Car Hire from Bozeman Airport
Bozeman Airport in Montana is the perfect base from which to explore Yellowstone National Park and the southern reaches of this expansive state. The natural wilderness of Montana is within easy reach, particularly when you hire a car from Bozeman Airport. With your own set of wheels, you can cover great distances and venture off the beaten tourist track.
Where to hire a car at Bozeman Airport
Car hire companies at Bozeman Airport are based in the car rental centre adjacent to the baggage claim area. Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Dollar, Hertz, Thrifty and National Car Rental can all be found here.
A number of other companies, including Journey Rentacar, Toyota Rent-A-Car and Phasmid Rentals offer a meet and greet service from Bozeman Airport. They collect passengers from outside the airport terminal and shuttle them to their nearest car rental office.
Petrol Stations near Bozeman Airport
The closest petrol station to Bozeman Airport is located about five minutes’ drive away. It’s called Town Pump Food Store and it’s located on East Main Street.
Driving around Bozeman Airport
From Bozeman Airport it’s easy to get onto route 90, a major road travelling southeast to Bozeman and the state border with Wyoming, and northwest to Butte and the border with Washington. Once you’re in Bozeman, you can also pick up route 86 going north to Wilsall and the 191 to Big Sky.
The roads around Montana are well-maintained and well-signposted. Distances across the state are vast and you’d be wise to study your route carefully before setting off. Take regular breaks and don’t try to cover too much distance in one day.
If you’re planning on travelling between states on your trip to the USA, you’ll need to double check with your car hire company that your chosen insurance covers inter-state travel.
Getting to your destination
From Bozeman Airport you’ll find it easy to drive to some incredible destinations. Here are just a few of them:
Bozeman is located in the south of Montana. It’s a city surrounded by impressive mountain ranges and offering easy access to a range of outdoor activities. In the city itself, visitors will find a historic downtown area, a selection of museums and art galleries and some great bars and restaurants.
It takes about 15 minutes to reach Bozeman city from Bozeman Airport. Drivers should take route 90 southeast and then pick up either North 19th Avenue or North 7th Avenue into the city centre. The city is laid out over a grid system with all north south streets numbered and all east west streets named.
There are lots of parking options throughout the city. Many street parking spaces are free for the first two hours and impose time limits. For longer stays, the Bridger Park Garage is your best option.
Yellowstone National Park
Bozeman is seen as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park. The park covers nearly 3500 square miles and is home to canyons, rivers, forests, hot springs and lots of wildlife. Activities include camping, hiking, fishing, horse riding and cycling. There are also ranger led tours where you can learn more about the park and its wildlife.
It takes around an hour and 40 minutes to get to West Yellowstone, the west entrance to the park. Drivers can take route 90 to Bozeman before picking up the 191 heading south. The west entrance is open to visitors from April to November but closed to all but tracked-oversnow vehicles during winter months. There are some petrol stations within the park and lots of parking options.
Chico Hot Springs
The Chico Hot Springs sit at the base of the Absaroka mountains. It’s part luxury resort, part old world ranch. Visitors can either stay the night or pop into the day spa. There’s also a saloon and lots of outdoor activities available in the local area.
Chico Hot Springs are an hour’s drive from Bozeman Airport, taking route 90 through Bozeman and then picking up route 89 as you come to Livingstone. There’s a large car park on site and the springs are well signposted.