If possible, use one of these transportation options to avoid South Rim traffic jams and parking problems.

By Bus—Free shuttle buses operate on three routes within the park. The Village (Blue) Route bus circles through Grand Canyon Village throughout the day, with frequent stops at the Grand Canyon Visitor Center, hotels, campgrounds, restaurants, Market Plaza (site of a general store, bank, laundry, and showers), and other facilities. The Hermit Road (Red) Route bus takes visitors to eight canyon overlooks west of Bright Angel Lodge (this bus does not operate December–February). The Kaibab Rim (Orange) Route bus stops at the Grand Canyon Visitor Center, Mather Point, Yavapai Geology Museum, Pipe Creek Vista, the South Kaibab trail head, and Yaki Point. An early-morning Hikers’ Express bus to the South Kaibab trail head runs from Bright Angel Lodge, with stops at the Back Country Information Office and the Grand Canyon Visitor Center, to the trail head; it operates 4am to 6am in summer, but as late as 7am to 9am in winter (for the full schedule, see park website). From March through September, the Tusayan (Purple) Route operates between the town of Tusayan, outside the park, and Grand Canyon Village, inside the park. To use this shuttle, you must have a valid park entrance pass.

Between mid-May and mid-October, Trans Canyon (www.trans-canyonshuttle.com; tel. 928/638-2820) offers shuttle-bus service between the South Rim and the North Rim. The vans leave the South Rim at 8am and 1:30pm and arrive at the North Rim at 1:30pm and 6pm. The return trip leaves the North Rim at 7am and 2pm, arriving at the South Rim at 11:30am and 6:30pm. The fare is $90 each way; reservations are required.


By Taxi—Taxi service is available to and from Grand Canyon Airport, trail heads, and other destinations (tel. 928/638-2631, ext. 6563). The fare from the airport to Grand Canyon Village is $10 for up to two adults, $5 for each additional person.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.