Getting to Bishop, CA
Bishop and the beautiful Owens Valley have been described as “California’s Hidden Treasure.” While it’s true that the treasures abound here in the Eastern Sierra, Bishop is not quite as “hidden” as you might imagine. In fact, Bishop is located in the very middle of California, where Highways 6 and 395 intersect. Whether you are traveling from Southern or Northern California, or a major city in Nevada, you’ll drive 4 1/2 to 5 hours to reach Bishop. From any direction, the roads are well maintained and the views are spectacular. Getting here is part of your vacation and we hope you enjoy your journey.
BIH Bishop Airport Commercial Flights
The Bishop Airport is proud to bring you the best in commercial aviation services to the Eastern Sierra. In a move to boost its flying to outdoor-friendly destinations, United now has seasonal flights to the Bishop/Mammoth Airport (BIH), direct from Denver (DEN) and San Francisco (SFO).
Regional Commercial Air Service
Get a full High Sierra trip in and use one of the Alternate Airports for one-way travel from Death Valley and Yosemite/Lake Tahoe.
- Bishop Airport (2 miles east of Bishop)
- Mammoth Lakes (MMH) (a 40-minute drive north of Bishop)
- Reno-Tahoe International Airport (3 3/4 hour drive north of Bishop)
- McCarran International Airport (in Las Vegas, a 4.5-hour drive)
Small Craft Airport
US Highway 395 is the route that most visitors drive to reach Bishop, but “the infinite highway of the air” is another, more spectacular, and almost limitless, approach to Bishop. Flying above the Owens Valley is an experience that leaves an indelible impression on everyone who takes to the skies here. The magnificent topographic features that make Bishop so incredibly photogenic, also make Bishop a unique flying destination. Bishop’s Eastern Sierra Regional Airport provides a destination for those with a sense of adventure… and a pilot’s license! Read more about the history of the airport and flying in the Owens Valley.
The Eastern Sierra Transit Authority (ESTA) provides transit service throughout Inyo and Mono Counties, and inter-city service as far north as Reno and as far south as Lancaster. For more information, call 760.872.1901 or 800.922.1930 (toll-free), or visit the website at www.estransit.com.
YARTS ( Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System) is a bus system that runs daily from the communities of Mammoth Lakes, June Lake, and Lee Vining to Yosemite Valley
Note: SR 120, Tioga Pass Road (east entrance into Yosemite Park) is normally closed from Nov. to late May of each year due to a heavy snow pack. During that time period, there is no access to Yosemite Nat’l Park via Tioga Pass from US 395 at Lee Vining (60 miles north of Bishop). Visitors to Yosemite must cross the Eastern Sierra on Hwy 50 (155 miles north of Bishop) or SR 58 (150 miles south of Bishop) to access highways into Yosemite Park.
Regardless of how you get here, it is worth the trip. The rural isolation is part of the charm and the reason that folks return to visit the High Sierra year after year. The clean, clear, cool night air, the brilliant stars, and the beauty of the Eastern Sierra await you.
Several ground transportation options are available from the Bishop Airport. There are non-hotel shuttle services, cab service, VIP service, local fixed route transit service, and bus/charter service plus Uber & Lyft drivers available. Check individual providers for availability, schedules, and reservations.
MAMMOTH ALL WEATHER SHUTTLE (MAMMOTH)
Mammoth All Weather Shuttle aka MAWS provides scheduled point-to-point shuttle service. Tickets for a transfer shuttle from the Eastern Sierra Regional Airport to Mammoth Lakes will be available from the Bishop Airport to Mammoth Lakes and returning to BIH. Seats on a shared shuttle can be booked for $65 each way ($130 round trip). Private shuttles are also available for groups of up to 5, 11 or 25 guests.
Advanced reservations are highly recommended. MAWS may be able to accommodate walk-up bookings, however, during busy holiday times, walk-ups cannot be guaranteed. Reserve your shared or private shuttle on the MAWS website.
Call for a MAWS reservation 760-709-2927.
EASTERN SIERRA TRANSIT AUTHORITY
SIERRA SHUTTLE SERVICE (BISHOP/MAMMOTH)
Book group shuttle service to locations around town, including to and from the airport Mammoth Mountain lodges and more, with Sierra Shuttle Service. Long-distance rides to trailheads and regional destinations are also available. Call to Book your Shuttle 760-914-2746.