Grand Canyon Visitor Center Shuttle Bus Terminal

Three large white and green buses circle a transit center with signs and shade structures.
Starting at the Visitor Center? Board one of the free shuttle buses and explore the park.


Quick Facts
Visitor Center Plaza
Bus Terminal

Bus/Shuttle Stop, Information, Information Kiosk/Bulletin Board, Wheelchair Accessible


  • Public Restrooms
  • Visitor Center
  • Park Store
  • Bicycle Rental/Grab and Go Cafe

The Grand Canyon Visitor Center Shuttle Bus Terminal is located on the southeast side of the Grand Canyon Visitor Center Plaza in a large, open-air terrace with shade structures and benches. Visitors can leave their vehicles in one of the four Visitor Center Plaza parking lots and tour the South Rim on the free shuttles 

This terminal serves as the main hub for the park's shuttles buses. During the fall season, from September 10 to November 30, 2023, three shuttle routes make stops here.

  1. Village (Blue) Route
  2. Kaibab Rim (Orange) Route
  3. Hikers' Express 

1) Village (Blue) Route

The Village (Blue) Route shuttle connects the Visitor Center Plaza with all lodges, campgrounds, the Backcountry Information Center, and Market Plaza (market, outdoor ATM, and post office).

Village (Blue) Route - Fall Schedule

September 10 to November 30, 2023

  • 50 minutes round trip (without getting off the bus)
  • First bus: 5 am
  • Every 30 minutes: 5 am to 6:30 am
  • Every 15 minutes: 6:30 am to 7:30 pm
  • Every 30 minutes: 7:30 pm to 9:45 pm
  • Last bus: 9:45 pm
    Visitors dining in the village need to be at a bus stop no later than 9:15 pm

2) Kaibab Rim (Orange) Route

Eastbound provides direct service to South Kaibab Trailhead. It continues to Yaki Point, and Pipe Creek Overlook, then returns to the Visitor Center.

Westbound travels to Mather Point and Yavapai Geology Museum, then returns to the Visitor Center.

Kaibab Rim (Orange) Route - Fall Schedule

September 10, through November 30, 2023

  • 50 minutes round trip (without getting off the bus)
  • First Bus: 5 am
  • Every 30 minutes: 5 am to 7 am
  • Every 15 minutes, 7 am until sunset
  • Last bus 30 minutes after sunset
    (September 7:30 pm; October 6:45 pm; November 6 pm)
  • Be at a bus stop no later then 30 minutes after sunset

3) Hikers' Express Shuttle

This early morning shuttle carries hikers from Grand Canyon Village to the South Kaibab Trailhead

Shuttle departs from Bright Angel Lodge shuttle stop on the hour, stopping at the Backcountry Information Center several minutes later. The shuttle then makes a stop at the Visitor Center Shuttle Bus Terminal before continuing on to South Kaibab Trailhead.


Note: Tusayan (Purple) Route 

During the summer months, the Tusayan (Purple) Route provides shuttle bus service between the gateway community of Tusayan and the park. After making four stops in Tusayan, the shuttle heads straight to the NPS Grand Canyon Visitor Center, where you can begin your Grand Canyon experience. 

CLOSED - Summer Only - Service Resumes in May 2024
40 minute round-trip
Buses run every 20 minutes between 8 am and 9:30 pm.

  • 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 

Hermits Rest (Red) Route 

In operation March 1, through November 30, 2023

This route begins at the western end of the Village Historic District.
From the Hermit Road Interchange, 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).

If you're starting from the Visitor Center Bus Terminal, you will need to take a Village (Blue) Route shuttle to the Hermit Road Transfer Station, get off the Village shuttle, then cross the barricade and board a Hermits Rest (Red) Route shuttle to tour the scenic road. 

Hermits Rest (Red) Route Schedule and Information >

Shuttle Bus Rules

  • Masks may be required on park shuttle buses, depending upon current CDC Community Level.
  • No eating or open drink containers.
  • No pets allowed on shuttle buses. Service dogs are permitted (as defined by the Americans With Disabilities Act).

  • Shuttle buses are equipped with ramps and space to carry passengers in wheelchairs. Please note that 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.

  • 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 from the front-facing rack.

  • Shuttle buses only stop at designated bus stops.

Grand Canyon National Park

Last updated: September 10, 2023