How to Reach Yosemite National Park, California

The Easiest Way to Reach Yosemite National Park


Since there are no landing strips at the Park, you’ll have to land at one of the towns and either hire a car or avail of a shuttle service.

  • By Shuttle: The Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System offers shuttle services from the towns of Merced, Mariposa, El Portal, Lee Vining and Mammoth Lakes.
  • By Rail: Amtrak too has a train service to Yosemite from San Joaquins and Merced.
  • By Car: You could always hire a car and drive to Yosemite National Park, using any of its four entrances; the park is connected to four State Routes. These routes however, are winding and quite mountainous, so let the road have your full attention.


  • By Shuttle: The Park offers shuttle buses that are either free or charge a nominal fee and run to all the attractions. The Park has more than one shuttle service, so check with the stops before you board the bus.
  • By Car: Driving around the Park in a rented car is one of the best ways to get around. It can get crowded though during the summer, so be prepared for some traffic.
  • By Cycle: Yosemite National Park has designated bicycle paths for all those of you who would like to cycle your way through the Park. Bikes can be rented on a daily basis.
  • On Foot: Walking trails are in place and are quite effective too when it comes to seeing the Park; the Park is most accessible through a network of walking trails.

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How to Reach Yosemite National Park from Nearby Cities

Route Distance Time
Fish Camp to Yosemite National Park 24.01 km 24 mins
Oakhurst to Yosemite National Park 31.96 km 31 mins
June Lake to Yosemite National Park 51.64 km 51 mins
Mammoth Lakes to Yosemite National Park 64.02 km 1 hour 4 mins
Mariposa to Yosemite National Park 73.51 km 1 hour 34 mins
Coulterville to Yosemite National Park 73.81 km 1 hour 13 mins
Groveland to Yosemite National Park 77.97 km 1 hour 17 mins
Sonora to Yosemite National Park 93.96 km 1 hour 33 mins
Angels Camp to Yosemite National Park 111.86 km 1 hour 51 mins
Merced to Yosemite National Park 133.89 km 2 hours 27 mins