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South Rim Shuttle Bus Routes 2014

Grand Canyon Nat Park Shuttle Buses
 

Jump to: -- Hiker Express - Village Route - Hermit Route - Kaibab Rim Route -

This fall free shuttle buses are operating on three routes.

  • The routes interconnect, but do not overlap.
  • No tickets are required, and bus stops are clearly marked throughout the park by signs.
  • Buses are white with a green stripe.
  • The buses display the route name on the front.
  • Pets are not permitted on buses.
  • Service may be suspended during inclement weather.
  • The Tusayan Route/ Park & Ride is out of service. Service resumes May 2015.
 
  • Each shuttle bus is equipped with a 2 or 3-capacity bicycle rack on the front. Bicyclists are required to load and unload their own bikes, and are responsible for bike security. Bicycle one way and ride the shuttle the other..

  • 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 by 122 cm) cannot be accommodated on shuttle buses.

  • Most motorized scooters will not fit on the buses..

  • The Scenic Drive Accessibility Permit allows entry for visitors with mobility issues to some areas closed to public traffic. The permit is available at entrance gates, National Park Service visitor centers, and hotel lobbies.
 
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South Rim Transit Map

Fall 2014 (Sept. 6 through Nov. 30, 2014)
South Rim Village Transit Map
(2.8 MB PDF File) letter-size paper (4 pages)

as one large page 22.5" x 17"
(1.8 MB PDF file)
 
2014 Fall South Rim Transit Map thumbnail
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 sheets of paper.

Free shuttle buses take you to places in the park you cannot drive. Park your vehicle in one of the parking areas, proceed to the nearest bus stop, and board the next bus. Information about bus routes is available on the map (you may download it above) and at bus stops. Buses come by every 15-30 minutes.
 


Village Route (Blue) 50 minutes round trip
Now In Service

Provides transportation between Grand Canyon Visitor Center, hotels, restaurants, and campgrounds.
This is not a scenic route, but canyon views are a short walk from some stops.

 
Blue Route Shuttle Map
Map showing the Village Loop (Blue) bus stops
 
Boarding Village Route bus at the Transit Center.

Boarding Village Route bus at Visitor Center.

50 Minutes Round-trip
(without getting off the bus)

Buses run every:

• 30 minutes 5:00 a.m. – 6:00 a.m.
• 15 minutes 6:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
• 30 minutes 7:30 p.m. – 10:00 pm;
Visitors dining in Grand Canyon Village need to be at a bus stop no later than 9:30 pm.


This is not a scenic route,
but rim views are available a short walk from some stops.

 

Kaibab/Rim - Scenic Route (Orange) 50 minutes round trip
Now In Service

Route stops at five scenic viewpoints, Grand Canyon Visitor Center and Yavapai Geology Museum.
This route and the morning Hiker's Express shuttle bus offer the only access to South Kaibab Trailhead.
 
Orange Shuttle Bus Route Map
Map showing the Kaibab/ Rim Route (Orange) bus stops
 
shuttle bus at Yaki Point

Kaibab/Rim Shuttle Bus at the Yaki Point Stop

50 Minutes Round-trip
(without getting off the bus)

Buses run every:
• 15 to 20 minutes 5:00 a.m. – 6:30 a.m.
• 15 minutes 6:30 a.m. to one hour after sunset
• Visitors should be at a bus stop no later than 30 minutes after sunset. (View sunset times)
 

Hermit Road - Scenic Route (Red) 80 minutes round trip
Now In Service: (March 1, through November 30, 2014)

Shuttle bus service on Hermit Road provides transportation between the Village Route Transfer Station and Hermits Rest (7 miles/ 11 km) with stops at nine scenic overlooks. The route is in operation between March 1 and November 30. During that time, the road is closed to private vehicles.

Hermit Road is open to private vehicles only between December 1 and February 28.

 
Hermit Road Red Route Shuttle Maps
 
Shuttle bus boarding at Hermits Rest. Canyon beyond.

Last Stop: Hermits Rest

NPS Photo by michael quinn

80 Minutes Round-trip
(without getting off the bus)
Buses stop at nine overlooks
Hopi Point has toilets
Hermits Rest has water, snack bar, toilets, and a gift shop

Return trip buses stop only at 4 stops:
Hermits Rest, Pima, Mohave, and Powell Points.


Buses run every:
30 minutes 5:00 – 6:00 am
15 minutes 6:00 am to one hour after sunset (Visitors should be at a bus stop no later than 30 minutes after sunset.
(View sunset times)

 
Between March 1 and November 30 of each year, this bus route may be used in conjunction with the rim trail. It is possible to get off at one stop, enjoy a scenic walk along the rim - then get back on the bus at the next stop.


If you feel like taking a longer walk, fill a backpack with food and water, then take the shuttle bus all the way out to Hermit's Rest and day hike the Rim Trail the 8 miles (12.8 km) back to the Village.

 
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Touring Hermit Road

If you enjoy bicycling, Hermit Road is probably the best cycling road in the park. Compared to most roads in the village, there is far less traffic out on Hermit Road since private vehicles are not permitted 9 months of the year. (between March 1, and November 30) Be careful during the winter, though, because the road is open to all vehicles between December 1, and February 28.

Each shuttle bus is equipped with a 2 or 3-capacity bicycle rack on the front. Bicycle one way and ride the shuttle the other. In addition to the road itself, there are three miles of paved Greenway trail - great for cyclists as well as hikers.

 
Grand Canyon Shuttle Bus on Hermit Road
Hermit Road shuttle at Monument Creek Overlook, the east end of the Hermit Road Greenway.
 

 
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Boarding the Hiker's Express Shuttle

The Hiker's Express Shuttle Bus

An early morning bus with service to South Kaibab Trailhead.

Bus departs from Bright Angel Lodge bus stop on the hour; second stop at Backcountry Information Center; third stop at Grand Canyon Visitor Center; last stop at South Kaibab Trailhead.

Bus leaves Bright Angel Lodge at:
5 am, 6 am, and 7 am in September
• 6 am, 7 am, and 8 am in October
• 7 am, 8 am, and 9 am in November

 

 
cell phone audio tour logo with brown phone shown.

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...

 
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1976 photo of Hermit Road shuttle.

The South Rim Shuttle Bus System

For more than 30 years the National Park Service has provided a free shuttle bus system on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park. Visitors and residents have made 75,000,000 boardings.

Many of the buses use compressed or liquefied natural gas, a cleaner burning fuel. 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 by 122 cm) cannot be accommodated on shuttle buses. Most motorized scooters will not fit on buses.

Riding the shuttles makes your stay more enjoyable, while reducing pollution and decreasing traffic congestion.

 

News Releases

May 7, 2014
Tusayan Shuttle at Grand Canyon National Park Begins Saturday, May 10, 2014 – Park and Ride; We’ll be Your Guide

May 8, 2013

Tusayan Route Shuttle to Resume Service between Tusayan, Arizona and Grand Canyon National Park

May 4, 2012
Tusayan Route Shuttle to Resume Service between Tusayan, Arizona and Grand Canyon National Park

May 10, 2011
The National Park Service (NPS) will again offer shuttle bus service between Grand Canyon National Park and the neighboring town of Tusayan. The service will be available from May 14 through September 9 and will run at 15 minute intervals between 8:00 a.m. and 9:30 p.m.

April 14, 2010

The National Park Service (NPS) will offer a shuttle bus route between Grand Canyon National Park and the neighboring town of Tusayan again this summer season. The service will be available from May 15 through September 12 and will run at 15 minute intervals between 8:00 a.m. and 9:30 p.m.

April 2, 2009
National Park Service to offer pilot shuttle bus program between Grand Canyon National Park and the neighboring town of Tusayan again this year.

November 19, 2008
National Park Service reopens historic Hermit Road with a ribbon-cutting ceremony honoring the road and rehabilitation project

November 3, 2008
Grand Canyon National Park's historic Hermit Road scheduled to reopen Saturday, November 15, 2008 with a dedication ceremony honoring the road and rehabilitation project

August 29, 2008
National Park Service to extend pilot shuttle bus program between Grand Canyon National Park and neighboring town of Tusayan

May 19, 2008
National Park Service to test a pilot shuttle bus program between Grand Canyon National Park and neighboring town of Tusayan

May 19th 2008
Grand Canyon National Park to begin operating a 100 percent dedicated fleet of compressed natural gas powered buses

 

 

Tusayan Route (Purple) 40 minutes round trip:
Not in Service: Resumes May 2015

 
Grand Canyon National Park Purple Shuttle Bus Route
 
Shuttle bus stop/shelter in the gateway community of Tusayan, Arizona.

Bus stops/shelters in Tusayan look like this.

(Tusayan is located 7 miles/ 11km south of Grand Canyon Village on the South Rim)

Download the Tusayan Shuttle Route schedule/ bulletin (173kb PDF file)

  • 20 minutes each way (riding time; no stop)
  • Buses run at 20 minute intervals between 8:00 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. daily.
  • In service Saturday, May 10 through Friday, September 5, 2014
Visitors entering the park from Tusayan must present a valid park entrance pass when boarding the bus.
Entrance passes may be purchased at park entrances or at various businesses in Tusayan.

Annual and/or lifetime park passes are accepted.
 
Tusayan Route Schedule

  • First bus leaves Tusayan at 8 am from IMAX Theater.
    First bus leaves Grand Canyon Visitor Center at 8:25 am.
    Last buses leave IMAX at 9:45 p.m. and Grand Canyon Visitor Center at 9:30 pm. daily.

  • Shuttle buses make the following four stops in Tusayan:
    1) IMAX Theater/ R.P.'s Stage Stop
    2) North of Best Western Grand Canyon Squire Inn
    3) The Grand Hotel
    4) Big E Steakhouse and Saloon

    Vehicle parking is available at: Best Western Squire Inn, Grand Hotel, Big E Steakhouse, IMAX/R.P.’s Stage Stop, and the large lot by the Greenway Trailhead on the north end of Tusayan. (up the hill from the north-end roundabout)
 
Tusayan shuttle at the Grand Hotel stop in Tusayan.
Tusayan Shuttle at the Grand Hotel stop in Tusayan. (The shuttle no longer stops at the Grand Canyon airport)
NPS photo by Michael Quinn

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