About YARTS - YARTS - Public Transit to Yosemite

Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System (YARTS) provides year-round and peak summer transit service into Yosemite National Park along gateway communities surrounding Highways 140 (Merced and Mariposa Counties), 120 (Tuolumne County), 395/120E (Mono County) and 41 (Madera County).

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 buses are equipped with amenities such as air-conditioning, on-board lavatory, bicycle friendly, and are wheelchair and ADA accessible to maximize rider comfort.

Whether you want to hike the Pacific Crest Trail, jump on your mountain bike, or simply soak up nature, we like to say, “You Could Drive, But Why?”. Get out from behind the wheel and you will see Yosemite in a whole new way.

YARTS Highway 140 route operates year-round through Mariposa County. Highway 41 and Highway 120 routes operate summers only (May-September), with the Hwy 41 route traveling through Madera County, and the Hwy 120 route running through Sonora and Groveland. YARTS Hwy 120/395 route travels through Mammoth Lakes and Mono County (June-September) when Tioga Pass Road is open.

The YARTS schedule makes connections with all intercity transportation providers in Merced: Amtrak, Greyhound, and Advanced Air in Merced. 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.

Learn about YARTS routes as well as trails you can access by checking out our interactive map. On all routes, YARTS is convenient to lodging facilities in the park and the gateway communities.

In Yosemite National Park, YARTS connects 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.

YARTS is not liable for any expense incurred by the passenger due to delayed or missed service, natural disasters, park closures, boarding of the incorrect bus, passengers who miss scheduled service or any event which requires us to alter our schedule. This includes alternate travel arrangements, lodging, meals or any other expenses not specifically mentioned. YARTS is not liable for any passenger belongings lost or damaged during transport. If you have lost an item on a YARTS bus, please contact us at [email protected].  

The YARTS TAM plan can be found here: YARTS TAM Plan