Grand Canyon Tours from Las Vegas, Bus, Train and Helicopter

Grand Canyon Tours from Las Vegas, by bus, rail… even helicopter

Las Vegas NV is a fascinating place; home to showgirls, the ‘Strip’ and enough lights to find the city from outer space, its Nevada location also makes it a great starting point for any trip out West. It’s easy to find Grand Canyon tours from Las Vegas; why not add a couple of days to your itinerary and plan an overnight trip to the world’s most famous gorge?

Although Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon are 180 miles apart as the crow flies, it takes 280 highway miles or about six hours of driving to get between the two. The majority of people sign up with commercial Grand Canyon tours from Las Vegas to reach the gorge. Commercial tours companies can be a great way to visit the canyon. Simply pick your preferred method of travel and/or sightseeing and go; options include airplane, ATV, bus, helicopter, Jeep/SUV and train tours.

For example, the Grand Canyon Tour Company offers an overnight Grand Canyon Railway tour that departs from Las Vegas. Guests ride a deluxe motor coach to Williams, AZ where to enjoy the town and spend a night in the historic Grand Canyon Railway Hotel. The next day guests ride the train 65 miles to the canyon’s South Rim. Prices vary; visit for more information.

Tours that take place specifically at the Grand Canyon require transportation from Las Vegas; tour companies typically transport guests by airplane, which takes one to two hours of travel time. Las Vegas Grand Canyon Tours has a wide variety of tours that can be customized according to your individual interests and preferences. Visit them at for a thorough listing.

Cost: commercial Grand Canyon tours from Las Vegas can be expensive, expect to pay around $75 to $200 for a bus tour and around $200 to $350 for a helicopter or airplane tour. Please note; helicopter tours that land on the bottom of the canyon are more expensive than those that only fly over.

If you prefer to drive to the canyon yourself, keep in mind that traffic and parking can be difficult around holidays and during the busy summer months. On the plus side, driving allows you more flexibility than if you joined one of the commercial Grand Canyon tours from Las Vegas.

Driving to the canyon and back is possible though it may be slightly taxing; the six hour drive either way leaves only two to three hours of time for sightseeing. Staying overnight at the canyon allows you to fully appreciate it without worrying about the trip back to Nevada.

Cost: rental cars are relatively inexpensive and a one day trip can cost anywhere from $100 to $150 including rental, taxes, gasoline and food. Staying a night in the National Park increases the cost; for less expensive lodging, try one of the surrounding towns.