Getting to Yosemite Park by Plane

There are a number of commercially served airports near the park, including:

  • Fresno/Yosemite International Airport
  • Sacramento
  • San Francisco International Airport
  • Oakland Airport
  • Los Angeles International Airport

Of these, only the Fresno Airport doesn’t offer public transportation to Yosemite.

Reno International Airport and Las Vegas Airport also provide access to the park, but it may be difficult for you to move ahead during winter as the Tioga Road may be closed during different times. So make sure to call beforehand to find out about the road opening.

For private and charter service, consider the nearby municipal airports, including Mariposa-Yosemite Airport and Macready Field.

Getting to Yosemite by Train

AMTRAK Trains connect the residents of San Diego, Los Angeles, Fresno, San Jose, San Francisco, and Sacramento to Merced/Riverbank as well as VIA bus lines. The latter provide luxury motor coaches to Yosemite Valley. AMTRAK fares to Yosemite cover the train ride, bus travel fee and park entrance fee.

Getting to Yosemite by Bus

Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System (YARTS) provides coach service for individuals and groups from a number of gateway communities. To reach Merced, CA and catch a YARTS coach, you can use Greyhound’s services.

 Getting to Yosemite by Car

To reach Yosemite National Park via car, you need to choose your routes according to the weather.

  • San Francisco – Via Highway 120 East or Highway 140 East
  • Sacramento – Via Highway 120 East or Highway 140 East (the latter is an all-weather highway)
  • Los Angeles – South Entrance Route most of the year and Highway 140 East during winter
  • Northern Central Valley – Highway 99 to Merced and then Highway 140 East
  • Southern Central Valley – Highway 99 to Fresno and then Highway 41
  • Monterey Peninsula – Pacheco Pass Highway to Highway 99 and then Highway 140 E
  • South Lake Tahoe and Reno – Highway 89 to Highway 395 and all the way to Highway 120 West during summer and Highway 89 South to Highway 120 during winter
  • Las Vegas – East Entrance at Tuolumne Meadows and Lee Vining town during summer and fall and via South Entrance and Bakersfield and Fresno in winter and springs