The many shuttles in Yosemite

In order to be on some of the hikes, especially those one way hikes that link Tuolumne Meadows to Yosemite Valley, such as North Dome or Tenaya Lakes-Clouds Rest, or even hiking from out of the park, it might be tricky to arrange transportation.  Fortunately there are quite a few shuttle services running in the park.


Yosemite National Park 2885, Creative Commons photo by Jluc H


Tuolumne Meadow Hiker Bus (these are 2012 figures)

The first shuttle is the Tuolumne Meadow Hiker bus that runs from Yosemite Valley to Tuolumne Meadows.  However there are only two shuttles per day, one departing from the Valley (Curry Village) at 8AM and arriving at Tuolumne Meadows at 10:25AM, and the other one departing from the Meadows (Tuolumne Meadow Lodge) at 2PM and arriving at Curry Village at 4:15PM.

Stop Tuolumne Meadows-bound Yosemite Valley-bound
Curry Village 8:00AM 4:15PM
Yosemite Village 8:05AM 4:10PM
Crane Flat 9:05AM 3:25PM
May Lake Junction 9:55AM 2:35PM
Olmsted Point 10:00AM No stop
Tenaya Lake 10:10AM 2:30PM
Tuolumne Meadows Store 10:25AM 2:15PM
Tuolumne Meadows Lodge 10:35AM 2:05PM

Fares are charged based on distance and ranges from $2 to $14.50 (one way), or $3 to $23 (round-trip).  The good thing is that you can flag down the bus at any trailhead, though it is advisable to call (209) 372-4286 to make a reservation ahead of time.

For more information, check here (official site).


Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System (YARTS)


The Yarts Bus, Copyrighted picture by janlichterman and used with permission

Another way to go in-between the Yosemite valley and Tuolumne Meadows is the Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System (YARTS).  The one important line is the Highway 120 line.  Similar to the hiker bus, it runs once a day, leaving the Tuolumne Meadows store at 10:15AM and arriving at the Yosemite Valley visitor center at noon.  Return trip leaves the Valley visitor center at 5PM and arriving at the Meadows store at 6:50PM.  Fare for one way is $8 and roundtrip is $15.

Stop Tuolumne Meadows-bound Yosemite Valley-bound
Yosemite Valley Visitor Center 5:00PM 12:05PM
Crane Flat Gas Station 5:30PM 11:30AM
White Wolf Lodge 6:00PM 11:00AM
Tuolumne Meadows Visitor Center 6:45PM 10:20AM
Tuolumne Meadows Store 6:50PM 10:15AM

Bus stop map can be downloaded here and fares/schedule here.  The official site is here.


Tuolumne Meadow Free Shuttle

The final bus that I think would be helpful is the free Tuolume Meadows shuttle.  It runs every half an hour with various stops between the Tuolumne Meadows Lodge and Olmsted Point.

Official map for this particular bus can be found here and the official site can be found here.


The free shuttle runs every 30 minutes 8-26-2012 – here seen leaving the visitor center parking lot, Creative common photo by Bob_Perry

Hope that was helpful!


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