Getting Around The Grand Canyon
Getting around the South Rim of the Grand Canyon can be easy! Hop Aboard the Free Shuttle Buses
For more than thirty years the National Park Service has provided a free shuttle bus system on the South Rim. The uses run on liquefied or compressed natural gas, a clean-burning fuel. All shuttles feature improved accessibility and can accommodate most wheelchairs. Bicycle racks allow visitors to combine a shuttle ride with bicycling. Riding the shuttles makes your stay more enjoyable, while reducing pollution and lessening traffic congestion. It is easy to take advantage of this free service. Just wait at one of the numerous shuttle bus stops and hop on the next bus. Shuttles run from before sunrise to after sunset, come by frequently, and do not require any ticket or toll. Riders can get on or off at any stop. Ride to a stop, enjoy the view, shop at a gift store, or walk along the rim, and board a later shuttle.
Four shuttle bus routes serve many areas of the South Rim—two operate year-round and two seasonally. When you arrive at the park, look in The Guide for current operating schedules and a map of routes and stops.
Hermits Rest Route (red)
The western-most route winds for seven miles along the rim to Hermits Rest, stopping at viewpoints along the way. The Hermit Rest Route operates from March through November.
Village Route (blue)
This loop, running year-round, connects visitor centers, lodging, restaurants, gift shops, and campgrounds. It provides the best means for arriving at many of the ranger programs. Canyon views unfold a short walk from several of the stops.
Kaibab/Rim Route (orange)
A figure-eight loop centered on Grand Canyon Visitor Center, this shuttle takes riders to the South Kaibab Trailhead, Yavapai Geology Museum, and other canyon viewpoints. This route runs throughout the year and is the onlyway to go to the South Kaibab Trail.
Tusayan Route (purple)
Beginning March 1st and running until September 30th the Tusayan Route runs between Grand Canyon Visitor Center and the gateway community of Tusayan, making four stops in Tusayan starting at 8 AM with a final departure from the National Park Visitor Center back to Tusayan at 9:30 PM
The National Park Service provides complimentary shuttle service that runs every 20 minutes from 8:00 am to 9:30 pm. The buses have bike racks and a National Park Entrance Pass is required. Passes may be purchased at the IMAX Theatre. Click Here for additional information including a map of the park shuttle routes.
Tusayan Route Shuttle Bus. Park and ride; we'll be your guide.