How to Visit the Grand Canyon From Las Vegas

  1. By Kevin
  2. On Mar 27, 2017
  3. North America
  4. Travel Tips

Most travelers to Grand Canyon always start their trips from Las Vegas Tour,but how do we visit Grand Canyon from Las Vegas?Here are 5 ways you can choose.

Choice 1

Driving yourselves.The distance from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon depends on which part of Grand Canyon you would like to visit.

Las Vegas–Grand Canyon West:130 miles

Grand Canyon West is not part of Grand Canyon National Park.It is part of the Hualapai Indian Reservation.You can not use the National Park Pass to get access.

The most prominent spot is certainly the so-called Skywalk opened in March 2007.

bus tours to Grand Canyon

The road leading to the Skywalk is not fully paved and not advisable to use with rental vehicles due to exclusions in most rental contracts.

If interested in visiting Grand Canyon West from Las Vegas,we strongly recommend to book one of the tours leading from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon West like the Grand Voyager Tour.

Las Vegas--Grand Canyon National Park South Rim:280 miles.It's 5 hours each way from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon South Rim;but all of it is well-traveled,fully paved interstate highway;not one single solitary mile will take you off-road,out in the boondocks,or anywhere you need be afraid to go.

Las Vegas--Grand Canyon National Park North Rim:270 miles

This choice is suitable for the travelers who like to set their own schedules may prefer driving themselves to the Grand Canyon because it offers more flexibility than a guided tour.Here are some more advantages and disadvantages of driving yourself to keep in mind:


-You can totally customize your Grand Canyon experience.Explore for as long or as little as you like with no schedules to keep to!

-You’ll have a chance to stay overnight,camp,or hike below the Rim.

-You can stay for sunrise or sunset--the best times to view the Grand Canyon.


-The drive is long--it takes five hours to drive from Las Vegas to the South Rim!The West Rim is closer,at about 3 hours away by car.

-You need to plan early--hotels and other accommodations at the Grand Canyon can book up to a year in advance.

-Parking can be difficult.The lots fill up quickly!

Choice 2

Take a bus tour.Several bus tours run from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon's South Rim or West Rim.Buses return the same day,so you can visit the Grand Canyon without needing to change hotels for the night.Of course,if you want to have more time there,you can book several tours to enrich your visit to Grand Canyon Tour.

There are many Las Vegas Grand Canyon tours that will get you there and back in one day.?The Las Vegas Grand Canyon South Rim Motorcoach tour is the most economical of these.?Includes a Hoover Dam stop,and you can add a 30-minute helicopter flight too!

Grand Canyon tours

Las Vegas to Grand Canyon bus tours ;can remove the stress from planning your own Grand Canyon adventure,but they offer less freedom than driving yourself.Here are some more advantages and disadvantages of taking a guided tour:


-You don’t have to worry about driving.No getting lost or fighting to find parking!

-Multiple tour options are available,including helicopter,airplane,and boat tours.

-Ideal for spontaneous travelers–less advanced planning is required!

-Tour guides are chock full of interesting tidbits about the Southwest and the Grand Canyon.


-You have to follow the tour's schedule,so you may have less time to spend at the Grand Canyon

-Your itinerary is less flexible,so you may miss out on some of the less accessible viewpoints.

Choice 3

Book a sightseeing flight.Small planes make daily runs from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon,flying low as they pass above the canyon,allowing you to view the canyon from above.Some airplane tours of the Grand Canyon include landing and ground transportation around the rim as well for a full above-ground and on-the-ground experience.

Choice 4

Fly over the Grand Canyon in a helicopter.Like sightseeing flights on airplanes,helicopters fly above the Grand Canyon,providing aerial views you can’t get from anywhere but above.Unlike airplanes,however,some helicopter tours land at the bottom of the canyon,giving visitors a unique perspective from the bottom up.

Choice 5

Ride the Trans Canyon Shuttle to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.According to the National Park Service,the Trans Canyon Shuttle is the only public transportation that goes to the North Rim.If you are at the South Rim,in Grand Canyon National Park,catch the shuttle to travel to the other side.

You can choose the best suitable way for you to plan your first trip to Grand Canyon!Wish you a wonderful trip!