The remoteness that makes Yosemite a national treasure is awe-inspiring and beautiful, but can make it difficult to arrive. There are no airports inside the park, and the closest ones are a couple hours drive away.
Most visitors arrive through a combination of travel methods. Some fly into an airport and then rent a car to head up and experience the park independently. Others take a train and then use the park shuttle system to get around.
Here is some information on the various forms of transportation to get visitors into and around the park.
There are four primary entrances to Yosemite National Park:
Commercial airlines fly to a number of airports in the area:
Yosemite is connected to the Amtrak network of rails through Merced on the San Joaquim Route. This route has six daily trains that run both north and south, connecting San Francisco, Sacramento and Fresno.
If your group is arriving in a plane, all the airports have car rental facilities. If arriving by train or bus, car rentals are generally available, but must be confirmed at the specific arrival station.
Yosemite has worked consistently to create a practical bus and shuttle system. The shuttles inside the park are free, and there are plenty of commercial bus and shuttle options to get into the park. The best part is that riding a bus or shuttle allows everyone to enjoy the views outside the window.