South Rim Shuttle Bus Routes: Summer 2021

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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.
  • 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.
 
Collage of 3 shuttle bus photos showing passengers boarding buses in different locations
 

Five Shuttle Bus Routes are in Operation this Summer

 

1) Village Route (Blue) Route

Village (Blue) Route >
Connects the Visitor Center Plaza with lodges, campgrounds, the Backcountry Information Center, and Market Plaza (market, bank, and post office).

 

2) Visitor Center Plaza to Hermit Road Express

Visitor Center Plaza to Hermit Road Express >

  • Transports passengers between the Visitor Center Shuttle Bus Terminal and the Hermit Road Transfer Station — to access the Hermit Road (Red Route) shuttle and the Village Historic District.
  • The bus runs every 15 minutes from 12 noon to 8 pm ONLY.
 

3) Kaibab Rim (Orange) Route

Kaibab Rim (Orange) Route >

  • The eastbound part of this route begins at the Visitor Center Shuttle Bus Terminal with direct service to South Kaibab Trailhead. Then it continues to Yaki Point, and Pipe Creek Overlook, then returns to the Visitor Center Shuttle Bus Terminal.
  • The westbound part of this route begins at the Visitor Center Shuttle Bus Terminal, traveling to Mather Point and Yavapai Geology Museum. Then it returns to the Visitor Center Shuttle Bus Terminal.
 

4) Hermit Road (Red Route)

Hermit Road (Red) Route >

  • This route begins at the Hermit Road Interchange, on the west side of the Village Historic District.

  • This shuttle travels along a 7 mile scenic road.with outstanding views of Grand Canyon.

  • Access to Hermit Road is only by shuttle, on foot, or by bicycle between March 1 and November 30, 2021.

 

5) Hikers' Express Shuttle

Hikers' Express Shuttle >
An early morning bus with service from Grand Canyon Village to the South Kaibab Trailhead.

  • The Hikers' Express begins at the Bright Angel Lodge, then travels to the Backcountry Information Center, the Visitor Center Shuttle Bus Terminal, then on to the South Kaibab Trailhead.

    During the months of July and August, the shuttle leaves Bright Angel Lodge at 4, 5, and 6 am. Details >

 
Map showing South Rim Grand Canyon Village and Vicinity showing the three main shuttle bus routes that are in service as of July 17, 2021.
This map shows the three main shuttle bus routes that are in operation as of July 17, 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, in the center, connects the Visitor Center Plaza with lodges, campgrounds, the Backcountry Information Center, and Market Plaza (market, bank, and post office).
 

Not in Service: Tusayan (Purple Route) is CLOSED

The Tusayan (Purple Route) provided shuttle bus service between the gateway community of Tusayan and the park. After making four stops in Tusayan, the bus traveled 6.8 miles/11 km to the South Rim Visitor Center inside the park. The buses ran every 20 minutes between 8 am and 9:30 pm. It was a 40 minute round trip.

Note: the Tusayan (Purple Route) will not be in operation during 2021. The route is closed until further notice.

 

General Things to Know When Riding Park Shuttle Buses

  • Visitors should expect lines causing delays to board a bus during busier times of the day.
  • 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 arrive every 15-30 minutes.
  • Bus stops are clearly marked throughout the park.
  • The routes interconnect, but do not overlap.
  • 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

  • No eating or open drink containers

  • No pets allowed on shuttle buses. Service dogs are permitted (as defined by the Americans With Disabilities Act).

  • 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


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.
 

What are Service Animals?

"Service animal means any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability. Other species of animals, whether wild or domestic, trained or untrained, are not service animals for the purposes of this definition.

The work or tasks performed by a service animal must be directly related to the handler's disability. Examples of work or tasks include, but are not limited to, assisting individuals who are blind or have low vision with navigation and other tasks, alerting individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing to the presence of people or sounds, providing non-violent protection or rescue work, pulling a wheelchair, assisting an individual during a seizure, alerting individuals to the presence of allergens, retrieving items such as medicine or the telephone, providing physical support and assistance with balance and stability to individuals with mobility disabilities, and helping persons with psychiatric and neurological disabilities by preventing or interrupting impulsive or destructive behaviors.

The crime deterrent effects of an animal's presence and the provision of emotional support, well-being, comfort, or companionship do not constitute work or tasks for the purposes of this definition."

- The Americans with Disabilities Act

 
 

 
 
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1976 photo of Hermit Road shuttle.

History of the 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!

South Rim - Tusayan Multimodal Transportation Action Plan (2.72 MB PDF File - 5/2019)
The purpose of this action plan is to enhance the quality, extent,and use of multimodal transportation options between Tusayan and the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park in a manner that benefits visitors, residents, service providers, community members,and park resources.

Last updated: July 19, 2021

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