Summer shuttle systems let you sightsee as you travel from the Visalia area to the Giant Forest in Sequoia National Park (for a fee), and to travel for free in the Giant Forest area. They also reduce air pollution by reducing the number of cars on the road, and reduce the competition for parking. All buses are wheelchair accessible. Summer shuttles are usually in service from late May through early to mid-September.
**No shuttle operates in Kings Canyon National Park. The Big Trees shuttle, still mentioned on some websites as operating in the Grant Grove area, is no longer in service.
Winter Holiday Shuttles
Free shuttles may be available in the Giant Forest area during winter holiday periods, such as late November (Thanksgiving weekend) and late December (depending on when holidays fall).
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.
Tips for Shuttle Riders
If you plan to arrive in Sequoia via shuttle from Visalia, there are NO in-park shuttles or public transportation from Sequoia National Park to Kings Canyon National Parks If you arrive at Sequoia without a car, it is not possible to reach wilderness trailheads north of Dorst Campground in Sequoia National Park, including those in Grant Grove and Cedar Grove. (The Big Trees shuttle, still mentioned on some websites as operating in the Grant Grove area, is no longer in service.)
Last updated: July 14, 2017