Las Vegas Grand Canyon West Rim Bus Tours

Comfortable and cheap, Las Vegas Grand Canyon West Rim bus tours offer a number of fantastic upgrades ranging from the Grand Canyon Skywalk to Colorado River rafting.

Let's take a closer look at these West Rim bus tours:

West Rim

Basic bus tour to Grand Canyon West. Includes all park entrance fees. Hop the free shuttle and check out a variety of viewpoints. Must-see sights include Eagle Point, Guano Point, the Colorado River, and the fantastic Skywalk. Explore an authentic Hualapai Indian Village. Skywalk tickets are extra can be purchased on-site.

Grand Canyon Skywalk

This is the standard West Rim bus tour with Skywalk tickets. Best deal. Bridge extends 70 feet past the edge with the Colorado River 4,000-feet below. This amazing glass structure can support 71 fully loaded 747 airplanes but maximum occupancy is 120 people.

Helicopter Descent with Boat Tour

Transfer to an EcoStar 130 helicopter and descend 4,000 feet to the base. Deplane. Enjoy a Champagne toast under an authentic Indian Ramada. Ask your guide to show you the petroglyphs. Head upstream to pontoon boat for float ride down Colorado River.

Bus tours are all-inclusive and come with free shuttle service, a light breakfast, BBQ lunch, photo-stop at Hoover Dam, and professional driver-guide. Trip duration ranges from half a day to 12 hours for the helicopter-boat package. Internet prices start at $ 94.

The West Rim, located 120 miles away from Vegas, takes a bus 2.5 hours to reach. Luxury motor coaches service this route, and feature climate-controlled cabins, plush seats, lots of leg room, clean bathrooms, over-sized windows, VCRs, and a pre-recorded tour narration translated into more than 10 languages.

Bus tours, which run every day of the year, typically depart in the morning. The drive will take you past Lake Mead with a stop at Hoover Dam before crossing the Arizona state line. The final stretch takes you through a 700-year-old Joshua Tree forest before turning on a dirt road to Grand Canyon West. These "bonus" sights really make this Las Vegas bus tour a great value.

I recommend that all my readers book their bus tours early, preferably a week or two in advance. This ensures you get a great seat on the day you want to take the tour. If you book the day before you go or on the same day, expect to pay a hefty premium.

The best bus deals are found on the Internet. Try tour operator websites first. I've found that many of them offer the best discounts, including one that slashes up to 35% off the retail price. Remember to pack your trip confirmation with you – you'll need it to board the bus.

Canyon bus tours to the West Rim offer the trip-savvy visitor a great deal. These all-inclusive trips come with everything you need to enjoy the canyon. Plenty of trip add-ons, too, like Skywalk tickets and river rafting. For the best prices, make sure to shop the Internet. Then, once you've made your reservations, buckle up for adventure. The West Rim is loaded with action, and the bus is the best way to get yourself in the middle of it.