When you ride YARTS, getting to Yosemite is stress free! With four routes that connect Yosemite with the gateway communities of Merced, Fresno (summer), Mammoth Lakes (summer), and Sonora (summer), YARTS will get you there safely and comfortably. Below are some of the travel connections that will help you reach YARTS car free.
All YARTS bus routes connect with each other in Yosemite Valley.
Highway 140 (Merced-Mariposa-El Portal)
Ride the Amtrak San Joaquin Line into Merced from the North or South to connect with YARTS service leaving from the station 4 times daily and returning 5 times daily. The San Joaquin Line connects with the San Francisco Bay Area (international airports: SFO and Oakland) and Sacramento (Sacramento International Airport).
Greyhound buses reach merced from San Francisco, Stockton, and Madera 4 or more times daily, and YARTS picks you up at the station 4 times daily.
Daily flights to and from Merced. Three YARTS trips leave daily from Macready Airfield and 5 return upon request.
Merced county’s bus system provides frequent connections to YARTS, which leaves from the Merced Transportation Hub 4 times daily and returns 5 times daily.
Use CatTracks to get to Campus? YARTS will pick you up there in the evening to bring you on your weekend adventure. We’ll drop you back off on Monday in time for your 1pm class.
Mari-Go provides curb-to-curb transit in the Mariposa region. It can help you reach the 3 stops YARTS serves in Mariposa 6 times daily (5 on weekends and holidays).
Highway 41 (Fresno-Madera-Coarsegold-Oakhurst-Fish Camp-Wawona)
8 airlines offer direct flights to and from 11 cities as far off as Portland, OR, Dallas, TX, and Guadalajara, Mexico.
Ride the Amtrak San Joaquin line into Fresno from the North or South to connect with YARTS service
Ride Greyhound into Fresno to connect with YARTS from Visalia and Bakersfield.
Fresno’s extensive public transit system will help you connect directly with YARTS stops in the city.
Numerous public transit services connect into Fresno from along Highways 99 and 180.
Highway 120E/395 (Mammoth Lakes-Lee Vining-June Lake-Tuolumne Meadows)
Mammoth Yosemite Airport is only 10 minutes away making travel to Mammoth Lakes even easier. You can reach Mammoth Lakes from cities worldwide – including New York, Chicago, Houston, and Melbourne. Enjoy convenient year-round flights to Mammoth Lakes via Los Angeles (LAX) and flights from Denver, San Francisco, Burbank, and Orange County available during the winter season.
Plus, show your United boarding pass and ride free to Yosemite on YARTS! Yosemite access is contingent on Tioga Pass opening – sometimes as late as the first week of July. Check here for Tioga Pass status.
ESTA operates year-round bus service along Highway 14 and 395 into Mammoth Lakes from Lancaster via Bishop and town trolleys within Mammoth Lakes itself. ESTA also offers service from Reno into Lee Vining, where YARTS stops on the way into Yosemite from Mammoth Lakes.
Highway 120 (Sonora, Jamestown, Groveland, Buck Meadows)
Tuolumne County Transit connects with YARTS in Sonora, Jamestown or Tuolumne City, where trips depart for Yosemite once a day from May to September, and twice a day during the Summer peak. You can even ride in from Calaveras County on Calaveras Transit and connect with TCT at Columbia College. Amador Transit can bring you in from even further north on Highway 49.