Explanation of Narrated Tour BusesUnlike transit (shuttle) buses, which are not narrated, tour buses feature a trained naturalist who both drives the bus and narrates during the trip.
Tour bus trips begin and end at various locations around the entrance of the park - they do not pick up at campgrounds along the Park Road, and they are not set up for passengers to disembark and re-board. Shuttle buses are a better option for passengers who want to get off the bus to hike, picnic, etc.
There are a few different bus tours from which to choose. All tours are conducted by certified driver-naturalists who will provide a guided, informative trip into the park. Tour buses are tan-colored, to help them stand out from a distance. Descriptions of each tour are below.
Reservations and Prices
Reservations for bus trips are made through our bus concessionaire, Doyon/Aramark Joint Venture. You can buy bus tickets online or call 1-800-622-7275. The National Park Service does not operate any of these tours (though a ranger will join participants on each Kantishna Experience Bus for part of the day). Questions concerning departure times, ticket refunds, etc., should be directed to Doyon/Aramark Joint Venture through their website or the phone number previously listed.
Tour bus ticket prices vary year-to-year, and vary depending on the length of your tour.
Bus departures vary a little each day, based on demand. There is therefore no fixed daily schedule. Contact the bus company for precise departure times on a given day.