Yosemite One Day Trip

Yosemite One Day Trip by Train and Bus From $149. Spend 4 hours in the Park! From San Francisco | San Jose | Oakland! Hike up to Vernal Fall. More freedom to explore on your own. We will give you sufficient information to enjoy your trip to Yosemite!

What you see on this trip:

Upon entering Arch Rock Entrance you see the cliffs on both sides of the Merced River Canyon. Crossing the river going on South Side Road Bridal Veil Fall and Leaning Tower are visible. Looming across the Valley is the  huge El Capitan monolith. Driving further you see Cathedral Rocks, Sentinel Rock, Half Dome and Clouds Rest. Yosemite Falls is seen on the left and past Yosemite Chapel crossing the Sentinel Bridge you see the iconic Half Dome. 

Stop at the Visitor Center to see Ansel Adams Gallery, Yosemite Theater, American Indian village of the native tribe The Ahwahneechee  and Yosemite Falls.  It is easy to spend three and a half hours these Valley highlights.  No strenuous hiking to see Giant Sequoia trees.

Key Features:
  • Independent trip with Train and Bus from San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland
  • 4 hours in the park
  • Comfortable seating on the train with restroom and cellphone outlet. Cafe Car for meals and drinks (including liquor) and snack. Large bus from Merced to Yosemite.
  • Sightseeing map and information included
  • Telephone or online help included
  • Option to stay in Merced and spend more than 8 hours in Yosemite the following day

Don’t miss this opportunity to see one of America’s most magnificent National Parks, located 215 miles south east of San Francisco. This is an economical and way of taking a day trip. It is not a group tour with one single driver taking you up there and back all the way.

Tour Code:  SYTRB

Cost from April 1st to December 30, 2021: $149 per adult / $129 child age 2 to 11

Cost includes: Round trip transportation by train and bus, Sightseeing Map of the Valley, Written step by step guide, Booking and information service fee, Park entrance fee, Fuel Charge, and tax. Gratuity is not required.

*Option to take this trip on exclusive occupancy basis using large SUV type vehicle with capacity of up to 6 persons. This way you can stop at Tunnel View and other places of your choice. Half way drive by SUV on the round trip from train station into Yosemite, in the Valley and return to the train station. Cost of this would come to $296 per person for a minimum of 4 persons. Cost includes entrance fee. Ask us for details

GOING THERE by TRAIN (147 miles) and Large bus (82 miles)

From San Francisco At 6:55 a.m. check in at San Francisco Transit center. Thruway bus takes you across the Oakland Bay Bridge you reach the train station by 7:20. Board train at 7:40. The passenger carriages have wide comfortable seats with lots of legroom and restrooms. Enjoy this very nice train ride through the Delta area, small towns and miles of vineyards and vegetable farms rarely seen by visitors. At 10:50 a.m. bus will pick you up at train station. Arrive Yosemite Arch Rock entrance by 12:50.

Driving along Merced River with Granite Rocks you soon see Bridal Veil Fall, Cathedral Rocks, El Capitan, Yosemite Falls, Centinel Rock, Half Dome arrive at Yosemite Visitor at 1:15 p.m.  

Time to grab lunch. A short 15 minute walk gets you to Yosemite Falls. You can walk to The Ahwahnee Hotel, Camp Curry and Mirror Lake. Additional boarding locations and times: San Jose: 6:00 a.m. | Oakland: 7:30 a.m.

Return from Yosemite Lodge:

Leave Yosemite Valley by bus at 4:30 p.m. to the train station. Then board the train at 7:30 p.m. arriving East Bay train station around 10:10. Transfer to San Francisco by bus arriving at Salesforce center about 10:40 p.m.


  • CLOSED for 2021 – Bridal Veil Fall walk or road due to construction. Glacier Point Road. Parts of Visitor Center might be closed.

In rare instances if the trip is interrupted or delayed by train or bus appropriate refund or alternate transportation arrangements will be made by us when possible

Please submit reservation form below. We will get back to you within 24 to 48 hours.

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