Info current as of Wednesday, September 29, 2021
  • Transportation at VVR
  • Transportation at VVR
  • Transportation at VVR

Hiker Van Shuttle To/From Fresno, California

VVR is excited to announce our van service between VVR, Edison Lake - Florence Lake (Muir Trail Ranch) areas to and from Fresno, is running again in 2021! Unfortunately, due to the increased gas taxes and registration fees we had to raise the prices.

Our van service can accommodate up to 11 hikers and their gear. The van service runs between Vermilion Valley Resort™-Florence Lake and the Fresno Airport, major hotels as well as the Fresno Train/Bus station. We also serve the YARTS stops for those trying to access Yosemite. We operate seven days a week.

The cost of the van service between VVR or Florence Lake to and from Fresno is $215 base charge (includes 2 hikers), Minimum fee is $75.00. Typically the runs from the high country into Fresno have more riders and hence lower per person costs, usually around $75 - $80.00

Rates: Up to five passengers $ 85.00 ea.

Up to eight passengers $80.00 ea.

Up to eleven passengers $75.00 ea.

The stop at the Prather Ranger Station for permits is a routine stop for us.

All trips are by reservation or on-demand walk-ins, subject to van and driver availability. There are no set schedules.

The van service leaves no earlier than 7:30am from VVR or Florence and no later than 4pm. The trip is approximately 3 - 4 plus hours - meaning that the earliest you can arrive in Fresno or the high country is about 12:00pm. Please plan your transportation accordingly. **If you are exiting the High Country and going to Fresno, schedule your flights or ground transportation that evening or the following day. Because of the aftermath and cleanup after the Creek Fire delays have been common. Note: We are not responsible for delays beyond our control, i.e., accidents, road closures, mechanical break-downs etc. So, plan accordingly.

The van service will depart Fresno locations for VVR-Florence no earlier than 7:30am, with the last departure no later than 3:30pm, which will deliver you to VVR or Florence 3-4 hours later. FYI: The store at VVR closes at 8:30 pm and the power goes out at 10pm. The store at Florence Lake closes at 6:00pm.

Note that we can also pick you up or deliver you to Mono Hot Springs for the same price as VVR.

Shuttle runs scheduled outside our normal times are subject to a 20% surcharge.

A 25% non-refundable deposit is required at the time of booking - please call us 30 days in advance of the transportation date in order to schedule the van service. Note that we accept reservations beginning in February but be sure of your itinerary as we charge a $25. fee for changes.

To schedule the van service, please call 619-709-1382 and leave a message - we can not schedule the shuttle by email.

VVR VanWe can also provide van service between Florence Lake and Edison Lake for the rate of $105.00 for the first 2 hikers, $15.00 per hiker after that. We recommend that you park your vehicle at your exit trailhead. We will pick you up there and take you to your starting trailhead. (Discontinued Service in 2021)

We recommend that solo hikers leaving out of Fresno to the high country; use the JMT Discussion Site and or PCT-L to find other hikers who need transportation into the High Country and split the cost. Typically rides from the two lakes (Florence & Edison) to Fresno have more riders, so costs are typically in the $75-85 dollar range.

Area Transportation Options:

Great link from the JMT group for transportation options around the Sierra: click here.

Airlines/Rental Cars

The following airlines serve the Fresno airport. From Fresno, a hiker can reach any other major airport in the United States.

Greyhound Bus and Amtrak

The Fresno Greyhound Bus Station and the Amtrak station are located at the same place:

2650 Tulare Street
Fresno, CA 93721

Phone: 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245)

Phone: 559-268-1829

From Fresno, you can take Greyhound to any major city in the United States, at exceptional rates.

We recommend this to our out-of-country visitors if you have the time and would like to drive across country.

For example, the trip between Fresno and San Fransisco takes on average 5 hours, and currently costs less than $40 per person.


Fresno is on the Amtrak's San Joquin Route. This route terminates to the south in Bakersfield, California, and travels to the North to Stockton, Sacramento, and Oakland, California.

The Trip between Fresno and Oakland takes approximately 5 1/2 hours, and currently costs around $60 per person.

The trip between Fresno and Bakersfield takes approximately 2 hours, and costs $35 in the afternoon, $25 in the evening.

YARTS (Yosemite Area Transportation System)

The Yosemite Area Transportation System now travels between Yosemite and Fresno (both ways)!

YARTS now covers Fresno to Yosemite, and East from there to Lee Vining, June Lake, and Mammoth Lakes. This means you can now travel between Fresno and Mammoth Lakes via commercial transportation! And with the ESTA bus on the East side, you can travel from Yosemite all the way to Bishop!

East Side Trail Head Transportation

High Sierra Shuttle - Transportation provides trail head transportation on the Eastern side of the Sierra Nevada mountain range.

From Bishop

From Bishop, take the ESTA Bus or High Sierra Shuttle to either Ridgecrest, or Yosemite.

From Ridgecrest, you can take the Greyhound or Amtrak into Fresno.

From Yosemite, you can take the YARTS into Merced or Fresno, and then take the Greyhound or Amtrak to your final destinations.

Once in Fresno, you can utilize our van service service to take you to VVR, Mono Hot Springs, or Florence Lake (Muir Trail Ranch)

Step by Step Transportation Instructions

If you are driving to Fresno the best place to park is around the the Fresno Airport. Just google Fresno Airport long term parking. Off-site parking facilities generally provide free shuttles to the airport and have less expensive rates then the airport, which is currently 8.00 - 12.00 a day.

VVR is closed for the season.

Ferry Schedule

Ferry not currently running.

We don't anticipate running the Ferry this year because of lake levels.

See the ferry page for hike in directions.



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