South Rim Shuttle Bus Routes: Summer 2024 - Grand Canyon National Park (U.S. National Park Service) (2024)

South Rim Shuttle Bus Routes: Summer 2024 - Grand Canyon National Park (U.S. National Park Service) (1)

Summer 2024 — Map of Free South Rim Shuttle Bus Routes

South Rim Shuttle Bus Routes: Summer 2024 - Grand Canyon National Park (U.S. National Park Service) (2)

Shuttle Bus Routes in Operation

May 25, through September 6, 2024 (summer schedule)

1) Village (Blue) Route

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

This loop route connects the Visitor Center Shuttle Bus Terminal with lodges, campgrounds, the Backcountry Information Center, and Market Plaza (general store, and post office). Canyon views are a short walk from some of the stops.

  • 6:30 am to 10:30 am (every 15 minutes)
  • 10:30 am to 8:00 pm (every 10 minutes)
  • 8:00 pm to 8:30 pm (every 15 minutes)
  • Visitors dining in Grand Canyon Village need to be at a bus stop no later than 8:30 pm

List of Village Route Bus Stops, Attractions and Route Map >

2) Kaibab Rim (Orange) Route

First bus is at 5:00 am, and the last bus is at 8:30 pm
(50 minutes round trip)

  • 5:00 AM to 8:30 pm (every 15 minutes)
  • Be at a bus stop no later then 8:30 pm

Eastbound buses start at the Visitor Center Shuttle Bus Terminal, with direct service to South Kaibab Trailhead, continue to Yaki Point and Pipe Creek Overlook, then return to the Visitor Center.

Westbound buses start at the Visitor Center Shuttle Bus Terminal, travel to Mather Point and Yavapai Geology Museum, then return to the Visitor Center.

List of Kaibab Rim Route Bus Stops, Attractions and Route Map >

3) Hermits Rest (Red) Route

The first bus is at 8:00 am, and the last bus is at 7:00 pm

80 minute roundtrip (without getting off the bus).

From the Hermit Road Interchange, this route follows the 7 mile scenic road with outstanding views of Grand Canyon.

  • 8:00 am to 11:00 am (every 15 minutes)
  • 11:00 am to 7:00 pm (every 10 minutes)
  • The last westbound bus leaves the Village at 7:00 pm
  • Be at a bus stop no later than 20 minutes after sunset

Hermits Rest Route - List of Bus Stops, Route Map and Schedule >

  • Hermit Road is closed to private vehicles from March 1, through November 30 and the only motorized access is by shuttle bus or commercial tour.

Hikers' Express Shuttle

An early morning bus with service from Grand Canyon Village to the South Kaibab Trailhead. Year-round service.

  • The Hikers' Express begins at the Bright Angel Lodge on the hour, then travels to the Backcountry Information Center, the Visitor Center Shuttle Bus Terminal, then on to South Kaibab Trailhead.

  • Departs the village at 5 and 6 am from May 25, through August 31, 2024.

Hikers' Express schedule for all months and additional information

4) Tusayan (Purple) Route

The Tusayan (Purple) Route provides free shuttle bus service from the NPS South Rim Visitor Center, to the gateway community of Tusayan.. After making four stops in Tusayan, the bus returns 6.8 miles/11 km to the Visitor Center inside the park.

  • Buses run every 45 minutes between 8 am and 9 pm.
  • A round trip takes 50 minutes.

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

  • Village (Blue) Route In Operation
  • Kaibab Rim (Orange) Route In Operation
  • Hikers' Express Shuttle In Operation
  • Hermit Road (Red) Route In Operation
  • In Operation
South Rim Shuttle Bus Routes: Summer 2024 - Grand Canyon National Park (U.S. National Park Service) (3)

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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