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Yosemite One Day Trip 4 Hours in Park by Train and Bus

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San Francisco, United States
Yosemite One Day Trip 4 Hours in Park by Train and Bus

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icon15 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English and 1 more
Good for avoiding crowds


Reach Yosemite easily from the Bay Area on this small-group tour from San Francisco. Avoid the cost of a rental car; you'll travel by bus and train to the park, where entrance fees are included and you'll be provided with a written tour guide. You can use your four hours there however you like, exploring at your leisure, before your return transportation.
  • Visit Yosemite easily without renting a car
  • Valley Shuttle Map with must see sights and other useful information
  • Park entrance fees included
  • Small group of just eight people or fewer
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All taxes, fees and handling charges
Fuel Charge
Valley Shuttle Map with must see sights and other useful information
Park entrance fee for Yosemite Valley sights
Written step by step instructions
Online and telephone support
Guide or escort
Hotel pickup and drop-off - can be arranged at additional cost
  • Chase Bank , 555 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94105, USA

    Amtrak bus stop on Mission Street in front of Chase Bank

  • Oakland Jack London Square , 245 2nd St, Oakland, CA 94607, USA

    Depart Oakland at 7:35 a.m.

  • 5885 Horton St , 5885 Horton St, Emeryville, CA 94608, USA

    Depart Emeryville at 7:45 a.m.

  • 1700 Nevin Ave , 1700 Nevin Ave, Richmond, CA 94801, USA

    Depart Richmond at 7:55 a.m.

  • This activity will end right where it started.
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
    • OPERATED BY California Pacific Excursions
    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

    Learn more about cancellations.

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    • "It was still worth the time and effort to take this trip." See review


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    Great trip
    , May 2021
    An adventure for the whole family. We enjoyed the train and bus ride. The scenery is beautiful. There is road construction in the park so there were some delays. Our travel agent, Ben, was very helpful and had plans in place in case we missed a connection but everything went very smoothly. Yosemite is not completely opened so food options are limited and the shuttles are not running so our time ran out quickly. It was still worth the time and effort to take this trip. My entire family (ages 4,15, 34,44, and 60+) enjoyed this trip.
    Pathetic experience
    , Feb 2020
    Terrible experience. They say you get 4 hours in the park and all that. But we just got 1 hr in the park. Bus reached veryyy late around 3.15 pm to the park and the last bus to get into was at 4.15pm. With such a huge park, u need minimum of 4 hours to see most of the things and with 1 hour we could not see anything! This was such a pathetic experience . Travelling all the way till there and not being able to see anything. Such a waste of time and money.
    icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
    Because of heavy traffic on a holiday weekend the bus going from Yosemite experienced a delay, not two hours. Even then the customer got to see all the sights, such as El Capitan, Yosemite Falls, Half Dome, Bridalveil Fall and much more. Normally the bus enters the Park at about 12:55, drives about 35 minutes in Yosemite with all the places mentioned clearly visible and reaches Yosemite Valley Lodge by 1:30. There are 3 hours free and the return departure is 4:30 from Yosemite Lodge, that means 5:00 at Arch Rock Entrance. Traffic delays are beyond our control. Ben
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    Too little time? Take the train.
    , Nov 2019
    Had not been to Yosemite in almost 40 years. With just a week in the Bay Area only had a day to spar. The train trip in the morning was great sightseeing ( and people seeing too). Bus from Merced to the Park was comfortable and provided a lot of "the view". Should have stayed overnight! That would have meant a full day in the park. Returning the same day in the dark made for a long day. Don't recommend for families , unless you overnight. Great experience - will do again when time allows.
    2 travelers found this review helpful
    Never take this Excursion
    , Nov 2019
    Never sent information on how to get from Oakland to the Excursion, on numerous occasions could not contact company after finally contacting it was after my Excursion appt. The company offered me the Excursion for the next day I and my wife was only in Oakland for that day for the excursion. I ask for a refund and was given a number but the next day I recieved that the Company refused my request I never took tour due there lack of info. on there account terrible customer service and preparation
    icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
    Here is some information regarding this reservation. Customers must not have read detail information that was sent through Viator mailing system in advance. A) On November 6 at 8:26 a.m. we sent documents to VIATOR message system for the customer 8 files of details including train ticket. B) On November 6th at 8:29 a.m. we sent a text to the customer's phone to check if they received the information. C) On November 6th at 8:20 p.m. the customer replied "Yes I received". D) On November 7th at 7:48 a m. customer called from Oakland Jack London Square, 245 Second Street looking at the Viator voucher. It took 17 minutes of conversation to conclude that he was at the wrong location and had not received or opened the information sent as shown in item A above. E) It was too late to take the trip and he said he is cancelling and wants his money back. I explained to him that he should call Viator. F) At 8:15 I sent to him by phone a copy of the letter that was sent to him on November 6 at 8:26 to Viator. G) At 8:17 I called and talked to him. He said he was in touch with Viator. We have done everything collectedly and even sent text message to make sure if he got everything and he his answer was "Yes I received". Ben
    It was such a wonderful American experience!
    , Sep 2019
    Just one word to describe, Yosemite was AMAZING! I had such a wonderful time even though I was traveling by myself. There was a delay on return but Amtrak arranged a car and dropped me off at the hotel. I felt very safe and comfortable to know that they take passengers' safety very seriously. California Pacific Excursions staff contacted me also to make sure everything was fine. Very nice people. I met another single traveler and we became good friends. It was such a real American experience and I will definitely use this service again for overnight trip to Yosemite!
    1 traveler found this review helpful

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