Getting to Yosemite from the Airport
It’s easy to travel to Yosemite National Park from the big California airports. Many visitors hire a car and continue their journey by road – allow at least a day for this, as the drive will take between five and seven hours depending on your point of arrival.
Onward Flights to Yosemite
If you prefer not to drive, you can pick up a connecting flight to Yosemite, flying into a nearby airport such as Mammoth Yosemite, Oakland, Sacramento, Fresno or Merced Municipal. From Los Angeles you can fly direct to any of these airports, but from San Francisco you may have to fly via LA.
What is the Closest Airport to Yosemite Valley?
While it’s possible to drive to Yosemite from any airport in the region, the closest airport to the park’s most famous sights is Fresno Yosemite International. From Fresno you can take a YARTS bus to several gateway towns and into Yosemite Village itself. Driving to the park’s south entrance will take around 90 minutes.
Flying to Mammoth Yosemite Airport
If you’re visiting the eastern side of Yosemite National Park, Mammoth Yosemite Airport is a convenient arrival point. Scheduled flights run from LA to Mammoth Yosemite all year round, and take around an hour. In winter there are additional flights to Mammoth Yosemite from San Francisco and San Diego, but you won’t be able to access Yosemite National Park directly – the snow season turns Mammoth into a world-class ski resort, but cuts it off from the park’s eastern entrance.
Yosemite Village: The Heart of Yosemite National Park
Yosemite Valley is a good place to start your visit. Many of the main sights are near here, including Yosemite Falls, Sentinel Bridge, El Capitan and Half Dome. Free shuttle buses run from the village to the most popular sights. Stop off at the visitor centre in Yosemite Village to pick up information about hiking and other outdoor activities in the park.
Visiting Yosemite from Mammoth
If you’re flying to Yosemite National Park via Mammoth Yosemite Airport, you’ll be on the east side of the park. Head to scenic Tuolumne Meadows to find your nearest visitor centre. This side of the park is often quieter than Yosemite Valley and there are some lovely hikes and places to visit. Try the popular trail to Cathedral Lakes, which offers fine views over Tenaya Canyon.