South Rim Shuttle Bus Routes 2015
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This summer, free shuttle buses are operating on four routes:
1) Village (Blue) Route
- Connects Visitor Center with Village Facilities and Parking Areas.
2) Kaibab Rim (Orange) Route
- Fastest way get from Visitor Center to canyon views.
3) Hermit Road (Red) Route
For those with 3-4 hours - scenic views along historic road.
4) Tusayan Route/ Park & Ride
During the busy summer season, lines are long at the entrance station and parking is difficult to find on the South Rim. So park in the gateway community of Tusayan and ride a free shuttle bus into the park.
Download a version of this map from links above. The letter-size version keeps the same scale as the large map and it is possible to assemble a map mosaic from the 4 letter-size sheets of paper.
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VIDEO: Visiting Grand Canyon in 4 Hours or Less
One of the best ways you can experience the South Rim of Grand Canyon in 3 to 4 hours is to combine walking with shuttle bus riding.
- 3 minutes, 34 seconds
- Credit / Author:
- Lane & Schreiner
- Date created:
Things to know when riding park shuttle buses.
- Buses are white with a green stripe and display the route name on the front and the side
- No tickets are required; a portion of your entrance fee pays for this important service
- Buses come every 15-30 minutes
- Bus stops are clearly marked throughout the park
- The routes interconnect, but do not overlap
- Bus stops are located approximately every mile along the 13-mile Rim Trail. Walk a portion of the Rim Trail while taking in the views and then get on a shuttle bus. The Rim Trail is wheelchair-accessible from Lookout Studio to the South Kaibab Trailhead
- Bus stops are also in proximity to great cycling opportunities. Bicycle the Greenway Trail to South Kaibab Trailhead or ride Hermit Road to Hermits Rest and then get on a shuttle bus to come back
- Service may be suspended during inclement weather
Shuttle Bus Etiquette
All of the park's buses are wheelchair accessible, but the park does offer a Scenic Drive Accessibility Permit, which allows entry for visitors with mobility issues to some areas closed to public traffic. The permit is available at entrance gates and National Park Service visitor centers.
No eating or open drink containers
No pets. Service animals permitted
Collapse strollers before entering the shuttle bus. No oversized or jogging strollers. Remove baby-back carriers when seated
Shuttle buses can accommodate two or three bicycles, but not tag alongs, baby trailers, or children's bicycles with wheels less than 16 inches (41 cm). Riders must load and unload their bicycles
Shuttle buses are equipped with ramps and space to carry passengers in wheelchairs.Please note: wheelchairs larger than 30 inches wide by 48 inches long (76 cm x 122 cm) cannot be accommodated on shuttle buses and most motorized scooters will not fit
Shuttle buses only stop at designated bus stops
Your phone provides a fun way to learn more about the Park.
Listen to park rangers give 2 minute audio tours at various points of interest on the South Rim, from Hermit Road to Yaki Point, and the North Rim. Learn more...
1976 photo of Hermit Road shuttle.
The South Rim Shuttle Bus System
The National Park Service has provided free shuttle bus service on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park for more than 40 years. All of the park's buses are fully accessible and run on compressed natural gas, which means fewer harmful emissions for people and the environment. And the roadways are far less crowded!
Grand Canyon's shuttle system provides a hassle free way to access South Rim trails, viewpoints, and other points of interest –some areas are only accessible by bus. The shuttle system is not an experience in and of itself, but a means to access all that the South Rim has to offer –hiking;cycling;scenic views and artistic endeavors;historical structures inspired by the regional landscape;and museums and information centers that highlight the park's unique cultural and natural resources. So, park your car and begin your Grand Canyon explorations!
May 11, 2015
From May 23 to September 25, 2015, Grand Canyon National Park will offer shuttle bus service between the park and the neighboring town of Tusayan, AZ.