Village (Blue) Route Shuttle Bus

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An outdoor shuttle bus terminal. In the foreground, about a dozen people are sitting under an open air shade pavilion. On their right, a line of people about to board a green and white bus.
Park Visitors about to board the Village (Blue) Route bus at the Visitor Center Shuttle Bus Terminal. This is the view seen walking east from the Visitor Center Plaza. The eastbound and westbound Kaibab (Orange) Route shuttle also stop here.

NPS/M. Quinn 8/1/2021

 

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.
  • This is a federal mandate that applies to vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals on all public transit.
  • 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.
 

Village (Blue) Route

Now In Service

This loop route provides transportation between the Visitor Center Plaza, lodges, restaurants, campgrounds, the Backcountry Information Center and Market Plaza (market, bank and post office).

 
a white and green bus is unloading passengers by a rustic open bus stop with a shake roof. in the background, a four story hotel.
The Village (Blue) Route shuttle at the train depot stop. El Tovar Hotel is in the background.

50 Minutes Round-trip

(without getting off the bus)

Summer 2021 Bus Schedule:

(July 17 - September 10, 2020)

  • Every 30 minutes 5–6:30 am
  • Every 15 minutes 6:30 am–7:30 pm
  • Every 30 minutes 7:30–10 pm
  • Last bus: 9:30 pm

Visitors dining in Grand Canyon Village need to be at a bus stop no later than 9 pm.

 

Village (Blue) Route - Need to Know

  • Canyon views are a short walk from some of the bus stops.

  • The Canyon Rim Trail and greenway trails can be accessed via this route – but be aware of ice and snow during winter months (and sometimes during spring) along these trails.

Please refer to the loop diagram below, along with the "South Rim Pocket Map and Services Guide (1.1 MB PDF file) for more information about this route.

 
Blue Route Shuttle loop map showing all stops
Map showing the Village Loop (blue) shuttle bus stops
 

Points of Interest

(also shown on the map below)

  • Grand Canyon Visitor Center

  • Market Plaza

  • Shrine of the Ages/Park Headquarters

  • El Tovar/Hopi House/Train Depot

  • Village Amphitheater

  • Verkamp’s Visitor Center

  • Bright Angel and Maswik lodges

  • Lookout Studio

  • Kolb Studio

  • Bright Angel Trail

  • Backcountry Information Center

  • Mather Campground/Trailer Village

 

Canyon Views are a Short Walk from these Bus Stops:

(Locations are shown on the map below)
  • Train Depot
  • Bright Angel Lodge
  • Hermit Road Transfer Station
 

Summer and Fall 2021 - Map of South Rim Bus Routes

 
Map showing South Rim Grand Canyon Village and Vicinity showing the three shuttle bus routes that are in service as of July 17, 2021.
This version of the South Rim Pocket Map shows the three shuttle bus routes that are operating 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) connects the Visitor Center with lodges, campground, with the bank, market and post office. Note: the Tusayan (Purple Route) is not in operation during 2021.
 
 

Beautiful Views and Early Park History

Leave the car in parking lot A near the Shrine of the Ages and walk west along the Rim Trail taking in spectacular canyon views. In approximately 1.5 miles (2.4 km), you will come to historic Grand Canyon Village, where you can visit some of the historic hotels, Hopi House, Verkamp's Visitor Center, Lookout Studio, and Kolb Studio. From there, continue your canyon adventures out along Hermit Road (Red) Route, or if you are short on time, ride the Village Route back to parking lot A.

 

Discover the Canyon's Geologic Story

Leave the car in one of the parking areas at Grand Canyon Visitor Center, follow the canyon rim signs to Mather Point, and walk west along the Rim Trail taking in spectacular canyon views. In approximately 0.7 miles (1.1 km), you will come to Yavapai Point Geology Museum, where you can learn about the canyon's geologic history.

From the museum, you can take the Kaibab Rim (Orange) Route back to the visitor center or continue walking another 1.0 mile (1.6 km) along the Rim Trail to the Shrine of Ages, where you can ride the Village Route back to the visitor center or keep walking along the Rim Trail to Grand Canyon Village (see itinerary above).

 

History, Canyon Views and Adventure Await

Leave the car in one of the parking areas at Grand Canyon Visitor Center, follow the shuttle bus signs, and get on the Village Route bus. Ride it to historic Grand Canyon Village and admire the train depot, historic hotels, Hopi House, Verkamp's Visitor Center, Lookout Studio, and Kolb Studio. From there, continue your canyon adventures out along Hermit Road (Red) Route (in service March 1 through November 30) or if you are short on time, ride the Village Route back to the visitor center.

 
When walking or cycling at the Grand Canyon, make sure to take your time and carry food and water with you. The South Rim of Grand Canyon averages 7,000 feet / 2,134 meters above sea level. Visitors with respiratory or heart problems may experience difficulties. Exercising at this elevation can be strenuous.
 
 
 

Visitor Center Plaza to Hermit Road Express Bus

In service through September 10, 2021, the Visitor Center Plaza to Hermit Road Express bus transports passengers from the Visitor Center Shuttle Bus Terminal to the Hermit Road Transfer Station — in the Village Historic District.

  • The Express bus runs directly from the Visitor Center Shuttle Bus Terminal to the Hermit Road Transfer Station, then returns to the Visitor Center.
  • The Express bus does not make any other stops in the Village.
  • The Express bus runs every 15 minutes from 12 noon to 8 pm ONLY.

Last updated: August 2, 2021

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Phone:

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