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:

Due to current LOW CDC Community Level in Coconino County —Face masks are not required this week in either indoor or outdoor locations, or on public transportation. However physical distancing is encouraged. Updated every Thursday.

  • As community levels may change from week to week, it is a good idea to bring face masks with you for your family or group.
  • Visitors and employees are always welcome to wear a mask if it makes them more comfortable.
  • Sidewalk decals, tape, and signage has been installed at bus stops to promote physical distancing.
  • Buses undergo daily cleaning according to CDC and public health guidance.

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:

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

Another option is to park in one of the 4 lots around the Visitor Center Plaza and ride the Eastbound Kaibab Rim (Orange) Route bus directly from the Visitor Center Shuttle Bus Terminal, to South Kaibab Trailhead.


Spring 2023 — South Rim Shuttle Bus Route Map

Map showing South Rim Grand Canyon Village and Vicinity showing three shuttle bus routes that are in service during fall 2022.
Three shuttle bus routes are in operation between March 1, and May 26, 2023, in the village developed area. The Kaibab Rim (Orange) Route, right, transports visitors to the S. Kaibab Trailhead and outstanding views at Yaki Point. The Village (Blue) Route, center, connects the Visitor Center with lodges, campgrounds, the Backcountry Information Center, and Market Plaza (market, outdoor ATM, and post office). The Hermit Road (Red) Route, upper left, travels a 7 mile scenic road for great views.

Additional Shuttle Bus Routes

Shuttle Bus Home Page

Last updated: February 28, 2023

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Grand Canyon, AZ 86023



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