South Rim Shuttle Bus Routes: Fall 2023

Collage of 3 shuttle bus photos showing passengers boarding buses in different locations
Between November 1, and November 20, 2023, the following shuttle routes are in operation. Village (Blue) Route, Kaibab (Orange) Route, Hermits Rest (Red) Route, and the Hikers' Express Shuttle. Details for each route are listed on this page. All shuttle service is free; the service is included with your park entrance fees.

Fall 2023 Map of Free South Rim Shuttle Bus Routes

Map showing South Rim Grand Canyon Village and Vicinity showing four shuttle bus routes that are in service during summer 2023
Three shuttle bus routes operate from Sept. 10 through November 30, 2023. Kaibab Rim (Orange) Route, right, transports visitors to S. Kaibab Trailhead and outstanding views at Yaki Point. Village (Blue) Route, center, connects Visitor Center with lodges, campgrounds, Backcountry Information Center, and Market Plaza (market, outdoor ATM, post office). Hermit Road (Red) Route, upper left, travels a 7-mile scenic road for great views. Tusayan (Purple) Route will resume service during summer 2024.

Shuttle Bus Routes in Operation

November 1, through November 30, 2023


1) Village (Blue) Route - Year-round

First bus is at 7 am, and the last bus is 7:45 pm. (50 minutes round trip)

  • Every 15 minutes: 7:00 am to 7:30 pm
  • Visitors dining in the village need to be at a bus stop no later than 7:15 pm

This loop connects the Visitor Center Shuttle Bus Terminal with lodges, campgrounds, the Backcountry Information Center, and Market Plaza (market, outdoor ATM, and post office).


2) Kaibab Rim (Orange) Route - Year-round

First bus is at 7 am, and the last bus is at 6 pm. (50 minutes round trip)

  • Every 15 minutes: 7 am until 6 pm
  • Be at a bus stop no later than 5:45 pm


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.


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.


3) Hikers' Express Shuttle - Year-round

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 South Kaibab Trailhead.

  • November times: 7 am, 8 am, 9 am

  • Hikers' Express 2023-2024 — Schedule and Details

4) Hermits Rest (Red) Route - Seasonal

First Bus is at 8:30 am, and the last bus is 6 pm (80 minutes round trip)

  • Every 15 minutes: 8:30 am until 6 pm
  • Be at a bus stop no later than 5:45 pm

Between March 1 and November 30, 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. Round trip takes 80 minutes (without getting off the bus).

  • Hermits Rest (Red) Route route map and schedule>

  • Between March 1, and November 30, Hermit Road can only be accessed by the free Hermit Road (Red) Route shuttle bus, on foot, bicycle, or by commercial tour. The road is closed to private vehicles.



Tusayan (Purple) Route CLOSED - Summer Only

Between Memorial Day and Labor Day 2024, the Tusayan (Purple Route) will povide free shuttle bus service from the park to the gateway community of Tusayan. After making four stops in Tusayan, the bus travels 6.8 miles/11 km to the South Rim Visitor Center inside the park. The buses run every 20 minutes between 8 am and 9:30 pm. A round trip takes 40 minutes. Not in Service at this time. Service ended on September 8, 2023.


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 shuttle buses are wheelchair accessible, however, 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 stations 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


Additional Shuttle Bus Routes

Shuttle Bus Home Page


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.

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