Tusayan Route Shuttle Bus

Purple Route

Note: Road improvement projects will occur in the park throughout 2018. Expect delays, detours, closures, and parking modifications. Take the Tusayan Route to reduce wait time and frustration.

In Service March 1, through September 30, 2018.

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.

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!

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.


Entrance Pass Required

In order to board a shuttle in Tusayan, visitors must have a valid park pass - this can be a seven-day vehicle, individual, or motorcycle pass. For example, one valid seven-day vehicle pass will get a family onto the bus. Passes can be purchased at park entrance stations or various businesses listed below. There is also a National Park Service fee machine at the IMAX. Annual and lifetime passes are also accepted.

For current parking and road conditions, go to @GrandCanyonNPS on Twitter.

Entrance Pass Purchase Locations:

  • Canyon Plaza Resort
  • National Geographic Visitor Center (IMAX)
  • Red Feather Lodge
  • R.P.’s Stage Stop
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
The Tusayan Route will operate every day between March 1, and September 30, 2018. 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.
Shuttle buses make the following four 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.

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 arrive in the park.

Front and back sides of South Rim Pocket Map and Services Guide
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: February 28, 2018

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