Grand Canyon travel and transport information

How you decide to travel to the Grand Canyon will have a great bearing on how much you enjoy yourself when you get there. First you’ll need to think about whether you want to book a package or make your own way there… and remember that the list of options stretches way beyond the usual trio of planes, trains and automobiles:

Flights to the Grand Canyon

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport handles the majority of Grand Canyon travel to and from Arizona. Served by 23 airlines, the airport offers over non stop flights to over 100 cities worldwide. The second largest, Tucson International, is served by 13 airlines and provides non stop service to 17 cities with connections to 120.

All the major American airlines as well as a collection of budget airlines provide a multitude of Grand Canyon travel options. Domestic services include Arizona Express Airlines, Midwest Express, SkyWest Airlines, Southwest Airlines and Sun Country Airlines.

If you’re looking for non stop service, a number of airlines fly within the Americas:

Aeromexico and Aero California fly to and from Mexico

Air Canada handles flights through Toronto, Canada

Alaska Airlines serves Alaskan airports

Aloha Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines fly to and from Hawaii

America West Airlines serves Canada, Mexico and Costa Rica

International visitors commonly connect in Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas or Atlanta. Only a couple of carriers provide non stop service from Europe:

British Airways services London, England

Lufthansa handles flights to and from Frankfurt, Germany

Train Travel to the Canyon

Amtrak provides two routes through Arizona:

Southwest Chief runs daily between Chicago and Los Angeles

Sunset Limited travels three times per week between Orlando and Los Angeles

The Grand Canyon Railway offers two hour trips Williams and the canyon. Grand Canyon travel packages also available.

The Canyon by Automobile

Well maintained highways and scenic roadways make the automobile the preferred mode of Grand Canyon travel. To get to the South Rim, take Interstate 40 to Williams, AZ and then go north 60 miles on highway 64. From Flagstaff, take highway 180 northwest for 80 miles. The North Rim is located 44 miles south of Jacob Lake, AZ; take highway 67 to get there. Although the Canyon is only 10 miles rim to rim, the North Rim is 215 miles by highway (about 4 ½ hours) from the South Rim.

A number of major car rental companies including Alamo, Avis, Budget, Hertz and Thrifty are available in the Grand Canyon area. A popular suggestion is to rent an SUV to explore the remote areas of Chaco Canyon and Monument Valley. For those interested in a lengthy camping trip, a recreational vehicle (RV) can be a comfortable choice.

Public Transport and Shuttle Guide

Traffic makes getting around Arizona’s cities difficult, making public transportation a good idea. Phoenix and Scottsdale offer a public bus system as well as light rail while Tucson is covered by bus. All three have their own version of urban shuttle or park and ride system to service the major city sites.

A number of shuttle companies run between the major cities and Grand Canyon Village on the South Rim:

The Grand Canyon Eco Shuttle (operated by Grand Canyon Coaches) transports visitors between Tusayan, AZ and the Village. Tel: (928) 638 0821

Open Road Tours ( shuttles between Phoenix and Flagstaff and from Flagstaff to the Village.

Trans canyon Shuttle provides seasonal shuttles between the North and South Rims. Call (928) 638 2820 for more information.

Free service runs all year between the Village and South Kaibab Trailhead via Hermits Road. Visit the North Rim Visitor Center for times and schedules.

Bus Information

Travelling by Greyhound ( is relatively inexpensive; 27 daily routes run from Phoenix throughout Arizona. Package tours also available.