The most efficient modes of transportation in Glacier National Park are by car or shuttle services provided by the park. For those traveling by car, Highway 2 is accessible along the southern border of the park, while Highway 89 provides entry on the eastern side. Glacier Park International Airport (FCA) is located approximately 25 miles south of the park and 10 miles northeast of Kalispell, offering rental cars from major companies and serviced by Delta, United, Alaska, and Allegiant airlines. Additionally, various shuttles and transport services operate from the airport for added convenience.
The park boasts a range of shuttle services to cater to visitors’ transportation needs. For those seeking an affordable option, the park offers a complimentary hop on, hop off shuttle system that travels between the Apgar Visitor Center and St. Mary Visitor Center along the scenic Going-to-the-Sun Road. Additionally, Xanterra operates a fee-based shuttle service that departs from the St. Mary Visitor Center and Many Glacier Hotel/Swiftcurrent Motor Inn, linking up with the Going-to-the-Sun Road shuttle. On the west side of the park, visitors can also access the fee-based shuttle from Lake McDonald Lodge, Village Inn, or West Glacier train station. With these convenient shuttle options, visitors can focus on enjoying the park’s natural beauty without worrying about transportation logistics.
Driving through the park is undoubtedly the best way to soak in the breathtaking views, but it’s important to note that road closures are a common occurrence throughout the year, particularly during the winter season. Stay informed by checking the park’s website or visiting a visitor information center for up-to-date information on road and trail closures, as well as essential safety protocols. It’s worth noting that parking is limited, with many lots filling up as early as 7 a.m. during the bustling summer months. Additionally, it’s advisable to carry snacks, water, and extra clothing, as the park’s amenities along the roads and trails are minimal. Don’t forget to fill up your gas tank before embarking on your journey.
Red Bus Tours
Experience the breathtaking mountain scenery of the park in style with our vintage 1930s Red Buses. Equipped with roll back tops, these buses offer unparalleled views of the natural beauty that surrounds you. Departing from both the east and west sides of the park, our tours are the perfect way to explore the area. While our tours operate during the summer season, please note that operating hours and times may vary from year to year. With a fleet of 33 vehicles, each seating up to 17 passengers, our tours tend to sell out quickly. Book your tour now and embark on an unforgettable journey through the park.