Las Vegas is the Place for Grand Canyon National Park Bus Tours

Published: 24th July 2015
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In Las Vegas, Grand Canyon bus tours are the best 1-day adventures you can do. Discover the one that's great for you and your family. Check out this article.

Bus Passengers Can Visit Either Rim

Grand Canyon tours are available seven days a week. Some go to the South Rim (at 270 miles away, it's a 5 1/2 hour ride), while others do the West Rim (that one's 120 miles from Sin City and it only takes 2 1/2 hours to get there). These incredible adventures last all day long so take that into consideration if you plan on doing something after the tour ends.

The two rims are very different from each other, so choose the one that interests you most. The South Rim offers amazing natural beauty, while the West is more oriented toward excitement and a variety of activities.

South Rim

The South Rim sits at an elevation of around 7000 feet, which is much higher than the West Rim, so the temperatures are cooler. If you go to the West Rim, summertime temps routinely exceed 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Grand Canyon West is right in the middle of the Mojave Desert while the South Rim is located in the Kaibab National Forest among pine trees.

The West Rim

If you want to experience the canyon floor, you can ride a mule down the trail or hike down, unless you go to the West Rim, because that is the only place helicopters can fly down to the bottom of the rim. And you definitely want to go to the canyon floor so you can take a fun float trip along the smooth water section of the Colorado River.

The Skywalk is located at the West Rim too. This is the amazing all-glass structure that lets you walk out 75 feet past the edge while you're suspended about 4,000 feet above the bottom.

Schedules And Routes

The buses generally take off around 7 am and get back to Vegas between 8 and 9 pm the same night. Don't miss the early departure time or you'll have to take your tour another day since there are no later departures.

The route to the Grand Canyon takes you by beautiful Lake Mead and the massive Hoover Dam, and your bus will probably stop for a quick photo op at the dam. The Hoover Dam is fantastic, but if you want to tour it, you'll need to book a tour on another day since your stop will be a short one.

After that, the South Rim buses head on to Kingman, Arizona where they make a quick pit stop, while the West Rim buses take the turnoff to the Hualapai Indian Reservation and Grand Canyon West. After the pit stop, the bus makes its way to Williams, Arizona where you are treated to a buffet lunch. After lunch you'll head for the National Park, where most tours give you up to three hours to explore highlights like Yaki Point, Grand Canyon Village and Mather Point.


Since these Las Vegas tours are all-inclusive, you don't pay extra for your buffet lunch on the way to the South Rim, the box lunch at the West Rim, taxes, or Park fees. These tours are extremely popular because they offer so much fun for such a great value.

Summing Up

My goal here is to give you some basic info about the Grand Canyon bus tours setting out from Las Vegas. Book your seats early in case the tour sells out. Also, buy your tour directly on the tour operator's website because that is where you get the lowest rate.


Grand Canyon travel professional Lea Fallon suggests these Vegas bus excursions as well as these discount coupons that make them less expensive:

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