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Yosemite National Park, California, United States of America

How much does it cost to travel to Yosemite National Park?

You should plan to spend around $129 per day on your vacation in Yosemite National Park. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $40 on meals
  • $41 on local transportation
  • $129 on hotels

A one week trip to Yosemite National Park for two people costs, on average, $1,809. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Yosemite National Park cost?

A one week trip to Yosemite National Park usually costs around $904 for one person and $1,809 for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Yosemite National Park on average costs around $1,809 for one person and $3,618 for two people. This cost includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

Please note, prices can vary based on your travel style, speed, and other variables. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price per person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Yosemite National Park will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Yosemite National Park on average costs around $3,876 for one person and $7,752 for two people. The more places you visit, the higher the daily price will become due to increased transportation costs.

Independent Travel

Traveling Independently to Yosemite National Park has many benefits including affordabilty, freedom, flexibility, and the opportunity to control your own experiences.

All of the travel costs below are based on the experiences of other independent travelers.

Is Yosemite National Park expensive to visit?

Prices in Yosemite National Park are reasonable and comparable to your average travel destination. Hotels, food, and sightseeing are generally within normal price ranges.

Within North America, which is known to be an expensive region, Yosemite National Park is a reasonably affordable destination compared to other places. It is in the top 25% of cities in North America for its affordability. You can find more affordable cities such as Vernon, but there are also more expensive cities, such as Key West.

For more details, and to find out if it's within your travel budget, see Is Yosemite National Park Expensive?

How much money do I need for a trip to Yosemite National Park?

The average Yosemite National Park trip cost is broken down by category here for independent travelers. All of these Yosemite National Park travel prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) $129
Local Transportation 1 $41
Food 2 $40
Entertainment 1 $19
Alcohol 2 $5 - 16
Accommodation Budget in Yosemite National Park
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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Yosemite National Park is $64. For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Yosemite National Park is $129. This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room

Hotel Prices in Yosemite National Park

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Actual Hotel Prices
The average hotel room price in Yosemite National Park based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $706. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Transportation Budget in Yosemite National Park
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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Yosemite National Park is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $41 per person, per day, on local transportation in Yosemite National Park.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

Flights to Yosemite National Park
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Rental Cars in Yosemite National Park
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Food Budget in Yosemite National Park
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Yosemite National Park can vary, the average cost of food in Yosemite National Park is $40 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Yosemite National Park should cost around $16 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Yosemite National Park is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day

Entertainment Budget in Yosemite National Park
Average Daily Costs

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  • Entertainment and activities in Yosemite National Park typically cost an average of $19 per person, per day based on the spending of previous travelers. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.

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Alcohol Budget in Yosemite National Park
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  • The average person spends about $11 on alcoholic beverages in Yosemite National Park per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day

Last Updated: Oct 16, 2023
Yosemite National Park On a Budget
Yosemite National Park Yosemite Valley
Yosemite National Park is located in east-central California in the Sierra Nevada mountains. It's one of the most famous and popular parks in the country and is known for its breathtaking granite cliffs, dramatic waterfalls, clear streams, and giant sequoia groves. The park covers 750,000 acres, or 1,200 square miles, and includes thousands of lakes and ponds and an impressive range of biodiversity. There are 800 miles of hiking trails within the park as well. Yosemite National Park is the third most visited park within the United States with an average annual visitation of almost 4 million people.

Yosemite has variable weather depending on the time of year or the elevation within the park. It is best to plan for all types of weather during your visit. Rain gear is a must, as storms are common throughout the year. Summer is typically dry though, with the occasional dramatic thunderstorm. Temperatures can range from 50 degrees Fahrenheit to the low 90s. Fall and Spring are the transitional seasons within the park. Temperatures can be highly variable and rain is less common in late spring or early fall. You can expect snow during late fall through early spring. Winter is snowy or damp, although the sun does occasionally make an appearance. Temperatures range from 30 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit and lows can dip into the high 20s.
Yosemite National Park (official website) is very large and offers many sights. If you only have a few days then you'll have time to see some of the major highlights, but will miss much of what the park has to offer. Natural beauty is what the park is all about. The waterfalls are at their peak during the spring, but the park is more accessible during the warmer summer months.

Famous sights in Yosemite Valley include Half Dome, El Capitan, Yosemite Falls, Bridalveil Falls, Nevada Falls, Vernal Falls, and the Tunnel View. Wawona is where you'll find the historic Wawona Hotel, the Pioneer Yosemite History Center, and the Mariposa Grove. Glacier Point offers an excellent view of Yosemite Valley, Half Dome, and the Sierra Nevada mountain range. The Toga Road is a 39 mile scenic drive between Crane Flat and Tuolumne Meadows.
Yosemite National Park can be divided into the areas of Yosemite Valley, Wawona, Glacier Point, Badger Pass, Tuolumne Meadows, Crane Flat, and Hetch Hetchy Valley.

Outdoor activities in Yosemite National Park are countless. Visitors can enjoy hiking, rock climbing, horseback riding, golf, and skiing. Yosemite is also great for families, so check out this family guide to Yosemite National Park.
Food and Dining
Within Yosemite National Park you can find small grocery stores or restaurants in Yosemite Village, Crane Flat, Curry Village, Wawona, and Tuolumne Meadows. Yosemite Valley has the widest selection of options. Ahwahnee Dining Room is an upscale restaurant that has a large buffet on Sundays. It also serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. More budget options in the area include Yosemite Lodge Food Court as well as several delis, cafes, and grills.

Wawona has it's on fine dining room that serves breakfast lunch and dinner, as well as Sunday brunch. There is also a lawn barbecue held every Saturday evening during the summer months. It's located on the lawn outside of the Wawona Lodge.

Tuolumne Meadows Lodge offers family style meals under tents. Reservations are required. There is also a grill where you can grab food to go. Another snack stand is found at Glacier Point.

The current price for entrance is $35 for a vehicle (and various annual passes are available).

Most visitors choose to arrive at Yosemite with their own vehicle. It is important to stay on top of weather conditions while you're in the park as some roads may temporarily close. The Tioga Pass Road and the road to Glacier Point are both seasonal and close before the first major snowstorm. The speed limit within the park is very low and is strictly enforced. It is best to adhere to the rules. The loop road through the Valley is one way and allows for passing of slow vehicles.

If you visit Yosemite during its peak summer months then your best option is to take the shuttles. The shuttles are free and run between 7 am and 10 pm in the eastern parts of the park. They operate year around and stop near all accommodations, shopping areas and major sights. During the spring, summer and fall seasons there is a shuttle that runs between Wawona and the Mariposa Sequoia Grove. There is limited parking at the Grove so this is your best option. During the ski season there is a shuttle that runs between Yosemite Valley and the Badger Pass ski area. It runs twice daily. During the summer months there is a bus around Tuolumne Meadows as well.

For a fee you can take either the Tuolumne Meadows Hikers' Bus or the Glacier Point Hikers Bus. Tickets should be purchased a day in advance.


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1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase. Thus, the overall daily average cost is not a summation of the individual categories.