Hikers' Express Shuttle Bus

about 20 people with packs waiting at a bus stop in front of a rustic building with a gabled roof.
Hikers waiting at the bus stop in front of the Backcountry Information Center. NPS/M.Quinn

COVID-19 Safety Modifications to Shuttle Operations:

Shuttle capacity is limited to 31 passengers. (7/17/2021)
  • Passengers must have their own face mask/covering.
  • This is a federal mandate that applies to vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals on all public transit.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available for use.
  • Passengers must follow all CDC and public health physical distancing guidelines while in line and on the bus.
  • Sidewalk decals, tape, and signage has been installed at bus stops to promote physical distancing.
  • Buses will undergo daily cleaning according to CDC and public health guidance.
  • Shuttle bus staff will follow specific screening protocols when reporting to work each day.

Hikers' Express Shuttle Bus

  • An early morning bus with service from 3 locations in Grand Canyon Village to South Kaibab Trailhead
  • The shuttle is one-way and does not return hikers from the South Kaibab Trailhead to the village.
Just after sunrise, hikers with packs are boarding a white and green bus. Bus marquee reads, Hiker's Express.
Boarding the Hikers' Express Shuttle in front of the Backcountry Information Center

The Hikers' Express Shuttle Bus

  • Departs Bright Angel Lodge bus stop on the hour
  • Second stop at Backcountry Information Center
  • Third stop at Visitor Center Shuttle Bus Terminal
  • Last stop at South Kaibab Trailhead

Hikers' Express Bus leaves Bright Angel Lodge at:

  • 6 am, 7 am, 8 am in October and April
  • 7 am, 8 am, 9 am in November and March
  • 8 am, 9 am in December, January, February
  • 4 am, 5 am, 6 am in June, July, August
  • 5 am, 6 am, 7 am, September and May

Another option is to park at the Visitor Center and ride the Eastbound Kaibab Rim (Orange) Route shuttle directly from the Visitor Center Shuttle Bus Terminal to South Kaibab Trailhead.


South Rim Shuttle Bus Routes Fall 2021

Map showing South Rim Grand Canyon Village and Vicinity showing the three shuttle bus routes that are in service as of July 17, 2021.
This version of the South Rim Pocket Map shows the three shuttle bus routes that are operating during fall 2021, in the village developed area. The Kaibab Rim (Orange Route), on the right, and the Hermit Road (Red Route) on the left transport visitors to outstanding views. The Village (Blue Route) connects the Visitor Center with lodges, campground, and the bank, market and post office.

Last updated: September 30, 2021

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