Arriving by Car
If you drive to these parks, be prepared for driving mountain roads that are narrow and winding. Length limits and advisories are in place for RVs, trailers, and any other vehicles over 22 feet (6.8 m) in length. Our detailed driving directions include routes and travel times from nearby cities to both major park entrances. If you drive in winter or anytime roads are snowy, tire chains may be required at any time. For the most up-to-date road conditions and advisories, call (559) 565-3341 anytime and press 1.
No gasoline is sold within the parks, though there are gas stations at nearby national forests. Depending on your vehicle, electric vehicle charging stations may be available at park lodges.
Arriving by Plane
The closest commercial airports to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks are Fresno Yosemite International Airport and Visalia Municipal Airport. Many other airports, some international, are within a few hours' drive of the parks.
Fresno Yosemite International (FAT) is 1 ¼ hours from the Kings Canyon National Park entrance on Highway 180 and 1¾ hours from the Sequoia National Park entrance on Highway 198. From the airport, you can rent a car to reach the parks.
Visalia Municipal Airport (VIS) is 1 hour from the Sequoia National Park entrance on Highway 198 and 1½ hours from Kings Canyon National Park entrance. From the airport, you can rent a car or, in summer, take a bus to the Visalia Transit Center, where Sequoia Shuttle provides summer shuttle service to Sequoia National Park.
Arriving by Bus
Greyhound Lines stops in the city of Visalia at the Visalia Transit Center, and in the City of Fresno at the Fresno Greyhound Station. Once in Visalia, it's possible to connect with park shuttle routes in summer to take you to Sequoia National Park. In other seasons, renting a vehicle is an option.
The City of Visalia's V-Line bus route provide service between the Visalia Transit Center and Fresno-Yosemite International Airport., with additional stops at Fresno State University and the Visalia Municipal Airport. In summer, this route connects with the Sequoia Shuttle.
Tulare County Area Transit offers service from the Visalia Transit Center to the Memorial Building in the town of Three Rivers. Many companies begin guided sightseeing tours in Three Rivers. There are many private companies offering guided tours of the parks by charter bus.
Arriving by Train
The nearest Amtrak stations to the parks are in Hanford and Fresno.
From Hanford, Amtrak has bus connections to Visalia Transit Center, where it is possible to make a connection with the Sequoia Shuttle (summer only). Hanford is about 20 miles west of Visalia, one hour and 45 minutes from the Sequoia National Park Entrance on Highway 198.
The Amtrak station in Fresno is about one hour and 45 minutes from the Kings Canyon National Park entrance on Highway 180.
Car rentals may be available near the Hanford and Fresno Amtrak station. Check with Amtrak for more details.
Last updated: August 14, 2020