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 (weekends only during June and September).

Specific directions are available showing how to access public transportation [600 kb PDF] from some of the major airports in the area.

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

Free shuttle service (described below) is available within some (but not all) areas of the park.

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 [350 kb PDF])
  • Mariposa Grove (free shuttle between Wawona and Mariposa Grove only through July 5, 2015)
  • Glacier Point (late May/June through October via fee-based tour)
  • Badger Pass (mid-December through March via free shuttle)
  • Tioga Road/Tuolumne Meadows (June to mid-September (in 2015) via free shuttle and YARTS Highway 120 East bus)
  • Tuolumne Meadows (summer only; free shuttle service in the Tuolumne Meadows area)
  • Hetch Hetchy Valley (no public transportation)
  • Hodgdon Meadow (summer only; very limited fee-based public transportation via YARTS Highway 120 North bus)

Yosemite Valley Shuttle System

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

  • Yosemite Valley shuttle
    This bus provides service around eastern Yosemite Valley, including stops at or near all overnight accommodations, stores, and major vistas. This shuttle operates all year from 7 am to 10 pm.
  • El Capitan shuttle
    This bus stops at El Capitan, Bridalveil Fall, Four Mile trailhead, and the Valley Visitor Center. This shuttle operates from mid-June through early October from 9 am to 5 pm.

Download a map [350 kb PDF]

Wawona-Mariposa Grove Shuttle

No longer in service

Badger Pass

The free Badger Pass shuttle provides service twice daily between Yosemite Valley and Badger Pass ski area whenever the facilities at Badger Pass 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 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).

Tuolumne Meadows Shuttle

The free 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.

Yosemite Valley-Tuolumne Meadows Shuttle

The free Yosemite Valley-Tuolumne Meadows shuttle provides service from Yosemite Valley to Tuolumne Meadows Visitor Center and stops at various trailheads on the Tioga Road. Service is available May 22 to September 20, 2015.

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 and August and weekends only in June and 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. Service to Sonora/Jamestown is not available on weekends and holidays.

YARTS Highway 41 Bus

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

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