How Far is Yosemite From Nearby Airports?

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Updated 2/11/2019

For travelers coming to Yosemite National Park from out-of-state or out-of-town, there are a number of airport options available for getting to Yosemite.

What are the closest airports to Yosemite?

  1. Modesto City-County Airport (MOD)
  2. Merced Airport (MCE)

Each of these small regional airports is about an hour to an hour and a half from Yosemite by car (bear in mind that it takes about another hour once you reach Yosemite to get to Yosemite Valley). Many travelers to the park choose one of these Yosemite airports to fly into then rent a car or RV to complete the journey to Yosemite. Sometimes it can be more affordable to fly into a major airport when going on Yosemite vacations, especially if you're coming to the park from a long distance.

Major California airports accessible to Yosemite

  1. San Francisco International (SFO)
  2. Oakland International (OAK)
  3. San Jose International (SJC)

Each of these airports is connected to major hubs around the country, so flights are usually quite affordable. If you fly into one of these airports, you'll have to drive anywhere from five to eight hours (depending on traffic) to get to the park. However, the drive can be quite scenic and enjoyable for those who like car trips. Flying into one of these airports is also great if you'd like to see the Bay Area as well as Yosemite on your vacation.

Other options for getting to Yosemite by air include...

  1. Sacramento International (SMF)
  2. Reno/Tahoe International (RNO)

These airports are both four to five hours away from Yosemite by car and Reno/Tahoe is only open during the summer months. On the plus side, if you can fly into the Reno/Tahoe International airport, you'll have an exceptionally beautiful drive to Yosemite National Park. Make sure to map out your journey ahead of time and have the contact information for your Yosemite accommodations when you travel.

If by chance you get lost along the way, your Yosemite lodging managers should be able to provide you with the directions you need to make it to Yosemite safe and sound. You'll also want to check where the closest gas stations are before beginning your journey.

Affordable Yosemite Accommodations There are a lot of options for getting to Yosemite, but once you get here the best option for your Yosemite lodging is Scenic Wonders. At Scenic Wonders we have cabin, home, and condominium rentals available within the gates of the park. You'll find all the comforts of home in a spacious, relaxing environment when you make your reservations with us.

Our friendly staff is standing by at 1-888-YOSEMITE (1-888-967-3648) to answer all your questions about getting to Yosemite and the best places to stay once you get here. Call to learn about our available rentals and rates and to start planning your memorable Yosemite vacation today. Scenic Wonders’ Yosemite Blog Our Yosemite blog is updated weekly and provides our readers with a wealth of information about Yosemite National Park, recreation and places to stay. Photo credit: niiicedave 

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