Car rental Yosemite National Park

Car rental Yosemite National Park
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Car rental Yosemite Park

Rent a car and travel to Yosemite National Park with ease.

You need a rental car for Yosemite Park trip if you want to make the experience more memorable and unforgettable. The park is quite a distance from the nearby cities like Fresno and San Francisco & you are bound to lose your precious vacation time if you choose to travel anything other than a self drive rental car. A car rental is the solution that will allow you to save time and have the freedom to be the boss of your trip! Trip to this UNESCO World Heritage site asks for more freedom and more engagement- something that can be easily achieved to a higher level of satisfaction with only a rental car.

Yosemite is one of the US’s iconic National Parks & offers an array of attractions and activities like hiking and river rafting. With a rental car, not only the drive can be turned into something more approachable, it also allows you to take as much equipment as possible.

7 Fun Facts about Yosemite

Protected in 1864, Yosemite’s National Park, spread over an area of 1200 sq miles, has a lot of wonders from waterfalls to enthralling meadows, and don’t forget the ancient giant sequoias! Here are a few points which are enough to pique your interest even more.

Book your Yosemite car rental from top suppliers

Drivers, aged 21 and above, having a valid and full driver’s license are eligible to rent a vehicle for the drive to Yosemite. Our associated companies (listed below) provide car hire services at a lot of locations in the US, including San Francisco, Fresno and Sacramento and other areas which are close to Yosemite Airport.

  • HertzHertz
  • SixtSixt
  • EuropcarEuropcar
  • AlamoAlamo
  • ThriftyThrifty
  • NationalNational

Rental car types best suited for the trip to Yosemite

The drive into Yosemite is suitable for all kinds of vehicles. Yes, it is true! At least if you want to visit just the main attractions of the park. Which means that the type of car you should rent only depends on the number of people you are traveling with and the amount of luggage you are carrying.

If you are traveling with a big group of people, for activities like camping, a van or a minivan is a good idea and there are numerous camping sites at Yosemite for you to enjoy. An SUV is good, even a 4WD vehicle if you are thinking of going beyond Half Dome. Our suppliers also offer luxury, convertible, compact, sedan and full-size car fleets for hire in Yosemite.

Popular road trips to Yosemite National Park

San Francisco, Sacramento and Fresno are the top 3 cities closest to Yosemite.

Road trips to Yosemite National Park Popular car hire pickup location
San Francisco to Yosemite San Francisco Airport
Sacramento to Yosemite Sacramento Airport
Fresno to Yosemite Fresno Yosemite Airport

Mammoth Lakes Yosemite Airport [MMH]

If you are coming from Los Angeles, board a flight to Mammoth Lakes Yosemite Airport [MMH] which is just a few miles from Yosemite Park. It is a small airport but many big names like National provide car hire service.

Yosemite airport to yosemite national park

Mammoth Yosemite Airport and Fresno-Yosemite International are the closest airports to Yosemite National Park. However, there are others too; they are listed below with their distance from the park.

Closest major cities to Yosemite National Park Closest airports to Yosemite National Park Distance of the airport from the park
Fresno, CA Fresno Airport 64.8 mi via CA-41 N
Stockton, CA Stockton Airport 97.7 mi via CA-4 E and CA-120 E
Sacramento, CA Sacramento Airport 152.4 mi via CA-99 S and CA-120 E
Reno, NV Reno Airport 150.0 mi via US-395 S
San Jose, CA San Jose Airport 156.7 mi via CA-120 E
Oakland, CA Oakland Airport 150.1 mi via CA-120 E
San Francisco, CA San Francisco Airport 169.1 mi via CA-120 E
Bakersfield, CA Bakersfield Airport 165.5 mi via CA-99 N and CA-41 N

Activity highlights

  • Camping
  • Photography
  • Hiking
  • Fishing
  • Rock climbing
  • Picnicking
  • Biking
  • Birdwatching

Centers in Yosemite that you can drive to, in a rental car

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