Public Transportation

Public Transportation

Public transportation options are available to get into and around Yosemite National Park.  There are public transit services to and from airports in the area including San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland, and Merced.  Amtrak train service is available from Merced to the Bay Area. The Yosemite Regional Transportation System - YARTS - operates year-round and accesses Yosemite Valley via CA 140 through the Arch Rock Entrance from the gateway town of Mariposa and the city of Merced.

In Yosemite Valley, the Free Hybrid Shuttle is an environmentally friendly and easy way to explore the park.  There are also many transit options to experience the park beyond Yosemite Valley including bus tours, Glacier Point Road and Tioga Road hikers buses, the Mariposa Grove to Wawona shuttle bus, the Wawona Hotel to Yosemite Lodge shuttle bus and the Badger Pass Ski Area shuttle bus.

Download this brochure explaining all the Public Transportation Options to get into and around the park.  Or download this easily printable list of Airport Transit Information.

Shuttle Service

Park & Ride or Hike

Though cars and other private vehicles are allowed in Yosemite National Park, our shuttle bus system is a great way to experience Yosemite! The free hybrid shuttle bus system operates year-round in Yosemite Valley with all other shuttle bus systems operating seasonally.

Free Yosemite Valley Shuttle Bus
The free Valley Shuttle runs on a continuous loop through Yosemite Valley throughout the day all year-round. The daily start and end time for the shuttle varies with the season and a few stops are seasonal and or stop service at dark. Park your car at your hotel or campground, or use the day parking lots located in Yosemite Village and Curry Village. The Valley Shuttle stops at all lodging and camping venues as well as Yosemite Village, Happy Isles, Yosemite Valley Stable, Sentinel Bridge, Yosemite Falls, and LeConte Memorial Lodge. In summer, a separate loop route includes a stop at El Capitan and the Four Mile Trail from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. Avoid the hassles of parking and traffic as you relax, take in the sights and let us do the driving! During the winter the Yosemite Valley Shuttle system operates 7:00 am to 10:00 pm and runs every 30 minutes. In the summer, buses run at least every 10-20 minutes. Download a map of the Yosemite Valley Shuttle Bus Route.

Free Yosemite Valley to Wawona Shuttle Bus
The Wawona/Yosemite Valley shuttle operates daily from the end of May to the first week in September. The shuttle departs from the Wawona Hotel at 8:30 am and makes the return trip departing from Yosemite Lodge in Yosemite Valley at 3:30 pm daily.

Free Wawona to Mariposa Grove Shuttle Bus
The free Wawona Shuttle operates from mid-Spring through the first snowfall that closes the Mariposa Grove Road. The Wawona Shuttle operates in a continuous loop that runs from the Wawona Pioneer Gift and Grocery Store to the parking lot at the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. The shuttle runs every 30 minutes, from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, with a few stops along the way including the Wawona Golf Course, the Wawona Stable and the Pioneer Yosemite History Center.  At the beginning and end of each season, service may be limited to weekends only.

Hikers Buses
The Tuolumne Meadows Hikers Bus and Glacier Point Hikers Bus are available for a fee. Each option offers access to Tioga Road or Glacier Point Road trail heads.  Call (209) 372-4386 for information, pick-up points, reservations and fees.

Free Tuolumne Meadows Shuttle Bus
The free Tuolumne Meadows shuttle operates from mid-June through the first week of September (weather permitting). The shuttle operates on a continuous loop from Tuolumne Meadows to Olmsted Point with scheduled stops as well as flagged stops along the way; there is limited service to Tioga Pass. This shuttle provides access from day use parking to  trail heads and back again. Service operates on a 30 +/- minute frequency. You can download a Tuolumne Shuttle Bus schedule (66KB) and a map of the Tuolumne stops (67KB).

Free Badger Pass Ski Area Shuttle Bus
During the winter, the Badger Pass shuttle bus provides access from multiple locations in Yosemite Valley in the morning to Yosemite's Badger Pass Ski Area. In the afternoon, shuttles return guests to Yosemite Valley. View the Badger Pass Shuttle Schedule.