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 | Richmond | Martinez | Sacramento | Merced. Hike up to Vernal Fall. More freedom to explore on your own. We will give you sufficient information to enjoy your trip to Yosemite! We can also book a one day bus tour with driver guide from San Francisco for $199 or $185 and Train and Private Sedan car with Tunnel View from 1 to 6 people.

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.

Key Features:
  • Independent trip with Train and Bus from San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland, Richmond, Martinez, Sacramento, and Merced.
  • 4 hours in the park (3 hours free time)
  • Comfortable seating on the train with restroom and cellphone outlet. Cafe Car for meals and drinks (including liquor) and snack. Large bus or Sedan car from Merced to Yosemite.
  • Sightseeing map and information included
  • Telephone or online help included
  • Option for afternoon departure Yosemite 2 day trip stay in Merced and spend more than 8 hours in the valley
  • Option to go by Train and Private Sedan car including Tunnel View spot at additional cost

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 / Train and Large Bus

Cost from April 1st to December 30, 2022: $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 necessary for train and bus.

*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. 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 rent a bike or 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 and transfer to San Francisco by bus arriving near Salesforce center at about 10:40 p.m.


IN OPERATION: VALLEY FLOOR TOUR at 2PM for 2 hours. 26 miles.

CLOSED for 2022 – Bridal Veil Fall walk and road due to restoration. 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 partial refund or alternate transportation arrangements at additional cost will be made by us when possible.

See other tours Afternoon departure Yosemite 2 days spend more than 8 hours in the valley / Yosemite Transportation Only or Overnight Trip / Napa Valley or Silicon Valley, San Francisco Custom Charter / Alcatraz Tours

To make a reservation or check availability, please submit reservation form below. We will get back to you within 24 to 48 hours. No credit card information is required at this time.

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