Getting Around Inside Grand Canyon National Park
Guided bus tours and hiker shuttles are two options for navigating the Grand Canyon.
Once you get to the Grand Canyon, how do you get around? Here are some options.
Shuttle To and From North Rim and South Rim
The Trans-Canyon Shuttle runs between the north and south rims of the park once each day, in each direction, and the travel time is about 4 1/2 hours each way. This is the only means of public transportation between the rims aside from hiking or driving yourself.
Reservations are required and can be made by calling 928-638-2820. Scheduled service is available between mid-May and mid-October.
Hiker Shuttle at North Rim
A shuttle from the Grand Canyon Lodge at the North Rim to the North Kaibab trailhead is available twice daily in the morning. Purchase tickets at Grand Canyon Lodge front desk. The passenger pick-up is in front of the lodge. Reservations are required 24 hours in advance.
Free South Rim Shuttle
Ride the park’s free shuttle buses and save fuel. The free shuttle buses operate in and around the South Rim’s Grand Canyon Village. No tickets are required and bus stops are clearly marked throughout the park by signs.
Guided Bus Tours
Xanterra Parks & Resorts conducts Guided Bus Tours within the park. Call (303) 297-2757, toll free (888) 297-2757, FAX (303) 297-3175.
Visitors arriving in the park should contact any transportation desk for information or call (928) 638-2631 to make arrangements.
Tours include Sunrise, Sunset, Desert View Drive, and Hermits Rest Road. Tours are available throughout the year. Wheelchair-accessible coaches are available by prior arrangement.
Concessioner Transportation Desks
Information about Phantom Ranch facilities, mule trips, horseback riding, air tours, one-day float trips, and motor coach tours (including wheelchair-accessible vehicles) is available in the lodge lobbies (hours vary seasonally). Call (928) 638-2631, ext. 6015.
* Maswik Lodge Transportation Desk – Times vary based on seasonal demand.
* Bright Angel Lodge Transportation Desk – Times vary based on seasonal demand.
* Yavapai Lodge Transportation Desk – Times vary based on seasonal demand.
On-Call Paratransit Service
For visitors needing mobility assistance and do not have their own transportation or are not part of a guided tour. Accessible shuttle buses may be available in response to requests made at least 24 hours in advance. Call 928-638-0591.