Tusayan Route Shuttle Bus

General information about the Tusayan Route - The route is not in service at this time Navigation


COVID-19 Safety Modifications to Shuttle Operations:

  • Shuttle capacity is limited to 15 passengers.

  • Face masks/coverings are required. Prior to entry 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.


Tusayan Route (Purple Route) is not in service

The Tusayan Route will not be in service until summer 2021.

4 long lines of cars waiting to enter the park at the South Entrance Station
Cars waiting to enter the park at the South Entrance Station.

Information for Reference

The Tusayan Route (Purple Route) provides shuttle bus service between Tusayan and the park. After making four stops in Tusayan, the shuttle bus heads straight to the Grand Canyon Visitor Center, where you can begin your Grand Canyon experience. Park and ride, we'll be your guide.

Why wait in lines and drive in circles looking for parking? During Spring Break, summer, and fall weekends, lines are long at the entrance station and parking is difficult to find on the South Rim. So park in the gateway community of Tusayan and ride a shuttle bus into the park. No lines, no hassles, no fuss!


Entrance Pass Required

During the Spring Break and Summer - Park in the Gateway Community of Tusayan

  • Ride the free Tusayan Route (purple) shuttle bus into the park, and bypass the wait at the entrance gate.
  • Shuttles run every 20 minutes between 8 am and 9:30 pm. (20 minutes transit time to the Visitor Center.)
  • You must present a valid park entrance pass when boarding the bus.
  • You can buy an entrance pass online from recreation.gov
    An online pass will admit everyone traveling with you in your car or personal vehicle. More about pass options and Buying your Pass Online.
    National Geographic Visitor Center (IMAX Theater)
    {accepts checks and credit cards}
    Vehicle ($35)
    Motorcycle ($30)
    Individual ($20)
    Interagency Annual ($80)

    Grand Canyon South Rim Chamber of Commerce
    (928) 638-2901

    Vehicle ($35)
    Individual ($20) permits.
    Interagency Annual ($80)
    These Tusayan locations sell the:
    ($35) Vehicle Pass
    ($20) Individual pass
    Canyon Plaza Resort
    Pink Jeep Tours

    Red Feather Lodge
    West Wind Air Service

    Learn more about annual and lifetime park passes
Typical Tusayan shuttle bus stop/shelter have red stone benches beneath a olive color corrugated metal roof. There is also a route map exhibit and an elevated sign on a pole that identifies each stop.
Bus stops/shelters in Tusayan look like this. (Grand Hotel stop)

Route Times and Stops

During a normal year, buses will run every 20 minutes between 8 am and 9:30 pm.

Tusayan Route Schedule:

  • 40 minute round-trip
  • First bus leaves IMAX Theater in Tusayan at 8 am.
    Last bus leaves IMAX Theater at 9:45 pm
  • First bus leaves Grand Canyon Visitor Center at 8:25 am
    Last buses leaves Grand Canyon Visitor Center at 9:30 pm
Tusayan Route (Purple) shuttle map shows the four bus stops, buildings shown in brown and parking lots in purple.
Tusayan Area Shuttle Stops.

Shuttles Make the Following 4 stops in Tusayan:

  1. IMAX Theater/ R.P.'s Stage Stop
  2. Best Western Grand Canyon Squire Inn
  3. The Grand Hotel
  4. Big E Steakhouse and Saloon
Day use and overnight visitors can park anywhere in Tusayan to take the bus, including the Grand Hotel, Big E Steakhouse, IMAX/R.P.'s Stage Stop, and the park-and-ride lot on the north end of town.

The park-and-ride lot (off the roundabout near the IMAX Theater) is the best place for day visitors to park RVs and trailers - since there are limited parking options inside the park for RVs.
Tusayan Shuttle at the Imax Theater Stop as seen from across the street and showing the Imax building complex on the left and the shuttle stop on the right.
Tusayan Shuttle at the IMAX Theater stop.

South Entrance Webcam - Live View


Grand Canyon National Park - South Entrance Station Webcam

Please check the date and time in the upper left corner of the frame, to make sure the image you are seeing is current. (Sometimes we loose the connection to the camera)

The South Rim experiences crowded conditions during busy periods throughout the year, including spring break, summer, and holiday times during the fall and winter.

View Webcam

Begin Your Grand Canyon Experience

Once the shuttle bus drops you at Grand Canyon Visitor Center, you can access trails, scenic viewpoints, or the in-park shuttle bus system. For information about the shuttle bus system within the park and Grand Canyon Village services, download the South Rim Pocket Map. You will receive a paper copy of the pocket map when you enter the park.

Pocket Map: Getting Around South Rim shows aerial view of Grand Canyon Village with major roads, and the 4 bus routes shown with colored lines. Buildings such as lodges, and others that provide visitor services are shown, in relation to the canyon rim.
Front and back sides of the South Rim Pocket Map and Services Guide. Click on the image to download as an accessible PDF file (1.1 MB)

Last updated: January 3, 2021

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PO Box 129
Grand Canyon, AZ 86023



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