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Mariposa to Yosemite by public transport

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Mariposa to Yosemite by public transport

How easy is this to do in January, please? As I have been told we would need chains for our car and it may be difficult to get to Yosemite but easier by public transport. So I thought if we drove to Mariposa left our car at a b&b and took the local transport to Yosemite, how long would it take and is it doable?

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1. Re: Mariposa to Yosemite by public transport

It's simple... take a YARTS bus. See http://yarts.com/schedules.html for the Highway 140 route fares and schedule. The round trip fare from Mariposa to Yosemite Valley and back is $12. The far includes the entry fee for Yosemite. There are 6 departure times each day on weekdays and 3 on weekends and holidays. (I don't understand why that is; you would think there would be more demand on weekends.) This would allow you to visit Yosemite without doing any mountain driving yourself.

You should stay overnight in Yosemite Valley at least one night; to go there as a day trip and leave the same day doesn't really give you enough time to really enjoy the park. Be aware that in the winter months such as January, there is the possibility of Tule Fog in the central valley of California (including areas such as Merced, Mariposa, Fresno and Bakersfield) which makes driving hazardous due to greatly reduced visibility. It is most common at night and in the morning, so if you restrict your driving to the afternoons you may be able to avoid the fog.

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2. Re: Mariposa to Yosemite by public transport

Thank you most helpful advice.

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