- By Jocelyn
- On Mar 3, 2017
- North America
- Travel Tips
As two of the certain must-visit places in the US, Los Angeles and the Grand Canyon are easily combined in one trip, but getting from one to the other isn't quite as straightforward as you might expect. There is a small airport at the Grand Canyon, but there aren't scheduled flights from major airlines, so it can be a little tricky unless you know how to pull this off.
For the purposes of this article, we'll be discussing the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, as this is where the vast majority of the tourist infrastructure and famous views can be found. The North Rim is actually a long drive from the South Rim, and it's much harder to reach from Los Angeles as well. The South Rim is a far better place to visit for first-timers as well, so forget the North Rim for now.
Distance apart: 410 miles / 660 kilometers
Driving distance: 502 miles / 808 kilometers
Unless you intend to actually spend some time in either Phoenix or Las Vegas, which isn't a bad idea now that we mention it, then driving to the Grand Canyon is probably the best bet for most people. You can also fly to one of three airports or take a train or bus, but all of those options won't get you all the way there.
Flights from Los Angeles to Grand Canyon
This is where it gets complicated. There is a small airport near the Grand Canyon, but it only does charter flights, mostly out of Las Vegas and for aerial tours of the area. This means if you are intent to fly you have 3 options.
Fly into Flagstaff, Arizona (FLG) – This small airport is about 90 miles south of the South Rim and has a few regular flights that have surprisingly low fares if you book in advance. There's a bus company called Open Road Tours and they have regular coaches to the Grand Canyon from Flagstaff.
Fly into Phoenix, Arizona (PHX) – This is a huge city and airport about 240 miles south of the South Rim. From here you can rent a car cheaply and it's a lovely drive as well.
Fly into Las Vegas, Nevada (LAS) – This growing city is about 280 miles from the South Rim, and a bit less to the North Rim. Rental cars tend to be cheap, but then again the drive itself isn’t much farther than driving all the way from Los Angeles.
Trains from Los Angeles to Grand Canyon
You can't take a train all the way to the Grand Canyon, but you can take it directly to Flagstaff, which is only about 90 miles away. From there you can take the Open Road Tours bus to the Grand Canyon. One tricky thing is the trains usually leave in the evening, so you arrive in Flagstaff the next morning.
Journey time: About 10 hours
Typical price: About $59 each way
Buses from Los Angeles to Grand Canyon
1. Go to the Greyhound Bus website, Greyhound.com. Search for bus trips from Los Angeles to Flagstaff on your preferred travel date. There are approximately 6 buses that serve this route, so you can choose by the best price or most convenient time.
The trip will cost between $60 and $90. You will save money by booking in advance online.
2. Schedule a tour or shuttle from Flagstaff to the Grand Canyon. Call Grand Canyon Shuttle Service at 888-215-3105 to get a schedule or schedule a shuttle.
3. Arrive at the Los Angeles Greyhound Station in advance on your day of travel. The station is located at 1716 East 7th Street Los Angeles, CA 90021. Ride the bus to Flagstaff for between 10 and 14 hours.
Driving from Los Angeles to Grand Canyon
1. Rent a car in Los Angeles, if you don't have one. You can rent a car from the airport and throughout rental locations in and around the city. You will need a credit card in order to rent a car.
2. Find Interstate 40 (I-40) from your starting location. Enter I-40 and take it as far as Williams, Arizona. This is approximately 420 driving miles.
3. Take Arizona Highway 64 (AZ-64) north at Williams, Arizona. Drive approximately 60 miles to arrive at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. The total trip time on this route is about 8 hours.
a. This is the most direct route to the Grand Canyon from Los Angeles because other modes of transportation require you to go through Flagstaff, Arizona.
b. You can also follow I-40 to Flagstaff, Arizona, and then take Route 180 north to the Grand Canyon. This will take approximately 1 hour longer to drive.
The above four methods can be a reference for planning your Grand Canyon Tour departing from Los Angeles. You can search more information to help you complete the Grand Canyon trip.