Montana Transportation

Montana Transportation

Transportation in Montana is excellent and comfortable to passengers. There are overall 34 Cities in Montana which have Public Transportation. Public transportation is available in various forms like buses, planes, trains, vans which emphasize the safety, quality and cost effectiveness.

There are some complimentary transportation for the disabled persons. More than 75 agencies provide specialized transportation for elderly and disabled citizens.

Amtrak Tours in Montana

This train tour provides three different tours through the American Northwest together with the Empire Building, which goes through Northern Montana. From wolf point in eastern Montana to Libby in the Western part of the State. The major destination point of this train tour is Whitefish, ski resort near Flathead National forest. Some of the other stops are Shelby, East Glacier and Havre.

The Empire Builder

The passengers from East Chicago can board the train and ride as far West Seattle Washington, Oregon and Portland. They can also land in St. Paul Minnesota. This route falls on some segments of the Lewis trail and Clark across the American Northwest. This train tour runs for 46 hours daily it also includes a lounge, dining car, café, snack bars as well as baggage checked service. You can travel this tour safely and enjoy the views and scenery from the train. Since this train is smoke free you can relax well and enjoy a lot.

Empire Builder Overview
Empire Builder Service Type Inter-city rail
Empire Builder First Service June 11, 1929
Empire Builder Last Service present
Empire Builder Current Operator(s) Amtrak (1971–present)
Empire Builder Former Operator(s) Great Northern Railway (1929–1970)
Burlington Northern Railway (1970–1971)
Empire Builder Average Ridership 1,462 daily
533,493 total (FY10)
Empire Builder Route
Empire Builder Start Chicago, Illinois
Empire Builder End Portland, Oregon
Seattle, Washington
Empire Builder Distance Travelled 2,206 miles (3,550 km) (Chicago - Seattle)
2,257 miles (3,632 km) (Chicago - Portland)
Empire Builder Service Frequency Daily
Empire Builder Train Number(s) 7 (Chicago-Spokane-Seattle)
8 (Seattle-Spokane-Chicago)
27 (Chicago-Spokane-Portland)
28 (Portland-Spokane-Chicago)
807 (Chicago-St. Paul)
808 (St. Paul-Chicago)
Empire Builder Technical
Empire Builder Rolling Stock Superliner sleepers and coaches
Empire Builder Gauge 4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm)
Empire Builder Operating Speed 79 mph (127 km/h) max
50 mph (80 km/h) average
Empire Builder Track Owner(s) BNSF Railway (Seattle - Minneapolis)
Minnesota Commercial Railway (Minneapolis - St. Paul)
Canadian Pacific (St. Paul - Glenview)
Metra (Glenview - Chicago)

Big Mountain Ski Resort

This resort is a 3000-acre resort located in Whitefish. The passengers of Empire Builder can reach to Big Mountain Ski Resort with a round-trip ticket or one-way ticket or by transferring the special touring route from another train line.  Passengers can also book special ski vacation packages through some agencies like RMA tours in Denver, Colorado, Flathead travel in Kalispell Montana. In addition to train fare packages, it includes Ski lift tickets, rental accommodation.

Trails and Rails

This service is a partnership between National Park Service and Amtrak, which provides educational enrichment experiences for passengers. In summer and spring the National park Service rangers ride aboard the Empire Builder, to share some of the Historic information with passengers.

Missoula International Airport

This airport is 65 miles away from Polson, Montana. The approximate drive time is 1 hour and 15 minutes. There are five service airlines from this airport namely Horizon air, Delta airlines, Alaskan airline, United express (Skywest), Allegiant air. Here smoking within the terminals is prohibited. Direct service is accessible to Denver, Chicago, Minneapolis, phoenix and Salt Lake City. You will get other services at terminals like rental cars, Restaurant, internet access.

Missoula International Airport Summary
Airport Type Public
Operator Missoula County Airport Authority
Location Missoula, Montana
Elevation AMSL 3,205 ft / 977 m
Coordinates 46°54′59″N 114°05′26″W
Missoula International Airport Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
11/29 9,501 2,896 Asphalt
7/25 4,612 1,406 Asphalt

Glacier Park International Airport

The home of Glacier Park International is Kalispell and it is about one hour drive from Polson. This airport has five airlines which provide service to Las Vegas, Seattle, Denver, Minneapolis, Chicago and Salt Lake City. This airport also has bistro, grill and a gift shop.

There are even other source of transportation in Montana like bus ride, cruises, vans and driving your own vehicle. If you decide to drive your vehicle you should take extra precaution measures because of the slippery, sledding and foggy roads.

Glacier Park International Airport Summary
Airport Type Public
Owner Flathead Municipal Airport Authority
Serves Kalispell, Montana
Elevation AMSL 2,977 ft / 907 m
Coordinates 48°18′38″N 114°15′22″W
Glacier Park International Airport Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
2/20 9,006 2,745 Asphalt
12/30 3,504 1,068 Asphalt
Glacier Park International Airport Statistics (2007)
Aircraft operations 51,925
Based aircraft 159

Montana Department of Transportation (MDT)

Montana Department of Transportation Agency Overview
MDT Formed 1992
MDT Preceding Agency Montana Highway Department
MDT Jurisdiction Montana
MDT Agency Executive Jim Lynch, Director
MDT Parent Agency State of Montana
Montana Department of Transportation Website

List of Airports in Montana

City Served FAA IATA ICAO Airport Name
Commercial Service - Primary Airports
Billings BIL BIL KBIL Billings Logan International Airport
Bozeman BZN BZN KBZN Gallatin Field Airport
Butte BTM BTM KBTM Bert Mooney Airport
Great Falls GTF GTF KGTF Great Falls International Airport
Helena HLN HLN KHLN Helena Regional Airport
Kalispell GPI FCA KGPI Glacier Park International Airport
Missoula MSO MSO KMSO Missoula International Airport
Commercial Service - Non-Primary Airports
West Yellowstone WYS WYS KWYS Yellowstone Airport
General Aviation Airports
Anaconda 3U3     Bowman Field
Baker City BHK   KBHK Baker Municipal Airport
Big Sandy 3U8     Big Sandy Airport
Big Timber 6S0     Big Timber Airport
Broadus 00F     Broadus Airport (new airport, replaced BDX)
Chester LTY   KLTY Liberty County Airport
Chinook S71     Edgar G. Obie Airport
Choteau CII   KCII Choteau Airport
Circle 4U6     Circle Town County Airport
Colstrip M46     Colstrip Airport
Columbus 6S3     Columbus Airport
Conrad S01     Conrad Airport
Culbertson S85     Big Sky Field
Cut Bank CTB CTB KCTB Cut Bank Municipal Airport
Deer Lodge 38S     Deer Lodge-City-County Airport
Dillon DLN DLN KDLN Dillon Airport
Ekalaka 97M     Ekalaka Airport
Ennis EKS   KEKS Ennis - Big Sky Airport
Eureka 88M     Eureka Airport
Forsyth 1S3     Tillitt Field
Fort Benton 79S     Fort Benton Airport
Gardiner 29S     Gardiner Airport
Geraldine 5U8     Geraldine Airport
Glasgow GGW GGW KGGW Glasgow International Airport (Wokal Field)
Glendive GDV GDV KGDV Dawson Community Airport
Hamilton 6S5     Ravalli County Airport
Harlem 48S     Harlem Airport
Harlowton HWQ   KHWQ Wheatland County Airport at Harlowton
Havre HVR HVR KHVR Havre City-County Airport
Jordan JDN JDN KJDN Jordan Airport
Kalispell S27     Kalispell City Airport
Laurel 6S8     Laurel Municipal Airport
Lewistown LWT LWT KLWT Lewistown Municipal Airport
Libby S59     Libby Airport
Lincoln S69     Lincoln Airport
Livingston LVM LVM KLVM Mission Field
Malta M75 MLK   Malta Airport
Miles City MLS MLS KMLS Miles City Airport (Frank Wiley Field)
Philipsburg U05     Riddick Field
Plains S34     Plains Airport
Plentywood PWD PWD KPWD Sher-Wood Airport
Polson 8S1     Polson Airport
Poplar 42S     Poplar Airport
Red Lodge RED   KRED Red Lodge Airport
Ronan 7S0     Ronan Airport
Roundup RPX RPX KRPX Roundup Airport
Scobey 9S2     Scobey Airport
Shelby SBX SBX KSBX Shelby Airport
Sidney SDY SDY KSDY Sidney-Richland Municipal Airport
Stanford S64     Stanford Airport
Stevensville 32S     Stevensville Airport
Superior 9S4     Mineral County Airport
Terry 8U6     Terry Airport
Thompson Falls THM   KTHM Thompson Falls Airport
Three Forks 9S5     Three Forks Airport
Townsend 8U8     Townsend Airport
Turner 9U0     Turner Airport
Twin Bridges 7S1     Twin Bridges Airport
Valier 7S7     Valier Airport
White Sulphur Springs 7S6     White Sulphur Springs Airport
Winifred 9S7     Winifred Airport
Wolf Point OLF OLF KOLF L. M. Clayton Airport
Other Public-Use Airports (not listed in NPIAS)
Ashland 3U4     St. Labre Mission Airport
Augusta 3U5     Augusta Airport
Babb 49S     Babb Airport
Benchmark 3U7     Benchmark Airport
Big Fork 53U     Ferndale Airfield
Boulder 3U9     Boulder Airport
Bridger 6S1     Bridger Municipal Airport
Browning 8S0     Starr-Browning Airstrip
Chinook 4U4     Hebbelman Airport
Clinton RC0     Rock Creek Airport
Conner 4U7     West Fork Lodge Airport
Dell 4U9     Dell Flight Strip
Denton 5U0     Denton Airport
Drummond M26 DRU   Drummond Airport
Dutton 5U1     Dutton Airport
Fairfield 5U5     Fairfield Airport
Fairview 5U6     Fairview Airport
Fort Peck 37S     Fort Peck Airport
Fort Smith 5U7     Fort Smith Landing Strip
Hardin F02     Fairgrounds Airpark
Harlem U09     Fort Belknap Agency Airport
Helena 5M7     Mountain Lakes Field
Hinsdale 6U5     Hinsdale Airport
Hogeland 6U6     Hogeland Airport
Hot Springs S09     Hot Springs Airport
Hysham 6U7     Hysham Airport
Lavina 80S     Lavina Airport
Morgan / Loring 7U4     Morgan Airport
Opheim S00     Opheim Airport
Port of Del Bonita H28     Whetstone International Airport
Richey 7U8     Richey Airport
Ryegate 8U0     Ryegate Airport
Sand Springs 8U1     Sand Springs Strip
Scobey 8U3     Scobey Border Station Airport (East Poplar International)
Seeley Lake 23S     Seeley Lake Airport
Seeley Lake M35     Lindey's Landing West Seaplane Base
St. Ignatius 52S     St. Ignatius Airport
Sunburst 8U5     Sunburst Airport
Sweetgrass 7S8     Ross International Airport
Tiber Dam B70     Tiber Dam Airport
Townsend 8U9     Canyon Ferry Airport
Troy 57S     Troy Airport
Whitefish 58S     Whitefish Airport
Wilsall 9U1     Wilsall Airport
Wisdom 7S4     Wisdom Airport
Wise River 02T     Wise River Airport
        Other Military Airports
Great Falls GFA GFA KGFA Malmstrom Air Force Base (heliport)
USFS (United States Forest Service) Airports
Condon S04     Condon USFS Airport
Meadow Creek 0S1     Meadow Creek USFS Airport
Schafer 8U2     Schafer USFS Airport
Spotted Bear 8U4     Spotted Bear USFS Airport
        Notable Private-Use Airports
Glasgow 07MT     Glasgow Industrial Airport (former Glasgow Air Force Base)
Hammond MT59     Gardner Airport
        Notable Former Airports
Belle Creek 3V7     Belle Creek Airport (closed 2009?)
Broadus BDX BDX KBDX Broadus Airport (closed 2006, new airport 00F)
Glasgow GSG     Glasgow Air Force Base (closed 1976)

Montana Interstate Highways

Route South or West Terminus North or East Terminus Length (mi)
I-15 I-15 near Monida Hwy 4 at Sweetgrass 396.03
I-90 I-90 near Mullan, ID I-90 / US 87 near Ranchester, WY 551.68
I-94 I-90 in Billings I-94 near Beach, ND 249.15
I-115 I-15 / I-90 in Butte Downtown Butte 1.19
I-315 I-15 / US 89 / MT 200 in Great Falls Downtown Great Falls 0.83