Glacier National Park Transportation
Local Tip: Consider booking a multi-day tour where Glacier National Park transportation is included, or renting a car. While the beauty in the park is endless, the Glacier National Park transportation public options are far from plentiful. These are especially limited before July 1 and after Labor Day. Know before you go!
Getting Around Glacier National Park
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 NOT OPERATING IN 2020.
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. NOT OPERATING IN JUNE 2020. STAY TUNED FOR OPENING DETAILS.
Glacier National Park Shuttle Systems:
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. NOT OPERATING IN 2020.
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. NOT OPERATING IN 2020.
Glacier National Park Area Shuttles and 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.
Whitefish Shuttle – Mountain Shuttle
Jacy Hanson (406) 212-2149 MountainShuttleMT@gmail.com
Serving Glacier, Yellowstone, Missoula, and Whitefish.
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.
What About Uber And Lyft?
In our corner of Montana, Uber are Lyft are available, but not particularly consistent outside of the Airport-Whitefish-Kalispell-Columbia Falls “town” areas — and even there, you should expect longer than average wait times, especially at odd hours. In most areas of Glacier National Park you likely won’t have enough cell service to order a driver, and even if you do, there’s no guarantee one will be willing to drive so far from “town” to pick you up. So, while it’s possible to use Uber/Lyft in our area, we definitely recommend using them for airport and town needs, and making shuttle reservations to travel to Glacier.
Glacier National Park Car Rentals:
Free shuttle from the airport to Dollar. By request, Dollar will deliver to West Glacier for a multi-day rental. 406-892-0009
Rent a car from Whitefish or airport locations. 406-862-8170
Other Modes of Glacier National Park Transportation:
Glacier Guides and Montana Raft Rentals: We have e-bikes, bikes, rafts, inflatable kayaks/duckies, stand up paddleboards/SUPs, and more available for daily rental. You can ride from our office into Glacier National Park – we are located on the Gateway to Glacier Bike Path.
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.