheduled for this venue – it's next to the Poker Room at Bally's Wild Wild West.

Opting out of housekeeping
If you opt out of housekeeping services during your stay (minimum two-night stay), all of the Atlantic City hotels will give you a $10 per stay food and beverage credit.  You still can request additional towels or other amenities, but your bathroom will not be cleaned, bed made, etc.  If you didn’t get a pre-arrival email asking you to opt-in, just let the front desk know when you check-in.

Traveling the Boardwalk
Besides walking, you have a choice of bicycling, rolling chairs or Tram Service.  I'm not endorsing or recommending these vendors, but here are some places to start:
  • B & K Bike Rental Inc., North Carolina Avenue and The Boardwalk at Resorts Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, NJ 08401, (609) 344-8008
  • Ocean Rolling Chairs, 190 S. South Carolina Ave., Atlantic City, NJ 08401, (609) 344-1702
  • Boardwalk Tram Service, 114 S. New York Ave., Atlantic City, NJ 08401, (609) 347-7500


3D light show at Boardwalk Hall
Don't miss the 3D light show at Boardwalk Hall every Wednesday through Sunday starting at dusk and running until midnight.

Sports betting
Now that New Jersey has legalized sports betting, you have your choice of placing your bets at Bally's Wild Wild West Casino, below, or Harrah's.  At Wild Wild West the “décor” includes leather chairs situated in front of five large television screens. [Behind the seating area are long high-top tables with chairs.]

Previously closed cashier windows, below, located diagonally across from the seating and viewing area, serve as sports wagering windows.

Harrah's sports book, below, is located in the area across from the Total Rewards Center where the Royal Derby horse racing game took up the center of the floor.


Total Rewards cardholders earn one Reward Credit and one tier credit for every $10 they bet, but it can take up to 24 hours to register.

Open container laws
Don’t even think about walking outside a casino or restaurant while consuming an alcoholic beverage. It’s against the law.

Insider Tip

There is a Hertz Car Rental counter at Harrah's next to the Bell Captain's desk.  It's open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  The counter is closed on Sundays.  Phone number is (609) 441-5522.
Celebration Dinner(s)
If you're planning to enjoy your annual Seven Stars or Diamond Celebration Dinner(s) in Atlantic City and don't already have your voucher(s), look for the special promotional kiosk near the Total Rewards Center at Bally's, Caesars or Harrah's.

Cashout vouchers
Cashout vouchers you receive from slot machines at Atlantic City casinos expire in 365 days. Especially if you're a Seven Stars cardholder, most Caesars casinos will cash them for you after that deadline, but you'll probably get a, "Well, I'll have to check with my supervisor first."  So, if you find yourself on the way to the airport with tickets in hand – and you're not planning a return trip within a year or so, best bet is to mail the voucher to your host.  He or she will have someone process the voucher and you will receive payment by check from the casino.  Remember, casinos can process
vouchers only from their own slots.

Daily tier bonuses
If you're playing to earn a daily tier bonus, and you're playing at more than one Atlantic City casino, you'll have to manually calculate your combined tier credits. The amount shown as your daily play on the Total Touch pad or the kiosk reflects only your score at the casino at which you are playing.

Total Rewards Centers

The Total Rewards Centers at Bally's, Caesars and Harrah's all have different hours.  Check the individual pages on the Seven Stars Insider website.

Insider Tip

Additional information about Atlantic City and the Jersey Shore is available at
There is a $5.99 per transaction fee to use the ATMs in Caesars casinos.
  For ways to save money on ATM fees, check my Mr. AC Casino column, "Ways to save on casino ATM fees."

Seven Stars Lounges
Atlantic City has Seven Stars Lounges both at Caesars and Harrah's.  They can become very crowded – especially at lunchtime on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, as well as cocktail hour.  Unlike the Atlantic City Diamond Lounges which feature buffets, the Seven Stars Lounges offer guests menus with a limited selection of appetizers (a cheese plate, assorted dry snacks, shrimp cocktail, etc.), sandwiches, soups, "small plates" and desserts.  Drinks may be taken out of the lounges, but only after being decanted into plastic cups available at the door.

Harrah's - The lounge is located toward the rear of the Diamond Cove high limit slots area.  There is a small bar and comfortable seating, but many times seats go empty because there are too many tables and groupings for four, when parties of two are more the norm.  Ask if you can share a table.  It will get you seated faster and you might get to meet some new friends.

Insider Tip

Thursdays during the summer when the Harrah's lounge is open there is a limited "light" menu with salads and sandwiches.  The Caesars lounge serves the same menu every day.

Caesars - The lounge is located on the "fine dining level" the third floor of the casino.  Smaller than the lounge at Harrah's, the large rectangular bar in the center of the room is its most distinctive feature.  Again if you see a table that seats four, ask if you can share.

The lounges are open:

Thursday: 4 to 10 p.m.*
Friday: 1 p.m. to 1 a.m.*
Saturday: 1 p.m. to 1 a.m.*
Sunday: Noon to 8 p.m.*

*last admittance is 30 minutes before closing; last call is 20 minutes prior to closing

Diamond Lounges
When the Seven Stars Lounges are not open, Seven Stars cardholders are welcome to enjoy the Diamond Lounges.  The Diamond Lounges offer priority entrance to Seven Stars cardholders, and allow up to three additional guests.

Insider Tip

Bally's Diamond Lounge is the only one that serves breakfast items from noon to 1:45 p.m. on Saturdays.
If there are others waiting to get in, simply walk in the lounge and present your card to the host.  At extremely busy times when there is often a long line – especially when the club first opens
a security guard may be stationed at the door monitoring "traffic".  Again, simply show your card to him/her, and you will receive immediate entry.

From 5 p.m. each day and during opening hours on Saturday and Sunday, each offers
a full buffet consisting of soup, cold cuts, salads, desserts and at least three, if not four, hot entrees.  Drinks may be taken out of the lounges, but only after being decanted into plastic cups available at the door.  A lighter lunch buffet is served Monday through Friday from 2 to 4:45 p.m.

Insider Tip

Always the innovator with its Diamond Lounge fare, Bally’s offers customers some light snacks to enjoy with their cocktails.  Visitors can’t miss the cute cart, above, next to the buffet where they’ll find tortilla chips and salsa, potato chips and dip, and mini-pretzels and mustard.

The Diamond Lounge is located on the sixth floor of the Bally's Tower.  Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, the large lounge has a huge bar which seats approximately 50 people, and Bartender Sandy works hard to keep up with orders from the servers and those sitting at the bar.  There is plenty of other seating for parties of two, four or more.  Also, Bally's Diamond Lounge is the only one that serves breakfast items on Saturdays until 1:45 p.m.

Caesars - The large Diamond Lounge on the second floor of the casino also overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and has a small bar which seats approximately 20 people.
  Be sure to say "hi" to Anthony if he's working.  He'll take good care of you.  There is plenty of other seating for parties of two, four or more.  The window seats overlooking the Boardwalk are the most coveted and there literally are races for those tables when the doors first open.

Harrah's - The Diamond Lounge is located just off the casino floor across from the Eden Lounge and next to the box office for The Concert Venue  There is a small bar [look for Debbie (her nametag says Deborah and she won a "Best Bartender" award in 2014 look for the photo and plaque above the bar) and Magee – they're among Harrah's best and friendliest bartenders, and they really watch out for their customers, often stepping out from behind the bar to take orders or help clean tables].  There is plenty of other seating for parties of two, four or more.

Current hours at the Diamond Lounges are:

Monday - Thursday: 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.* (Bally's is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays)
Friday: 2 to 11 p.m.*
Saturday: Noon to 11 p.m.*
Sunday: Noon to 8 p.m.*

Note: Due to special events and holidays, the Diamond Lounges may alter their hours some days.

*last admittance is 30 minutes before closing; last call is 20 minutes prior to closing

Take a 15-minute ride on The Wheel at Steel Pier.  Tickets are $15 for adults 13 and older, and $12 for children 3 to 12.  Military and those 62 and older with valid ID get 10 percent off if purchasing tickets onsite at The Wheel.  (Prices are exclusive of 12.624 percent New Jersey sales and Atlantic City luxury taxes.)