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How to get to Yosemite

The most reliable route to get to Yosemite Valley from Santa Cruz using public transportation is outlined in the timetables below. It uses the Highway 17 Express bus—our main link to the world outside Santa Cruz—leaving from the Santa Cruz METRO Center in downtown Santa Cruz, and arrives after about an hour at the San Jose Diridon (SJC) station.

From there, board the Amtrak bus to Stockton (SKN), where one may transfer to the San Joaquin Amtrak train to Merced (MCD).

At the Merced Amtrak station, board the YARTS (Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System) bus to Yosemite Valley. The YARTS home page is here, and is worth a look.

The total one-way fare is $44.00 ($34.10 for 65+). There is no entrance fee to Yosemite for those who ride YARTS.

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Weekdays Eastbound
17X Bus Train YARTS
SC SJC SJC SKN SKN MCD MCD YV
#3912 #712
4:40 5:38 6:00 8:15 9:25 10:36 10:55 1:18
#3916 #716
12:00 1:00 1:25 4:05 4:22 5:29 5:50 8:12
Weekdays Westbound
YARTS Train Bus 17X
YV MCD MCD SKN SKN SJC SJC SC
#713 #3913
9:10 11:46 12:05 1:13 1:20 2:55 3:10 4:24
Weekends Eastbound
17X Bus Train YARTS
SC SJC SJC SKN SKN MCD MCD YV
#3916 #716
11:45 12:33 1:25 4:05 4:22 5:29 5:50 8:12
Weekends Westbound
YARTS Train Bus 17X
YV MCD MCD SKN SKN SJC SJC SC
#713 #3913
9:10 11:46 12:05 1:13 1:20 2:55 3:00 4:17

“The mountains are calling and I must go.”

– John Muir