What You Need to Know About the Mammoth Lakes Shuttle

They say that there’s no such thing as a free lunch, but there is a free Mammoth Lakes shuttle that will drive you to lunch.

With as much as there is to see and do year-round in Mammoth Lakes, you need to get around. If you visited Mammoth without a car or just don’t want to drive though, then you’ll have a hard time seeing it all. That’s why the ASO Mammoth team has put together a quick guide to Mammoth Lakes’ free shuttle. Check it out below and stop by ASO Mammoth on your ride through town!

The Mammoth Lakes Shuttle is Free, Year-Round

The Eastern Sierra Transit Authority runs several different bus lines around Mammoth Lakes throughout the year. If you want to see every line and its route, click here. The free, year-round shuttle service, is the purple line which runs through the heart of Mammoth Lakes from 7 AM – 6 AM.

Mammoth Lakes Shuttle

The Mammoth Lakes Shuttle Stops at Some of the Most Important Places in Mammoth

We said that the Mammoth Lakes Shuttle runs through the heart of Mammoth Lakes not only because it runs through the middle of town, but because it also stops by some of the most important places in Mammoth. Visitors and locals alike should know that the Mammoth Lakes Shuttle makes stops at Mammoth Lakes’ main grocery store, Von’s, as well as Mammoth Hospital, Mammoth Welcome Center, and Mammoth Mountain RV Park.

There are other important stops along the Purple Line too, such as Mammoth’s Library and access to Main Lodge via the Village Gondola. If you’re taking the Purple Line into the Village, check out Mammoth Brewing Company for some of the best food and drink in the Eastern Sierra.

Lastly, you should know that the shuttle gives riders access to ASO Mammoth, the most important place to visit if you’re in need of outdoors gear or ski and snowboard rentals. In fact, you can get to ASO Mammoth by getting off the red line at stop #8, #9, or purple line #45.

If the Shuttle is Closed, then Try the Night Trolley

Even though the Mammoth Lakes Shuttle is free year-round, if you find yourself out late at night and in need of a ride then the Night Trolley is the answer for you. The Night Trolley is a free winter season line that runs from 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 a few stops at Canyon Lodge.

Due to COVID – 19, You Will Need to Wear a Face Covering While Riding the Shuttle

Until the COVID – 19 pandemic is contained, you can expect to wear a face covering while riding the Mammoth Lakes Shuttle. Per the California Department of Public Health, all passengers over the age of two are required to wear face coverings. Also, the shuttles and buses in Mammoth Lakes will not be loaded to capacity to allow for social distancing.

The Mammoth Shuttle Can Get You to Mammoth Mountain

Although there are other lines that run directly to the lodges at the base of Mammoth Mountain, the purple line can also get you to the mountain by taking you to the Village where you’ll be able to access the Village Gondola.

If you have any questions about the Mammoth Lakes Shuttle, call or stop by the ASO Mammoth shop and check out the best ski and snowboard rentals in Mammoth Lakes!

2 thoughts on “What You Need to Know About the Mammoth Lakes Shuttle”

  1. I’m planning a trip in September and it appears that the Mammoth Bike Shuttle is no longer free. I was there a few years back, staying at Tamarack Lodge, and there was a free bike shuttle then.

    Is this service no longer provided?

    Thanks.

    Reply
    • Hi Rob,
      Mammoth Lakes provides free summer bus service from The Village (pick-up on Canyon Boulevard below the Westin) to most of the lakes in the Lakes Basin area. The trolley pulls a trailer to transport you and your bike uphill to enjoy the downhill ride on the stunning Lakes Basin Bike Trail.

      Mammoth Mountain offers free shuttle between The Village and Main Lodge on a space-available basis, leaving The Village from Canyon Blvd. A valid bike park ticket is required to transport a bicycle.

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