Yosemite National Park One Day Trip by Train


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Yosemite One Day Trip

$119 / $79 child 2-11 (No hotel pick up drop off)


5 hours

Tour starts from San Francisco at:

7:00 a.m.or Early Bird at 5:00 a.m.

Park Stay

Until 5:20 p.m.

Tour Code


This information is valid up to

March 31, 2019. Rates and times subject to change. Trip organized by California Parlor Car Tours, San Francisco.


Yosemite One Day Trip

Yosemite One Day Tour. Spend a day in Yosemite Valley. Depart Daily! $119 special for 5 hours in the park ! From San Francisco | San Jose | Oakland !

What you will see on this trip:

Yosemite One Day Trip - Coming on Highway 140 through El Portal past Arch Rock Entrance you see the cliffs on both sides of the Merced River Canyon. Crossing the river going on South Side Road Bridal Veil Fall and Leaning Tower are visible. Looming across the Valley is the  huge El Capitan monolith. Driving further you see Cathedral Rocks, Sentinel Rock, Half Dome and Clouds Rest. Yosemite Falls is seen on the left and past Yosemite Chapel crossing the Sentinel Bridge you see the iconic Half Dome.  Entering the Village the bus makes a short stop at the Visitor Center to see  Ansel Adams Gallery, Yosemite Theater, American Indian village of The Ahwahnee and Yosemite Falls.

It is easy to spend five hours visiting all the Valley highlights.  No strenuous hiking. You can take a short walk for about thirty minutes from Visitor Center area to Yosemite Falls and Yosemite Valley Lodge. If you wish to get more detailed interpretive tour you can take a 2 hour tour conducted by a National Park approved guide or ranger on an open air tram during the summer at 2:00 p.m.

On the way back on North Side Drive you are below Three Brothers and El Capitan.  Visible at the bend in Merced river are Cathedral Rocks and a view of the Valley in the back.  Soon you see where the glacier stopped and the valley got filled in, past that the rocks and down the river.  You leave Yosemite Valley at Arch Rock coming to El Portal on the way to Merced. If you only have one day this is the most you can do. Ideally you should spend the night in El Portal or inside Yosemite Valley to give you fuller experience. We can book Yosemite Valley Lodge, Majestic Yosemite Hotel and Yosemite View Lodge in El Portal and other suitable hotel for you.

On tours offered by other companies It is possible to hike to Merced Grove of Giant Sequoias located on Big Oak Flat Highway 120.  However, the elevation is about 6,000 feet, you have to be physically fit to take this hike. https://www.yosemitehikes.com/hetch-hetchy/merced-grove/merced-grove.htm  Bear in mind that the time spent there cuts down your Valley Experience.

Key Features:

By Train and Bus from San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland

5 hours in the park - Optional 2 hour Valley Floor Tour can be added with $36.75

Comfortable seating on the train and fullsize bus with restroom and cellphone etc outlet

Cafe Car for meals and drinks (including liquor) and snack.

Tour starts from San Francisco at 7:00 a.m.or Early Bird at 5:00 a.m.

Stay in the park until 5:20 p.m.

Valley Shuttle Map with detailed itinerary

Contact phone number if you need help on the trip

No online booking fee

Yosemite One Day Trip. If you only have one day!

Don't miss this opportunity to see one of America's most magnificent National Parks, located 215 miles south east of San Francisco. You go by AMTRAK train to Merced then motor coach to Yosemite. You have at least five hours in Yosemite and the option to take a comprehensive Valley Tour or take the Mist Trail, Yosemite's Most Popular Waterfall Hike and enjoy Ice Skating at Half Dome Village for winter season.

This is an economical and very enjoyable way of taking a day trip. It is not a group tour with one single driver taking you up there and back all the way. By changing between bus and the train in Merced you have a break at the station.

If you do not have a night to spare and this is the only time you are here then it is worth the long journey. Unforeseen delays can shorten your time in Yosemite. Once you start it is not possible to modify the trip. Appliances or goods can be returned or exchanged but travel time can not be regained nor the cost refunded if your expectations are not met. Take this trip if you only have one day!

This information is valid up to March 31, 2019.  Rates and times subject to change. Trip organized by California Parlor Car Tours, San Francisco.

GOING THERE by TRAIN (147 miles) and Full size bus (82 miles)

At 7:00 a.m. check in at San Francisco Transbay Terminal 200 Folsom St (about 10 to 15 minutes walking distance from Union Square area). Thruway bus takes you across the Oakland Bay Bridge you reach the train station by 7:20. Board train at 7:40. The passenger cars have wide comfortable seats with lots of legroom and restrooms. Get snacks in the Café Car. Enjoy this very nice train ride through the Delta area, small towns and miles of vineyards, almond and other nut and fruit trees and vegetable farms rarely seen by visitors. Arrive in Merced at 10:30. Transfer to Yosemite Regional Area Transit bus, arrive Yosemite Valley at 1:00 p.m. You will be in Yosemite Valley until around 5:20p.m.  Time to grab lunch. A short 15 minute walk gets you to Yosemite Falls. There is a free shuttle system in the Valley that takes you to Yosemite Falls, The Visitor Center, The Majestic Yosemite Hotel, Camp Curry and Mirror Lake.

Return from Yosemite Valley Lodge

Leave from Yosemite Valley by bus at about 5:20 p.m to Merced arriving around 7:45 then train leaves at 8:00 arriving Emeryville station around 11:00. Transfer to San Francisco takes about 20 minutes.

*OPTIONAL VALLEY FLOOR TOUR. 2 hours. 26 miles. 2:00 PM

If you arrive on time for around 1:20 p.m. you may be able to take the two hour Valley Floor tour ($36.75) starting at 2:00. (Subject to availability at the tour desk at Yosemite Valley Lodge). On this two-hour tour, park rangers introduce some of Yosemite’s most famous sightseeing points in Yosemite Valley and describe the history, geology, plant and animal life of the region. This year-round Yosemite Valley Floor tour provides a fuller knowledge and enjoyment of the park. Open-air trams operate from late spring through early fall. From late October through April, tour in an enclosed and heated motor coach with large windows allowing unimpeded views of Yosemite’s famous sights. Take postcard-perfect pictures.

·         Yosemite One Day Tour operates daily all year

·         Tour Code and Cost: 5 hours SYTR7A $119.00 / $79 child 2-11 (No hotel pick up drop off)

·         Cost includes:

Round trip transportation by bus and train

Yosemite entrance fee

Shuttle and Sightseeing Map of the Valley

Information about the Park

Booking fee


No hidden costs such as fuel charge etc.

Yosemite National Park One Day Trip by Train

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