You have saved, planned and traveled to Grand Canyon National Park. Congratulations! Your fun now begins! Except, you may be wondering if there is a Grand Canyon shuttle to get you from one attraction to another. With over 1,900 square miles to cover, seeing everything can feel like a grand task.
Fortunately, the park is designed to make navigation easy and there are many transportation options to help you experience everything on your travel itinerary. These include bus services, shuttle buses and other options for getting around the park. If you plan to drive your own vehicle or rental car, then you may be wondering where the best spots for parking are. Read below for information on transportation inside of the Grand Canyon National Park.
Grand Canyon Railway
Although used primarily as a way of getting in and out of the park, the Grand Canyon Railway is an attraction itself, providing a completely unique way of viewing the canyon. Originating in the town of Williams, AZ, the Grand Canyon train departs the Williams Depot at 9:30 a.m. and arrives at the Grand Canyon Depot at 11:45 a.m. It leaves the Grand Canyon Depot at 3:30 p.m. and arrives in Williams at 5:45 p.m.
During peak travel season, there may be additional departures from each location. Passengers may choose from six classes of service, with adult ticket prices ranging from $67 for Pullman Class to up to $226 for Luxury Class. To reserve your train ride to the Grand Canyon or to get more information, call (800) 843-8746.
The Trans Canyon Shuttle has been dependably transporting hikers for over 28 years. Considered the original rim to rim shuttle within Grand Canyon National Park, the service operates comfortable, 14-passenger vans from rim-to-rim 170 days of the year. The trip time between the two rims is approximately four and a half hours.
Between mid-May and mid-October, a Trans-Canyon shuttle leaves the South Rim at 8 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. each day. Another shuttle departs the North Rim at 7 a.m. and 2 p.m. daily during this season. During the off season between mid-October and mid-November, one shuttle leaves the South Rim at 8 a.m. and another departs the North Rim at 2 p.m.
Shuttle service is also offered between the South Rim and Marble Canyon. Between May and October, there are two departures from the South Rim: one at 8 a.m. and another at 1:30 p.m. During off-season, only the 8 a.m. departure time is available. Allow three hours to travel from the South Rim to Marble Canyon.
Reservations are required to use the Trans-Canyon Shuttle and fares for one way tickets are currently $90 per person. The company also accepts requests for off-schedule charters, but only for parties of eight or more. Call (928) 638-2820 to reserve your spot today.
South Rim Shuttle Bus System
Finding a Grand Canyon South Rim parking spot can be tough during the busy season. The National Park Service provides a free Grand Canyon South Rim shuttle bus system. It is an easy way to move between points of interest without the hassle of finding parking spots or navigating traffic during busy months. It provides easy access to scenic views, historical structures, visitor centers, museums, hiking and cycling locations.
Grand Canyon shuttle buses arrive every 15 to 30 minutes and bus stops are clearly marked throughout the park. There is a bus stop approximately every mile along the 13-mile Rim Trail. Note that bus service may be suspended during inclement weather. For the greatest ease in traveling, go online and print a South Rim Pocket Map and Services Guide before heading out. You can choose from any of the routes listed below.
Village Route (Blue)
This 50-minute round-trip route begins running at 4 a.m. and ends at 10:30 p.m. You can take a bus to Grand Canyon Visitor Center, Canyon Rim and Greenway trails, hotels, restaurants and campgrounds. There are many incredible canyon views just a short walk from some of the Village Route bus stops.
Kaibab Rim Route (Orange)
Another 50-minute round trip route, the Kaibab Rim Grand Canyon shuttle route is the best one to take for sunrise and sunset views. It provides transportation between the Grand Canyon Visitors Center and five scenic viewpoints, including the Yavapai Geology Museum and Yaki Point.
Hermit Road Route (Red)
Since Hermit Road is closed to private vehicles during the main season, this Grand Canyon shuttle route is the only way to see certain scenic overlooks. It also provides excellent walking and cycling opportunities. Points of interest include Canyon Rim Trail, Greenway Trail, Powell Memorial, Mohave Point and Hermits Rest.
The Tusayan route is a park and ride service offering transportation between the park and the neighboring town of Tusayan. If you are staying in Tusayan, then you can take this bus to the Grand Canyon for free by showing your valid park pass. There are four different bus stops in Tusayan:
- IMAX Theater/RP’s Stage Stop
- Best Western Grand Canyon Squire Inn
- The Grand Hotel
- Big E Steakhouse and Saloon
This bus service also provides an early morning Hiker’s Express Grand Canyon South Rim shuttle that takes hikers to South Kaibab Trailhead. Buses begin running as early as 4 a.m., with actual times varying by the month.
Grand Canyon West Shuttle
A Grand Canyon shuttle service is included with your admission fee when you visit Grand Canyon West. Owned and operated by the Hualapai Indian Tribe, the area includes three scenic viewpoints and the famous glass-bottomed Skywalk Bridge. The hop-on and hop-off Grand Canyon West shuttle service makes it easy to travel between attractions. For more information, call (888) 868-WEST or (928) 769-2636.
Grand Canyon by Car
If you wish to view the Grand Canyon by car, purchase a park vehicle permit for $35. This provides park admission for up to seven days for your vehicle and all of its passengers. You can purchase passes online or at the South Rim, North Rim or Desert View Entrance Stations.
Visitors are encouraged to park at one of the four Visitor Center parking lots and use the free shuttle service to get around. Main Grand Canyon parking lots fill up early in the day, but additional parking is available at Market Plaza, the Village Historic District and other locations.