Are There Shuttles From Vegas to the Grand Canyon?

Last Update on June 1, 2022 by Matthew Meier
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The majestic Grand Canyon is one of the seven wonders of the world, and is a 45-minute flight or a four-hour drive from Las Vegas–so if you’re wondering if you can do a day trip from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon, the answer is yes!

Short Answer: There are not Shuttles From Vegas To the Grand Canyon.

Long Answer:

There are many ways to get to the canyon, including driving or flying in from a nearby airport. Tours, shuttles, trains, and flights are available at the South Rim. The North Rim also has a seasonal shuttle service that operates twice a day, and specific tours offer transportation to the canyon. The best way to visit the Grand Canyon is to drive your car or rent a car when you fly. For help choosing a Las Vegas to Grand Canyon tour, click here. 

How to Visit the Grand Canyon Without Your Car

Book Flights From Vegas to Flagstaff

The Flagstaff Pulliam Airport (FLG) is the closest airport to the canyon and is approximately 85 miles from the landmark’s South Rim. You may find cheaper air tickets flying into Phoenix or Las Vegas, but most likely, you’ll need to book a rental car or tour ride to get to the canyon.

Take a Train or Shuttle to the Grand Canyon Village

Once you fly into Flagstaff, you can book a shuttle bus from the airport to the canyon. Then, you can either take a shuttle to Williams or Maswik Lodge; if you have booked your hotel stay at Maswik Lodge, this is a convenient and direct route. 

If you’re considering a train ride to the Grand Canyon, take a shuttle to Williams. You’ll pass through the Colorado Plateau and see everything from Ponderosa Pine forests to vast prairies.

Taxi, Buses, and Charter Services

There are many Charter Services in Sedona, Las Vegas, and Phoenix that you can commission to take you anywhere you wish to go. It’s possible to take a taxi from Flagstaff to the Grand Canyon South Rim; however, this is costly. If you want to visit the South Rim, there are 24-hour taxi services that can take you to and from various locations around Tusayan and the South Rim. 

Transportation Within the Grand Canyon National Park

Once you get into the Grand Canyon Village, you have many transportation options. The area is walkable, and there are many sights along the Grand Canyon rim trails–so you can’t ask for a better commute between overlooks and hotels.

However, if you’re moving between village hotels, the park’s shuttle service is helpful. Riding this shuttle system is free, and you need not make advanced reservations. Unfortunately, it might be crowded during peak hours. For fewer crowds and milder weather, consider visiting the Grand Canyon in May.

The Blue Route shuttle bus connects the campground with many lodges. This is a 50-minute round trip in its entirety. The Orange Route takes you to the Kaibab Rim, a fantastic starting point for many overlooks and hikes. Also, it stops at Yaki Point and Yavapai Geology Museum. The Yavapai Geology Museum is near the Trail of Time’s entrance, one of the easier hiking trails in the canyon. The Red Route takes you to the Hermits Rest; this shuttle loop is an 80-minute round trip with nine scenic stops. 

As you can see, there are many transportation options from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon, including flights, trains, shuttles, taxis, and buses. In addition, once you’re in the Grand Canyon, there are excellent shuttle services along the North Rim and South Rim. 


Matthew Meier

World Traveler. Mandarin Speaker. Founder of MaxTour.
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