Las Vegas Grand Canyon Airplane

Las Vegas airplane tours to the Grand Canyon are the most efficient and fun way to visit the National Park. Flights to the West Rim and the South Rim take 20 minutes and 45 minutes, respectively. Now that's the way you do it...

Best Grand Canyon Airplane Tours

Best way to experience the Grand Canyon from Las Vegas? Try an air tour! These flights are quick, comfortable and well priced.

Vegas is great for a plane ride because it takes only 20 minutes to get to Grand Canyon West. If you want the South Rim, it's just 45 minutes.

Prices in Las Vegas are dirt-cheap, too. This is partially due to demand: Nearly 40 million travelers descend on Sin City, and a goodly portion fly the canyon.

The other pricing factor are tour operators - there's a ton in town and the competition is cut throat. These "price wars drive tour prices way down .

There are two kinds of tours: Air and landing. Total time for the former is 3 hours (includes shuttle to and from your hotel to airport). That said, I recommend landing tours. You'll experience so much more.

Yes, there's a lot of Grand Canyon airplane tours from which to choose, and it can get overwhelming. To help you cut through the clutter, here's my list of the best flights...

West Rim Air Tours

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grand canyon airplane hoover dam tour

Peoples Choice for best aerial tour. Fly over Grand Canyon West. See Guano Point, Eagle Point and Grand Canyon Skywalk. Transfer to luxury coach for deluxe tour of legendary Hoover Dam that includes the generating room, visitor's center, and dam-top walk from Nevada to Arizona!

Price: $119
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grand canyon airplane heli boat

Plane Heli Boat Skywalk
Most comprehensive air tour on the market! Fly to West Rim. Transfer to helicopter for 4,000-foot descent to bottom. Explore the primordial base like few before ever have! Hop boat for float down the famed Colorado River. Do the Grand Canyon Skywalk!

Price: $444
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grand canyon airplane skywalk

Plane Skywalk
Experience the wild west! Land at Grand Canyon West airport. Full access to Indian Cultural Center, Hualapai Ranch and all key points of interest. Do the Grand Canyon Skywalk and walk 70 feet into open space. Comes with BBQ lunch prepared by tribe & use of park's hop-on-hop-off bus.

Price: $264
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South Rim Air Tours

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grand canyon south rim airplane

See in 45 minutes what would take days on the ground. Flight heads to east Park boundary. See Desert Watchtower, Zuni Point, the Painted Desert and the Navajo Indian Reservation. Cross the canyon and return along the majestic North Rim before descending through the Dragoon Corridor.

Price: $139
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grand canyon airplane rafting tour

Plane Raft Bus
Fly from South Rim to Page, AZ. Do an Antelope Canyon 4x4 Jeep tour. Shuttle to base of Glen Canyon Dam to base for smooth water float tour. Embark on 3-hour raft tour to Lee's Ferry. No whitewater so kids 4 years and up allowed. Return by luxury bus to National Park.

Price: $394
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Logistically, the West Rim is 120 miles and the South Rim is 270 miles from Las Vegas. The West Rim, a.k.a. Grand Canyon West, is part of the Hualapai Indian Reservation. The South Rim is the centerpiece of Grand Canyon National Park.

Direct flight from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park (South Rim). Gets you there in under an hour (compared to 5.5 hours by bus/car!). Includes a 2.5-hour in-park guided luxury bus excursion w/ stops at Mather Point, Yavapai Point and Grand Canyon Village. This tour's got the bells and whistles that will satisfy any Vegas traveler who's heart is set on exploring the South Rim. More information.

West Rim weather is a lot more like Vegas' than the South Rim's. Expect West Rim summer temps to consistently break 100 degrees. The South Rim, elevation 6,000 feet, has mild summers.

Winter is a different story. At the West Rim, its about wind chill, while at South Rim, there's intermittent snow and ice (despite that, winter is an awesome time to visit!).

Vegas travelers are addicted to these canyon air tours. Every year, demand outstrips supply. What to do? Book your tour in advance. I recommend no less than 72 hours - more for landing tours.

Do good deals exist? Absolutely! The only ones that matter are on the Internet. I personally now save upwards of 30 percent on all my air-tour bookings. Stay away from hotel concierges and Vegas strip kiosks unless you like paying a premium.

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Happy Travels,

P.S. Not sure who to take off with? Browse these canyon airplane tour reviews where trips are graded based upon quality, price and safe practices.