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Public Transportation options from Fresno Airport?

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Public Transportation options from Fresno Airport?

Postby SierraBound » Mon Jan 04, 2010 7:07 pm

I am hoping to fly into the Fresno airport and arrive in Yosemite Valley the same day using public transportation or a hired shuttle service. A rental car is not an option because I will be hiking through Yosemite and not returning to the valley. If not Fresno, is there an option you know of using another airport that would get me into the valley the same day?

This is for a mid-summer 2010 trip.

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Re: Public Transportation options from Fresno Airport?

Postby dan » Mon Jan 04, 2010 10:43 pm

Merced is better because it's served by YARTS to Yosemite Valley and Tuolumne. Merced Airport (MCE) has regular flights from Ontario, CA (a major airport) and MCE via Great Lakes Aviation. See
http://ci.merced.ca.us/depts/airport/
YARTS bus service:
http://www.yarts.com/

Merced is also served by Amtrak ("The San Joaquin" train), which has regular service running north and south between Oakland and Fresno and Bakersfield (all have major airports). Amtrak service is not as reliable as the airlines though.

A rental car is an option. Leave the car in the Valley and take the "Hikers Bus" leaving daily in the morning from all the Yosemite Valley hotels. This bus is ran by the park Concessionaire, YCS:
http://www.yosemitepark.com/Activities_ ... adows.aspx
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Postby SierraBound » Tue Jan 05, 2010 9:37 pm

Thanks Dan, I appreciate your advice. Looking at the YARTS schedule it looks like they only have buses departing from Merced bound for Yosemite in the morning. So that would mean a layover in Merced since even with the earliest flights into the area I would miss the last bus. YARTS has their winter schedule posted, so maybe they add an afternoon run in the summer season.

I also need to learn more about the VIA bus. I have seen some info that sounded like they offer service from Fresno, but on their website it looks like they operate out of Merced. I need to give them a call to learn more.

I am planning a JMT thru hike starting in Yosemite Valley , so leaving a rental car in Yosemite Valley is not an option.

With a three week vacation window I am trying to maximize trail days by eliminating a layover day outside of the park. I'd prefer to spend that first night at the backpacker campground in Yosemite Valley.

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Postby AlmostThere » Tue Jan 05, 2010 10:47 pm

Not sure you'll avoid the layover any way you look at it - flying into Merced is about as streamlined as you'll get, since there are no shuttles out of Fresno.

How far were you planning to go on the JMT? You don't seem concerned about getting anywhere from Whitney.
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Postby dan » Tue Jan 05, 2010 11:51 pm

I don't know of any bus out of Fresno. You can take the train from Fresno to Merced, but no bus from Fresno to Yosemite.

There is no added afternoon bus in the summer. YARTS adds a bus from Merced to Yosemite Valley then to Tuolumne, via the Tioga Road, to Mammoth in Summer.
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Postby AlmostThere » Wed Jan 06, 2010 9:03 am

The VIA bus is one of those tour coaches. I'm doubtful they have a daily run - it's more likely they run when a group engages them.
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Postby SierraBound » Tue Jan 12, 2010 12:55 pm

I have found a company, Yosemite & Beyond Tours who will shuttle groups from the Fresno Airport to Yosemite Valley. For a one-way shuttle they charge $150 for the first two people, then $15 for each additional person. They recommend making a reservation 2-4 weeks ahead of time. I'll be traveling with two others, so $55 each for the ride isn't bad since we won't be paying for the train to Merced, YARTS or a night's layover somewhere.

We are planning on hiking through to Whitney Portal and were lucky enough to have a friend willing to meet us on that end of the trail.

Thank you all for your interest and advice.

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Re: Public Transportation options from Fresno Airport?

Postby eva249 » Mon May 27, 2013 3:05 am

I don't know of any bus out of Fresno. You can take the train from Fresno to Merced, but no bus from Fresno to Yosemite. It is doubtful about the bus.

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