Public Transportation

 

Getting to Yosemite

Bus service is available to Yosemite Valley (and, during summer, to some other areas of the park) from cities throughout California and the rest of the United States.

  • Amtrak provides a combination of train and bus service to Yosemite Valley. Amtrak also provides limited service to White Wolf and Tuolumne Meadows daily during July and August (weekends only during June and September). Amtrak service beyond Merced (including Yosemite) is provided by YARTS.

  • Greyhound provides bus service to Merced, where you can transfer to YARTS to continue to Yosemite Valley. YARTS also provides limited service to Crane Flat, White Wolf, and Tuolumne Meadows daily during July and August.

 
Simplified map showing transportation systems serving Yosemite, including YARTS service from outside the park into Yosemite Valley from Hwy 41, Hwy 140, Hwy 120 from the west, and Hwy 120 from the east, as well as Valley and Mariposa Grove shuttles
Simplified map showing transportation to, from, and within the park. (Click or tap to enlarge.)

Service from Nearby Communities

All year

Summer only

Service is provided by YARTS.

Note: Luggage storage is not available in Yosemite at this time.

Getting Around Yosemite

Yosemite Valley Shuttle System

The free Yosemite Valley shuttle system provides convenient access around Yosemite Valley.

Through July 19, 2024, construction at shuttle stops will disrupt service. Shuttle stops 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, & 19 are subject to temporary closure. An alternative pickup and dropoff location will be available at Curry Village registration parking, near the Curry Village front office. During the closure, use this temporary stop for all east Valley destinations. The closure is expected to last about two weeks (exact dates to be determined.)

  • Valleywide shuttle: This route serves all stops in Yosemite Valley, including lodges, food service, campgrounds, and trailheads. Buses arrive every 12 to 22 minutes from 7 am to 10 pm.

  • East Valley shuttle: This route is limited to Yosemite Village, Curry Village, Pines campgrounds, and trailheads in eastern Yosemite Valley. Buses arrive every 8 to 12 minutes from 7 am to 10 pm.

 
Map shows the Yosemite Valley floor with 18 marked shuttle stops.
 

Mariposa Grove Shuttle

This free shuttle provides service from the Mariposa Grove Welcome Plaza (near South Entrance) to the Mariposa Grove. This is the primary way to get to the Mariposa Grove. The shuttle can operate starting no earlier than April 1 and ending no later than November 30, but dates vary from year to year, especially in spring (due to conditions). View the complete schedule.

Badger Pass Ski Area

The free shuttle provides service between Yosemite Valley and Badger Pass whenever the facilities at the ski area are open (typically mid-December through March).

Glacier Point Tour

Many people purchase a one-way ticket on the Glacier Point Tour and take it from Yosemite Valley Lodge to Glacier Point, then hike back down to Yosemite Valley. This bus does not make stops at other trailheads. Service is available when the Glacier Point Road is open (typically late May through October).

Yosemite Valley–Tuolumne Meadows Hikers Bus

The Yosemite Valley–Tuolumne Meadows hikers' bus provides service from Yosemite Valley to Tuolumne Meadows Visitor Center and stops at various trailheads on the Tioga Road. Service is available from approximately mid-June to early September.

Tuolumne Meadows Shuttle

Not operating in 2024

The Tuolumne Meadows shuttle bus provides convenient access throughout the Tuolumne Meadows area between the Tioga Pass and Olmsted Point (including Tenaya Lake) during the summer (typically mid-June through early September). See the complete schedule.

YARTS Highway 120 East Bus

YARTS (for a fee) provides service between Yosemite Village and Mammoth Lakes, with stops at Crane Flat, White Wolf, and Tuolumne Meadows. This service operates daily in July through September (conditions permitting).

YARTS Highway 120 North Bus

YARTS (for a fee) provides service between Yosemite Village and Sonora, with stops at Crane Flat, Big Oak Flat (Hodgdon Meadow), Buck Meadows area, Groveland, and Sonora/Jamestown. This service operates daily from mid-May through September.

YARTS Highway 41 Bus

YARTS (for a fee) provides service between Fresno and Yosemite Valley, with stops in Wawona. This service operates daily during summer.

Limitations of Public Transportation in Yosemite

If you arrive in Yosemite Valley by public transportation, access to other areas of the park is possible, as follows:

  • Yosemite Valley (free shuttle service around eastern Yosemite Valley; view map)
  • Glacier Point (late May/June through October via fee-based tour; reservations required)
  • Wawona and Mariposa Grove (summer only via YARTS, with additional shuttle to Mariposa Grove from approximately spring through fall)
  • Badger Pass Ski Area (mid-December through March via free shuttle)
  • Yosemite Valley/Tioga Road/Tuolumne Meadows (July to September fee-based tour and YARTS Highway 120 East bus)
  • Tuolumne Meadows (summer only; shuttle service in the Tuolumne Meadows area; not available every year)
  • Hetch Hetchy Valley (no public transportation)
  • Hodgdon Meadow (summer only; fee-based public transportation via YARTS Highway 120 west bus)

Last updated: July 11, 2024

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