Travelling to Mammoth without a car? Don’t sweat it.
Mammoth Lakes has an excellent public transit system made up of several bus lines that run on a seasonal and year-round schedule. Even though the Eastern Sierra Transit Authority has an easy-to-read route map, if you’ve ever tried to read a subway map in a city you’re not familiar with you know they’re not always easy to figure out.
To help you take advantage of Mammoth Lakes’ excellent public transit, the ASO Mammoth team has put together a list of frequently asked questions and their answers. Check them out below and plan your route to the snow, trail, or whatever Mammoth Lakes activity you have in mind!
How Much Does it Cost?
The Eastern Sierra Transit Authority bus service is free to everyone in Mammoth Lakes, residents and visitors alike.
How Do I Get to the Mountain?
That depends on what lodge you’re starting your day at.
For example, the red line will take you to Main Lodge all season long. It begins its route from Snowcreek Athletic Club at 7: 00 AM every day of the week and runs and through Mammoth Lakes to Main Lodge with the last bus leaving Main Lodge at 5:30 PM. The red line also services Wooly’s Tube Park and Snow Play.
If you need a ride to Canyon Lodge, then the blue line is your only option. The blue line leaves the Village for Canyon Lodge starting at 7:05 AM and the last bus leaves the lodge for the Village at 5:10 PM. It is important to note that the blue line only runs when Canyon lodge is open, so if Canyon is closed then you will need to find another line to travel through this area.
Lastly, the yellow and green lines run to Eagle Lodge when the lodge is open. If you’re in the Village, then the yellow line is your best bet to get to Eagle as it departs from the Village starting at 7:30 AM with the last bus leaving the lodge at 5:30 PM. If staying at or near Juniper Springs Resort, then the green line is your fastest route to Eagle Lodge with the first bus leaving Juniper Springs at 7:30 AM and the last leaving Eagle Lodge at 5:30 PM
Lastly, if you’re travelling to or from Tamarack Lodge then the orange line is your only option and it runs from 8:00 AM to 5:15 PM. You should note that it only runs when Tamarack Lodge is open.
Which Lines Run All Year?
The purple line, which runs all the way from the Mammoth Lakes Welcome center to the Village, runs year-round free of charge from 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM.
When and Where Does the Night Trolley Run?
The Night Trolley is a free winter season line that runs form 5:40 PM to 2:00 AM every night a week with busses scheduled every 30 minutes after midnight on the weekends (Thursday – Sunday)
The Night Trolley route begins at Snowcreek Athletic Club and runs all the way to the Village with limited stops at Canyon Lodge.
What Stops Should I Mark Down?
While the stops at the lodges and Village are going to be the most important to skiers and snowboarders who are visiting from out of town, it is also important to note which lines stop at Mammoth Lakes’ main grocery store, Von’s. To get to Von’s, you will need to take the purple line. The purple line is also the only line that services Mammoth Hospital.
How Do I get to ASO Mammoth?
If you need ski and snowboard gear, rentals, or any other kind of winter sports gear then you can take the purple, pink, red, or green lines to ASO Mammoth!