Yosemite Shuttle / National Park Service

Yosemite Shuttle / National Park Service

Yosemite Valley Shuttle Service Guide


Yosemite National Park is one of the most visited and revered national parks in the United States. The park's shuttle service enhances visitors' time there while also minimizing vehicle congestion and pollution. The shuttle system at Yosemite National Park is explained here.

The Need for Shuttles

Yosemite's four million yearly visitors force the park to strike a delicate balance between openness and preservation. Visitors are drawn to the park's granite cliffs, waterfalls, and giant sequoias.

Because of its increasing popularity, Yosemite National Park implemented a shuttle service to lessen the impact of private vehicles and protect the park's natural resources.

The Yosemite Valley Shuttle System serves routes around the valley and popular park spots, and YARTS provides travel from neighboring communities into the valley.

Routes and Stops

yosemite valley shuttle systemSource: nps.gov

The shuttles in Yosemite can take you to a variety of different locations. From spring to fall, the most popular shuttle routes visit:

  • Yosemite Valley
  • Glacier Point
  • Mariposa Grove
  • Tuolumne Meadows

The many routes allow visitors to Yosemite to see the park without having to drive themselves.

Learn more about each of these routes:

Shuttle Tips

The Yosemite National Park shuttle system can be used most efficiently with prior planning. Check the park's website or visitor center in advance to determine the shuttle's timetable, as it varies with the seasons and the weather.

If you want a seat at a shuttle stop, you'll need to be there early, particularly at busy times.

Shuttle Service Limitations

Although shuttles save time, they do not provide door-to-door service. A short walk may be necessary to reach trailheads and other destinations in larger parks. It might be wise to pack some food, beverages, and footwear.

Environmental Benefits Shuttles

The shuttle system embodies Yosemite's commitment to sustainability and preservation, by reducing the amount of cars in the park, and thereby the environmental impact.

So, when planning your Yosemite adventure, consider hopping on one of these shuttles - y’know, to save the planet.

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We hope that we’ve given you all the information you need to make the most of your day. Your vacation is extremely important to us so if you have any questions feel free to reach out at aloha@shakaguide.com.

For more detailed information to help you plan, check out our Yosemite National Park Itinerary and Know Before You Go article.

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