If you don’t own a car or would rather not get into your car, there are alternative transportation options that connect travelers to the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
The Yosemite Area Rapid Transit (YARTS) system has four main lines that bring travelers into Yosemite National Park. One line runs from Sonora into the park, another from Merced, another from Fresno, and another from Mammoth Lakes and Lee Vining into Yosemite National Park. More information can be found at YARTS.com.
There is also a free shuttle bus system that runs within Yosemite National Park daily.
The Emerald Bay Trolley is run by the Tahoe Transportation District. Late spring through early fall, the Emerald Bay Trolley travels a scenic route from the south shore to the west shore's Eagle Falls Trailhead / Vikingsholm. In the summer, the Trolley goes all the way to Homewood! The Emerald Bay Trolley is scheduled to operate weekends in early summer and fall, and runs daily through the heart of the summer.
Many busses are offered in and around Tahoe by BlueGo, North Lake Tahoe Express, TART, and more, which can be viewed at TahoeTransportation.
There is even a North Tahoe Water Shuttle available in the summer!
Amtrak provides a combination of train and bus service to various Sierra destinations such as Yosemite. Their lines can be viewed at Amtrak.
Greyhound Lines bring visitors to many Sierra destinations, including to the city of Visalia at the Visalia Transit Center, and in the City of Fresno at the Fresno Greyhound Station, where travelers can connect with Sequoia Kings park shuttle routes in summer to get to the parks. Summer shuttle services let you sightsee as you travel from the San Joaquin Valley to these parks. They also reduce air pollution by reducing the number of cars on the road, and save you from a search for parking. Specific route information can be viewed at NPS.
This is only a sample of alternative transportation options that are available. A more complete listing and more details can be found in the Transportation Category on this site.
CAR-LESS California is seeking a transit transformation to create seamless multimodal networks to connect visitors to outdoor recreation opportunities on public lands. The Pacific Southwest Region of the U.S. Forest Service, Department of Agriculture, in partnership with the CSU, Chico Research Foundation and with close coordination from Sierra Business Council and Trailhead Labs, is working with other CAR-LESS California sponsors and partners to apply new technology to promote the use of alternative transportation systems to access public lands. CAR-LESS California was funded, in part, through a grant from the Paul S. Sarbanes Transit in Parks (TRIP) program.
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