Getting Around Yosemite

The best way to get around Yosemite is by shuttle, which is extremely reliable. Parking is scarce and (during the summer) highly competitive, so you should probably avoid bringing a car inside the park. You will need it, however, to get to the park in the first place. That said, Yosemite is one of the most accessible and convenient national parks in the country. Most people fly into the San Francisco International Airport (SFO), which is about a four-hour drive west.


Run by the National Park Service, the Yosemite Valley Shuttle provides free service to and from all the major sites, restaurants and accommodations within the valley, from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. year-round. Several additional buses operate from spring until fall.


You won't need your car inside the park. Crowd sizes and limited parking make it difficult to enjoy your stay without driving hassles, and the majestic landscape is no place for road rage. The park, however, is near impossible to reach without one. Moral of the story: Drive to Yosemite, park at a convenient shuttle stop, and then enjoy Mother Nature sans vehicle.

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