Shuttle Service Offered by VVR Staff
Getting You Up and BackVVR 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 2020! 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 $210 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.
A 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 7:30 am from VVR or Florence and no later than 4 pm. The trip is approximately 3 plus hours - meaning that the earliest you can arrive in Fresno or the high country is about 11 am. Please plan your transportation accordingly.
The van service will depart Fresno locations for VVR-Florence no earlier than 7 am, with the last departure no later than 3:30 pm, which will deliver you to VVR or Florence 3 hours later. FYI: The store at VVR closes at 8:30 pm and the power goes out at 10 pm. The store at Florence Lake closes at 6:00 pm.
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.
We can also provide van service between Florence Lake and Edison Lake for the rate of $95.00 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.
We recommend that solo hikers leaving out of Fresno to the high country use our message boards and 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 $70-85 dollar range.
To schedule the van service, please call 559-259-4000 - we can not schedule the shuttle by email.