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Fresno is the 5th-largest city in California and sits in the San Joaquin Valley in central California. Temperatures in Fresno vary quite significantly, from somewhat cool to sweltering, with much of the year being comfortably warm. It’s very sunny in Fresno, with little rain and no snow. If you visit during the peak tourist season in summer, you should book your flights and lodgings in advance. The daily high temperatures in June – August range from 95 – 100 degrees Fahrenheit, so pack your swimsuit, sunscreen and a hat. Spring is a lovely season to visit, with trees and flowers blooming, and comfortable temperatures of 72 – 86 degrees Fahrenheit. This is, however, another busy time for visitors. You might consider a fall vacation with warm sunny weather and fewer tourists; you can count on a great holiday. If budget is a concern, a winter visit might be best. You can probably find deals on flights and accommodation, and with high temperatures between 58 – 69 degrees Fahrenheit, you can leave your parka at home, so just remember to pack a jacket.
Fresno’s airport is a joint civil-military airport located within the city. You have multiple options for travel into downtown Fresno from the conveniently located airport.
Taxis are available at the airline terminal. You can hail one curbside, or call Lyft, the authorized ride-share option at FAT. A ride into downtown with Lyft costs about $12.00 USD and takes around 20 minutes.
Certain local hotels offer shuttle services to and from FAT. Ask about it when you’re making reservations. Otherwise, you can book shuttle, limousine, private car or charter bus services with local companies here.
To ride the local FAX bus, walk 3 minutes from the airport to the corner of NW Peach and McKinley Ave and board route 26 which will take you to shelter A in Downtown Fresno in about 40 minutes, for a fare of $1.25 USD.
Car rental is a popular option with tourists visiting Fresno. Look for deals on car rentals with momondo.
Downtown Fresno is relatively compact and very walkable, and you’ll seldom need an umbrella, except possibly to keep the sun out of your eyes! For getting around the rest of this sprawling city, rely on the local buses, call for a taxi, or use Lyft or Uber ride-share services. Many visitors to Fresno plan a side trip to one of the three nearby National Parks, Yosemite, Sequoia, and Kings Canyon. There are buses traveling to these regularly, or you can rent a car and get there on your own schedule.
Fresno Area Express (FAX) buses serve the entire city with a fleet of 100 buses and 16 routes. An adult fare is $1.25 USD and transfers are free. Children under 6 ride for free with a paying adult. You can also buy a 10-ride pass for $11.25 USD. You can ride a YARTS bus to Yosemite National Park for $30.00 USD, or travel with Big Trees Transit to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks for $15.00 USD, including park entrance fees.
Taxis are easily available in Fresno. You can hail one outside of attractions and hotels or call for a ride. Flag drop is $3.40 USD, followed by $2.50 USD per mile with a waiting charge of $40.00 USD per hour. Call Uber or Lyft and you’ll likely save a few dollars, depending on the day and time.
Fresno is a great place to spend time outdoors. It boasts 75 urban parks and mostly dry, sunny weather. Here are some more suggestions for your itinerary, when you travel to Fresno.
Summer high temperatures and poor air quality can sometimes spell trouble for those with asthma or other breathing issues. If you suffer from any of these, pay attention to air quality reports, and plan indoor activities at air-conditioned malls or attractions.
While California has a reputation for being an expensive place to visit, you’ll be happy to discover that Fresno is the exception to that rule. There are plenty of affordable or free events and places worth seeing. Check out the local farmers’ markets, or Fresno’s Art Hop, for example.