Park Shuttles

Summer shuttle services let you sightsee as you travel from the San Joaquin Valley to these parks. They also reduce air pollution by reducing the number of cars on the road, and save you from a search for parking. All buses are wheelchair accessible.

Ride the Sequoia Shuttle on Highway 198 from Visalia and Three Rivers to Sequoia National Park's Giant Forest, or take the Big Trees Shuttle from Fresno or Sanger up Highway 180 to Grant Grove in Kings Canyon National Park. Shuttles run daily from late May into September. The round-trip ride costs $15 per person, and includes the park entrance fee.

When you arrive in the parks, transfer to free in-park shuttles that travel to visitor centers, lodges, campgrounds, and park features in each area. The shuttles do not connect within the parks.

A large shuttle bus painted with a sequoia tree and mountains

This Sequoia Shuttle bus travels daily through Giant Forest and Lodgepole.

NPS Photo

A graphic logo for the Sequoia Shuttle

Sequoia Shuttle (Sequoia National Park)

This shuttle runs in summer.

Visalia Route - $15 round trip
In summer, the Sequoia Shuttle offers trips from the neighboring towns of Visalia and Three Rivers, up Highway 198 to Giant Forest Museum in Sequoia National Park. A round-trip ride is $15 per person and includes the park entrance fee. Please note that shuttles can only pick up riders at designated stops. Reservations are required and can be made online through the Sequoia Shuttle reservation system or by calling 877-BUS-HIKE.

In-park Shuttle - free
In summer, the Sequoia Shuttle offers free routes in Sequoia National Park, from Dorst Campground to Potwisha Campground, and within the Lodgepole and Giant Forest areas. It includes the following routes:

Sequoia Shuttle Route 1
Giant Forest | Route 1 | Green
Free shuttles arrive approximately every 15 minutes from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm.
  • Lodgepole Visitor Center and Campground
  • General Sherman Tree (stops at both the main and the wheel-chair accessible trails)
  • Giant Forest Museum
Sequoia Shuttle Route 2

Moro Rock / Crescent Meadow | Route 2 | Gray
Free shuttles travel this 15 minute loop from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm.

  • Giant Forest Museum
  • Moro Rock (stops only on outbound trip)
  • Crescent Meadow
  • On weekends and holidays, the shuttle also stops at Auto Log and Tunnel Log.
Sequoia Shuttle Route 3

Lodgepole/ Wuksachi | Route 3 | Purple
Free shuttles arrive approximately every 20 minutes from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm.

  • Lodgepole Visitor Center, Market, and Campground
  • Wuksachi Lodge and Restaurant
Wolverton Route 4

General Sherman Tree Trails | Route 4 | Orange
Free shuttles arrive approximately every 30 minutes from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm.

  • General Sherman Tree (main and wheelchair-accessible trails)
  • Shuttle service to Wolverton will be in operation only on September 25-27, 2015.
An icon with a red graphic for Shuttle Route 5 to Potwisha Campground

Potwisha to Giant Forest Museum | Route 5 | Red

Shuttle service to Potwisha Campground ended on Labor Day weekend (September 7). Service on this route will resume in 2016.

Visalia shuttle route icon

Shuttle From Visalia to Giant Forest

$15 round trip (no additional park entrance fee). Shuttles pick up riders in Visalia and also in Three Rivers at the Comfort Inn and the Three Rivers Museum. Please note that shuttles can only pick up riders at designated stops, and it's not possible to board the shuttle at the Foothills Visitor Center.

Reservations are required. Call 877-BUS-HIKE or make reservations online through the City of Visalia's Sequoia Shuttle reservation system.

A map showing shuttle routes in Sequoia National Park during the 2015 summer season

Sequoia Shuttle route map

A logo for the Big Trees Transit shuttle

Big Trees Shuttle (Kings Canyon National Park)

Grant Grove Loop - free
Big Tree Shuttle had a successful first season. Look for the shuttle to continue operations in summer 2016! In summer, this shuttle travels daily from 9:15 am - 5:20 pm. Stops include the Grant Grove Market, John Muir Lodge, Grant Tree Trail, and Big Stump Picnic Area. The loop takes 35 minutes, and a shuttle comes to each stop approximately every 35 minutes (except from 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm). In 2015, the shuttle operated through September 7.

Fresno/Sanger Route - $15 round trip
This shuttle service will resume operations in summer 2016. Buses leave Fresno at 7:00 am, 9:00 am, 1:00 pm, and 3:00 pm, stopping at the Fresno Greyhound and Amtrak stations, Fresno International Airport, Sanger City Hall, Squaw Valley / Clingan's Junction, and the Grant Grove Market. From Fresno, the ride to the park takes 2½ hours. Buses leave Grant Grove for the Valley at 9:30 am, 11:30 am, 3:30 pm, and 5:30 pm. Reservations are required, and can be made by calling 1-800-325-RIDE (7433). In 2015, the shuttle operated through September 7.

A map showing the route of shuttle that travel to and within Kings Canyon National Park

Tips for Shuttle Riders

When riding the shuttle, conserve parking by using our larger parking areas:

Sequoia: Sherman Tree Parking and Trail, Wolverton, Lodgepole Campground Parking Area, Giant Forest Museum, or Wuksachi Lodge. It's best to avoid the Giant Forest Museum parking area on weekends and holidays.

Grant Grove: Big Stump Picnic area, General Grant Tree, John Muir Lodge, and Azalea, Cold Spring, or Sunset Campground. The Grant Tree parking and Grant Grove Village are very congested on weekends and holidays.

Before Leaving Your Vehicle
Remove all food and scented items from your car or campsite and store them in a bear-resistant box. Learn about bears and required food storage before you come to the parks.

Shuttle Stops
Signs at each stop provide details about bus times and areas of interest at each stop. Some stops are along a loop, and others have shuttles that travel in different directions. Ask the driver for the time of the last pickup to be sure you make it back to your stop in time.

Walk and Ride
Consider taking the shuttle to your destination and walking back to your vehicle. Walking back ensures that there is no risk of missing the last shuttle of the day.

Plan Ahead
Pack a small backpack with what you need for the day: park newspaper and map, snacks, water, extra clothing and money. Lodgepole Visitor Center and Giant Forest Museum (in Sequoia) and Kings Canyon Visitor Center (in Grant Grove) are excellent places to stop for information and trip-planning ideas.


Winter Holiday Shuttle

Winter shuttles usually run during winter holiday periods. In 2015, shuttles were in service during Thanksgiving weekend and in late December. Winter shuttle schedules and routes are announced each fall.

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