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Grand Canyon Shuttle Bus

 

Grand Canyon Shuttle Bus -
Everything You Need to Know

 

The Grand Canyon has a very well thought-out shuttle bus service. Even more, the shuttle bus service is included in your Grand Canyon entrance ticket. You can use the Grand Canyon shuttle bus service as many times as you need. Simply hop-on and hop-off at any of the bus stops.

 

I highly recommend that you take advantage of the Grand Canyon shuttle bus service. It will save you money on gas. You will not be stuck in traffic. In addition, it will take all the stress of finding a parking spot.

 

Grand Canyon Shuttle Bus

 

 

The Grand Canyon Shuttle Bus Routes

 

There are five routes covered by the Grand Canyon shuttle bus service:

 

  • Blue Route/Village Route

 

  • Orange Route/Kaibab Rim Route

 

  • Red Route/Hermits Rest Route

 

  • Purple Route/Tusayan Route

 

  • Hiker’s Express Route

 

 

The Grand Canyon Shuttle Bus Map

 

Grand Canyon Shuttle Bus

Photo credit: NPS

 

 

Blue Route/Village Route

 

The Blue Route also known as the Village Route is a loop that is about 50 minutes long (without getting off the bus).

Furthermore, the Blue Route operates year round and provides transportation between the Grand Canyon Visitor Center, hotels, restaurants, and campgrounds.

 

Grand Canyon Shuttle Bus

Photo credit: NPS

 

Following is a detailed map with all the stops:

Shuttle - Blue Route

Photo credit: NPS

 

  • The first bus leaves from Grand Canyon Visitor Center at 5 am.

Consequently, early morning buses leave at 5:14, 5:44, and 5:59 am.

 

  • During the day, to accommodate all the visitors, buses leave every 8 to 15 minutes from 5:59 am until 7:45 pm.

 

  • Moreover, late evening buses leave at 8:15, 8:30, and 9 pm.

 

  • You should make a note that the last bus to Hermits Rest Route Transfer leaves at 9:15 pm.

 

  • Finally, all the visitors dining in Grand Canyon Village need to be at a bus stop no later than 9:30 pm.

 

 

Orange Route/Kaibab-Rim Route

 

To start with, the Orange Route/Kaibab Rim Route is about 50 minutes long (without getting off the bus). It provides transportation between Grand Canyon Visitor Center and five scenic viewpoints, including:

 

1. Mather Point

2. Yavapai

3. South Kaibab

4. Yaki Point

5. Pipe Creek Vista

Shuttle - Orange Route

Photo credit: NPS

 

Moreover, this route and the morning Hiker’s Express shuttle bus offer the only motorized access to South Kaibab Trailhead.

 

Grand Canyon Shuttle Bus

Photo credit: NPS

 

 

  • The first bus to Yaki Point leaves at 5 am

 

  • In addition, the early morning buses leave at 5:20, 5:40, 6, and 6:20 am

 

  • During the day, shuttle buses leave every 13-20 minutes from 6:20 am until 5:55 pm

 

  • Make a note that the last bus to Yaki Point leaves at 6:55 pm in September, 6:10 pm in October, and 5:55 pm in November.

 

 

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Grand Canyon Shuttle Bus

Grand Canyon Shuttle Bus

 

 

Red Route/Hermit Road Route

 

Red Route/Hermit Road Route shuttle bus provides transportation between Grand Canyon Village and Hermits Rest. The outbound shuttle bus stops at nine scenic overlooks including:

 

1. Trailview Overlook

2. Maricopa Point

3. Powell Point

4. Hopi Point

5. Mohave Point

6. The Abyss

7. Monumnet Creek Vista

8. Pima Point

9. Hermits Rest

 

However, the return shuttle bus has only four stops including:

 

1. Hermits Rest

2. Pima Point

3. Mohave Point

4. Powell Point

 

Grand Canyon Shuttle Bus

 

Following is a detailed map:

Shuttle- Red Route

Photo credit: NPS

 

Red Route/Hermit Road Route shuttle bus operates from March 1 through November 30. During that time Hermit Road is closed to private vehicles. Consequently, Red Route/Hermit Road Route shuttle service does not operated during December, January, and February.

 

  • Shuttle buses leave every 30 minutes between the hours of 5 am and 6 am and every 15 minutes between the hours of 6 am and 10 minutes before sunset.

 

  • The last outbound bus leaves the Village transfer station 10 minutes before sunset.

 

  • The last return bus leaves Hermits Rest one hour after sunset and stops at all bus stops on the way back to the village. View sunset times.

 

 

Purple Route/Tusayan Route

 

Purple Route/Tusayan Route shuttle bus is a great option especially during summer months. The lines at the entrance station to the Grand Canyon National Park could be more than a mile long during that time.

 

In addition, parking inside the park is usually a challenge. Instead of waiting at the entrance and wasting time trying to find a parking spot, you can park in Tusayan and ride a shuttle bus into the park.

 

Grand Canyon Shuttle Bus

Vehicles at the South Entrance Station waiting to enter the park on a busy holiday weekend.

Photo credit: NPS photo by Michael Quinn

 

Purple Route/Tusayan Route shuttle buses run every day starting March 1 through November 30.

Furthermore, Purple Route/Tusayan Route shuttle buses pick up visitors in Tusayan at the following four stops:

 

1. IMAX Theater/ R.P.’s Stage Stop

 

Grand Canyon Shuttle Bus

 

2. Best Western Grand Canyon Squire Inn

3. The Grand Hotel

4. Big E Steakhouse and Saloon

 

After making four stops in Tusayan, the shuttle bus heads straight to the Grand Canyon Visitor Center

By the way, shuttle buses run every 20 minutes between 8 am and 9:30 pm. It takes about 20 minutes to reach the Visitor Center.

 

In order to use Purple Route/Tusayan Route shuttle bus, you must present a valid park entrance pass when boarding the bus.

It is no big deal, you can buy an entrance pass online prior to your trip to the Grand Canyon.

An online pass will admit everyone traveling with you in your car or personal vehicle. In addition, you can purchase an entrance pass in Tusayan at the following locations:

 

  • National Geographic Visitor Center (IMAX Theater)

 

 

  • R.P.’s Stage Stop

 

  • Red Feather Lodge

 

  • Canyon Plaza Resort

 

In addition, if you are visiting several national parks during your vacation, or within a year, consider buying an annual pass.

The cost of the annual pass in 2018 was $80.

An annual pass is your ticket to more than 2,000 federal recreation sites, such as national parks, national wildlife refugees, national forests and grasslands.

You can purchase the pass online. Following is the website: America the Beautiful – National Parks & Federal Recreational Lands Annual Pass

 

 

Hikers’ Express Shuttle Bus

 

The Hiker’s Express Shuttle Bus is an early morning bus with service to South Kaibab Trailhead. I highly recommend it, since there is nothing better than watching the sunrise while descending into the canyon. It is simply a phenomenal experience.

 



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The Hiker’s Express Shuttle Bus departs from Bright Angel Lodge bus stop on the hour. The second stop is at Backcountry Information Center. The third stop is at the Grand Canyon Visitor Center. Finally, the last stop at South Kaibab Trailhead.

 

Bus leaves Bright Angel Lodge at:


7 am, 8 am, 9 am in March
6 am, 7 am, 8 am in April
5 am, 6 am, 7 am in May
4 am, 5 am, 6 am in June, July, August
5 am, 6 am, 7 am in September
6 am, 7 am, 8 am in October
7 am, 8 am, 9 am in November
8 am, 9 am in December, January, February

 

 

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Comments:

2 thoughts on “Grand Canyon Shuttle Bus – Everything You Need to Know


Kim
2019-10-13

Hi we are staying in best western premier squire hotel and I understand the purple line shuttle bus stops at this hotel. May I ask if it’s in service during October?

    2019-10-14

    Hi Kim,

    Tusayan Route Shuttle Bus (Purple) operates from March till September. If you are visiting Grand Canyon in October, then Tusayan Route Shuttle Bus (Purple) will not be operating. It will resume to operate on March 1, 2020 and continue operating till September 27, 2020.

    Since you are visiting in October, you will be fine as far as driving into the park and finding a place to park.

    It gets very busy during summer months and then the purple route shuttle comes in very handy.

    Let me know if I can be of any further assistance.
    Anna

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