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Closest Airports to Yosemite National Park

Take a trip to Yosemite National Park in California's Sierra Nevada mountains to experience a great escape surrounded by ancient sequoia trees, close to the famous granite cliffs of El Capitan and Half Dome.

Airports close to Yosemite National Park

  • Mammoth Yosemite Airport (MMH) 42 miles
  • Fresno-Yosemite International (FAT) 64.8 miles
  • Merced Airport (MCE) 71.4 miles
  • Oakland International (OAK) 150.3 miles
  • San Francisco International (SFO) 169.2 miles
  • San José International (SJC) 187.5 miles

Which airport is closest to Yosemite National Park?

Despite its beautiful, isolated natural setting, Yosemite National Park is accessible from a number of different airports. Time of year affect accessibility since some of the entrances to Yosemite are in snowfall areas during the winter. Finding the destination airport that best suits your travel plans is the first step to beginning your adventure in the great outdoors. 

There are three airports close to Yosemite National Park that are between an hour and 1.5 hours drive to the park’s entrance. Mammoth Yosemite Airport is generally the closest airport during summer and fall. Fresno-Yosemite International is the closest year-round airport at 64.48 miles away. Last but not least, Merced Airport is 71.4 miles from the entrance to Yosemite National Park.

Fly to Mammoth Yosemite Airport 

Just 42 miles to the park eastern entrance, Mammoth Yosemite Airport (MMH) is the closest airport to Yosemite National Park between June and October. Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) has regular flights to Mammoth Yosemite Airport which makes it an easily assessible airport for most of the country.

Rent a car at MMH and drive less than an hour on Highway 120 to reach the eastern entrance. Another hour and a half through the National Park will bring you to Yosemite Valley. Instead of renting a car, you can also take roundtrip bus trips via Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System (YARTS). The park entrance fee is included in the bus fare.

Please note that the eastern entrance requires driving through Tioga Pass which gets buried several feet of snow during the winter. Although you can fly into MMH year-round, it becomes one of the furthest airports during the winter, when Tioga Pass is closed. The one hour drive turns into a seven hour drive since park-goers will have to drive all the way around Yosemite National Park to enter from the western entrance.

Fly to Fresno-Yosemite International (FAT)

Fresno-Yosemite International Airport is located south of Yosemite National Park on California State Route 41. It is the closest year-round airfield to the park with scheduled passenger airline service. It serves to link Yosemite with other locations in California and has popular routes to other states. American Airlines, American Eagle and United Express have regular flights from Phoenix, Arizona; Dallas, Texas; Los Angeles, California; Denver, Colorado and other loactions that land at Fresno-Yosemite International.

As there are many different options on flights to Fresno-Yosemite, it can provide cheap flight options. Drive north on Highway 41 to reach Yosemite National Parl. Allow about 1.5 hours to reach the park’s South Entrance or 2.5 hours to reach Yosemite Valley.

Fly to Merced Airport (MCE)

Merced Airport is a much smaller airport that is a hub for Boutique Air. Flights connect Merced with Los Angeles International Airport, Oakland International Airport and Las Vegas McCarran International Airport. Drive east on Highway 140 to reach the entrance to Yosemite National Park. Allow about two hours to drive to Yosemite Valley.

Is San Francisco International Airport close to Yosemite National Park?

San Francisco International Airport is the seventh busiest airport in America and one of the major air transport hubs in California. It has direct connections to major cities across the United States and direct flights from international destinations. It is also 169 miles away from Yosemite National Park.

As there are so many options for flights to San Francisco International Airport, this is one of the cheapest ways to fly to the park. It is possible to either book a connecting flight with one of the airports closer to the park entrance or you could rent a car and drive for the remainder of your journey.

To reach Yosemite National Park from San Francisco International Airport, drive on Highway 580 east to Highway 205, then east to Highway 120, and continue east to Yosemite. You can also take Highway 99 south to Merced, then Highway 140 east into Yosemite. Allow about four hours to the park’s Big Oak Flat or Arch Rock Entrance or five hours to Yosemite Valley.

Other Yosemite Airports

When beginning your trip to Yosemite National Park, it makes sense to compare prices to a selection of the nearby airports to get the best deal. We have mentioned the airports closest to the park and one of the busiest airports with a significant volume of flights from different locations. There are further options to consider.

Fly to Oakland International

Oakland International Airport offers passenger connections to cities in the United States, Mexico, and Europe. Oakland is a focus city for Southwest Airlines and Allegiant Air. To reach Yosemite National Park from Oakland International Airport, drive on Highway 580 east to Highway 205, then continue east to Highway 120 until you reach Yosemite (you can also take Highway 99 south to Merced, then Highway 140 east into Yosemite). Allow about four hours to the park’s Big Oak Flat or Arch Rock Entrance.

Fly to San José International

Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport is 187.5 miles away from Yosemite National Park. The journey to the park from the airport is easily achieved by road or it is possible to book connecting flights to regional airports closer to the entrance of the park.

Finally, you may wish to consider flights to Sacramento International Airport, which is four hours drive to Yosemite Valley, or Reno/Tahoe International airport (late May through till November, depending on conditions) which is around 3.5 hours drive away from the Tioga Pass Entrance or five hours from Yosemite Valley.

The natural beauty of Yosemite National Park makes it one of the most impressive locations in America. Any visit here will be full of natural wonder. Book flights to one of the closest airports to Yosemite to begin your exploration of one of California’s best attractions.