About YARTS - YARTS - Public Transit to Yosemite

Since its start in May 2000, the Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System (YARTS) has been providing visitors to the Yosemite region with a comfortable, economical, and convenient alternative to driving. 

YARTS provides regularly scheduled public transit service into Yosemite National Park and the gateway communities along its routes in buses that are air-conditioned and equipped for rider comfort.

We like to say, “You Could Drive, But Why?”, but it is so much more than just that. Get out from behind the wheel and you will see Yosemite in a whole new way.

YARTS operates year round on Highway 140 through Mariposa County and summers only (May-September) on Highway 41 through Fresno and Madera County, with multiple runs each day. There is also daily service from Mammoth Lakes and Mono County during the summer (typically June through September), when Tioga Pass Road is open and between Sonora and Yosemite Valley from Tuolumne County.

The YARTS schedule makes connections with all intercity transportation providers in Merced and Fresno: Amtrak, Greyhound, Boutique Airlines in Merced and Fresno Airport. In Mono County, YARTS allows connections with “The Crest” bus that runs between Reno, NV and Lancaster, CA on Highway 395 and in Sonora with Tuolumne County Transit.

You can take a look at the routes on the map. On all routes, YARTS is convenient to lodging facilities in the park and the gateway communities.

In Yosemite, YARTS makes contact with all shuttle services including the free Valley Shuttle and the Tuolumne Meadows Shuttle (summer only). Check the YARTS trip planning page for more information about making all of these connections.

We hope that you can answer all of your questions about the YARTS service from the information on this site, but if you still have questions, please contact us.

 Take YARTS to Yosemite and
“Watch the Scenery, Not the Road”

YARTS is managed by the Merced County Association of Governments. YARTS has provided more than 1,000,000 passenger rides since beginning operation in 2000. YARTS offers rides to all visitors to Yosemite, providing the highest possible level of service regardless of ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, or accessibility needs. If you believe that you have been discriminated against, please click here to file a Title VI complaint.