Getting Around Yosemite
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, Four Mile trailhead, and the Valley Visitor Center. This shuttle operates from mid-June through early October from 9 am to 7 pm.
Download a map [670 kb PDF]
Wawona-Mariposa Grove Shuttle
No longer in service
Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area (formerly Badger Pass)
The free shuttle provides service twice daily between Yosemite Valley and Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area whenever the facilities at the ski area 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 Valley Lodge (formerly 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).
Badger Pass-Glacier Point Shuttle
From mid-May to September, you may be required to use a free shuttle from Badger Pass to Glacier Point between 10 am to 4:30 pm when the Glacier Point parking lot fills. If you arrive at the Badger Pass turnoff before 10 am or after 4:30 pm, you can drive to Glacier Point (and all trailheads). If you arrive between 10 am and 4:30 pm and the Glacier Point parking lot is full, rangers will have you park at Badger Pass and use the free shuttle to get to Glacier Point or other locations along the Glacier Point Road. Parking is available at Badger Pass for RVs and trailers, but not for full-sized commercial buses.
The free shuttle leaves Badger Pass every 20 minutes and stops at Sentinel Dome/Taft Point trailhead, Washburn Point, and Glacier Point. Upon request or flag-down, the shuttle stops at McGurk Meadow, Ostrander Lake, and Mono Meadow trailheads. The first shuttle leaves Badger Pass at 10 am, the last shuttle leaves Badger Pass at 4:30 pm, and the last shuttle leaves Glacier Point at 5:30 pm. (No shuttle service of any kind is available after 5:30 pm.) It's possible you may need to wait for up to an hour for a shuttle bus that has space. If the shuttle operation is too full, the Glacier Point Road may close completely, with no vehicle access to Glacier Point.
Tuolumne Meadows Shuttle
The 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 Hikers' Bus
The Yosemite Valley-Tuolumne Meadows hikers' bus provides service from Yosemite Valley to Tuolumne Meadows Visitor Center and stops at various trailheads on the Tioga Road. Service is available from approximately mid-June to early September.
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 during summer.
Limitations of Public Transportation in Yosemite
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 [670 kb PDF]
- Glacier Point (late May/June through October via fee-based tour; reservations required)
- Wawona (summer only via YARTS)
- Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area (formerly Badger Pass Ski Area) (mid-December through March via free shuttle)
- Yosemite Valley/Tioga Road/Tuolumne Meadows (June to mid-September fee-based tour and YARTS Highway 120 East bus)
- Tuolumne Meadows (summer only; shuttle service in the Tuolumne Meadows area)
- Hetch Hetchy Valley (no public transportation)
- Hodgdon Meadow (summer only; fee-based public transportation via YARTS Highway 120 North bus)