There are 8 ways to get from Santa Cruz to Yosemite National Park by bus, train, car, shuttle, plane or taxi

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Bus  •  9 h 35 min

  1. Take the bus from Santa Cruz, Ca to San Jose, Ca 17
  2. Take the bus from San Jose, CA to Merced
  3. Take the bus from Merced Transpo to Yosemite Valley Visitors Center

$131 - $185

7 alternative options

Bus via Madera, Ca  •  9 h 35 min

  1. Take the bus from Santa Cruz, Ca to San Jose, Ca 17
  2. Take the bus from San Jose, Ca to Madera, Ca
  3. Take the bus from Madera, Ca to Merced, Ca
  4. Take the bus from Merced Transpo to Yosemite Valley Visitors Center

$136 - $220

Bus, Caltrain  •  9 h 21 min

  1. Take the bus from Santa Cruz, Ca to San Jose, Ca 17
  2. Take the Caltrain from San Jose Diridon Caltrain to Gilroy Caltrain
  3. Take the bus from Gilroy, CA to Merced
  4. Take the bus from Merced Transpo to NPS Maintenance

$144 - $209

Bus via Ocean & Water  •  9 h 43 min

  1. Take the bus from Ocean & Water to Diridon Station 17
  2. Take the bus from San Jose, CA to Merced
  3. Take the bus from Merced Transpo to Yosemite Valley Visitors Center

$131 - $169

Drive  •  4 h 19 min

  1. Drive from Santa Cruz to Yosemite National Park 220.3 miles

$21 - $35

Shuttle to San Francisco, fly to Mammoth Lakes, drive  •  5 h 25 min

  1. Take a shuttle bus from 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

$191 - $485

Shuttle to San Francisco, fly to Fresno, bus  •  9 h 49 min

  1. Take a shuttle bus from 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

$341 - $838

Shuttle to San Jose, fly to Reno, bus, taxi  •  7 h 53 min

  1. Take a shuttle bus from Santa Cruz to SJC Airport
  2. Fly from San Jose (SJC) to Reno (RNO) SJC - RNO
  3. Take the bus from Reno/Tahoe International Airport to Lee Vining -Chevron 51557 US 395
  4. Take a taxi from Lee Vining -Chevron 51557 US 395 to Yosemite National Park

$252 - $647

Questions & Answers

The distance between Santa Cruz and Yosemite National Park is 149 miles. The road distance is 220.3 miles.

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The best way to get from Santa Cruz to Yosemite National Park without a car is to bus which takes 9 h 35 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 9 h 35 min 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 1 h 13 min.

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Yes, the driving distance between Santa Cruz to Yosemite National Park is 220 miles. It takes approximately 4 h 19 min 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 1 h 45 min and costs .

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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: 9 h 35 min

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 San Jose, Ca, Santa Clara & Montgomery, King & Story, San Jose, CA, Merced, Merced Transpo, and Yosemite Valley Visitors Center in around 9 h 35 min.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Francisco to Mammoth Lakes
Ave. Duration
1 h 13 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $800
Flights from San Francisco to Fresno
Ave. Duration
1 h 6 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$300 - $1,100
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from San Jose to Reno
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $650
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from San Jose to Reno
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $850
Train operators
Caltrain
Phone
+1 650-508-6200
Website
caltrain.com
Train from San Jose Diridon Caltrain to Gilroy Caltrain
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$7 - $9
Schedules at
caltrain.com
Bus operators
Greyhound USA

Greyhound is a leading bus company based in Dallas, Texas, serving over 3800 destinations across North America, Mexico and Canada. Greyhound carries around 18 million passengers a year who travel 5.4 billion miles (8.6 billion km) a year on their fleet of around 1700 vehicles. For travel flexibility, you can board or get off a Greyhound bus at official Greyhound stations, partner stations and curbside stops. There are around 230 Greyhound stations across the US where you can both catch your bus and buy tickets, that are also available on the official website and via the mobile app.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Santa Cruz, Ca to San Jose, Ca
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$10 - $21
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$10 - $14
Flexible
$16 - $21
Bus from San Jose, Ca to Madera, Ca
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$18 - $45
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$18 - $28
Flexible
$30 - $45
Bus from Madera, Ca to Merced, Ca
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$10 - $22
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$10 - $14
Flexible
$17 - $22
Santa Cruz Metro
Website
scmtd.com
Bus from Santa Cruz Metro Center - Lane 2 to Diridon Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$3 - $5
Schedules at
scmtd.com
Bus from Ocean & Water to Diridon Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 3 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$3 - $5
Schedules at
scmtd.com
Amtrak

Amtrak is a rail service that connects the US and three Canadian provinces. Covering 21,000 route miles (34,000km) Amtrak operates more than 300 trains daily. These medium and long distance intercity services operate at speeds of up to 240km/h, to more than 500 destinations. Founded in 1971, it is based in Washington, D.C. and offers four classes of travel: First Class, Sleeper, Business and Coach. Ticket fares are divided into five subclasses: Saver, Value, Flexible, Business and Premium. Amtrak trains are known for their wide seats, plug-in power, big windows and storage capabilities.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Santa Cruz, CA to San Jose, CA
Ave. Duration
58 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Website
amtrak.com
Tufesa
Phone
7022546899
Email
serviciosvegas@hotmail.com
Website
tufesabus.com
Bus from San Jose, CA to Merced
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$21 - $30
Book at
GotoBus
Bus from Gilroy, CA to Merced
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$17 - $25
Book at
GotoBus
Yosemite Area Regional Transportation
Phone
+1 877-989-2787
Website
yarts.com
Bus from Merced Transpo to Yosemite Valley Visitors Center
Ave. Duration
2 h 34 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$5 - $12
Summer schedules at
Yarts
Bus from Merced Transpo to NPS Maintenance
Ave. Duration
1 h 50 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$5 - $12
Summer schedules at
Yarts
Bus from Fresno Yosemite International Airport to Yosemite Valley Visitors Center
Ave. Duration
4 h 6 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$6 - $13
Summer schedules at
Yarts
Santa Cruz Flyer
Website
santacruzflyer.com
Shuttle from Santa Cruz to SFO Airport
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$55
Schedules at
santacruzflyer.com
Book at
santacruzflyer.com
Shuttle from Santa Cruz to SJC Airport
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$55
Schedules at
santacruzflyer.com
Book at
santacruzflyer.com
ESTA
Phone
+1 760-872-1901
Email
info@estransit.com
Website
estransit.com
Bus from Reno/Tahoe International Airport to Lee Vining -Chevron 51557 US 395
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$20 - $40
Schedules at
estransit.com
Other operators
Taxi from Lee Vining -Chevron 51557 US 395 to Yosemite National Park
Ave. Duration
58 min
Estimated price
$100 - $130

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