Trip Report About My Grand Canyon South Rim Bus Tour

By Luke Plunket

By far and away one of the most popular Grand Canyon coach tour is the one that leaves from Vegas and goes to the South Rim. I grabbed one of these tours for $80 and it didn’t disappoint. Here’s my trip report:

I’ve got to say this is one of several excursions to the rim for under $100. It’s all-inclusive and comes with free hotel shuttle service, lunch, and a professional driver guide.

This particular travel company picked me up at my Vegas Strip hotel on time. I knocked back a mug of strong java, a blueberry pastry, and located my seat.

The luxury motor coach was remarkable. The seats were plush and the window’s had draw-down sun blinds (handy for the ride back). Each person had their very own A/C, cup holders, and table trays. I counted at a minimum 7 TVs. I also got a pair of headphones for the pre-recorded trip narration.


This isn’t a short trip. One-way drive time is 5.5 hours. There are numerous well-timed convenience breaks, along with a Hoover Dam photostop (more about this later). Total tour time is approximately 15 hours. I got back to my hotel about 9 p.m.

The route over followed the side of Lake Mead (take a seat on the left side). We traversed the Colorado River/Black Canyon utilizing the unique Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge, which goes up 900 feet across the river. Unlike other tours, ours detoured on the Arizona side for photos of the Dam. Definitely ensure that this is included in your package.

Our bus purred along to Williams, AZ, before rolling north for the final 60 miles to the National Park. Here you can prolong your tour by including a South Rim helicopter tour. It’s going to take you through the Dragoon Corridor, the widest, deepest section of the canyon.

I stuck with the basic Grand Canyon by coach excursion. Our journey took us to Yavapai Observation Center and Mather Point. The views were amazing. I particularly enjoyed the vista from Mather. The first time you see the Grand Canyon is truly a breathtaking moment. The amount of time we were provided at these viewpoints was more than enough.

We got dropped off at the Bright Angel Lodge, the heart of the Grand Canyon Village. There was plenty to see and do here. The Bright Angel Trail (use it to go below the rim), El Tovar Hotel, the Rim Trail and the Lodge kept me occupied. A box lunch is supplied. More food can be had a the restaurant inside the Lodge or at the snack bar close to the edge.

I pointed out previously that this canyon bus trip can be purchased for about $80. To acquire that offer, you will need to shop the net. There are a few on the market. Make sure you get the one which gives you up to 3 hours at the South Rim and includes all Park fees. I also recommend that you book this tour in advance.

This Grand Canyon by bus tour is the very best deal on the market. I thoroughly enjoyed myself. You ought to be willing to set aside an entire day to this trip. Departure time is always close to 7 a.m. Return is in the the later part of evening. That might sound like and endurance test but it is not. Buses these days are the epitome of comfort. No trip to Vegas is complete without a trip to the canyon. So do it. Take the Grand Canyon bus.

About the Author: Mr. Plunket is a travel journalist who reports on all things Grand Canyon. He recommends that readers click this link for more information about $80 Grand Canyon bus tours to the South Rim.


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