The National Park Service runs an extensive shuttle service on the South Rim with three interlocking routes. The service is free, and generally runs from before sunrise until after sunset, depending on the route. During the summer the park service operates a shuttle from Tusayan into the park.
The South Rim has an airport and rail service and is a 60 minute drive from Interstate 40 and the town of Williams (map) – and 90 minutes from Flagstaff (map), also on Interstate 40.
BY CAR > The majority of visitors to the South Rim of the park arrive from the south on Arizona Route 64 (AZ 64) (conjoined with US highway 180). Or, you can enter the South Rim from the east on AZ64.
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BUS > There are no commercial bus lines offering transportation to either rim, but several tour companies offer guided tours originating in Flagstaff, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and other locations. There is a small shuttle service, Arizona Shuttle Service, which does carry passengers and luggage from the Flagstaff Amtrak station (map). GoToBus.com is the leading go-to website for booking inter-city bus ticket online. Intercity bus travel is widespread, but not available everywhere. (*Long-distance bus travel in the United States)
RAIL > AMTRAK | eTicketing | Interactive Map. Amtrak’s Southwest Chief, with trains operating daily between Chicago and Los Angeles, stops at Williams Junction 3 mi (4.8 km) east of Williams town, with connections to the Grand Canyon Railway in Williams. The Grand Canyon Railway operates a train ride from the town of Williams to the Grand Canyon Village (travel time is 2½ hours in each direction). (*Rail travel in the United States)
AIRPORTS > Grand Canyon National Park Airport – The airport is primarily used for scenic tours and charter flights, but there is scheduled commercial service. Las Vegas / McCarran International Airport, which is 275 mi (443 km) from the South Rim. Phoenix / Sky Harbor Airport, 230 mi (370 km) from the South Rim. Flagstaff’s / Pulliam Airport is the nearest commercial airport to the canyon. Flight Delay Information — Air Traffic Control System Command Center.
WATERWAYS > Washington State Ferries | Route Maps: Where we sail (PDF). Bluewater Ferry Inc. (USA – Canada). America has the largest system of inland waterways of any country in the world. It is entirely possible to navigate around within the United States by boat. The New York State Canal System • The St. Lawrence Seaway • *The Mississippi River.
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