Grand Canyon Shuttle Bus Guide

Grand Canyon Shuttle Bus

To both make your travels less stressful and to ease vehicle congestion in the park, there are free shuttle buses available on both the South and North Rims of Grand Canyon National Park.  Grand Canyon Guru teaches you the ins and outs of Grand Canyon shuttle buses so you can make the most of your time in the park. Learn about shuttle bus basics or go to our South and North Rim destination pages for detailed shuttle bus routes, times and information.Read on for more insider tips on how skip the lines and use the shuttle buses to make your trip more enjoyable and relaxing! Read the guide below to learn about Grand Canyon shuttle bus options, stops and routes, or check out our Grand Canyon National Park map to find shuttle stops and other park attractions and destinations.

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Grand Canyon Shuttle Bus Routes

Grand Canyon South Rim Shuttle Bus Basics

  • All park shuttle buses are white with a green stripe and display the route name on the front and the side.
  • No tickets are required and you can hop on and off as many times as you like (the only exception to this is you are using the Tusayan Route to enter the park for the first time--please see the 'Tusayan Route' section below for more information).
  • Buses come every 15 minutes during peak hours and every 30 minutes very early or late in the day.
  • Bus stops are clearly marked throughout the park.
  • The routes interconnect, but do not overlap.
  • Buses can accommodate 2-3 large child or adult bicycles, giving you the option to enjoy a one-way bike ride followed by a free shuttle to get you back to where you started.
  • Service may be suspended during inclement weather, including extremely high winds, summer monsoon thunderstorms and winter weather conditions.
  • No eating or open drink containers; water bottles are permitted.
  • No pets but service animals permitted.
  • Collapse strollers before entering the shuttle bus and store in the raised space at the front of the bus. Oversized or jogging strollers will not fit.  Remove baby backpack carriers when seated.
  • Shuttle buses only stop at designated bus stops--you cannot flag down a bus in between stops and drivers will not stop if you attempt to do so.

South Rim Shuttle Bus Routes

Park shuttle bus routes have both a name and a color so don't let this confuse you.

Shuttles and Buses to Grand Canyon National Park

There are several shuttle services that run from Phoenix and Flagstaff to the South Rim seasonally.  These shuttles run several times a day, and you can also get connecting shuttles from Camp Verde and Sedona, AZ.

  • Flagstaff Shuttle and Charter offers on demand shuttle service between Flagstaff/Sedona/Williams and Grand Canyon National Park, as well as shuttle between North and South Rims of the park. Custom itineraries and pickup times may be scheduled at flat or hourly rates 888-215-3105.
  • One Day Tours offers on demand shuttle service between Las Vegas, NV and the South Rim. Text (702) 703-4426.
  • Arizona Shuttle offers daily scheduled service between Tucson, Phoenix and Flagstaff, and between Flagstaff and Williams and the South Rim 928-225-2290 or 800-563-1980.
  • Greyhound Bus Lines 800-231-2222 or 928-774-4573 Does not go to Grand Canyon National Park Service from Flagstaff, AZ and Williams, AZ to destinations nationwide.
  • Learn more about Grand Canyon Buses, Taxis and Charters.

Grand Canyon North Rim Shuttles

A hiker’s paradise, the North Rim offers both local transport to the North Kaibab Trailhead as well as transportation options for rim-to-rim hikers. Shuttle service on the North Rim has changed over the years and is, at this point, very limited. Twice a day, early in the morning a free shuttle takes hikers from the Grand Canyon Lodge to the North Kaibab Trailhead. Despite the limited shuttle services on this side of the canyon, most visitors don't even notice since most North Rim locations are within a short walk of the Visitor Center and you can drive your own vehicle to the famous North Rim overlooks including Cape Royal and Point Imperial.

  • Trans-Canyon (Rim-to-Rim) Shuttle 4.5 hrs/one-way. Available May 15 through October 15 while the North Rim and all services are open. This shuttle is also available for backcountry hikers with permits from October 16 through November 30. Two trips daily from North to South and from South to North.
  • Grand Canyon North Rim Lodge This shuttle takes hikers from the North Rim Lodge to the North Kaibab Trailhead.  Pick-up times are 5:45 am and 7:10 am. from May 15th through October 15th and reservations can be made at the front desk 24hours in advance.

Grand Canyon West Rim Shuttles

There is no scheduled shuttle service from any major city to the West Rim and Grand Canyon Skywalk.  There are, however, several tour companies that run from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon West including Jeep Tours, Bus Tours, and Scenic Flights. Because the road to Grand Canyon West is now paved, many visitors choose to drive their own cars as well. If you choose to do this, you must still take the hop-on, hop-off shuttle service that takes you from point to point within the Tribal Park.

Grand Canyon East Rim Shuttles

There is no scheduled shuttle to the East Rim and Marble Canyon, but there are private shuttle and tour operators that will go to these destinations. If you're headed to the East rim renting a car is the best way to explore this area.

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