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Cheap Grand Canyon South Rim Bus Tours

Author : Keith Kravitz   Top Author

Seeing the Grand Canyon doesn't have to break the bank. If you wish to take a tour bus, it's actually quite economical. From Vegas, for example, trips to the South Rim can range anywhere from $80 to $180 per person. Is there a reason for this kind of price discrepancy? No. It all is going to depend where you book online.

Las Vegas is home to quite a few excellent coach operators. Usually, the experience is the same. Buses are ultra-modern. Drivers are respectful and well-informed. The on-board meals are good. The Grand Canyon... that goes without saying.

It all really comes down to price. How come some agents sell you a trip for $180? Because they can. As strange as it may seem, plenty of people buy at that price. Do not be one of them. Shop around.

To assist you in getting the best all-inclusive deal, here are a few things you need to take into consideration:

1. What is the fuel charge? It's a "hidden" cost that was added on when the cost of oil surged earlier this year. Fuel prices have since fallen. You'd think the fee would be dropped. You better think again.

2. Is there a fee to go in Grand Canyon National Park? Believe it or not, some operators will add this expense into the expense of your tour, either upfront or at the park!

3. Is there a terminal check-in fee? This is a surcharge for checking in to a terminal where you board your coach. This is a warning sign. The good tours pick you up and drop you off at your hotel absolutely free.

4. What is the trip cancellation fee? You have to really search for operators and tour brokers who are not going to slap you with this one. Nevertheless they exist. The general rule is always to ask. If they do, consider your next selection, time permitting, of course.

5. Will there be an added charge for meals? Be prepared to get a pre-packed breakfast and lunch. That's the norm.

6. How long will the bus stop at the South Rim? The National Park is 277 miles long and 18 miles across. An hour or two off bus is insufficient experience the Seventh Wonder of the World. In this case, the longer the better.

There are a ton of tour bus operators in Vegas. Spend some time. Research prices. But remember this one key piece of advice: The best offers are invariably provided not by brokers but by tour operators (or tour suppliers as they are known in the industry).

Tour operators are the businesses that own the coaches, pay the drivers, offer customer service, and ensure you get the trip you bought. They've got a vested interest in making certain you are happy. Brokers, on the other hand, will sell you a trip at whatever price they think you'll pay, which is always a lot more than the tour operator's price.

The Grand Canyon is a "must-do" when you visit Vegas. Especially the South Rim, the part of the National Park that's world-famous for its scenery. Bus tours are just about the most cost-effective way to visit this rim. But research your options. Pricing is all over the map. My recommendation is to start by shopping travel company internet sites as in all likelihood they will have the cheapest prices. Then climb onboard your deluxe luxury bus and prepare yourself for the Canyon.

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Mr. Plunket is travel journalist who writes about all things Grand Canyon. He recommends that readers click Grand Canyon bus tours for inexpensively priced trips.

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