How to Ride - YARTS - Public Transit to Yosemite
How to Ride

The Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System (YARTS) is a regularly scheduled, fixed route, public transit system that operates year-round in the Yosemite region.
YARTS provides service into Yosemite National Park and gateway communities in comfortable, air-conditioned buses. Ride YARTS to avoid traffic and safely enjoy the scenery instead of watching the road. All YARTS fares into Yosemite include the park entrance fee. See the about YARTS page for more general information about the YARTS bus service. Below you can find links to pages that address specific policies regarding the service.

In order to make your travel more convenient, YARTS recommends you make a reservation.

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Important Changes Regarding COVID-19

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has been declared a worldwide pandemic by the World Health Organization.  Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System (YARTS) cannot prevent you or your children from becoming exposed to, contracting, or spreading COVID-19 while using YARTS’ services or premises.  It is not possible to prevent against the presence of the disease.  YARTS is unable to pre-screen passengers for signs or symptoms of COVID-19 and is unable to eliminate the risk to other passengers posed by an infected person.  Therefore, if you choose to utilize YARTS’ services and/or enter onto YARTS’ premises, you may be exposing yourself and your family to, and/or increasing your risk of contract or spreading, COVID-19.

ASSUMPTION OF RISK – I have read and understand the above warning concerning COVID-19.  I hereby choose to accept the risk of being exposed to or contracting COVID-19 for myself and/or my children in order to utilize YARTS’ services and enter onto YARTS’ premises.  These services are of such value to me and/or to my children that I accept the risk of being exposed to, contracting, and/or spreading COVID-19 in order to utilize YARTS’ services and premises in person.

WAIVER OF LIABILITY – By using YARTS’ services and/or entering onto its premises, I understand that I am forever releasing and waiving any right to bring suit against YARTS, its owners, directors, officers, managers, employees, assigns, contractors, and all other representatives in connection with exposure, infection, and/or spread of COVID-19.I understand that this waiver means I give up my right to bring any claims, for myself or my children, including for personal injury, death, disease, property loss, or any other loss and specifically including, but not limited to, claims of negligence, against YARTS and anyone connected to it.

 In order to mitigate exposure to COVID-19, YARTS has made the following operational changes:

• Passengers are required to wear face masks while riding YARTS (if you do not have a mask, one will be provided to you)

• Capacity will be limited on all buses to allow passengers to put space between themselves and other groups

• Hand sanitizer will be available on all buses

• A signed waiver acknowledging risk of exposure to COVID-19 will be required for all passengers to ride

• Enhanced daily sanitizing of the YARTS fleet

• Passengers experiencing any signs of illness will not be able to ride YARTS

Finally, please note that the volume of air circulation and type of air ventilation on the bus is that of a standard coach, and windows are not able to be opened for additional air flow.

Bus stops and request drop-off policy

YARTS drivers will stop at all designated stops. Additional stop locations may be requested, drivers will determine locations that are safe and accessible for unloading only. YARTS travels on narrow roads and YARTS does not provide pick up anywhere other than designated stops.

If additional assistance is needed while boarding, please contact YARTS 48 hours prior to your boarding.


Drop off your car and travel car free while getting around Yosemite. On the Hwy 140 route, extended free parking is available in various locations in Merced, such as Merced Transpo and the downtown district garage, which are within walking distance to the bus stops. In Mariposa and Midpines, free Park & Ride facilities are available for day, overnight and multi-day uses.

On the Hwy 41 route, there are paid parking facilities in Fresno, including the Fresno Yosemite International Airport.

Please view the websites below to find out more about your parking options.

City of Fresno Parking

Fresno Airport Parking

City of Merced Parking

Mariposa Park & Ride

Midpines Park & Ride


Bags are allowed on YARTS buses, including backpacks of any size. Some backpacks may need to be stored in compartments under the passenger seating.


Bikes are allowed in the storage compartments under the bus, as space allows on a first come, first served basis. Each bus is equipped to transport two bicycles. Bikes can also be rented inside Yosemite National Park.


All YARTS buses are wheelchair accessible and equipped with wheelchair lifts. To ensure your accessible seat is available on the bus, please contact YARTS 48 hours prior to your boarding, or indicate while making your reservation accessible seating is required.  Doing so will ensure your trip is accommodated.

If additional assistance is needed while boarding, please contact YARTS 48 hours prior to your boarding.

No pets are allowed to ride with the exception of service animals being allowed on all YARTS buses.

Terms and Conditions

Please see YARTS terms and conditions, including our refund policy.