When heading to the South Rim, it's easiest to park at a designated parking spot and then take a free shuttle from there. The Grand Canyon Visitor Center has four large parking lots. Grand Canyon Village also has a number of lots; refer to the park's free newspaper, The Guide, available at all park entrances, for a map of parking locations. Three shuttle routes serve Grand Canyon Village, the Grand Canyon Visitor Center, Mather Point, Yavapai Point, Yaki Point, and Hermit Road. Shuttles run year-round in Grand Canyon Village and from March to November on Hermit Road. When shuttles are in service, Hermit Road and Yaki Point (including the South Kaibab trail head) are closed to private vehicles.
If you're visiting from abroad and plan to rent a car in the United States, keep in mind that foreign driver's licenses are usually recognized in the U.S., but you may want to consider obtaining an international driver's license.
Taxes are already included in the printed price for gasoline. One U.S. gallon equals 3.8 liters or .85 imperial gallons. It is less expensive to buy gasoline in the gateway cities than along the highway or at the Grand Canyon itself.
International visitors should note that insurance and taxes are almost never included in quoted rental-car rates in the U.S. Be sure to ask your rental agency about additional fees for these. They can add a significant cost to your car rental.
International visitors can buy a USA Rail Pass, good for 15, 30, or 45 days of unlimited travel on Amtrak (tel. 800/USA-RAIL in the U.S. or Canada; tel. 001/215-856-7953 outside the U.S.; www.amtrak.com). The pass is available online or through many overseas travel agents. See Amtrak's website for the cost of travel within the western, eastern, or northwestern United States. Reservations are generally required and should be made as early as possible. Regional rail passes are also available. The closest Amtrak station to the Grand Canyon is in Flagstaff, and there is also a historic railway that links Williams directly to the Grand Canyon's South Rim.
Greyhound (tel. 800/231-2222 in the U.S.; tel. 001/214/849-8100 outside the U.S. with toll-free access; www.greyhound.com) is the sole nationwide bus line. International visitors can obtain information about the Greyhound North American Discovery Pass. The pass, which offers unlimited travel and stopovers in the U.S. and Canada, can be obtained outside the United States from travel agents or through www.discoverypass.com.
Daily shuttle service between the North and South rims (and to Marble Canyon/Lees Ferry) is available from mid-May to mid-October on the Trans-Canyon Shuttle (tel. 928/638-2820; www.trans-canyonshuttle.com). This is the only way to travel between the two rims besides hiking or driving, and the trip takes 4 1/2 hours. The fare is $80 one-way, $150 round-trip, for all ages. Reservations required.
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.