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:
A taxi serving the greater Flathead Valley: Kalispell, Columbia Falls, Whitefish, West Glacier, and Bigfork. Advanced reservations recommended. 406-250-3603.
Whitefish and Glacier National Park’s premiere airport shuttle, taxi and charter service. 406 300 2301.
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.
Hiker shuttles between the St. Mary Visitor Center and the Many Glacier Hotel in coordination with the free Glacier National Park Shuttle System detailed above. Shuttles also offered from the West Glacier train station to the Lake McDonald Lodge. Schedules vary. See website for details.
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.
Seasonal daily service between the Calgary International Airport (YCC) and Waterton National Park, as well as East Glacier. Year round charter van/sedan service offers service between Calgary, Canmore, and Banff, to any location in Montana including West Glacier, Kalispell, Whitefish, and more.
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:
Red Bus Tours
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
Whitefish Shuttle – Mountain Shuttle
Jacy Hanson (406) 212-2149 MountainShuttleMT@gmail.com
Don’t Forget About The Train!
Amtrak’s Empire Builder – The Empire Builder departs Whitefish every morning at 7:41am and makes stops in West Glacier, Essex, and East Glacier Park before returning in the evening. Visit their website for details.