Getting here is generally easy, although Yosemite National Park is a remote location in a mountainous environment, and there can be seasonal or random road closures due to snow, rock slides, flood, and fires. Be sure to call the CalTrans 800.427.7623 or 209-372-0200 for road condition info for the most up-to-date information.
You can enter the park in private vehicles, organized tours, or scheduled buses. The entrance fee for private vehicles is $20, motorcycles $10, and $10 for bikes. 80% of these fees stay within the park for resource conservation and maintenance, so while it may sound high, it’s less than a family trip to the movies and goes to a good cause.
Public transportation is a viable, although less convenient, way to get into and around the Park. The Yosemite Area Transportation System (YARTS) is connects Yosemite Valley via 140 to the west and 120 to the east. The western terminus is Merced (Airport, Amtrak, Bus) and the eastern terminus is Mammoth Lakes Village. The cost is up to $20 per person.
The Yosemite Shuttle operates between Yosemite Village, Yosemite Lodge, Curry Village, Happy Isles and the Ahwahnee Hotel from 7AM to 8PM, extended hours in summer. The shuttle is free.
One request for people driving into the Park – please use turnouts and let people get speeding tickets if they want, and please do not stop in the middle of the road to look at coyotes or waterfalls. The person driving behind you may not see the same thing until they’ve driven through your space.