Getting Around the Grand Canyon

On the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, free shuttle buses run to several stops within the park. Buses can accommodate a few bicycles and are equipped for wheelchairs, although motorized scooters are unlikely to fit on the bus. The buses run on four connecting routes throughout the park. A shuttle also runs from Grand Canyon Village to Tusayan, just outside the south entrance to the park, during busier months. The Trans-Canyon Shuttle runs daily between the South Rim and the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park. This service is especially useful to hikers trekking from rim to rim and other visitors who want to rest while traveling to both areas of Grand Canyon National Park. Reservations are required.

Flights arrive at Grand Canyon Airport in Tusayan, Arizona, from Las Vegas and other cities on a limited schedule. Air passengers can take a taxi operated by Xanterra South Rim to Grand Canyon Village, or they can utilize the free shuttle from Tusayan run by the National Park Service. Commercial airlines serve airports in Flagstaff and Phoenix, where charter shuttles are available to Grand Canyon National Park. Helicopter flights are also available from Las Vegas, some of which land in the Grand Canyon for a brief stop.

Greyhound Bus Lines are available to and from Flagstaff and Williams, where other forms of transport can be arranged to and from Grand Canyon National Park. Flagstaff Shuttle and Charter offers transportation to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon from Flagstaff, Phoenix, and Sedona. They offer custom schedules to individuals and groups. Their chartered Grand Canyon Shuttle provides personalized door-to-door service and is available for trips from the South Rim to the North Rim and back. Arizona Shuttle provides daily scheduled service between Flagstaff, Williams, and Grand Canyon Village.

Amtrak offers train service to Flagstaff, Arizona, for passengers willing to use other connecting services to and from Grand Canyon National Park. The Grand Canyon Railway runs from Williams, AZ to Grand Canyon Village daily and offers a scenic trip on vintage railcars.

Bright Angel Bicycles offers bike rentals on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National park. Bicycles are permitted on roads but are prohibited on park trails, including those below the rim. The park’s free shuttle buses are equipped with bicycle racks, making it possible to bike part of the trip and ride the shuttle the rest of the way.