San Joaquin - Scenic Train
Amtrak San Joaquin Train


Valley Floor Tour Bus 


Bridalveil Fall
The Ahwahneechee called this place
Pohono, "Sprit of the Puffing Wind." The
wind swirls about the cliff, often lifting the falling water and blowing it from side to
side in delicate free-fall. It is 62 stories high.

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Yosemite National Park 
One day Tour by Train

By Train & Bus from San Francisco or Emeryville
Most enjoyable transportation
OPTIONAL two hour Valley Floor tour with National Park Naturalist Guide

 1 day San Joaquin Yosemite Tracks $120.00

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 from Emeryville to Merced then motor coach to Yosemite. You have at least three hours in Yosemite and the option to take a comprehensive Valley Tour. 

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!

GOING THERE by AMTRAK TRAIN (147 miles) and YARTS bus (82 miles)
Between 6:30 and 7:00 a.m. AMTRAK Thruway bus picks up from Caltrain Station, Westfield Shopping Center, Pier 39 and their Ferry Building station for transfer to AMTRAK in Emeryville. Board San Joaquin train # 712 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 10:31. Transfer to Yosemite Regional Area Transit (YARTS) bus, arrive Yosemite Lodge at 1:15 p.m. You will be in Yosemite Valley until 4:00 p.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 Ahwahnee Hotel, Camp Curry and Mirror Lake.

Return on YARTS Bus leaving Yosemite Lodge at 4:00 to Merced arriving at 6:17, then train
# 717 at 6:42 back to Emeryville, arriving at 9:43 p.m. AMTRAK Thruway bus returns you to San Francisco locations shown above arriving by 10:15 or so.

OPTIONAL VALLEY FLOOR TOUR. 2 hours. 26 miles. 2:00p.m to 4:00 p.m.
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. This tour has to be booked before you leave San Francisco. The cost is $25. You have additional 2 hours in the Park, leaving at 6:00 p.m. arriving in San Francisco at Hyatt Regency Hotel and The Ferry Building after midnight at 12:30

One Day Deluxe Train and Motor coach
Tour code: SYTRB / SYTRY ( with valley tour )

SYTRB: Adult $120 Child $60 ( 2 - 12 years old )

SYTRY: Adult $145 Child $83 ( 2 - 12 years old ) 5 hours in the park with tour
Tour price in U.S. Dollars. Cost per person includes:  

  • AMTRAK round trip tickets
  • YARTS round trip
  • Yosemite Park Entrance Fee
  • Yosemite Valley Floor tour
  • Ticketing and handling fee.

On certain dates tour cost may be higher depending on Amtrak rail fares.

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