The number of visitors to Yosemite has been increasing, but the amount of parking spaces and picnic spots has not, and the Yosemite Admission cost per single car/truck/van is $35 for a 7 day summer pass. We have been seeing more and gridlock in Yosemite Valley when the Park Service closes the second driving lane to allow a buses and shuttles only lane. For a stay with only one or two days entering Yosemite during summer, especially with children under twelve, using YARTS makes good sense. Our business plan is to have happy customers return to visit again, but sitting in a traffic jam with no cell or Wifi reception makes unhappy visitors. In general, if you leave our vacation cabins before 7:00 am or after 3:00 pm, you'll miss most of the traffic. If not, please consider existing public transportation.
Public transportation is recommended as an affordable alternative, and is pretty cool in winter so you don't need to carry chains. Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System (YARTS) is the primary transport into Yosemite. They have expanded their service to include State Routes 120, 140, 120 and 395. We are only recommending bus stops with public parking, although YARTS stops at many private lodges. Tickets are available from the bus driver using cash or VISA, MasterCard or Discovery cards. Pre purchase tickets are also available in town. Rates and examples below are for comparison only. Examples based on one car/family with 2 adults, 2 children, because that is what our family is. Also based on guests boarding pets because public transit plan only allows service dogs. Please click on the provided links for any additional information.
$12 roundtrip per person, includes entrance fees, plus one 12 years or under child ticket
$8 roundtrip for seniors (62+), children (12 and under without an adult paid fare), and persons with disabilities
Yosemite Valley shuttle This bus provides service around eastern Yosemite Valley from 7 am to 10 pm.
El Capitan shuttle This bus stops at El Capitan, Bridalveil Fall, Four Mile trailhead, and the Valley Visitor Center from mid-June through early October from 9 am to 5 pm.
Yosemite Guided Bus Tours are the best way to experience all the wonders that the park has to offer. Our expert tour guides will share their knowledge about this remarkable place, with tours that focus on natural history, indigenous peoples, the first non-indigenous settlers and wildlife.