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Directions

directions

Use our Yosemite National Park travel recommendations to plan an efficient and safe journey to the park.

Despite its peaceful sense of remoteness, Yosemite is relatively easy to get to from anywhere in the world. All public roadways into the Park are well maintained and open year-round, with the exception of Tioga Road (Highway 120 East between Crane Flat and Highway 395 in Lee Vining).

View NPS maps of Yosemite Valley, Yosemite Park, and their location within California

Please be advised: 
Road and infrastructure repairs are underway in Yosemite resulting in delays. Please drive with extreme caution. 
Call the National Park Service information line at 209-372-0200 
or visit the NPS road conditions page for the latest road and weather updates.

Travel by Train

AMTRAK ® Trains serve San Diego, Los Angeles, Fresno, San Jose, San Francisco and Sacramento to and from Merced/Riverbank and connect with VIA bus lines for direct luxury motorcoach into Yosemite Valley.  Fares include the bus travel and the park entrance fee. For fares, schedules and information call (800) 872-7245 or visit http://www.amtrak.com/

Travel by Bus

  • Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System (YARTS) - Offers individual and group fares for motorcoach service into Yosemite from numerous gateway communities. Call (877) 989-2787 for schedules and information regarding round-trip and one-way fares from various locations to Yosemite National Park.
  • Greyhound - No direct service to Yosemite, but can be combined with YARTS service from Merced, CA. (800) 229-9424 or (800) 531-5332 (en Español)

Travel by Car

Yes, you can drive your car into Yosemite Valley!  For guest convenience, a free shuttle service has multiple stops throughout Yosemite Valley, as well as transportation between Yosemite Valley and Yosemite's Badger Pass Ski Area in the winter and between Wawona's Pioneer Gift & Grocery and the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias in the warmer months. A free shuttle also serves the Tuolumne Meadows area in the summer. Bring the family, bring your car and once here, let us do the driving so you can spend more time viewing the sights with public transportation!

 

From San Francisco - Via Highway 120 East

  • Take the Oakland-Bay Bridge (Highway 80 East)
  • Take Highway 580 east, following signs for Tracy/Stockton to Highway 205
  • Follow Highway 205 to Highway 120
  • Take Highway 120 into Yosemite National Park

Drive Time: 4 hours.
Services: The only service station between the 120 entrance and Yosemite Valley is the Crane Flat Gas & Convenience Store, located 17 miles outside of Yosemite Valley. There is no gas available in Yosemite Valley.

From San Francisco - Via Highway 140 East

  • Take the Oakland-Bay Bridge (Highway 80 East)
  • Take Highway 580 east, following signs for Tracy/Stockton to Highway 205
  • Turn onto Hwy 99 South
  • Take CA 140 East through Mariposa into Yosemite.

From Sacramento - Via Highway 120 East

  • Take Highway 99 South to Manteca
  • Exit onto Highway 120 East in Manteca and follow directly into Yosemite

From Sacramento - Via Highway 140 East

  • Take Highway 99 South to Merced.
  • Exit onto Highway 140 East in Merced and follow directly into Yosemite.

Note:  Highway 140 is known as the All-weather Highway because it is the lowest elevation route into the Park. During heavy snowstorms, this route may be a better alternative to Highway 120.

From Los Angeles - South Entrance Route

  • Follow Interstate 5 North toward Bakersfield. 
  • Just beyond the Grapevine towards Bakersfield, follow Highway 99 North to Fresno.
  • From Fresno, follow Highway 41 to Yosemite Valley.

Drive Time: +/- 6 hours

From Los Angeles - Alternate Winter Directions

  • Follow Interstate 5 North toward Bakersfield.
  • Just beyond the Bakersfield grapevine, follow Highway 99 North to Merced.  
  •  From Merced follow Highway 140 East to Yosemite Valley.

Drive Time: +/- 6 hours.

From Northern Central Valley

  • Take Highway 99 to Merced.
  • From Merced, follow Highway 140 East to Yosemite Valley.

Drive Time from Merced to Yosemite Valley: 1 3/4 hours

From Southern Central Valley

  • Take Highway 99 to Fresno.  
  • From Fresno, follow Highway 41 to Yosemite Valley

Drive Time from Fresno to Yosemite Valley: 2 hours

From the Monterey Peninsula

  • Take Route 1 to Highway 156 E / Route 101 N to Highway 152 N (also known as Pacheco Pass Highway).
  • Follow signs for Highway 99 N towards Merced. 
  • Exit Highway 99 onto Highway 140 E at Merced and follow Highway 140 to Yosemite.

From South Lake Tahoe/Reno - Summer

  • From South Lake Tahoe, take Highway 89 South to Highway 395 South.
  • At Tioga Road (Highway 120), make a right, and head up Tioga Pass.
  • Stay on Highway 120 West towards Yosemite Valley and follow the signs to Yosemite Village.

Reno – Follow above directions as of Highway 395 South.

Drive time:  Tahoe 4 1/2 hours; Reno 5 +/- hours

From South Lake Tahoe/Reno - Winter

  • From South Lake Tahoe, take Highway 89 South to Highway 50 West.
  • Head West on Highway 50 till you reach Highway 49, and head South.
  • At Highway 120 (Yosemite Park) head East.
  • Follow Highway 120 into Yosemite Valley and follow signs to Yosemite Village.

Reno -

  • Follow directions of your choice to Highway 80 to Sacramento and Route 99.
  • Head South to Route 99 South to Route120 East.
  • Follow Route 120 East into the Park.

Drive time:  Tahoe 6 hours; Reno 6+/- hours
Click here for a list of 20+ year's worth of open/close dates for Tioga Pass.

From Las Vegas in Summer and Fall - Via East Entrance at Tuolumne Meadows and the town of Lee Vining

  • Take I-15 S toward Bakersfield/Los Angeles for 160 +/- miles.
  • Merge onto CA-58 W toward Bakersfield
  • Stay on CA-58 until reaching US 395.
  • Turn RIGHT onto US 395 (North toward Ridgecrest) for 35 +/- miles.
  • Stay on US 395 North through the towns of Ridgecrest, Lone Pine, Big Pine, Bishop, Mammoth Lakes for 200 +/- miles. 
  • Follow Highway US 395 to Lee Vining where you will exit Highway 395 and continue on Highway 120 into Yosemite National Park. (Portions of Highway 120 may be closed seasonally).

Drive Time:  +/- 8 hours

NPS maintains a list of opening and closing dates for the Tioga Road to give you some sense of when this route into Yosemite will be available.

From Las Vegas in Winter and Spring - Via South Entrance and the cities of Bakersfield and Fresno

  • Take I-15 S toward Bakerfield/Los Angeles for 160 +/- miles.
  • Merge onto CA-58 W toward Bakerfield and stay on for 125 miles.
  • Merge onto Highway 99 N toward Fresno/Sacramento and follow for 110 +/- miles.
  • Merge onto Highway 41 N toward Yosemite.
  • Take CA-41 for 60 miles, traveling through Oakhurst and Fish Camp, to Yosemite's south entrance near Wawona.

Drive Time:  +/- 8 hours

Travel by Air

Nearby commercially served airports include:
  • Fresno/Yosemite International Airport (FAT) - 1 hour to Southern entrance via Highway 41. 2 hours to the heart of Yosemite Valley. 3½ hours to Tuolumne Meadows.  There is no public transportation from Fresno to Yosemite.
  • San Francisco International Airport (SFO) - 2 ½ hours to Big Oak Flat entrance via Highway 120, 3 ½ hours to heart of Yosemite Valley. 4-5 hours to Tuolumne Meadows.  Public transportation available to Yosemite.
  • Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) - 6 hours to Yosemite Valley via I-5 to Highway 99 to Highway 41.  Add another hour for travel to Tuolumne Meadows.
  • Oakland (OAK) - 2 ½ hours to Big Oak Flat entrance via Highway 120, 3 ½ hours to heart of Yosemite Valley.  4-5 hours to Tuolumne Meadows. Public transportation available to Yosemite.
  • Sacramento (SMF) - 2 ¼ hours to Big Oak Flat entrance via Highway 120, 3 ¼ hours to heart of Yosemite Valley, and 4-5 hours to Tuolumne Meadows. Public transportation available to Yosemite.

Las Vegas and Reno airports provide access to Yosemite from the East Side when Tioga Road is open.  Tioga Road closes for the winter at ifferent times depending on the weather conditions. Check the NPS site for more information on when the road is likely to be open.

  • Reno International Airport (RNO) - 4 hours to Yosemite Valley via Highway 395 and Highway 120 Tioga Rd. (June - Oct) Call ahead for road opening.  This is the closest airport for Tuolumne Meadows (approximately 3 hr. drive).
  • Las Vegas Airport (LAS) - 8-9 hours to Yosemite Valley via Highway 395 and Highway 120 Tioga Rd. (June - Oct). Call ahead for road opening.

Nearby municipal airports for private and charter service include:

  • Mariposa-Yosemite Airport (068) - 30 minutes to Arch Rock entrance station via Highway 140, 1 hour to the heart of Yosemite Valley. The paved runway extends for 3,310 feet. The facility is at an elevation of 2,250 feet at a distance of about 4 miles from Mariposa, CA. http://www.airnav.com/airport/O68
  • Merced Municipal Airport/Macready Field (MCE) - 1 ¼ hours to Arch Rock entrance station via Highway 140, 1 ¾ hours to heart of Yosemite Valley. The paved runway extends for 5,903 feet. The facility is at an elevation of 156 feet at a distance of about 2 miles from Merced, CA. http://www.airnav.com/airport/MCE