Glacier National Park Transportation
Local Tip: Consider booking a multi-day tour where transportation is included or renting a car. While the beauty in the park is endless, the public transportation options are far from plentiful. Your options are especially limited before July 1 and after Labor Day. But as you’ll see below, with proper planning you can make it happen.
Getting Around Glacier National Park
Glacier National Park Shuttles/Taxis:
For over 3 decades, Glacier Charters — formerly Flathead Glacier Transportation — has provided on-demand passenger transportation in Northeast Montana. Today they provide reserved transportation in Montana, Canada and the surrounding states. Glacier Charters operates out of Glacier Park International Airport (FCA). Glacier Charters takes reservations 2-7 days ahead of time, and is a great way to get from the airport to West Glacier. 406-892-3390
A taxi serving the greater Flathead Valley: Kalispell, Columbia Falls, Whitefish, West Glacier, and Bigfork. Advanced reservations recommended. 406-250-3603
Glacier National Park Shuttle System
A free shuttle that runs along the Going-to-the-Sun road from the Apgar Visitor Center to the St. Mary Visitor Center. Open July to Labor Day. No reservations: first-come, first-serve.
Glacier Express Shuttle
The Glacier Express provides transportation from Whitefish to Glacier National Park and up to Whitefish Mountain Resort four times daily from July 1 through early September.
Glacier National Park Car Rentals:
Free shuttle from the airport to Dollar. By request, Dollar will deliver to West Glacier fora multi-day rental. 406-892-0009
Rent a car from Whitefish or airport locations. 406-862-8170
Glacier National Park Driving Tours:
Glacier National Park Lodges: Xanterra
The famous Red Buses serve as an ideal way to see and learn more about Glacier National Park. In fact, the vintage 1930s buses are part of the human history and heritage of the park. As much of the park’s scenery is vertically oriented, the roll-back tops are perfect for providing full views of the stunning mountains, and the area’s signature Big Sky. The guides are seasoned park veterans, who are here because they love the park and enjoy sharing the park with visitors. 855-733-4522
Sun Tours operates from the Blackfeet Indian Reservation, which borders the eastern half of Glacier National Park. Sun Tours offers daily interpretive tours through Glacier National Park over the Going-to-the-Sun Road in Blackfeet Country. Guides offer valuable insights on natural features and the cultural relevance — past and present — of this incredibly beautiful land known to the Blackfeet as “The Backbone of the World.” 1-800-786-9220
Other Modes of Transportation:
North Fork Recreation Rentals
North Fork Recreational Rentals offers sea and river kayak, canoe, bike, cataraft and paddleboard rentals in Polebridge, Montana. 406.253.3374 / 406.888.9853 after June 1st
Tamarack Lodge Bike Rentals
Tamarack Lodge is located in Coram, 8 miles west of West Glacier. You can rent mountain bikes by the hour or the day. Biking is a great way to see Glacier in the off season when the roads are closed to vehicles, but open to hikers and cyclists.