Winter Holiday Shuttles
Winter shuttles usually run during winter holiday periods, including Thanksgiving weekend and late December. Winter shuttle schedules and routes are announced each fall.
Summer shuttles 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. Summer shuttles are usually in service from late May through early to mid-September.
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. There is not an in-park shuttle that connects Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.
Sequoia Shuttle (Sequoia National Park)
Visalia Route - $15 round trip
Free In-park Shuttle
Giant Forest | Green Route 1 | Free
Departs daily every half hour, starting at 8:00 am and 8:30 am, then every 15 minutes from 9:00 am - 6:00 pm. Stops include:
Moro Rock / Crescent Meadow | Gray Route 2 | Free
Lodgepole/ Wuksachi | Purple Route 3 | Free
General Sherman Tree Trails | Orange Route 4 | Free
Shuttle From Visalia to Giant Forest
This round trip is $15 and includes the park entrance fee. Shuttles pick up riders at Visalia hotels beginning at 6:00 am or in Three Rivers at the Comfort Inn and the Three Rivers Museum beginning at 6:55 am. The Return trips start at 2:30 pm, with the last trip at 6:30 pm.
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.
Big Trees Shuttle (Kings Canyon National Park)
Grant Grove Loop - free
Fresno/Sanger Route - $15 round trip
Tips for Shuttle Riders
In Grant Grove, large parking areas include 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.
If you plan to arrive via shuttle from Fresno or Visalia, there are NO in-park shuttles or public transportation between Sequoia & Kings Canyon. Also, there are NO shuttles or public transportation that will transport visitors to backcountry trailheads in Grant Grove or Cedar Grove. If you arrive to Sequoia or Kings Canyon without a car, it is not possible to reach backcountry trailheads in Grant Grove or Cedar Grove.