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Discover Yosemite Transportation Resources

Using public transit to get to Yosemite can be an affordable, sustainable, and more relaxing way to see the area. There are several options for the visitor relying on public transit. You can fully utilize public transit options for coming to Yosemite from any major city in California, year round!

Winter Travel

If you are coming in winter, chances are the roads will be clear depending on which highway you are traveling on. There four entrances to Yosemite. Tioga Pass or Hwy 120E is generally closed October-May, all other entrances remain open. View our Road Conditions page for more information on gateways to Yosemite and winter travel.

2012-05-16-new-yarts-waterfall (1)YARTS

The Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System (YARTS) has been operating in the Yosemite region since 2000 and has provided an alternative to driving to over one million riders during that time.

YARTS is safe, comfortable, economical and convenient.

During the winter, YARTS is the easiest way to access the park along State Highway 140 from your hotel without having to worry about taking tire chains. In the summer, YARTS provides an alternative to wasting time looking for parking. We recommend leaving your car at your hotel or one of the many free and secure parking lots in Mariposa or El Portal.

Your entrance fee is also included, so this option is green in more ways than one! Year-round the State Highway 140 route has connections to Amtrak and Greyhound so you can easily travel to Yosemite using public transit from most major cities in California. YARTS also runs along State Highway 41 in the summer months, so you can hop on the YARTS bus to Yosemite from the Yosemite/Fresno International Airport (FAT) as well.

YARTS provides:

  • Regularly scheduled, fixed route public transit service into Yosemite National Park from gateway communities
  • Year round service on State Highway 140 from Merced to Yosemite, through Mariposa County
  • Summer service from Mammoth Lakes and other Mono County destinations
  • Summer service from Sonora and other Tuolumne County destination
  • Year round service on State Highway 41 from Fresno to Yosemite, including connections to Yosemite/Fresno International Airport (FAT).

In Yosemite, YARTS makes connections with the Valley Shuttle and Tuolumne Meadows (summer only) shuttles (both free).

State Highway 140 YARTS

Learn more at www.yarts.com or call 1-877-989-2787.

For tours from San Francisco or within Yosemite National Park, please see our Tours page.

Yosemite Valley Free Shuttle

One of the best services to take advantage of during your trip to Yosemite is the free shuttle bus. Parking (especially in the busy summer months) can be difficult and it’s best to park your car and take the shuttle where ever you need to go around the Valley Floor. Plan your route by viewing the shuttle map.

Best of all, the shuttle is free!

AMTRAK Trains

Amtrak trains have service all throughout California and can connect you to Yosemite from most major cities. You can book your trip to Yosemite from the Amtrak website and connect to the YARTS bus from the Amtrak station in Merced from both northern and southern California destinations. The YARTS bus continues down State Highway 140 and has convenient stops at several hotels in Mariposa, Midpines, and El Portal, as well as stops at Yosemite Valley lodging.

Closest Airports to Yosemite

The closest airport to Yosemite Valley is Merced Regional Airport (MCE) or Fresno Yosemite International Airport (FAT). Merced Regional Airport is the closest and has very affordable rates but it only has flights for those flying in from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) or Oakland International Airport (OAK).

yarts map

If flying into Merced Regional Airport, you can rent a car or take the YARTS bus from Merced to the closest lodging to Yosemite in Mariposa, Midpines, El Portal and Yosemite Valley along State Highway 140. You can rent a car or take the YARTS bus from Fresno to lodging in Fishcamp, Wawona and Yosemite Valley along State Highway 41.

Many travelers choose to fly in at SFO, San Jose, Oakland or Sacramento due to a greater variety of flight options and cheaper prices. From these northern California airports is is roughly a 3.5 to 4 hour drive.

From major Bay Area airports, the closest driving route is along State Highway 140 and the nearest lodging to the park is located in Mariposa, Midpines, and El Portal. From the Bay Area you can fully take public transit, here is article on how to get to Yosemite from BART.

Travel Time and Distances

Yosemite Valley Distances from Major Airports
Miles Kilometers Travel Time (hrs)
Merced Regional Airport 83  133 1.59
Fresno Yosemite International Airport 94 151 2.24
San Francisco International Airport 200 321 3.31
Los Angeles International Airport 300 482  5.25

 

Distances to Town of Mariposa
Miles Kilometers Travel Time (hrs)
El Portal 30 48 .67
Yosemite Valley 36 57 .50
Coulterville 28 45 .75
Buck Meadows 46 74 1.25
Sonora 57 92 1.5
Oakhurst 28 45 .75
Fish Camp 46 74 1.25
Wawona 60 97 1.5
Fresno 72 116 1.5
Sacramento 156 251 2.5
San Francisco 166 267 4
Monterey 155 245 4
Tahoe 205 288 4
Los Angeles 292 470 7
Eureka 431 694 8
Las Vegas 467 752 8
New York 2817 4656 47.15
Tokyo 5312 8549
Berlin 6827 10987