The Grand Canyon Amtrak stop is the Flagstaff Station on the Southwest Chief route. However, there is still a ways to go to reach the amazing natural wonder after getting off the train. At minimum, it’s an additional 1 hour and 20 minute drive to reach the national park once you’ve completed your Amtrak commute.
Here’s what you need to know about planning your trip.
Connections to the Grand Canyon
- Groome Shuttle — Shuttles depart daily from the Flagstaff Amtrak station to the Grand Canyon with rates around $34 per person each way.
- Flagstaff Shuttles also travel between Flagstaff hotels and the Grand Canyon at custom times, with rates starting at $150 one way for up to three people (better shuttle rate if you have three or more people in your group)
- Grand Canyon Railway — Amtrak provides bus service to Williams, AZ that is coordinated with Amtrak train arrivals in Flagstaff (when booking your ticket, be sure to select Grand Canyon Railway Depot as your final destination). In Williams, you can take the Grand Canyon Railway train to the South Rim. There are a variety of rail ticket options, and depending on your Amtrak arrival time, you’ll likely need to book a hotel in Williams.
- Amtrak Vacations – If you book an Amtrak vacation (not just a train ticket), then included in your vacation package is transportation to the Grand Canyon
- Rent a car — Enterprise and Budget car rental offices are near the Flagstaff Amtrak Station and both companies can pick you up from the station.
Things to Know
- Limited trains stop at Flagstaff, and arrival times are either really early in the morning or late at night
- Commute time from Los Angeles to Flagstaff is about 10 hours on Amtrak and 32 hours from Chicago’s Union Station.
- The Grand Canyon Railway trains depart daily for the Grand Canyon at 9:30 a.m. and return to Williams at 3:30 p.m. (about four hours at the national park or stay overnight at a hotel in the Grand Canyon Village)
- There are about 10 hotels in easy walking distance of the Flagstaff Amtrak station.
Renting a car in Flagstaff is the least expensive and quickest option to get from Amtrak to the Grand Canyon. Book a hotel in downtown Flagstaff in walking distance of the station or at the Grand Canyon (or a combination of the two).
Note that the Grand Canyon Railway adds time, money and extra transfers to your trip, and does not have any views of the Grand Canyon. So if you don’t want to rent a car or are unable to, then reserve a shuttle in Flagstaff.