Starting May 18th, Yosemite Area Regional Transport Service, affectionately known as YARTS, will be stopping right here at Rush Creek Lodge. The YARTS is a public transportation service for Yosemite National Park and its surrounding area, with multiple routes and stops along the way covering all of Yosemite’s main entrances. YARTS allows visitors to avoid the frustration of traffic, directions and parking while visiting the Yosemite Area. With YARTS the options for your Yosemite experience are endless.
Watch the Scenery, Not the Road
YARTS has been providing an alternative to driving for thousands of riders each year since it began in May of 2000. Providing a regularly scheduled public transit service into Yosemite National Park and its surrounding gateway communities, YARTS allows Yosemite adventurers to get out from behind the steering wheel and see Yosemite in a whole new way.
Whether you’re arriving to Rush Creek Lodge by the YARTS or taking the YARTS into Yosemite National Park, we’re excited to offer another convenience to ensure you make the most of your Yosemite experience.
The Highway 120 Route into Yosemite Valley is a seasonal YARTS Route, operating May 15th through September 29th. YARTS will be making regular stops at Rush Creek Lodge at these times:
|Departing Rush Creek Lodge||Arriving to Rush Creek Lodge|
|May 18- May 26 (7 days a week)||9:52 am depart Rush Creek – 10:50 am arrive Yosemite Valley||4:30 pm depart Yosemite Valley – 5:24 pm arrive Rush Creek|
|May 27-Sept 4 (7 days a week)||8:52 am depart Rush Creek – 9:50 am arrive Yosemite Valley||4:00 pm depart Yosemite Valley – 4:54 pm arrive Rush Creek|
|9:52 am depart Rush Creek – 10:50 am arrive Yosemite Valley||4:30 pm depart Yosemite Valley – 5:24 pm arrive Rush Creek|
|10:52 am depart Rush Creek – 11:50 am arrive Yosemite Valley||5:35 pm depart Yosemite Valley – 6:24 pm arrive Rush Creek|
|Sept 5-Sept 30 (7 days a week)||9:52 am depart Rush Creek – 10:50 am am arrive Yosemite Valley||4:30 pm depart Yosemite Valley – 5:24 pm arrive Rush Creek|
One way tickets to Yosemite Valley from Rush Creek cost $5.00*, a round trip ticket to Yosemite Valley from Rush Creek Lodge and back costs $10.00*, and your Park entrance is included! For pricing and other stops along the way, check out YARTS’ official website here.
With family friendly fares, YARTS makes Yosemite adventures affordable for traveling families. With each paying adult, one child 12 or younger rides free and each additional child (12 and younger) rides at a discounted fare. And as mentioned above, the Yosemite National Park entrance fee is included with your YARTS Ticket.
You can reserve your seats online for guaranteed seating or purchase the day of with cash or card.
Although YARTS has predetermined stops along the way they allow Courtesy Drops. With Courtesy Drops, YARTS makes getting to your desired trail-head easy, dropping passengers at non-scheduled stops within the Yosemite area where it is safe for the bus to stop.
YARTS at Rush Creek
The YARTS’ stop is located right on property, which means no waiting on the side of the road. It also means the stop is just a few steps from grabbing your morning coffee and trail-ready snacks and lunches in our General Store.
Our wonderful Recreation Department will be available daily to help you incorporate YARTS into your Yosemite adventure plans. Whether you’re headed to Yosemite Valley or the High Country, they’ll even be able to assist you in making your reservation for your desired travel time on YARTS. Just visit our helpful team in the Guest Lounge at the Recreation Desk anytime between 8am and 9pm.
After your reservation is made, your seat will be guaranteed on the YARTS bus during their scheduled pick-up times here at Rush Creek Lodge. Talk about taking the guess work out of your Yosemite adventure!
If you’re a true planner, you can make your YARTS reservation online here.
After all, you’re on vacation, sit back, relax and let someone else do the driving.
*Prices are subject to change, for the most up to date pricing information check the YARTS website here.