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There are 5 ways to get from Santa Cruz to Yosemite National Park by taxi, bus, car, shuttle or plane

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Recommended option

Taxi, bus  •  6h 12m

  1. Take a taxi from Santa Cruz to Gilroy, CA
  2. Take the bus from Gilroy, CA to Merced
  3. Take the bus from Merced Transpo to NPS Maintenance

$278 - $345

Cheapest option

Bus  •  9h 45m

  1. Take the bus from Santa Cruz Metro Center - Lane 2 to E Santa Clara & S 1st 17
  2. Take the bus from San Jose, CA to Merced
  3. Take the bus from Merced Transpo to Yosemite Valley Visitors Center

$141 - $192

3 alternative options

Drive  •  4h 18m

  1. Drive from Santa Cruz to Yosemite National Park 215.4 miles

$21 - $35

Shuttle, fly to Mammoth Lakes, drive  •  5h 38m

  1. Take a shuttle bus from Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Santa Cruz to SFO Airport
  2. Fly from San Francisco (SFO) to Mammoth Lakes (MMH) SFO - MMH
  3. Drive from Mammoth Lakes to Yosemite National Park

$190 - $485

Shuttle, fly to Fresno, bus  •  9h 46m

  1. Take a shuttle bus from Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Santa Cruz to SFO Airport
  2. Fly from San Francisco (SFO) to Fresno (FAT) SFO - FAT
  3. Take the bus from Fresno Yosemite International Airport to Yosemite Valley Visitors Center

$350 - $858

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The cheapest way to get from Santa Cruz to Yosemite National Park is to drive which costs $21 - $35 and takes 4h 18m.

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The quickest way to get from Santa Cruz to Yosemite National Park is to drive which costs $21 - $35 and takes 4h 18m.

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The distance between Santa Cruz and Yosemite National Park is 149 miles. The road distance is 215.4 miles.

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The best way to get from Santa Cruz to Yosemite National Park without a car is to taxi and bus which takes 6h 12m and costs $270 - $350.

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It takes approximately 6h 12m to get from Santa Cruz to Yosemite National Park, including transfers.

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The quickest flight from San Francisco Airport to Mammoth Lakes Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 22m.

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Yes, the driving distance between Santa Cruz to Yosemite National Park is 215 miles. It takes approximately 4h 18m to drive from Santa Cruz to Yosemite National Park.

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United Airlines offers flights from San Francisco Airport to Mammoth Lakes Airport.

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The best way to get from Santa Cruz to San Francisco Airport is to shuttle which takes 1h 45m and costs $54 - $55.

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Map of how to get from Santa Cruz to Yosemite National Park.
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  • Distance: 149.5 miles
  • Duration: 6h 12m

What companies run services between Santa Cruz, CA, USA and Yosemite National Park, CA, USA?

You can take a bus from Santa Cruz to Yosemite National Park via Santa Clara & 1st, King & Story, San Jose, CA, Merced, Merced Transpo, and Yosemite Valley Visitors Center in around 9h 45m.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Francisco to Mammoth Lakes
Ave. Duration
1h 22m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $800
Flights from San Francisco to Fresno
Ave. Duration
1h 7m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$300 - $1,100
Bus operators
Tufesa
Phone
7022546899
Email
serviciosvegas@hotmail.com
Website
tufesabus.com
Bus from Gilroy, CA to Merced
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$17 - $25
Book at
GotoBus
Bus from San Jose, CA to Merced
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$21 - $30
Book at
GotoBus
Yosemite Area Regional Transportation
Phone
+1 877-989-2787
Website
yarts.com
Bus from Merced Transpo to NPS Maintenance
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$5 - $12
Summer schedules at
Yarts
Bus from Merced Transpo to Yosemite Valley Visitors Center
Ave. Duration
2h 34m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$5 - $12
Summer schedules at
Yarts
Bus from Fresno Yosemite International Airport to Yosemite Valley Visitors Center
Ave. Duration
3h 55m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$6 - $13
Summer schedules at
Yarts
Santa Cruz Metro
Website
scmtd.com
Bus from Santa Cruz Metro Center - Lane 2 to E Santa Clara & S 1st
Ave. Duration
1h 11m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$3 - $5
Schedules at
scmtd.com
Santa Cruz Flyer
Phone
+1 831 423-5937
Website
santacruzflyer.com
Shuttle from Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Santa Cruz to SFO Airport
Ave. Duration
1h 45m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$54 - $55
Schedules at
santacruzflyer.com
Other operators
Taxi from Santa Cruz to Gilroy, CA
Ave. Duration
47m
Estimated price
$120 - $150
Santa Cruz Yellow Cab
Phone
+1 831-423-1234
Website
santacruzyellowcab.org
Go Green Cab
Phone
+1 831-246-1234
Deluxe Taxi Cab Co
Phone
+1 831-475-3232

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