Options, Grand Canyon National Park
Private or rental car is the best way to get to either rim of canyon but there are a few other options depending on where you’re coming from:
• South Rim Train/shuttles
Amtrak has service to Flagstaff and Williams on the Southwest Chief route from various towns and cities, including Las Vegas and Albuquerque. From there, you’ll need to take a shuttle to Grand Canyon Village.
This company offers daily service from Williams and Flagstaff, and Phoenix Sky Harbor airport to Flagstaff:
On-demand shuttle service/tours may also be arranged from Sedona, Phoenix, Las Vegas and Flagstaff:
Grand Canyon Railway offers packages from Williams to the South Rim. These range from one-day trips with an overnight stay in Williams, to 3-night packages with two nights in Williams and one night at Maswik Lodge within the park.
• North Rim Shuttles:
Train service isn’t available to this location so the only way to reach it is by car, tour, scheduled or on-demand shuttle. The North Rim is also virtually closed from mid-October - mid-May. For shuttles:
Once-daily service between the North and South Rim:
On-demand shuttles from Flagstaff:
Greyhound has service to Flagstaff and Williams from any number of cities:
There are too many to cover, and can range from quickie one-day trips to multi-day packages including any number of western National Parks, standard, escorted bus tours to backpacker/adventure-travel options, and private, customized arrangements: Here are just a few:
One caution here: however you do it, it’s HIGHLY advised to book something which gives you at least one overnight at the canyon. Also, be sure your tour goes to Grand Canyon NATIONAL PARK and not Grand Canyon WEST. See my “Grand Canyon WEST: Not the National Park” and “Why only one day is a bad idea” reviews:
Bus Service: Greyhound Busline offers service from Flagstaff, Williams, Arizona, to points nationwide.
Railroad: Grand Canyon Railway at (800)-THE -TRAIN (800) 843-8724.
Taxi Service: Available to Grand Canyon Airport, trailheads and other destinations 24 hours daily; (928) 638-2822 or (928) 638-2631 ext. 6563.
Infromation about Phantom Ranch facilities, mule trips, horseback riding, air tours, one-day float trips, and motorcoach tours is available at the lodge lobbies. Call (928) 2631 ext. 6015.
Rim to Rim Shuttle: Daily roundtrip between the North Rim and South Rim. Reservations required;(928) 638-2820.
Rental Cars: Enterprice Rent a car at the airport. (928) 638-2871, staffed 9am-5pm.
Call (928) 638-0821 for prices and schedules.
We bought special trip to Grand Canyon Park from Las Vegas. There are a lot of options for You.
*Bus 12hrs cost from 99USD
*plane 3hrs cost from 175USD
*plane and bus cost from 199USd (my favorite) 7hrs
*helicopter cost from 329USD 5hrs
By plane (whatever sizes) or by car.
For those adventurous, try going by the mule-back. Though mule trips are not for everyone either, esp. acrophobes!