If you’re not accustomed to driving mountain roads and want to enjoy the scenery on the way to Yosemite National Park, leave the driving to the Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System (YARTS). Not only will you save money on gas and wear-and-tear on your car, entrance fees are included with your YARTS ticket. Plus, you’ll help reduce congestion in the park and help conserve this national treasure.
YARTS accesses the park year-round via Highway 140 out of Merced and Highway 41 out of Fresno. In summer, buses also lead into the park from the north (service starts in Sonora) and from the east (starting in Mammoth Lakes). Each route has multiple stops, so you can get on or off at appealing gateway towns too. In Yosemite, ride the park’s free shuttles to reach all major destinations, including summer bus service to hiking in Tuolumne Meadows. For a fun car-free way to tour Yosemite Valley, rent bikes at various locations, then follow paved paths to Mirror Lake, Yosemite Falls, and other top spots.