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Yosemite National Park: Full Day Tour from San Francisco
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Yosemite National Park: Full Day Tour from San Francisco

By Gray Line San Francisco
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Getting to Yosemite from San Francisco can be quite a challenge unless you rent a car, and even then you must navigate unfamiliar roads. This Yosemite tour from San Francisco takes you to the national park with round-trip transport, so you can relax on the long drive. Plus, once there, take a guided bus tour before exploring independently at your own pace.
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Ages 0-99, max of 45 per group
Duration: 14h
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Live guide: English
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Highlights
  • Round-trip transport to Yosemite lets you relax on the drive
  • Spend a day exploring a national park during this Yosemite tour
  • Take a guided bus tour and enjoy independent time to explore
  • Don’t worry about the entrance fee—it’s included

  • Transport by air-conditioned luxury motor-coach
  • Driver-guide and commentary in English
  • Yosemite National Park entrance fees
  • Guided bus tour of Yosemite Valley and free time in Yosemite Valley
  • Choose from two departure locations in San Francisco: Fisherman's Wharf or Union Square
  • Entry/Admission - Tunnel View
  • Entry/Admission - Bridalveil Fall
  • Entry/Admission - Yosemite Valley
  • Entry/Admission - El Capitan
  • Entry/Admission - Yosemite Falls
What's not included
  • Gratuities
  • Additional food and drinks
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off

This Yosemite tour starts with a pickup from central San Francisco. Get comfortable aboard your luxury vehicle for the ride to the US national park. Once you arrive, take a guided bus tour of the valley then, explore independently. You can visit the Ansel Adams Gallery, grab lunch at Ahwahnee (own expense), stroll along the Merced River, or rent a bike to ride around (own expense). Your time in Yosemite National Park ends when you board your vehicle for the ride back to San Francisco. Your day concludes with drop-off at the original departure point.

Start:Multiple meeting point options.
  • Option 1
    478 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA
    Union Square Departure Location 478 Post St. Arrive by 6:25 AM to check-in Bus Departs at 6:40 AM Although there is no physical location, you'll find Encore Café situated right next door. For boarding the bus, simply head across the street to meet our representative and board the bus.
  • Option 2
    2805 Leavenworth St, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
    Gray Line Fisherman’s Wharf Departure Location 2805 Leavenworth St. Arrive by 6:10 AM to check-in Bus Departs at 6:20 AM Although there is no physical location, you'll easily spot Pomegranate Café directly across the street. Simply wait there, and our representative will meet you.
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Pushchair accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Infants must sit on laps
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 2660SFOYOS

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • The Yosemite tour takes all day. We recommend wearing comfortable clothes and bring a pillow to sleep on the drive back.
    • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 45 travellers

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 2660SFOYOS

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    MCMR
    201 contributions
    1.0 of 5 bubbles
    Tours4fun Yosemite trip from SanFrancisco.
    It was cancelled on the night before we go. One says its confirmed and the other email says cancelled. So I called to see ask what is going on.
    Our tour was basically cancelled due to small number who signed on for the tour. They promised to give the full refund and expect it in 3-5business days. Now Sept 4,its been 10business days past and still have not see any sign of refund. Common tour people guide, if you are not doing the tour you should not process the payment in the first place. That way it would be easy to both of us.
    Written September 4, 2021
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
    Hello Maria, We do not have any reservations under your name around the dates of your review. Please get in touch with us at (415) 353 5310 with your Booking reference number, so we can verify if your claim is accurate and follow up with any refund if necessary. Bear in mind that if you booked the tour with 3rd parties (not Gray Line SF), we do not have control over the money, and the time they might take to process the refunds is all under the control of this 3rd party. I hope you call us as soon as you read our reply. Thanks Gray Line San Francisco
    Written October 16, 2021
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    NurseRupp
    Houston, Texas4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sept 2021 • Family
    My son and I had a great time on this trip! We arrived at the parking garage at 5:55 am near the Post Street address. It was a one minute walk to the destination. The bus arrived on time. Keep in mind that San Francisco is very cold in the morning and evening. The bus was comfortable - it had foot rests and a place to plug in your phone on the floor. There was also a pocket attached to the seat in front of you. Antonio was our tour guide and he was fantastic! He was knowledgeable about everything throughout the entire trip. He made it very memorable!!! We arrived back to Post Street about 8:30 pm or so. There is one stop on the way there and one stop on the way back. Each one was approximately 30 minutes which allowed for bathroom breaks and food (there is a bathroom on the bus). Overall, a great trip that was worth the money. I highly recommend it.
    Written September 6, 2021
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    Dear NurseRupp, Thank you for taking the time to write your review. It is truly pleasant to know you enjoyed your visit to Yosemite National Park, since it is a site not to be missed for its natural importance and astonishing views I truly appreciate you kind words about our driver/guide Antonio! We cannot wait to welcome you back and many thanks for recommending us to future travellers! Sincerely, Manager at Gray Line of San Francisco
    Written September 12, 2021
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    Sailorsgirl
    Springfield, MO5,948 contributions
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    May 2024 • Couples
    We have visited many of the National Parks, but Yosemite is the king of parks. We visited in early May because after researching online it was suggested that May was a great time to visit before the crowds of summer. That turned out not to be the case at all. The first problem was that despite the thousands of visitors, there were no Park Rangers at the entrance collecting fees or passing out the park newsletter or brochures. National Parks are not well funded so we didn't understand why they would pass up an opportunity with so many paying customers. Also, if we had received the newsletter which always lists closing or delay areas, we would have turned around and left. Our plan was to visit the Valley then drive across and exit the Lee Vining East entrance. Our plan was to spend the night in Mammoth Lakes then on to Utah. When we arrived at Bridal Veil Falls and then the Valley, my husband went to the visitor center there and was told the road across the Park to Lee Vining was closed.

    Construction at the tunnel paused our progress for almost 40 minutes while they let one side of the traffic through and held the other side. A sign warned people to stay in their vehicles but quite a few people paid no attention to the sign and the road worker had to continuously chase people back into their vehicles. We could see the line of vehicles behind us getting longer and longer.

    We stopped at the Gift Shop, Market and Restaurant to find something to eat. The Gift Shop and Restaurant were closed and only open certain hours for each meal. Again, had we had a brochure or newsletter, we would have been aware of that. The entire area was packed with tourists, buses and RV's. Parking was very limited.

    We did eventually make it to the Valley and got a photo of El Capitan. There was no room to park anywhere so we could only view it from the road. We turned back to exit the park which was another nightmare of lines of vehicles trying to do the same thing. I have a beautiful video of Bridal Veil Falls but was unable to download it here.

    If May is the slow month for Yosemite, I would hate to see what it's like in summer.
    Written May 11, 2024
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    Jo W
    Glenroy, Australia46 contributions
    2.0 of 5 bubbles
    Feb 2020 • Solo
    Yosemite is absolutely worth visiting but do not recommend Grayline. Booked a Grayline day trip to Yosemite through hotel. Had to pay hotel $35 cash, they arranged pickup and pay balance to office on the day. Was overcharged $10 as girl argued I had wrong price. I didn’t. Driver good and very informative but he accidentally left 2 passengers behind at a lookout. Was given map of the valley and had 3hrs to explore. The map was woefully inadequate as there are many trails not listed. Getting close to time to be back at the bus I got hopelessly lost. Phone coverage is sparse but I got through to Grayline telling them I was lost as I was worried bus would leave. Girl on other end was very unhelpful, never once did she say the bus wouldn’t leave. I needed a calm, helpful person but instead got abrupt telling me to ask other people as she had no idea where I was. I had been asking people but hung up and was still panicked. Arrived back 25 minutes late and very stressed. I could not get off the bus for the dinner stop as I was embarrassed. No one on the bus even approached me asking if I was ok, not even the bus driver u til the dinner stop. The day was very spoiled by the fact when I got back to hotel I saw I did have the right price on the brochure.
    Written February 26, 2020
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    Dear jowells8, Thank you for taking the time to write a review on your experience. I am sad to learn the tour was not entirely of your liking. However, I need to point our the correct procedures were followed by both our staff and our driver-guide. I deeply feel you did not feel totally comfortable during the tour, which is nothing but further from our intention. We hope you can trust us again in a near future! Sincerely, Manager at Gray Line of San Francisco
    Written March 3, 2020
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    ilwagler
    Irwin, OH1 contribution
    1.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jun 2021
    We did not have a good experience on our Grey Line Tour from SanFrancisco to Yosemite National Park. The driver was jerky, the “guide” wasn’t interesting and just spoke in a slow drone. Not enough restroom breaks. Most of all we only got 3 hours at the park and paid for a 14 hour tour.
    Written July 28, 2021
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    Hello ilwagler, Thanks for posting your review of your experience in June. I apologize that our guide didn't meet your expectations. However, we took notes of every feedback, and based on it we put in place several changes in this tour during the last weeks to improve it: additional stop for restroom and ongoing training with our guides. I was not able to find any booking under a similar name to your signature, so I would appreciate it if you can contact our office at 415-353-5310 so we can learn more about your experience and improve it further in any possible angle for our coming guests. I hope you give us the chance to take any of our tours again. Regards, Xavier General Manager Gray Line San Francisco
    Written July 30, 2021
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    Jessica G
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Feb 2020 • Friends
    This travel experience was by far one of the best!! I’m a frequent traveler & tend to refrain from guided tours because I feel that these restrict you at times from exploring at your own leisure. I decided to try this guided tour & it completely changed my perspective in a positive way. First of all, Shebli our tour guide, was phenomenal! He was funny and very knowledgeable, he knew the best photo spots & just made everyone feel welcomed. He ensured that no one felt car sick & we were all comfortable. I didn’t get motion sick which was impressive since this was a 4 hour drive with winding roads & this comes from someone that gets motion sick (sea bands are a good idea though). We were given a map and pamphlet and recommendations on what to do during our 3 hr free exploration. It was enough time... the highlight was definitely seeing a bear! I was accompanied by my sister & best friend and we all rate it an A+++! Shebli made our trip by far more enjoyable & even reassured me with a picture that I wasn’t crazy seeing bears oh my!!
    Written February 23, 2020
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    Dear jessicagJ2627QS, Thank you for such a lovely review! I am thrilled to learn we manage to make you fully enjoy your tour and felt far from restricted during our Yosemite National Park tour. I am glad our driver/guide driving skills avoided your car sickness and you were able to comfortably endure the long drive. Your comments on his knowledge and great professionalism are much appreciated. I hope you, your sister and best friend had an amazing time on board our tour! We hope to see you soon on a near future! Sincerely Manager at Gray Line of San Francisco
    Written February 25, 2020
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    P. F
    Bowling Green, OH275 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    While there is plenty to explore in Yosmite, you can see ALOT in a day! A perfect day trip with stunning views everywhere you look! My girlfriend and I went on National Parks Day, it was free entry ($35/car otherwise), and the park was packed! We started at Curry Village, there are restaurants, a grocery store, souvenirs, and bike rentals at this point. Good hiking shoes and a bottle of water are a must for any trail you decide to take. Yosemite is breathtaking and a must visit if you are in the area!
    Written June 23, 2021
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    Dear 496pf, I am thrilled to learn you and your girlfrind had such a terrific experience! It is truly pleasant to know you enjoyed your visit to Yosemite National Park, since it is a site not to be missed for its natural importance and astonishing views. We hope to see you soon on a near future! Sincerely, Manager at Gray Line of San Francisco
    Written June 25, 2021
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

    Carlos A Plata
    Amarillo, TX13 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    I really enjoyed the trip, nice bus, driver, guide. Park is a place you must go if you have time while in SF. However, the description of the tour included a walk to see the the sequoias. The guide indicated the area was closed but when my wife asked while in the park, we were told the area has been open for more than one month. Please don’t lie on your description. Otherwise, having small water bottles in the bus would be a very nice touch
    Written November 25, 2021
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    Hello Caplata, thanks for your review. I'm happy to know that you enjoyed the trip on the bus and the guide. Regarding the Sequoia walk comment, I would like to clarify that our tour description does not include the stop at Sequoias. We prefer to offer a long stop in the Yosemite Valley, compared to other tours that stop at the Sequoias, so people can enjoy longer the experience in the Valley. I would really appreciate it if you let us know how you received this information, to make sure this does not happen again to future customers. I hope you chose Gray Line San Francisco for your next sightseeing tour in San Francisco. Andrea Customer Relations Manager Gray Line San Francisco
    Written November 25, 2021
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    Iain R
    1 contribution
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Aug 2022
    The tour did what it said on the tin, the views were stunning and the bus got back on time. The tour guide wasn't great, didn't seem to be particularly knowledgeable and had a laissez-faire attitude. It was also a shame there wasn't even a bottle or water or two or snack included for the price as the 3 hours allotted in the park is already a bit of a rush without having to think about finding food/drinks. It would have also been useful if the bus breaks were planned to allow breakfast/dinner to be purchased i.e. stop at a fast food place rather than a gift shop as it's a long day without food.
    Written August 14, 2022
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    Dear Iain, Thank you so much for sharing your feedback with us. We really value your input and flagging up areas where we can further improve. We apologize that our guide didn't meet your expectations. We're using your feedback to make some important changes. Sincerely, Gray Line San Francisco.
    Written September 13, 2022
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    David
    Katy, TX1 contribution
    1.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jul 2022
    The tour guide did not follow the specific guided tour listed by posted Itinerary. ​The tour did not stop at least two places: Yosemite Fall (1 hour) and Ansel Adams Gallery (10 minute) so our tour missed more than 1 hour park time. We had to use Yosemite valley 3-hour time to cover the Yosemite Fall visit by ourselves. Basically we tried to rush our visit in a short 3 hours. We came all the way and never realized that we were cheated. I contacted the Gray Line San Francisco company. No response from them at all. So anybody join the tour need to check their posted Itinerary carefully.
    Written August 10, 2022
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    Dear Radjang, Thanks so much for sharing your experience with us. We are so sorry that your experience in Yosemite with us fell short of expectations. We apologize that your guide didn't meet your expectations. We're using your feedback to make some important changes. Sincerely, Gray Line San Francisco.
    Written September 13, 2022
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