The Tusayan Route (Purple Route) runs from March 1st until November 30th. (No buses running on the purple route spring 2021 due to Covid-19 protocols.)
During the busy seasons, lines are long at the entrance station and parking is difficult to find on the South Rim. Why wait in lines and drive in circles looking for parking when you can park in the gateway community of Tusayan and ride a shuttle bus into the park. No lines, no hassles, no fuss. Park and ride; we’ll be your guide.
The Tusayan Route (Purple Route) operates every day from March 1 through September 30. Buses run every 20 minutes between 8 a.m. and 9:45 p.m. Visitors can park anywhere in Tusayan to take the bus, including the Best Western, Grand Hotel, Big E Steakhouse, IMAX Stop, and the park and ride lot on the north end of town (by the second roundabout). The park and ride lot is especially good for RVs and vehicle with trailers, which have limited parking options in the park.
In order to board a shuttle in Tusayan, visitors must have a valid park pass – this can be a seven-day vehicle, individual, or motorcycle pass. For example, one valid seven-day vehicle pass will get a family onto the bus. Passes can be purchased at the Grand Canyon Visitor Center.
After making four stops in Tusayan, the shuttle bus heads straight to the Grand Canyon Visitor Center. More information about the Tusayan Route and Grand Canyon’s transit system is available at www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/shuttle-buses.htm. For parking and road conditions, go to @Grand Canyon NPS on Twitter.