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.
Specific directions are available showing how to access public transportation [600 kb PDF] from some of the major airports in the area.
Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System (YARTS) buses also provide service from communities along Highway 140 between Merced and Yosemite (including Mariposa, Midpines, and El Portal). During summer, service is also available from east of Yosemite, via Highway 120 (including Lee Vining, June Lake, and Mammoth Lakes) and west of Yosemite along Highway 120 (Sonora and Groveland).
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:
The free Yosemite Valley shuttle system provides convenient access around Yosemite Valley.
Download a map [350 kb PDF]
Wawona-Mariposa Grove Shuttle
The free Wawona-Mariposa Grove shuttle bus transports passengers between Wawona and the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias spring through fall. The bus picks up and drops off passengers at the Wawona Store, South Entrance, and at the Mariposa Grove Gift Shop. The Mariposa Grove Road closes several times each day from spring through fall when the parking lot becomes full. Visitors arriving on the shuttle bus are guaranteed access into the Mariposa Grove even when the parking lot is full.
Wawona to Yosemite Valley Shuttle
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
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.
Tuolumne Meadows Tour and Hikers' Bus
YARTS Highway 120 East Bus
YARTS Highway 120 North Bus
Did You Know?
At the east end of El Portal, just west of Yosemite National Park’s boundary, changing river gradients, glacial history, and powerful floods have created a boulder bar with boulders much larger than typically found in such deposits. This is no ordinary boulder bar, however, for it contains massive boulders over a meter in diameter and weighing many tons.