Yosemite Directions & Travel Info
Yosemite Directions & Travel Info
Yosemite Valley Parking and Road Improvement Project will begin in September of 2016. In result, there will be temporary road closures associated with this project, detours will begin September 6, 2016. For more information please visit the National Park Service page.
With a little planning, it’s easy to get to Yosemite National Park from anywhere in the world. Travelers that fly to California can rent a car in San Francisco (4 hours away) or Sacramento (3 hours away). The public roads are maintained year-round—except for the eastern entrance on Tioga Road (Highway 120 through the park). Tire chains may be required from October to April.
NOTE: Road and infrastructure repairs are underway in Yosemite and can cause delays. Call the National Park Service information line at 209.372.0200 or visit the National Park Service road conditions page for the latest updates.
Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System (YARTS) provides bus service to Yosemite. For information, call 877.989.2787.
Greyhound doesn’t offer direct bus service to Yosemite, but can be combined with YARTS service from Merced, CA. 800.229.9424 or 800.531.5332 (en Español)
Yosemite Valley to Tuolumne Meadows Hikers Bus
Visitors can use the Tuolumne Meadows Hikers bus to reach Tuolumne Meadows on select days during the summer season.
Nearby commercially served airports include:
- Fresno/Yosemite International Airport (FAT) - 1.25 hours to Southern entrance via Highway CA-41. 2.5 hours to the heart of Yosemite Valley. 3½ hours to Tuolumne Meadows. Public transportation from Fresno to Yosemite is available via the Yosemite Area Regional Transit System (YARTS).
- San Francisco International Airport (SFO) - 2 ½ hours to Big Oak Flat entrance via Highway CA 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 CA 99 to Highway CA 41. Add another 1.5 hours for travel to Tuolumne Meadows.
- Oakland (OAK) - 2.75 hours to Big Oak Flat entrance via Highway CA 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 CA 120, 3.5 hours to heart of Yosemite Valley, and 4 hours to Tuolumne Meadows. Public transportation available to Yosemite.
Mammoth Lakes, Las Vegas and Reno airports provide access to Yosemite from the Eastern Sierra when Tioga Road Highway CA 120 is open during the summer and fall. Tioga Road closes for the winter depending on the weather conditions. Check the National Park Service Road Conditions for more information.
- Mammoth Yosemite Airport (MMH) - 2½ hours to Yosemite Valley via Highway CA 395 and Highway CA 120 Tioga Rd. (June - Oct). Call ahead for road opening.
- Reno International Airport (RNO) - 4 hours to Yosemite Valley via Highway CA 395 and Highway CA 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 CA 395 and Highway CA 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 Ca140, 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 CA 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
AMTRAK® Trains serve San Diego, Los Angeles, Fresno, San Jose, San Francisco and Sacramento to and from Merced/Riverbank and connect with YARTS bus lines for direct busses into Yosemite Valley. For information call 800.872.7245 or visit http://www.amtrak.com/
Cars are welcomed in Yosemite National Park, and visitors pay an entrance fee of $30 in summer and $25 in winter. There is free parking in Yosemite but it is limited. So arrive early if you want one of these parking spots. Once you’re at the Park, we recommend that you leave the driving to us, with our efficient shuttle bus system that’ll get you everywhere you need to go. You can find out more on the public transportation page.
- San Francisco
- Los Angeles
- Central Valley
- Monterey Peninsula
- South Lake Tahoe/Reno
- Las Vegas